Well, it has been a huge year in reality television, and guess what- only one week left of Australia’s biggest history making genre for 2011! But, for all you reality junkies out there never fear, because reality television isn’t bowing out quietly. The final ratings week for 2011 will be a busy week if ever I saw one, and it will probably take the final breaths of your imagination out of you to ease you into a long summer ahead. I know I’m ready for a bit of a break, haha! But of course, with a week to go, this is just an ordinary Reality Highlights segment, so let’s talk reality…as usual!
It was a welcome return to the Junior MasterChef kitchen after the juniors lapped up their final moments in LA on Sunday. But before that, another elimination loomed, as you would expect so close to the final. Here, everyone was a candidate, but people were saved at periodical times throughout the episode. The exceptions to this rule were Steven, Miraede, Madi and Kieran who were eliminated amongst the World of Colour at Disneyland!
Back at home and a double mystery box challenge awaited them, however not everyone took it. Indigo, Harry and Zac did, and the results were mixed. Indigo, who was excited about the double mystery box, which contained offal, actually ended up not impressing the judges as much as everybody else. A second challenge had them fight in a ‘boxing ring’ one on one! No, not proper fighting, but a cook off whereby one person from a team faced off in a 15 minute cooking showdown against someone in the other team. With four people in a team, this meant that there was 60 minutes to create an overall dish which was scored in a blind taste conducted by the judges.
Colin Fassnidge and Miguel Maestro helped out on this one. Then, in a special !!!BONUS!!! episode of Junior MasterChef, contestants were asked to cook a deceitful dish; one that looked savoury, but was rather sweet. Then, after a slumber party held in the MasterChef kitchen (I know! What a cool idea!!!), the contestants woke up to a Christmas themed kitchen…and George dressed up as Santa Clause. Here, they had to unwrap presents containing ingredients and cook a classic Christmas inspired dish.
These episodes were mainly for points with the usuals; Jack, Greta and Zac all earning solid points.
To Celebrity Apprentice and it was a rocky week. The week began with a challenge which saw Pauline trade places with Shane. Here, they had to create a children’s story and play to perform in front of children. With the help of Lara Bingle, Jono Coleman and Catriona Rowntree, it was set to be a breeze…however Lara was definitely a let down. Jason’s job history pretty much secured him a win…until boardroom when it was revealed that he, along with Pauline, hadn’t actually won, sending them into the final elimination. Here, despite dislike from the safe contestants, particularly Jesinta, and clear responsibility for the team’s failure, Jason was saved at the expense of Pauline Hanson who, despite her background, became liked on the show and whose elimination was seen in a negative light. Apparently, the decision was based on her overall performance on the season which while a little unfair, did give good merit for her firing.
To the next challenge, and four contestants came back to help. They were Deni Hines, Max Markson, Polly Porter and Didier Cohen. While Didier and Polly became background support in the challenge which is still ongoing (to conclude in Monday’s final) to come up with an advertising campaign for Yellow Brick Road, Bouris’ company. Deni and Max however, were a different story. Max reverted back to ‘Mad Max’ which did actually help him before he was fired, so could be a blessing now. He continues to stuff up on set, continues to overrun everyone with his loud personality and continues to annoy the living daylights out of everyone! But, he’s a damn sight better than Deni, whose performance is out of control. When blogging Wednesday’s episode, I was thrown a little out of whack with the constant chip chopping of scene and back and forwards motion of scene changes, but also because half the episode saw Deni arguing or making problems for her team. This proved a distraction for me, and I’m thinking you too, because she was going off about NOTHING AT ALL! I was just spending the whole episode looking for evidence of how this was all fabricated, but I do think it was just the real deal; Deni trying to vie for attention by using her negative persona to her advantage. Trust me, Diva, it aint working!
The results of the challenge, as mentioned, will be shown in Monday’s final.
To The X Factor and again, not much to recap here. It was a heightened night of performances, but the results show was the big kicker- involving heavy weights Florence + the Machines, Ed Sheeran and the wonderful Stevie Nicks. Here, it was all up to the Australian public to decide on the three finalists who ended up being Andrew Wishart, Reece Mastin and Johnny Ruffo. Three Wishez were sent home, leaving Ronan actless with Mel. Gosh, all the international star judges…
To The One and Salvatore was eliminated. Despite my scepticism, it was a very interesting episode and at the very least, entertaining. We now decide who wins. See the website for voting numbers and Terms & Conditions.
Beauty & The Geek Australia Rounded off the week with the make up of Lachlan and Jordan, a challenge involving all the geeks painting a portrait to a very talkative naked blonde model and then answering questions on what she said, a fashion runway involving the beauties dressed up in hilarious London-inspired icons, Jimmy’s rejection by Helen (due to her online relationship with a Dutch person) and the re-elimination of Helen & Troy. Wow, I really thought they were going to make it to the final!
So, that’s the week that was- technically semi-final week, really. Next week, it all begins! And in the same right, it all ends as well as all your favourite reality television shows finish up the year and reality television goes on vacation!
To begin the finals week, we have Junior MasterChef, which will eliminate two contestants each night from Sunday to Tuesday to reach the final two. Then, on Wednesday, the final two go head to head for the crown (possibly last ever) of Junior MasterChef.
Celebrity Apprentice Australia however has the first final of the week where on Monday, the challenge ends in what will prove to be a big shocking conclusion most probably thanks to more bad behaviour from Deni Hines which is set to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, so to speak. Then, either Jesinta Campbell, Jason Coleman, Shane Crawford or Julia Morris will be crowned Australia’s first (and it is becoming increasingly likely that they won’t be the last) Celebrity Apprentice.
Monday & Tuesday also spell the end for X Factor season three where either Reece Mastin, Johnny Ruffo or Andrew Wishart will be crowned 2011 winner. These two episodes are two hours in length. Appropriate? Well, for a show that has KYLIE MINOGUE performing both nights, it’s sure to be big!
The One finishes up on Wednesday with either Heidi Hanley, Debbie Malone or Greg Riley being voted BY YOU as 2011’s The One.
Then, it is Reality Television’s Final Night for 2011- Thursday 24 November 2011 which will be marked by the 90 minute conclusion to Beauty & The Geek Australia’s third season. There are still four teams remaining- Jimmy & Mackenzie, Lachlan & Sarah, Jacelle & Gilbert and Julian & Julian however one by one, they will be eliminated after a string of challenges.
And that is how the final week of reality for 2011 will pan out. Next week’s Reality Highlights segment will mark the end with a special Thursday final week recap before a full ‘report’ on the 2011 reality year is published on Friday.
Also don’t forget, the Top 20 Reality Television Stars for 2011 will also be taking place between the 16-31st of December 2011 to crown this year’s Reality Television Star. Who deserved their 15 minutes of fame and then some the most?
That’s all from me tonight, hope to see you all reading along as we enter the finishing stretch!