'Samir is down!'
This from the Throwing Things live-blogging of the spelling bee:
Watching Samir work to spell "eremacusis" is like watching a true artist. I forgive all and regret all things said about his Hollywood polish. In the end, at his heart, he's a speller. He has hands over his face, squeezing his forehead tightly, desperately trying to figure out this word. He asks for bonus time...Here are the 13 spellers who remain for prime time tonight:
AND HE'S DOWN!!
SAMIR IS DOWN!!!!!
OH MY GOSH!
Jonathan Horton (Arizona, second time in the finals)
Finola Hackett (two-time Canadian champion)
Allion Salvador (Florida, second time)
Theodore Yuan (Chicago, second time)
Kavya Shivashankar (Kansas, first time)
Rajiv Tarigopoula (St. Louis, fourth time)
Katharine Close (New Jersey, fifth time)
Michael Christie (New York, second time)
Saryn Hooks (North Carolina, third time)
Matthew Giese (Ohio, second time)
Charley Allegar (Pennsylvania, third time)
Caitlin Campbell (Amarillo, Texas, second time)
Nidharshan Anandasivam (Brownsville, Texas, fourth time)
UPDATE: Katharine Close wins on ursprache.