If Gokul spells this correctly, Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar will be co-champions. It would be the second year in a row.
"Bruxellois" for speller 90, Vanya Shivashankar and "pyrrhuloxia" for Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140.
Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, has correctly spelled: bouquetière, thamakau, tantième, urgrund, myrmotherine, zimocca, hippocrepiform and scacchite since Cole was eliminated.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, has correctly spelled: caudillismo, scytale, cypseline, filicite, sprachgefühl, nixtamal, paroemiology and pipsissewa since Cole left the stage.
There are only six words left on the championship list
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, said he didn't have the same German nemesis as a previous champion, Arvind Mahankali.
"I wasn't plagued by the same problems," he said.
He spelled "sprachgefühl" correctly.
Neither Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, or Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, look nervous as they battle it out for the championship. Since Cole was eliminated, they have correctly spelled seven championship words.
Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, can't help but smile when she knows a word. She spelled "tantième" correctly.
Sources say that Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, is wearing a LeBron James jersey under his dress shirt.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, askes many questions, too. Looking relaxed, he correctly spelled "scytale." to keep spelling.
Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, asked for alternate pronunciations, the definition, the language of origin and the part of speech -- as she often does.
They helped her spell thamakau correctly. She's still in it.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, got as close as he could get to winning last year, when he finished in third place. He’s hoping to win the bee this year, but said winning isn’t everything.