Surprise, surprise – the Masterchef twist was to return eliminated contestants back into the competition.
Eleven out of the 17 that had been eliminated from this season so far returned to battle it out for one of three positions made available for eliminated contestants to return back into the competition, unbeknown to the remaining seven who have battled it out to be the strongest so far in the competition.
The Sunday night show saw these eleven cut down one by one to six – who would then go on to Monday to be further cut down to the three who would ultimately rejoin the Masterchef competition with the remaining seven contestants to battle it out for the title of second Masterchef winner.
Is it really fair that eliminated contestants are able to return in some cases weeks after they had left the show to rejoin the competition like they never left?
While some eliminations have seen past favourites out of the game, the concept of bringing back eliminated contestants to the competition seems unfair to those who have survived each week without being eliminated from Masterchef.
Just when we thought there were seven contestants left, and that the finale was coming up in a few weeks, another three will rejoin to make a new top ten.
Sure – Masterchef is the most successful show on TV at the moment, but should the competition be drawn out further by bringing back those who have failed? Adding more contestants means the show will go on longer than we may have thought – but with ratings nudging two million a each night, perhaps indeed objective is to stretch the competition out further.
Prior to the launch of the new season (according to news reported at the time around April this year), the judges were not happy with the concept of bringing back eliminated contestants like they did in its first season in 2009. The judges apparently signed on with conditions giving them greater control of the outcome including the removal of last year’s contestant elimination voting which was a feature of the Thursday night show in 2009 (and they were still doing in The Biggest Loser this year).
It was reported that they did not want to see eliminated contestants able to come back, but seems there has been a backflip somewhere long the chain.
In any case, six of the eliminated contestants will now fight it out for three places to rejoin the competition taking us back to a top ten scenario.
Masterchef continues on Ten, 7.30pm Sunday – Thursday, with Masterclass Friday 7.30pm.