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MasterChef Australia – Now There Is Going To Be A Celebrity Version

There had been rumours circulating but I had not believed them, that Channel Ten are going to follow the highly successful MasterChef Australia with MasterChef Celebrity version of the show. The rumour is now confirmed.

Apparently it will be 10 episodes with celebrities on there based on skill and network affiliations.  Neighbours stars anyone?

Hopefully it will be better than Celebrity Big Brother. But since the show is so popular with 1.8 million tuning in last Monday night, Ten are hoping to carry on with the success. Full story Sunday Telegraph.

Also here is an article which outlines where the eliminated MasterChef contestants are working. It appears Trevor may have an offer to buy a restaurant.

Also for those who record MasterChef Australia Wednesday night episode goes for 90 minutes. This week’s challenge is a wedding. Apparently it is a must watch 90 minutes of TV.


1 Injera { 06.14.09 at 4:09 pm }

God, if the “celeb” version assembles anything like the cast suggested in the article, it will be an utter snore-fest (with the exception of Micallef). Bondi vet, Matthew Hayden, Luke Darcy, Sandra Sully… hopefully they’ll do some more intelligent casting than that.

2 CG { 06.14.09 at 4:44 pm }

This is going to ruin the brand Channel 10 has managed to develop in a short-period of time. Look at the other “celebrity” shows…even in the first season of DWTS, Dancing on Ice, etc. the “celebrities” were C-D-E list people, many of whom I had never even heard of. I wish they wouldn’t do this, stick with the “amateur” format and plan for a new show next year. It is not a bad thing to be off the air for 6+ months as it builds the demand (e.g. Aus NTM, Au PR, etc.). Having a “celebrity” MC running for months will harm the brand and I think it will be unbearable in terms of the skill, judging, etc.

3 Wurstsemmel { 06.14.09 at 7:49 pm }

OMG. This may just kill it off for me.

And, if I am desperate enough to watch, please not Natalie Bassingthwaite. Please, no.

4 Reality Raver { 06.14.09 at 8:25 pm }

It would be good if they did it like the new Top Chef Masters where it is well known chefs going head to head. However maybe they will have burned their bridges with the Chef on the tuesday night shows and they won’t be keen to be judged by Gary and George!

5 Injera { 06.14.09 at 8:30 pm }

The original Hell’s Kitchen was a “celebrity” format, and rather enjoyable – Angus Deayton hosting, and it didn’t really matter that a number of the starlets were unrecognisable. It was good telly.

Masterchef has already got a “celebrity” iteration in the UK – haven’t seen it. There’s also a Professionals version – which probably ticks some of the boxes you’re talking about, RR, and it’s amazing. John Torode doesn’t judge that; instead, they have Michel Roux Jr with Gregg Wallace. Once again, the standing of the Masterchef brand means that it is a fairly serious comp, with lots of youngish chefs trying out. Not sure that the local bastardisation of that brand would allow for a Pro version. As you say, they might have burned their bridges with the Tuesday night shows.

6 Leon { 06.14.09 at 10:18 pm }

I remember reading something from Gordon Ramsay about the original Hell’s Kitchen, he was saying the celebs were all B/D/Z List and they were only worried about propping up their careers by having hysterics when the cameras were on them. That’s in the UK. How pathetic will the Australian version be? It’s bad enough without Neighbours/Idol stars.

7 Anonymous { 06.14.09 at 11:46 pm }

I’d watch it if it were a Celebrity Chef version! But yeah, a celebrity (read: d-grade network “stars”) version? No.