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All those things you learned in elementary school are about to come back to haunt you... in the form of a quiz show that tests how dumb you've become.

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Host: Jeff Foxworthy
The Class: Olivia Glowacki, Mackenzie Holmes, Nathan Lazarus, Cody Lee, Sierra McCormick
Announcer: Mark Thompson
Creators/EP: Mark Burnett, Roy Bank, Barry Poznick, John Stevens
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Episode 2.11: Celebrity 5th Grader 1
November 1

For the last eight months, we have found out that many people in this country aren't really smarter than a 5th grader. And this month, we find out that celebrities are no exception.

We begin this run of Celebrity Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader with a 28-year-old professional singer who attended Cole Elementary in Raleigh, welcome "American Idol" phenom CLAY AIKEN!

And we start out with a picture of Clay in his 5th grade days. He was dressed as a cowboy to run for class president. He came in second, which, according to Clay, he's "very good at."

Tonight, Clay is playing for the Bubel/Aiken Foundation that he started to help kids with special needs.

We start it off with one of Clay's big fans... Olivia. He can sing, but is he smarter than a 5th grader?

1st Grade Animal Science $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Which of the following animals is not native to the African savanna?
a) Giraffe
b) Lion
c) Brown bear

Clay's been to Africa. He's seen giraffes there. He's also been to the zoo. He's seen lions at the African part.

He locks in brown bear and is right for $1000.

2nd Grade English $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
TRUE OR FALSE? The word "true" is an antonym of the word "false".

Clay goes with TRUE. And that's... TRUE. TRUE... an antonym of FALSE. That's worth $2000.

Down goes Olivia. Up comes the dancing Heelie guy Cody.

Here to cheer Clay on is his 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Armstrong.

1st Grade Spelling $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
How many time does the letter "R" appear in the following word...

ERROR.

One... two... three. Clay says "error" funny. He knows there's three R's, though. That's right!

Clay used to be a schoolteacher.

2nd Grade Social Studies $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
The oriole is the official bird of what US state?

Clay would assume that it's Maryland because of the Baltimore Orioles. Clay... goes with it... and he's right!

Next is the milestone question. Helping out is Mackenzie, our little pop star.

3rd Grade Nature $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Fuji and Gala are both varieties of what fruit?

Mack is locked.

Clay tells a story of eating peanut butter on Fuji apples. Locks it in. Bingo. How 'bout THEM apples?

Freeball time.

4th Grade World Geography $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What city is the capital of Italy?
a) Rome
b) Milan
c) Naples

Clay's never been to Italy. He's still confident that it was Rome. Clay's comfortable with it. He's trusting his gut... and locks it in.

Naples is in Florida.... and in Italy... But it's not the capital.

Correct answer... is Rome!

We're down to two classmates... Sierra is next up.

4th Grade World History $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Puerto Rico was a colony of what country immediately before the US gained possession of it in 1898?

Clay is doing the "Paula Abdul" face right now.

He's not going into it blindly. His gut says Spain, but much to his own chagrin, he PEEKS. Sierra has... SPAIN. "Great minds think alike."

Clay stares down the lock-in buzzer. He slaps it with Spain.

... and he's got $100,000!

3rd Grade Math $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
If Nathan has eight pies and he cuts each pie into eighths, how many pieces of pie does he have?

Clay is horrible at multiplication, but he knows it's 64.

Just to be sure, he does the addition in his head... while swearing mentally. He locks it in, and if it isn't, he's going to be "some kind of mad at himself."

Sierra... can't save him.

And he's right for $175,000!

Time to bring up mini-Haterade, Nathan. He always likes to get picked at the end. He's a closer.

5th Grade Literature $300,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
CLASSROOM CLUB QUESTION
What 19th Century British author wrote the novel "A Christmas Carol"?

First an explanation, because we haven't seen this in a while. This question was sent by Anastasia from St. George's Academy. St. George's Academy is going to get their own computer lab. If you know a 5th grader with a question, send it to FOX.COM/SMARTER. Do not send it to GSNN. I can't stress this enough.

Back to Clay. It took Nathan a while to lock it in. Doesn't take Clay a while to get to Charles Dickens.

