King of the Nerds

Booger and Lewis have found their 11 nerds — but only one can be King. TBS´ new reality contest King of the Nerds, hosted by Revenge of the Nerds stars Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine, will air Thursdays at 10/9c starting January 17.

In the show, deemed TV's "ultimate nerd-off," 11 competitors will battle for $100,000 and the chance to be named the top geek. King of the Nerds will be paired with comedy's most-watched nerds, The Big Bang Theory.

Here are the 11 King of the Nerd competitors:

Alana, 26, from Corning, N.Y., a live-action role player and comic fan "who often uses onomatopoeia instead of adjectives."

Brandon, 24, from Somerville, Mass., a medical student and aspiring neuroscientist who can also rap.

Celeste, 22, from Orillia, Ontario,  a professional gamer who specializes in first-person shooters and speedcuber, and whose favorite animal is the cougar.

Danielle, 23, from Rome, N.Y., a game reviewer who "considers her appearance to be top of the charts at a 'nerd 10.'"

Genevieve, 27, from Studio City, Calif., a young adult fantasy writer "who thinks she hits all the right notes when expressing her feelings by singing original songs."

Hendrik, 26, from Somerville, Mass., an MIT grad student who is researching the mechanical properties of the Martian polar ice caps and enjoys foraging for wild edibles.

Ivan, 27, from Torrance, Calif., a game developer and fire dancer "who loves dragons and zombies."

Jon, 22, from Atlanta, a Georgia Tech student who is obsessed with mathematics and theoretical physics, and "who also loves to rock out."

Joshua, 24, from Los Angeles, the host and producer of geek-themed web show and a former paranormal investigator.

Moogega, 26, from Pasadena, Calif., a planetary protection engineer at NASA who received her master's degree and PhD by the time she was 22.

Virgil, 28, from Pasadena, Calif., a master hacker studying brain science and who loves colorful socks.

The 11 contestants will live together in "Nerdvana" and face challenges such as life-sized chess, live gaming and a dance-off. Here's a first look at King of the Nerds:



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