For us reality television nerds out there, we FINALLY got a grip this week on how close Easter is, as two reality television shows finished up for the year, ahead of non-ratings period. Excess Baggage and My Kitchen Rules could not have been bigger polar opposites, but they did share one thing in common- a finale last week. So let’s go through all the twists and turns.
We’ll do My Kitchen Rules first, because I usually save it until last, and that’s just not very fair is it. Considering it is the highest rating reality television show around, it should get first mention. This week, only three episodes aired; but these were the most highly anticipated episode to date.
The first two episodes were the finale decider semi-finals round. On Sunday, SA’s Leigh & Jennifer went head to head with TAS’s Megan & Andy. In what would be the trend, it was SA’s own florist and princess who progressed the finale, leaving the Islander state team to leave the competition.
On Monday, SA’s other team, Nic & Rocco versed off against Carly & Emily. It may have been hard for Rocco to keep his eye on the ball and not on Emily (or was it Carly he is dating?), but he seemed to pull something out of the bag, as he and his friend Nic completed the all-SA (and I wouldn’t have it any other way) finale, knocking Victorian’s Carly & Emily out of the competition. Well, a South Australian knocking out a Victorian- that, my friends, was the sweetest victory of all!
On Tuesday was the big finale. The SA girls went up against the SA boys, and for a while there, it looked like Nic & Rocco were going to beat the girls to the prize. But a few last minute 10/10’s for the girls proved to be their saviour, and they went on to become the competition’s third winning pair.
My Kitchen Rules returns in 2013.
Excess Baggage also had a final week. 2.6 million of you tuned in for the MKR finale- but only 95k tuned in for Excess Baggage. This week, the teams were in Melbourne. For their last spirit challenge, they had to collect ‘Excess Baggage’ from sites around Melbourne, and rush back with as many bags as they could carry to Federation Square. I swear there were more people cheering them on in the square than there were people watching the episode.
Dipper & Lana continued their winning streak, beating this competition. It was then onto the final Breakthrough Experience, where the orange and purple teams had to be submerged in a makeshift helicopter cockpit, and fight their way to the surface again with no breathing gear. It was a shock to the system for Lana, but she eventually did it! Good on her.
On Wednesday, it was time for the last endurance challenge. Here, using cryptic clues, contestants had to find bags of puzzle pieces littered around a train yard. With their recovered bags (four in total), they had to construct a puzzle. The purple team triumphed here.
The finale then took place on Thursday, where each team competed in a finale challenge which involved completing mini-versions of some challenges featured in the season. Then, it was on to the final check in, where Ajay & Matt took home the split $100,000.
Excess Baggage will NOT return in 2013.
Then there’s The Biggest Loser- which will continue throughout Easter non-ratings. After a heated elimination, which saw Lisa leave, it was a week of events! First off, the eliminated contestants returned to be trained by ousted trainer, Shannan. They also found out about the bunker, which they can use at their disposal.
Next, the contestants were treated to a makeover. After the brilliant event, which transformed the contestants, they all had a night on the town, which brought back a flood of emotions for Michelle.
Lastly, the contestants still partook in a weekly challenge, where they had to raft their way across a river. Lydia, who used to be a brownie, didn’t do so well with partner Kasey. They came last, and are now locked up in a bedroom lockdown until weigh in. Uh, oh!
Alex & Michelle however, won the challenge, earning themselves a 1kg weight advantage.
And that ended the week in reality!
So what’s going on next week? Well, not much I’m afraid, but The Biggest Loser is now also coming to an end, which should prove eventful. This weigh in on Sunday seems to be quite interesting, but it indicates poor numbers will be dealt- which I don’t usually like- I LOVE change on this show- but we’ll see.
The eliminated contestants will also be revealed- but who will take the news poorly? All of them? Well, I wouldn’t be surprised.
So as we head into non-ratings for two extra weeks, don’t worry- soon enough we will have a barrage of new reality titles coming our way. MasterChef Australia, The Block, Celebrity Apprentice Australia, The Voice, The Amazing Race Australia AND Dancing With The Stars are all set to debut soon after April 15 (if not April 15), so keep that penned in your diary.
With that, enjoy your week, and I shall see you all back here Easter Saturday!!