Sorry for the late entry, guys. As it’s been a hectic weekend for me, this is the first time I’ve gotten time to write. So now, what a week it has been in reality television!
While a lot of things have happened on screen; a particularly interesting occurrence happened off screen. The ‘rumour’ that Big Brother may make a return is still ripe in our mind with differences of opinion on whether David Mott actually wants the show back or not.
Like it or loathe it; this won’t be the last time this rumour will occur; expect them to come in more frequently and with more certainty, and like it or loathe it also, but one of these days, this news won’t just be a ‘rumour’. Either way, I think we can all assume this news has passed and I would advise that anyone holding on for more news may have to wait a while.
So onto reality television that is ACTUALLY on air! First up, Dancing With the Stars. After only modest to poor scores being dealt to him over the season thus far, Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo hung ten and surfed his way out of the competition. That’s three out of three elimination in which a professional sports player, and therefore an athletic competitor, has left the game. In a way, I see it as a little bit of a reminder that this show isn’t just a popularity contest; but only just a little hint.
MasterChef has had its biggest week so far, and I’m not just talking about the ratings. After travelling to WA for the first part of this week, we were all treated to hours upon hours of breathtaking images, views and interesting challenges.
For the second half of the week, it was all about the quirky and different challenges back in the MasterChef kitchen. From having to cook with frozen & canned food to not cooking, but re-creating a Massaman Curry; the competition didn’t go in SA contestant Andrew’s favour as he was bitterly eliminated before slandering the judges, particularly Gary’s, manners. Tut, Tut, Tut.
The Amazing Race Australia was shortened to an hour episode (yay) however saw the elimination of Anne-Marie & Tracey, the beloved Big W ladies (nay). Considering it was either them or Mo & Mos (quickly becoming my favourite team), it was a catch 22 of sorts. Hopefully this won’t hinder the show’s ratings; I can’t see why it would.
The only other reality show was Australia’s Got Talent and as we move into Semi-Final season; the competition seems to be getting weaker and weaker. There were many performances that didn’t deliver, whether that be in my own opinion (Dash n D’Bree; Bree De Rome), the judges opinion (Fiona Mariah) or both (Rock n Roll Ropers).
But we can all be happy that the episode ended on a high note with 14 year old Jack Vidgen. Perfect voice.
This week sees the second batch of auditionees try out for a place in the final. We also find out which Semi Final 1 contestants will move on based on last weeks performance.
Tonight on Dancing With The Stars will showcase 8 spanking new performances and despite the cheapness of the show, will definitely drag me in to see who will suffer at the bottom of the leader board and which contestant will be sacrificed to create Australia’s top 7 dancing stars.
Now to MasterChef and what confuses me is that the Kuala Lumpur challenge is only showing on Friday by the look of it with two contestants going there for a private MasterClass. Is this all that MasterChef has to offer in terms of the big ‘Malaysian challenge’ they’ve been raving about? Surely not, however for the rest of the week, it looks like the contestants will be spending time in the MasterChef kitchen. We’ll find out soon enough.
Lastly, a new episode of The Amazing Race Australia and very quickly, the personalities on this show are creating buzz. I love it when reality shows do this. It’s refreshing to be able to pick up a mag or a newspaper and see editorials, opinions and stories on a show that isn’t related to its controversial nature or shocking new twists. The contestants on this show are real and entertaining. There’s not one pot plant group (well, maybe Luke and Jeff) nor are there contestants there simply for the fame (well, maybe the surfers or the models, but they were kinda already famous/socialites in their own right) and it makes the show so watchable.
For those not watching this show based simply on the types of contestants and controversies that were shown on Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars and sometimes MasterChef Australia; you needn’t worry. Watch it, it’s a completely fresh look at Australian’s in an experiment of sorts.
Rant over, and there’s my recap for the week. I will, as usual, be blogging each and every episode of each and every show so I hope you all join me!