Adrian Romoff beats Arnav Krishna to win Lifetime’s $100,000 ‘Child Genius’ contest

Prodigy Romoff is a sophomore at the age of 10.

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Child prodigy Adrian Romoff, who skipped six grades in school, entering his sophomore year of high school at just 10 years old, has won Lifetime’s $100,000 worth of scholarship money on reality TV contest ‘Child Genius’.

In the final episode of the second season of the competition, on Thursday night, Romoff beat the Indian American contestant from Dobbs Ferry, New York, Arnav Krishna, 9, and Claire, to walk away with winner-takes all grand prize.

The Lifetime PR twitter account accidentally sent out the news of Romoff’s win some 45 minutes before the episode was finished airing, meaning that live tweeters knew the results of the finale before the network was even half-way through finishing the show’s run, according to reports.

Romoff began learning piano at the age of four, and his aptitude for the instrument soon became apparent to his mother. Romoff played for Ellen DeGeneres at the age of seven, competed on “America’s Got Talent” when he was nine-years-old and he was accepted to Juilliard all before reaching double digits, reported Zap2it.

Earlier, Krishna had impressed one and all with his terrific memorization and math abilities.

The second edition of the competition, which premiered on Jan. 7 this year, featured some of America’s most extraordinary and gifted children as they prepped for the ultimate battle of the brains.


Thecompetition was created in cooperation with American Mensa. It tests the nation’s brightest young minds on their knowledge in categories such as math, spelling, geography, and current events. Former NASA astronaut, Leland Melvin, returns as the host.

The competition is based on the popular UK format, “Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest” and is produced by Shed Media.

Arnav’s mother Seema Krishna is a marketing executive, and father Vijay Krishna works as a financial services executive.

According to Lifetime, Arnav’s favorite subjects are math and reading. It adds: “With an eye to becoming an architect and a mathematician when he is older, Arnav is off to a good start with successive rankings in national math competitions. Receiving a Singapore based curriculum keeps Arnav challenged, along with programs through Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Mensa. Always inquisitive with a researcher instinct, Arnav loves to read from his massive book collection and memorize all sorts of facts. In addition to his academic achievements, Arnav shines at tennis, playing the piano, swimming and chess.”

Another Indian American competitor was Vivek Abraham, who bowed out earlier. His mother Anupama Chandrappa is a Project Management Consultant, and his father, Antony Abraham, is an IT Architect.


  1. Sadly, you are promoting barbarity – worshiping of “bitch goddess of success.” There is more to life than math and pounding of the piano. These kids don’t know that and they might find out too late – too late for then and us. Being bright is fine, being empty and at beast amoral (which more often than not turns immoral) isn’t. There are areas much more important than piano and math and there you can’t skip grades. They are slow by nature. Societies pay as a whole when they are skipped altogether.

    • Every person is born with specific talents. It takes a good parent to see the talents within your talent and to develop it to the fullest, that is why we are here on earth to make a difference with the talents we have and to carry it over to each generation. Well done to these kids parents I have respect for them

    • What’s sad here Anna, is that individuals like yourself do not possess the level of comprehension needed to grasp the magnitude of the impact that rare individuals such as these children have on mankind. The very fact that you are using a computer that connects you instantly to the world around you to not only view their talents but to also give you a forum to spew your negative opinion shows your lack of understanding; the technological marvel (aka: computer) you are using and the internet connecting you to the world were originally created by individuals with an IQ that only these children can connect with; a genius level that the average person can only dream of having. An average person may be satisfied with the daily grind of their average lives, but those who possess IQ’s at their level are too advanced beyond us to be content with just ‘average’. They are gifts to the world because of the beauty (and at times fear) that their specific rare intellectual and creative talents bring us. Genius is a catalyst to evolution and innovation. These individuals gift mankind with everything from music and art, to engineering and physics. I shudder to think how ‘barbaric’ we would be today without individuals such as these amazing children who keep us moving forward into the future.

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