Another week in reality television history is over and we are left with a day to reflect, refresh and get back into MORE reality goodness next week. While we wait, let’s just recap what kind of week it has been.
So the week started off with an Instant Dance edition of Dancing with the Stars where five couples danced as usual, before having to memorise a second routine within forty minutes. I really thought Samantha Armytage’s days were up but as it turns out, Lara Bingle was sent home after facing the bottom two with Haley Bracken. Out of the two, I don’t think anyone would disagree with that outcome.
There are two weeks left of this competition for the year and although it’s pretty obvious who’s going to be going through to the finals, I don’t doubt that Dancing with the Stars has yet another twist on the competition to keep viewers even mildly entertained.
MasterChef powered forward to its top ten with the elimination of Danielle Dixon, after failing to impress at a Moran farm buffet Sunday challenge and in the pressure test elimination, and fan favourite Kumar who has generated a lot of support online but failing to list ingredients in a blindfolded invention test and therefore failing to produce a scrumptious dish.
Other highlights of the week included a star-studded MasterClass involving Kiwi Chef Justin North and MasterChef New Zealand judge Simon Gault amongst other faves. I think you can guess that it was in fact a New Zealand themed MasterClass with Alana & Ellie winning a trip to the country itself.
Merle Parrish, competition and award winning baker of 70+ years, came and visited, challenging Billy to an immunity challenge. After producing her cakes, doing a bit of knitting and gleefully checking in on the rushing mad Billy, Merle won the challenge and was even allowed to keep the immunity pin!
Moving onto The Amazing Race Australia, and yet again, this show doesn’t fail to disappoint. It delivered laughs, whether due to the farmer’s constant road & authority troubles, or due to Dave’s increasingly volatile temper during the ice hockey challenge, this was certainly a side-splitting hour.
The contestants stacked beer, took photo’s of people waving flags (albeit most of the time the wrong ones, causing each team to count some stairs) and even attempted to eat some pig. In the end, Chris & Anastasia came into the pit stop first for once… only to be told that it is a double leg! This just makes me laugh even more, and want the next episode to arrive even more-er.
To The Block, and the contestants moved into their houses. Construction began on room one however it wasn’t long before Shelley Craft, new co-host of the show, delivered the first twist; the first team to complete her set challenge got to switch houses with someone (or was that ‘evict’ someone completely?). After racing around finding model houses, Polly & Waz won the challenge but decided not to switch houses!
Katrina & Amie had a scuffle with the on site foreman over a fireplace that brought them to tears as they and the other contestants (especially Josh & Jenna who experienced a few relationship troubles during Shelley’s challenge) realised how tough this competition really will be.
At the end of the week, Scott kept the surprises going, reintroducing The Block 2010 contenders Mark & Duncan and telling the current contestants that whoever wins his wall building challenge, will score Mark & Duncan as extra pair of hands for the next day.
Tania & Rod won and put Mark & Duncan to work on carpentry, building and grocery shopping. But Mark & Duncan’s appearance wasn’t the only one made by a former contestant with Jenna calling The Block 2010 contestant Chez to help after losing the challenge and wanting someone with experience to help them anyway.
As it turns out, all Chez did was give them a few tips, drank with them and left. She hasn’t been heard of since!
Moving on to Australia’s Got Talent and another three acts made it through in the penultimate semi final. They were Instant Bun, the Old Fella & Liam Burrows. To the performances and while some were good, some were a little poor, it was Jordan Paris that got everyone talking; for all the wrong reasons.
After plagiarising jokes in the audition stage, his next routine was full of originals. Epic fail! While I thought some of his jokes were snigger worthy, the rest were certainly duds, falling flat on almost deaf ears. Kyle told him to stick to ripping off everybody else as his stuff ‘sucked ass’.
No doubt that he wont be one of the three making it through to the final however whoever does will be doing so on the final semi final of the season as the final eight semi-finalists battle it out for a place in the super sized grand final!
MasterChef continues on as usual and all I can tell you off the top of my head at this stage is that I know there will be two more eliminations this week like every other week, bringing us closer to the finals week!
UPDATE: My good buddy Johnson who provides invaluable and detailed information about MasterChef and the contents on (nearly) every episode’s special guests, locations, cuisine types etc. has provided some details on this week’s MasterChef. As usual, you can scroll down and read his comment but with so much happening next week according to him, here’s just a rundown on what to expect, courtesy of Johnson!
- Sunday will see Shane Delia as guest judge on the Middle Eastern theme invention test
- Tuesday will see Alessandro Pavoni, chef and owner of Ormeggio at the Spit in Sydney, returns to immunity challenge to avenge his apprentice Alex Keene’s loss to Hayden by a point in week 2 (predicting an absolutely unmissable episode here!)
- To Wednesday and a very special guest; English chef, restaurateur and TV presenter Marco Pierre White (he was the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars at age 33) will be special guest.
- This Wednesday episode looks interesting in more than one way; it also features an English v French cuisine team challenge!
Thanks again, Johnson! Brilliant stuff!
The Block heads into its first room inspection and from a fleeting glance at some of the finished products these contestants will finish with, it will be a close call, but one to definitely tune into. After that, work on room two officially begins and the drama starts all over again.
Lastly, The Amazing Race finishes the rest of leg 7 with a bang. One very exhausted team will be going home and we’ve been promised that this episode will be hard for ‘more than one team’. What does this mean? Double elimination? Probably not, and if it isn’t, we can expect eliminations for ALL legs to come as we head into the final weeks of this massive race.
It will be a huge week ahead, topped off with the launch of Project Runway Australia. I regret to inform you that I do not have Foxtel and any blogging I was going to do for this show and Australia’s Next Top Model was depending on my friend taping it and me watching it at a later date. She has told me today that she will be getting rid of her subscription in the next few weeks due to the fact she’s saving to move overseas. Therefore, I personally won’t be blogging any of these episodes as previously planned.
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