WWE wrestler and rapper John Cena hosts and stars in ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’. The talented actor and musician has also made his name in the entertainment industry by landing leading roles in multiple movies, namely, ‘The Marine’, ’12 Rounds’, ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Ferdinand‘, ‘Blockers‘, and ‘Bumblebee’. A natural comedian with a goofy personality, the charismatic Cena is the ideal role model for kids. And hence, he is the complete package to host this competition.

John Cena is expected to return as a host for season 2.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Format: What is it about?

To help you understand the central concept of this show, let’s give you a gist of its original run. A quiz game series, ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ previously debuted on Fox and features Jeff Foxworthy as the host. Each episode showcases one contestant who tries to answer 10 questions, based on the syllabus of elementary school textbooks. The sequence progresses with two questions each from the first to fifth grade. Every right answer comes with a cash prize that goes on increasing until it reaches the maximum amount of $1,000,000. Meanwhile, five school-age cast members can assist the contestant in answering the questions. However, if the participant fails to answer correctly or decides to quit the game in between, he or she must leave stating that they are “not smarter than a 5th grader.”

Nickelodeon’s series and revived counterpart adopts almost the similar format as that of the original show. Kids assist grown-up contestants in answering quiz questions from the elementary school curriculum. But here, we witness a rotating cast of around a dozen grade-school braniacs. In fact, they are the center of attention. Adult participants attempt to answer six questions that can be from any subjects, taken from the syllabus of first to fourth grade (in chronological order). If they succeed, they proceed to the final round, where they need to answer five time-bound questions from the fifth grade. The final cash prize is a grand sum of $100,000. There are some other elements added to the fresh format. For example, there’s this introduction of a cheat sheet. Moreover, candidates can also take help from their “classmates” in a variety of other ways.