Britain's 'Child Genius 2016' is a 10-year-old Indian Origin Girl Rhea

Winning a popular television quiz competition in the UK, a 10-year-old Indian origin girl Rhea is crowned as Britain's brightest child. Conferring the title of 'Child Genius 2016', Rhea shot ahead in Tuesday's final of 'Child Genius 2016' on Channel 4. She entered the final round with six correct answers and the drew equal with her opponent Staffy on nine points.


Spelling the word "eleemosynary", meaning relating to charity, led her to claim the title of Child Genius 2016 at the end of four weeks of tough question rounds.

Rhea, who moved to the UK with her family from the US six years ago and now lives in west London.

"It's meant getting up early, going to sleep late, studying. It just feels really, really great," Rhea said after her win.

Her mother Sonal, who gave up her job as an obstetrician to train Rhea, had stepped in to contest an incorrect answer that she had given during her specialist subject round on Florence Nightingale's influence on military and healthcare reform.

Britain's 'Child Genius 2016'

Independent adjudicator Olivia van der Werff agreed the question had been too general and accepted Rhea's answer of Dr Duncan Menzies to the question: "To which medical officer did Florence Nightingale report to in the Crimea?"

It meant that Rhea avoided a tie-break with Birmingham-born Stephen, who was ranked third, with Saffy and Rhea securing their place in the final.

Earlier, Sonal had rejected concerns that programmes such as 'Child Genius' can put too much pressure on youngsters. "Rhea loved doing it. The show gives them a chance to be with kids like them, to be in that room and feel normal," she said.

The quiz show is hosted by Richard Osman, who described this year's show as "the greatest final in the history of Child Genius".

Source: News18

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