Jillian Fusi misspelled "psychagogy" and was eliminated. She's the second to be eliminated from the semifinals.
Getting to the semifinals is surely exciting for Marcus Behling, speller 5. But it's a big week for his family, too.
"Before I begin, can I give a shout-out to my brother who graduated from high school yesterday as valedictorian?" he asked, to applause. "Mom and I are very proud of you."
His brother, Mitchell, competed in the spelling bee in 2011. Marcus spelled "apivorous" correctly.
We begin with speller 1, Victor Sutton, from Auburn, Alabama. Victor misspelled "diamante" and was eliminated. He's first out.
Tune in to ESPN2 to watch the semifinalists spell the heck out of these words! We're starting now.
For the first time, the bee is releasing the rankings of spellers going into the semifinals. You can see the rankings here: http://cdn.spellingbee.com/bee/Points_Earned_through_the_End_of_the_Semifinals_Test.pdf?1470728
No more than 12 spellers will move on to the finals.
The semifinalists will take a second written test tonight. They will then spell on-stage tomorrow to be winnowed down to the finalists.
There are 49 semifinalists. Each scored at least 29 out of a possible 36 points between the on-stage and written spellings.
The semifinalists include four spellers who have made the finals before, three people whose siblings have one the top prize at the bee and three spellers who achieved perfect scores between the written test and on-stage spelling.
The semifinalists are:
Speller 1, Victor Sutton, from Auburn, Alabama
Speller 5, Marcus Behling, from Chandler, Arizona
Speller 9, Eesha Sohail, from Bakersfield, California
The 283 spellers who participated today will all get a Surface 3 from Microsoft. The semifinalists received their on stage, while those who have been eliminated received a voucher to pick theirs up later this week.
49 spellers will be semifinalists. We'll post their names shortly.