A "first for Facebook Live," the "National Bible Bee Game Show" premiered on Tuesday night. Hosted by Kirk Cameron, the show features over 70 contestants competing for $270,000 worth of prizes. Contestants showed off their "Scripture knowledge" and recited from memory over 800 Bible verses. This is not a joke.
The game show's Facebook page writes:
"Produced by Enthuse Entertainment, the National Bible Bee Game Show has reached 80 million homes in the previous season on three TV networks and was broadcast globally on NRB Network, CTN and UPLIFT TV. But for this season’s 30 one-hour episodes, the show is being broadcast on Christian Cinema Facebook Live weekly beginning April 4th."
The contestants' ages range from seven to 18 years old. The show was first introduced in 2009 and has featured more than 40,000 young participants. Thousands of hopefuls compete online locally, and the top 360 local participants advance to the National Bible Bee Competition. Other guest hosts have included Hanna Leary, Emeal Zwayne and the Benham Brothers.
Although the game show has been around for almost 10 years, this is an interesting time to begin streaming it live on social media. Studies have shown that Americans have become less religious over time — one in every four Americans has no religious affiliation. Still, the show received more than double the supporters it wanted, according to Thunderclap.
This is the second Cameron sibling to make headlines this week, albeit for very different reasons. Kirk Cameron's sister, Candace Cameron-Bure, was caught in an online rage-fest with the LGBT community. The "Full House" star, a conservative who openly opposes same-sex marriage, was called out after wearing a shirt that reads "Not Today Satan," a catchphrase that originates from VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race."