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Grand Champion Olympic Challenge

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Simon Barnett is having a ball hosting new quiz show Grand Champion Olympic Challenge, which combines a test of New Zealand general knowledge with Olympic knowledge. 

"I've done a few quiz shows over the years, including Face the Music, Wheel of Fortune and Telebingo, so it's great just to be back in the saddle," he says. "And this is probably one of the first shows where I haven't worked with anybody else, it's just me on my own, so there's a bit more pressure. But it's a really good format for a show and it's very exciting."

The series is structured to produce 16 bronze medal winners, four silver and ultimately one gold winner. And there are loads of prizes, including whiteware, travel packages, a huge plasma television and DVD package, and a sparkling Jeep Cherokee.

Barnett admits that he would probably fare better in the general knowledge questions that the Olympic trivia. "Although I love sport, the Olympics have been going for so long there's a huge range of questions that can be asked.

"I do know they used to compete naked so I'd rather be hosting a show about it than competing in those early days," he laughs.

There are three rounds of six questions each and the sixth question in each round is known as a "Champion Question" and is of a greater degree of difficulty. The champion questions will all be Olympic based.  

But it's not your straight question and answer format - instead the questions are all multi-choice and the contestants have 10 seconds to select their answer. The scores accumulate and the winner is the one with the most points at the end of each show.

"Quiz show formats have traditionally followed a more simple question and answer format where speed is the crucial factor," says producer Stephanie Hutchinson. "But with Grand Champion Olympic Challenge, we've opted to structure it so it's more a thinking game than a speed game."