Arvind Mahankali, the 13-year-old from New York who won the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee last week, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night for what should have been a victory appearance. Instead, Kimmel — as is the tradition — challenged him to the 10th Annual Jimmy Kimmel Live Spelling Bee.
For a kid who just won national admiration for correctly spelling “knaidel,” Mahankali may have a bit harder of a time beating Kimmel than viewers might expect. For one thing, Mahankali gets a serious case of the g-i-g-g-l-e-s when Guillermo Rodriguez shows up dressed as an actual bee. For another, Rodriguez takes some creative license with the pronunciation clues. It’s anyone’s game now!
Watch the whole competition below:
Clearly Rodriguez had been taking lessons from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.