CBC unveils Canada’s Smartest Person first round competitors

From a media release:

CBC’s ultimate competition series, CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns for its second season on Sunday, October 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), hosted by Jessi Cruickshank and featuring an all-new roster of competitors and exciting celebrity guest judges. Thousands of Canadians applied and underwent a series of rigorous tests for the chance to compete in this epic intelligence showdown. Each week, a diverse group of Canadians including a CFL player, cheerleader, Youtube star, matchmaker, police officer and more battle it out for the chance to be crowned “Canada’s Smartest Person.”

In the season premiere, 16-year-old wunderkid Maya Burhanpurkar of Orillia, ON, rapper Anthony Craparotta(aka iLLvibe) of Toronto, ON,  diversity executive Richard Pinnock from Montreal, QC and new mom Jessica Joy of Golden, BC  go head-to-head, competing  for a spot in the finale and their chance to take home the coveted title. Amber Marshall star of CBC’s hit family-drama HEARTLAND is the season’s first celebrity guest star.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON is an innovative, original competition series based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Each week, four participants compete in a series of challenges in six areas of intelligence (linguistic, logical, visual, physical, musical and social) that redefines smart. This season features even more action-packed competition marked by bigger, bolder, mind-bending challenges that push participants to their limits. It also includes an all-star line-up of celebrity judges including CBC sports host Scott Russell, comedian Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, actor Alan Thicke (Unusually Thicke), choreographer Sean Cheeseman, comedian Steve Patterson (The Debaters), actor Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), sports anchor Dan O’Toole (Fox Sports), singer Jully Black, Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey, chef Mark McEwan and the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Sean O’Neill (Crash Gallery).

Each week, viewers can play along in real-time with the ground-breaking CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON app, available for iOS and Android devices. The app syncs to every broadcast allowing viewers to participate with each challenge in the show in real time. During the week, viewers can try their hand at a series of bonus challenges and new this season, is Head2Head, which allows players to dual against their family and friends.

CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON airs Sundays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV beginning October 4.