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