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1 sourkraut { 07.21.09 at 12:15 am }

I thought it was a study of concentration watching the two worthy finalists to see what brilliant cooking techniques could be learned from them, or perhaps listening very carefully to pick up all the AMAZING hints that came from the 3 stooges sorry, jedges

2 Anonymous { 07.21.09 at 5:28 am }
3 sourkraut { 07.21.09 at 11:44 pm }

I reluctantly admit at last that you were right especially with that photo.
Is there anywhere you know 9web site) where i can download an equally flattering one of the Pohrincess? i would really appreciate it.
One where she runs her hands down her cheeks in mock surprise. It could be labelled cook crap get a third chance act smile blush and win your ORIGINAL dream… media w@#$E

4 sourkraut { 07.21.09 at 11:47 pm }

Just proves what i said about those people in the media and channel f…in 10. Its all psychology and spin. These bastards could make mother teresa look like dracula in the eyes of our dumbed down population if they chose to do so. What chance of a FAIR DINKUM reality show?

5 Anonymous { 07.22.09 at 12:11 am }

sourkraut – lol! I found that picture of Julie on the Ch. 10 Masterchef forums – maybe you could check there for one of Poh. 😉

6 sourkraut { 07.22.09 at 12:30 am }

thanks for that. I’ll have a look but I bet b4 i do there wont be anything like it
Are you gunna watch MC2/ I cant decide. I promise myself i wont and then get sucked in by the psychobabble which is why groan i watched 7 series of survivor.
Shit a brick i need to get a life
I’m common as mud 1 in 3.693751238765Million

7 Anonymous { 07.22.09 at 12:38 am }

sourkraut – I don’t know if I’ll watch MC again, I feel really dirty about this season! It kind of makes me not want to tune in for the next season. I’m a massive food show lover, and I thought it was going to be more of a chef skills competition than basically a Big Brother with a Cook Twist reality tv show/personality contest. So I’m kind of disappointed.

Wow, 7 series of survivor? If it makes you feel any better I’ve watched 7 seasons of SYTYCD (US, Canada, and Australian versions). I burn off the calories from the cooking by dance!!

8 sourkraut { 07.22.09 at 12:53 am }

I got sucked in to survivor cause i was at a conference in cairns and we went to the lava tubes on the atherton tablelands and at that very time australian survivor was being set up there. we were sitting around a big campfire swilling beer and trying to blow didgeridoos (unsucessfully as circular breathing is near impossible without practice) and then we were told the survivor people were filming us for the show. apparently it was labelled as canned ozzies for the US
Any idea why the cook and the chef are stopping? that had so much class and charm.
Guess we’ll have to wait for another series of Maeve o M’s show
Anyhoo I’ll go back to hueys cooking show on sick days, I know its not marvellous but i like him and his dishes are pretty copyable
Finally, just imagine if this had been judged a la big brother (I’m ashamed to admit i watched one whole episode) There’d be riots in the streets. Just as well it was not
Anyway enjoy your food, its been fun jousting. Seeya

9 Reality Raver { 07.22.09 at 1:37 am }

Sourkraut – Maggie Beer she had other business and family interests to deal with. I loved Survivor than I stopped watching it when it all became a bit predictable, but the last few seasons have been dynamite. The producers have been making it harder to form long term alliances. You may want to try watching The Amazing RAce, give it a couple of episodes and you will be hooked. Nothing funnier then seeing insular Americans outside their country.

Anon – I love SYTYCD as well, in fact I am doing recaps of the US on Friday nights. I must confess I missed last Friday due to MasterChef fatigue and a few to many champagnes….

10 sourkraut { 07.22.09 at 10:37 pm }

I was disappointed with the last survivor series. I guess i just couldn’t handle it when the skank with the silicon bags won it, after i could not stand her and her antics on a previous survivor.

The only characters i really liked were Rudy the navy seal from no 1, Rupert (i think it was with the beard who swiped the other teams sneakers in episode 1 o f series 4 (i think), but he turned out to be an impractical BURKE in the next series he was in; and of course johnny fairplay

I tried the Amazing Race for one series and that seemed a BIT rigged as well, but what really turned me off was the arrogant gormless way the contestants treated the various natives. In the end i was peaking through the cracks between my fingers with embarassment. Bit like watching Hyacinth Bucket

11 Injera { 07.23.09 at 10:46 am }

Actually, sourkraut, pretending you’re watching Hyacinth Bucket is probably a very good way to deal with some reality TV. Strange, but it is easier to think of participants as “characters” rather than “people”, particularly when they act like a bunch of bigoted narcissists (usually at least one set in any given TAR), or abusive jerks (again, at least one per casting of TAR).

It did get me thinking – would I enjoy a reality show if there wasn’t someone to “hate”? Hmmm, I don’t know. It has to be a balance, though. I watched a bit of the first season of Big Brother (novelty value and all that) but when I checked out any of the subsequent seasons I found there were too many hatables and not enough likables.

It’s also good to have a panto-villain as well; a participant who plays up to the hatable tag. Stefan in Top Chef was one – so self-consciously snide that he transcended to the highest form of lovable. I’d put Lex from Survivor Africa in that category (OTT scheming) and Rob’n’Amber (but only in their TAR appearance – they were insufferalble, singly and together, in Survivor).

And I’d forgotten Rupert’s sneaker attack. Perhaps Tom really had studied Reality History 101 and his beef thief was an homage to the greats!

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edited to add: sourkraut – I’m rewatching the most recent Masterchef UK season. It’s gold. Even though I know the outcome, it’s so good to have a show where ordinary people cook good food. You might be able to sleuth it out online if you don’t have pay TV. Oh, and the “hating” theory doesn’t work for Masterchef UK, since it doesn’t follow a “reality” format.

12 sourkraut { 07.23.09 at 10:47 pm }

Yes i think you are right about the Hating bit. It’s really a pity as its so easy for the meedja to make a person or group or race look really bad and people, myself included, get sucked in by it.
The classic example was the Amazing race tonight. 90% of the contestantants were portrayed as boofheads (may well have been for all i know!) and it was hard to like any of them, although they certainly played for sympathy for the so-called deaf guy who seemed to be able to hear perfectly sometimes. Loved the countryside. Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places on earth but OMG cowbells and yodelling?
Enjoyed the bungee jump
faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrbig breathrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheesus… y did it take them so long to work out to use the frame as a sled.

13 freddo { 08.08.09 at 9:44 pm }

if there has ever been a tool put on tv, it’s this guy!

jeeeezzzussss LOSER!

14 Anonymous { 08.24.09 at 6:29 pm }

All of the people that have the time to write nasty small essay’s on people who actually have the guts to go on national tv and give it their all need to get a life. It is pathetic and the sooner you realise that it is you that has the problems not the people on TV the beter. The only reason that Chris has recieved such a bad mouthing is because people knew about it 50% or more of the men out there cheat on their partners on a daily basis. So stop sitting behind a computer screen and taking your insecurities out on others and deal with them!

15 Reality Raver { 08.24.09 at 11:21 pm }

Anonymous – Chris went on the show to promote his business and I think good on him. But there is no one to blame but himself for the salacious scandal that has emerged since. yes a lot of people have a affairs, but he has had two ongoing relationships, plus added in Julia, plus there is that other “anon” woman.
I am no sympathy for him on that front.
By the way to save me money on paying for a Landmark course, what are my alleged insecurities?