News Limited yesterday let a pretty interesting cat out of the bag by suggesting that Ten is planning to end this year’s MasterChef on a Wednesday night, rather than the traditional Sunday night. The move is said to be a response to last year’s criticism of the show when it was split to make way for The Renovators, though I don’t know how.
According to the report, MasterChef Australia plans to bring THREE contestants into the final night, which will consist of a compact two hour episode, before eliminating one early on, and sending the final two into the usual finale challenges.
The Wednesday in question is July 25 which will be the day before the Olympics airs on Nine which is also supposed to be the time Ten launches MasterChef: All Stars. So maybe they’re doing this to allow for a smooth transition?
Either way, it shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience for us reality lovers that the finale won’t fall on a Sunday. Apart from The Block and Dancing with The Stars, all reality shows this year have ended on a weekday.
The Voice ended on a Monday, The Biggest Loser and My Kitchen Rules ended on a Tuesday, Celebrity Apprentice Australia ended on a Wednesday and Excess Baggage ended on Thursday.
The X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and Big Brother have also aired finales on weeknights (usually Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) and even MasterChef has aired finales of its spin-off series’, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef on Wednesdays.
But Ten spokespeople have declined to comment.
Meanwhile, preliminary odds on who will win the All-Stars version of MasterChef are in with season one winner Julie Goodwin the hot favourite to win with season three contenders Hayden Quinn and Kumar Pereira on the outer.
MasterChef Australia continues weekdays at 7pm and Sundays at 7.30pm on Ten.
MasterChef All-Stars launches soon on Ten.