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Kelsey is a quadlingual Japanophile. She is interested in playing video game music on the piano, keeping up with fantasy/sci-fi novels and swing dancing.

Contestant Questionnaire:

Nerds or Runts: I donít eat baby pigs, but I donít like to eat my friends either. Iíd have to go with my longtime love, peanut M&Ms.

Pizza or Chinese food delivery: Meiguo Zhonggou fan haishi zhen de Zhongguo fan? (America Chinese or real Chinese food?) Regardless, I like a good Beijing kaoya (duck) or Shanghai yangrou (goat/lamb), so Iíd have to go with Chinese.

Star Trek or Star Wars: Star Wars, the Timothy Zahn novels are fantastic! Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead or Battlestar Galactica: Game of Thrones! Family, duty, honorÖ

PlayStation, Xbox, Wii or PC: No love for Sega systems? Well, Iíd have to go with the Wii for the Klonoa remake or Smash Brothers, PC for indie games and visual novels, and PlayStation for the JRPGs.

World of Warcraft or Call of Duty: League of Legends (Soraka o SorakaÖ)

BioShock Infinite or Fez: Bioshock Infinite is not only a groundbreaking, immersive experience, but also the epitome of video games as an art form.

Math or Science: Math IN science!

Edison or Tesla: Tesla. Poor TeslaÖ

Sharpies or Bics: Shiny, happy sharpies!

Comic-con or Dragon Con: Dragon-Con, itís in da ATL, fool!

Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit? I understand that The Hobbit was the original novel, but the Lord of the Rings had more influence on Western fantasy media than any other series.

Vine or Instagram Video: Instagram? Thatís the one with the pictures, right? Wait, thereís video too?

Mac or PC: Why is everyone so obsessed with Macs??? PC all the way

Marvel or DC Comics: Marvel, I love me some classic Xmen

Droid, iPhone or Blackberry: Droid, it has an oh so kawaii (cute) robot mascot!

Asteroids or Ms. PacMan: Ms. Pacman, I loved Ms. Pacman as a child and Asteroids reminds me too much of Polybius (shivers).

What character would you be in Mario Kart? Princess Peach and Princess Daisy in Mario Kart Double Dash!

Which family would you belong to in Game of Thrones? Stark, Lannister or Targaryen? The Stark family, Catelyn Stark is actually my favorite character in the series.

If you have a pet (what they are and what their name is): Princess (cat), I named her after a cow on Ripleys Believe It or Not

The one celebrity/icon (past/present) you would have wanted on your team on the show: Leslie Winkle from The Big Bang Theory. Sheís so smart and fun!

What planet other than Earth would you live on? Neptune, I love wintry weather and you donít get any more wintry than Neptune (anymore!). Winter is always coming on Neptune! Itís also a lovely shade of blue.

Which house would you belong in Harry Potter? Ravenclaw, thatís where Luna is at! We could be BFFs! Plus, itís the smarty pants house!

IQ Score: I donít care for IQ tests or clubs. How can we truly define intelligence, my friends?

Aliens Ė Exist or Myth: If they look anything like the aliens in anime (particularly the cuties in Di Gi Charat), they exist ALL the way.

Favorite Superhero: Wonder Woman, if maho shoujo (magical girls) from anime donít count.

Favorite Video Game: In terms of standalone games, Iíd have to go with Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg or Okami. In terms of game series, I would go with Spyro the Dragon, Sonic the Hedgehog, or Pokemon.

Favorite TV Show: Currently, Gravity Falls and Champions of Cosplay. Gravity Falls is both incredibly fun and incredibly funny and boasts one of the most fantastic female leads of all time. The Champions of Cosplay explores the real life blood, sweat, and tears that go into the making of professional cosplay.

Favorite Movie: Anything that MST3K or Rifftrax has covered, with my faves being Hobgoblins and Birdemic

Favorite Musician or Band: REM, theyíre from da ATL, yo! (well, Athens, but close enough)

Favorite Musical Instrument: Piano wo hiku, suoyi diban I love playing anime and gaming music on the piano, so I have to go with piano.

Favorite Book: My fave book series is A Series of Unfortunate Events while my favorite standalone book is Catherine, Called Birdy. Iím a sucker for high-quality, young adult literature and my graduate degree (TESOL) gives me ample opportunities to read them forÖresearch.

Favorite Game Show: King of the Nerds, if Ninja Warrior does not count.

Favorite Doctor from Doctor Who: Can we talk about Pokemon instead? How about them new fairy types?

Favorite King of the Nerds contestant from last season: Genevieve. To see her put on the burner time and time again and take it with so much dignity and grace was a true inspiration for me. Plus, she went to THREE nerd offs. THREE!

If you were trapped on a desert island what three items would you bring?
  • Calligraphy set (for Chinese/Japanese)
  • Bible
  • Hunting Knife
If you could have a dinner party with three people (alive/dead) whom would you choose?
  • Joan of Arc
  • Judge Judy
  • Elizabeth I