Premiering January 7, the sophomore season of the Lifetime reality competition series tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge in categories such as math, spelling, geography, and current events.

Child Genius (TV show) contestants and host for Season 2
November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES, CA — Lifetime's competition series, "Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest" returns for season two, featuring America's most extraordinary and gifted children as they prep for the ultimate battle of the brains. Premiering Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 8pm ET/PT, the competition, created in cooperation with American Mensa, takes place over ten weeks and tests the nation's brightest young minds on their knowledge in categories such as math, spelling, geography, and current events. With a $100,000 college fund and the title of Child Genius 2016 at stake, the kids — and their families — will stop at nothing to make it to the top of the class. Former NASA astronaut, Leland Melvin, returns as the host.

"The Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest" contestants include:


Adrian Romoff (10) - Peachtree City, Ga. - A musical prodigy, Adrian has played at Carnegie Hall and was a breakout performer on America's Got Talent.

Arnav Krishna (9) - Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. - A budding mathematician and scientist, Arnav loves to challenge and correct his dad.

Chancellor O'Bryant (10) - Stuart, Fla. - A self-taught chess player, Chancellor performs at a high school level.

Claire Wang (10) - Arcadia, Calif. - For talkative and bubbly Claire, attending school is her "playtime."

Drake Alexander Piscione (10) - Los Altos Hills, Calif. - A disciplined tennis player, Drake solves Rubik's Cubes in his spare time.

Gianna Droz (10) - Denver, Colo. - Gianna is a Mensa member who was reading at the 11th grade level when she was only in the second grade.

Iris Hernandez (11) - San Antonio, Tex. - A Shakespeare aficionado, Iris won a writing competition for her very first novel.

Jaden Fragosa (11) - Chico, Calif. - While following a strict Paleo diet, Jaden is a lover of music, math and meat.

Jenna Singleton (11) - San Antonio, Tex. - Jenna is a gifted Mensa member with an off-the-chart IQ.

Sam Farah (12) - Sugar Land, Tex. - Sam competes against 8th graders in math and is also fluent in Russian and French.

Selah Thompson (9) - Kissimmee, Fla. - Selah skipped first grade and reads five years above her grade level.

Vivek Abraham (9) - Bloomington, Ill. - Vivek not only maxed out on an IQ test, he also takes college level courses at Northwestern University.

Based on the popular UK format, "Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest" is produced by Shed Media. Pam Healey ("Who Do You Think You Are?," "The Real Housewives of N.Y. City"), John Hesling ("Top Gear," "Long Lost Family"), Dan Snook ("Dare to Wear," "Growing Up Greek") and Laurie Girion ("Cheerleader Nation," "Showville") serve as executive producers, along with Lifetime's Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman.

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