Masterchef Australia Continues To Be The Golden Child
Masterchef Australia is going from strength to strength with huge ratings nudging the two million mark, and also a lot of money rolling in around it. The Daily Telegraph states the whole franchise is worth the same as a third world nation – $100 million. The Masterchef magazine is also doing fabulously well with 180,000 copies sold in its first month and pulled it in just under $1 million in cover price alone.
The last show that was this huge was Big Brother, and this show as a wider demographic appeal. So expect to see at least another couple of seasons of the show, and further interest from overseas. I would be interested to know if Poh’s show had been sold to the BBC, as Season 1 rated well over in the UK.
Anyway great news for Ten, and Fremantle Media and anyone connected with Masterchef Australia. I must confess my blogging stats are up because of the increase interest in this reality TV show. Hopefully some of the new readers will stick around for some of the other reality TV shows.
Also in this week’s TV Week they had little vignettes about some of the contestants.
Here is what they had to say:
– Openly gay Alvin – who shares a room with Skye, Marion, and Claire – admits he’s found it harder to bond with the boys.
“I don’t really get on with guys at the best of times,” he reveals. “I’m not into cars, football or beer, so I often don’t have much in common with them. Sometimes I feel like an outcast among them, but they don’t make me feel that way – it’s more my issue.”
– Everyone agrees that Marion is the one to beat in the competition.
She’s amazing and as a brilliant understanding of the balance of flavours,” Matthew says. “Everyone has bad days, but Marion has a lot of good days!”
Marion, however, insists, “I don’t know where eeryone gets the idea that I’m the favourite! Every day is a struggle for me. Anyone could beat me tomorrow.”
– Single Matthew isn’t hoping TV exposure will land him a girlfriend – in fact, quite the opposite. “I’m worried that being on telly will mean chicks start throwing themselves at me!” he says. “I’m looking for Miss Right, no Miss Right Now!”
– Something of a generation war kicked off when the cooks first moved into the house. “We have a real group of gen Y-ers here,” Peter say of Callum, Matthew and Sharnee. “They’re like a tornado when they step into the kitchen, and they leave their stuff everywhere.”
And the messiness has certainly got to Jonathan. “Jono’s so funny – he cracks it,” Peter laughs. “He’ll kick them up the butt, but then we all laugh about it. At first, I don’t think Matt, Callum and Sharnee knew what to make of it, but now they laugh- and they pick up after themselves too!”
all the contestants insist that there are no romances brewing in the house this season. “No one is remotely interested in anyone else in that way,” Alvin says. however, some of the guys have decided which women will make great wives. “Everyone adores Claire and Marion,” Peter says. “the boys joke about how they’re great marriage material.”
Personally I find the last paragraph a bit depressing – what is great marriage material? That they can cook and clean up after them?