First Family to Advance to Finals Revealed on “America’s Smartest Family”
The New Game Show Series is the First-Ever English-Language Quiz Show of its Kind
On this week’s episode of “America’s Smartest Family,” the Somani family and the Jaffery family would face-off for a chance to compete in the finals, and to become just one of two remaining teams in the running for the $10,000 cash price. The new television game show series, which airs exclusively on ZEE TV, is the first-ever English-language quiz show of its kind, putting some of the brightest South Asian families from across the globe on stage for a chance at the title.
After receiving hundreds of submissions from hopeful contestants, 16 families scored high enough to surpass initial eliminations and compete on television. On the first four episodes of “America’s Smartest Family,” eight teams were eliminated, and eight teams advanced to the semi-finals. After the first round of semi-finals, which wrapped up on April 14, just four teams remained – including episode 7 winners, the Purani family; episode 8 winners, the Dash family; and this week’s contestants – the the Somani family, episode 5 winners; and the Jaffery family, episode 6 winners.
Saturday’s episode marked the first time the Somanis and the Jafferys would compete against one another on-stage – and the stakes were high. Only the winning team would be given the opportunity to vie for the chance to be named “America’s Smartest Family.”
The Somani family commenced the first of two category rounds, choosing science as their first topic, and geography as their second topic. Despite having the advantage of going first and picking their preferred categories, both questions proved to be a challenge for the Somanis, who were 0 for 2 by the end of round 1. Hoping for a smoother start than their competitors, it was now up to the Jafferys, who could take an early lead. While they failed to hit the mark with their first history question, the Jaffery team did manage to earn the first 100 points of the game by answering their arts & entertainment question correctly.
With a slight lead over their opponents, the Jafferys kicked-off round 2, picking science and history as their next categories. Mirroring their round 1 performance, the Jaffery family answered one of two questions correctly, earning another 100 points to their score. The Somani family was next at-bat, and opted for the geography and math categories. These topic choices proved to be a strategic choice for the Somanis, who answered both questions correctly to tie the game.
In rounds 3 and 4 – the buzzer rounds – each correct answer is worth 200 points, and an incorrect answer docks 100 points from the team score. With fewer teams on stage during the semi-finals, more points were up for grabs. But both teams struggled in the first buzzer round, oftentimes hitting the buzzer without being able to give an answer. The first buzzer round was a roller coaster for both families, who were neck-in-neck for the majority of round 3. The Somani team would eventually break away ever-so-slightly, concluding round 3 with a modest 200-point advantage over the Jafferys.
Readjusting their player strategies, both teams approached round 4 more cautiously. The Somanis kicked-off round 4 with a new rhythm – at one point even snagging an impressive 800-point lead. But the Jafferys were not ready to give-up, and chipped away at their lead as round 4 started to come to a close. While the Somani family would ultimately take the lead, the Jafferys did make an impressive comeback, slicing their 800-point disadvantage to just 300 points. By the end of round 4, the Somanis had 1,200 points on the scoreboard, and the Jafferys trailed behind with 900 points. By the end of both buzzer rounds, the game was still too close to call, and once again, “America’s Smartest Family” fans would be kept at the edge of their seats, waiting for the outcome of the final “make or break round.”
The game would all come down to the fifth and final round – a scenario both teams were hoping to avoid. During this “make or break” round, the show takes a Jeopardy-like turn with the host, YouTube sensation Zaid Ali spicing things up by offering clues. If the team answers correctly without a clue, a maximum of 1,000 points is awarded. If the one hint is used, 800 points are awarded; and if the maximum of two hints are used, 600 points are added to the score.
Down by 300 points, the pressure was on for the Jaffery family, who needed to answer their science question correctly to stay in the game. Although the team took the maximum of two clues, they ultimately answered gave the right answer, adding 600 points to their score. It was now up to the Somanis, whose fate would be decided by their round 5 performance. The team would have some wiggle room to take two hints, which is exactly what they did. After Zaid Ali gave them their second and final clue, the answer seemed all-but-obvious for the Somanis, who were confident in their answer. Adding 600 points to their score, the Somanis were declared the winners, successfully eliminating the Jafferys.
One step closer to the $10,000 cash prize, the Somanis will move on to the finals, which will air on Saturday, May 5. In the meantime, tune in next week, on April 28, to see the Dash family and the Purani family face-off for the remaining spot in the finals.“America’s Smartest Family” airs exclusively on ZEE TV at 9:00 p.m. EST; 9:30 p.m. PST; and 9:00 p.m. AST.
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