Samantha Steele Is Perfect Replacement for Erin Andrews at Spelling Bee Final

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterMay 31, 2012

Photo Credit: USA Today
Photo Credit: USA Today

Some of you may have noticed the Scripps National Spelling Bee is a little light on Erin Andrews' coverage, but we are perfectly fine with that. 

The 2012 edition of the best entertainment involving kids spelling ridiculously difficult words was presented with Sage Steele taking over co-hosting duties and Samantha Steele serving as a sideline reporter when needed. 

One of the most memorable moments came when Wednesday's competition ended on six-year old Lori Anne Madison spelling "dirigible." 

Photo Credit: USA Today
Photo Credit: USA Today

After, Samantha Steele came on stage as the day's final speller. She was given the word "slobberhannes" and quickly looked for help from the young spelling maestro, via Washington Post

“Lori Anne, any help with this?” she (Samantha Steele) said into the microphone. Lori Anne strode to the stage and heard the word again. “I think it’s a joke,” she told Steele.

The finals for the National Spelling Bee are Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Once again, it will be without one of the more popular personalities in sports reporting, Erin Andrews. 

The blonde superstar was featured on the broadcast from 2008 to 2010 but has since been replaced. It's just another moment to question where the ever popular Andrews will fit in with the worldwide leader. 

Erin Andrews and ESPN continue to work on her contract, which is set to expire. It's clear the network has found perfectly fine replacements on programming such as the Spelling Bee. 

Watching the 2012 Bee was as enjoyable as ever, and it was all thanks to the coverage of both Steeles, Samantha and Sage. 

We here love Andrews, her work and tireless efforts as a reporter. However, it's become clear that here popularity has waned and that may be hurting her in negotiations. 

As for Samantha Steele, she is as underrated as they come in terms of personality. Take the above video for all the evidence you need as to her screen presence. 

Oh, and she has one hell of an arm. 

I am eager to hear what you think. Does broadcasts such as the Spelling Bee hurt without Erin Andrews? Do you miss her as her time on screen continues to wane?

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