Intro: Who on Earth is Max Markson and how the hell is he a celebrity? These were some of the questions running through my head when Max’s name was announced amongst the line up for this year’s season. Apparently, he isn’t a celebrity- he is just an agent to them and while I hate it when shows like these include people whose job just cannot be spun to make them look like a celebrity, it became apparent early that Max Markson’s inclusion would be a good one. Max burst into the game with all guns blazing. At first, he was helpful; ringing clients of his to rock up to challenges and donate vast amounts of money to help his team win. But as time went on, Max’s over the top attitude became a subject of torment for Jason and some other fellow team members who grew tired of his shenanigans. Max however was apart of some very successful challenges, and it wasn’t until a double elimination in the middle of the competition that Max saw his demise. Had the double elimination not been there, he probably would have survived however as it happens, him and fellow team member Didier were eliminated. Max made it to joint seventh place in the game.
Why He Made The List: Max was just an over the top character. When the series first began, his ‘mad’ attitude looked like it could get old and even diminish the quality of the show. His attitude in the first episode was enough to drown out future season loudmouth’s Deni Hines and Julia Morris. It was all about Max, Max, Max. In deliberations, Max would constantly ignore what was being said and continue to ring agents even when his team members told him not too. While Jason Coleman always seemed agitated by the tomfoolery this man showed, at first, he was the bud of jokes coming from Shane Crawford and Warwick Capper. Soon enough though, he became tiresome and even Shane and youngster model Didier saw the downfall potential in him. Max probably hit a low note when, during a challenge in which he invited a Women’s Day representative to come down and donate money to his seaside photoboard challenge only for the woman to give the money to the other team instead, he stole a cheque off of the other team, claiming it was rightfully his. While team leader Julia gave the money back in the boardroom, it left a sour taste in the mouths of many contestants and many viewers.
In the next boardroom challenge; Max’s last, he caused controversy after, for no apparent reason whatsoever, brought up Didier’s drug using past as a means of getting an upper hand in a dispute. The outburst made Didier cry but Max later apologised when he returned to help in the final challenge of the season. Even in this challenge, Mad Max returned to spite Jason! Actually, while this ‘mad’ approach proved to be a hindrance for some of his team’s mental health, he did turn it off and play the mature card for one challenge. That challenge ultimately got him fired!
Ah, good old Max, they don’t make reality stars like him anymore- especially if they weren’t a ‘celebrity’ to begin with. So Max starts us off in the single digits and we are getting close now. For number eight tomorrow, it is hard to give out a clue relating to the show this person was on without giving too much away. That’s how infamous they were! I guess I could give out some advice- don’t let this person host a morning television program any time soon.