Nathan wrote "Mark Twain." Clay knows it is not Mark Twain.

Correct answer is Charles Dickens!

5th Grade US History $500,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Published in the 1780s, the Federalist Papers were written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and what man who would later be a US President?

It's not George Washington.

He thinks it's James Madison, but 30 summer camps is too much to risk in his eye. He's dropping out with $300,000.

Nathan said James Madison.

Correct answer... James Madison.

But The Bubel/Aiken Foundation will receive $300,000.

But we're not done yet, friends... We have ANOTHER new student thanks to the Red Sox making a non-event of the World Series...

Our next student is a TV legend from the Bronx, NY who attended Our Lady of Solace Elementary... please go absolutely bat-(^_^)-crazy for REGIS PHILBIN!

Regis says that he was "just there" at 11. He's playing for his old high school, Cardinal Hayes High School.

First one of his lifelines tonight is Mackenzie. Is Regis Philbin smarter than a 5th grader? Let's find out!

1st Grade Music $1,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
According to the lyrics to the US National Anthem, what objects gave off a "red glare"?

Mackenzie is a singer, now. So this would make sense...

Regis locks in "rockets"... and he rockets to $1000.

1st Grade Animal Science $2,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
TRUE OR FALSE? Female goats can produce milk.

Regis once milked a goat. We hope it was a female goat. Milk a male goat, in California, it'll get you five to ten.

Regis goes with TRUE... and he's right for $2000.

Cody's going up for round 2 again. "My mom loves you."

Regis holds the world record for on-camera time for TV, 16,000 hours.

Next question comes from Cothalee from Oak Grove Elementary, whose school will get a computer.

2nd Grade English $5,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
CLASSROOM CLUB QUESTION
Which of the following is a synonym for the word "happy"?
a) Mad
b) Sad
c) Glad

Regis locks in with glad... Be glad you got the $5000!

We get a video from Regis' teachers from Our Lady of Solace.

2nd Grade Social Studies $10,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What US state's nickname is "the Empire State"?

Just a reminder that the questions come up randomly by computer.

Regis knows it's New York. That's an easy $10,000!

Next is the milestone question. Sierra gets the calldown to help on this.

3rd Grade US Geography $25,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Helena is the capital of what US state?

Sierra has an answer. Regis knows this one as well. He locks in Montana! HE'S RIGHT!

Sierra said "Montana" as well.

Freeball time.

3rd Grade Ancient Cultures $50,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the primary language used in Ancient Rome?
a) Latin
b) Italian
c) Greek

Sierra locks in. Regis whittles it with A and B.

Regis takes a COPY.

He would've said Latin. He would've been right. So it's all on the shoulders of young Sierra.

Sierra said... "A.Latin, Go Regis".

Back to Nathan. He likes the hard ones.

4th Grade Vocabulary $100,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
What is the ordinal of the word "ten"?

Little tough.

Regis has no answer, but Nathan was really quick on the buzzer. Regis PEEKS.

Nathan said... "TENTH". "If it comes from Nathan, it's right."

BELIEVE IT! He's got $100,000!

4th Grade Science $175,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
Famous scientist Albert Einstein was born in what country?

Regis whittles it down to Austria or Germany. Or America. Or Hungary. Or Romania. Let's put it on Nathan's back, he says.

Regis goes with Austria for the heck of it.

Austria is not right.

Regis' second guess would've been Germany. Nathan said Germany. In fact, the whole class said Germany. Everyone (except Regis) is right.

Regis gets another video postcard from Kelly Ripa...

We're down to just Jeff and just Regis..

5th Grade Literature $300,000 PEEK COPY SAVE
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by" are lines from the poem "The Road Not Taken" written by what American poet?

Regis gives back $150,000 if he loses. Regis realizes that he used his classmates too quickly. Regis doesn't know this one. He can drop out with $175,000... and that's what he does.

Robert Frost would've gotten Regis the money. Olivia, the classmate who would've been up on stage... had the right answer.

Just for fun: History: WHO IS THE YOUNGEST PERSON TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? Answer: Teddy Roosevelt at 42.

The good news: Cardinal Hayes High School has $175,000.

Next time, a pro skater takes on our little quiz.