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Masterchef Australia Updates

Firstly Marion Grasby has her picture on more front covers of the weekly gossip magazines than Jennifer Aniston – way to go girl.

As you can guess everyone is writing about the show, including yours truly, here are some links on the articles.

Claire Harvey on news.com.au writes that Masterchef Australia is a giant, tasty con. She seems to like the show but is not a fan of the Friday masterclass.

She also implies that it is manipulated. She writes:

Look at the show from a cold business perspective and the strategy’s pretty obvious: build someone up as a favourite, promote her chances as heavily as possible, ensure she remains involved until at least the crucial final weeks, and then drop her like a soggy profiterole.

Brilliant! More page one photographs, more hits on the website – it’s all good news. Unless, of course, you happen to be the unfortunate Marion, or one of the remaining candidates, such as Aaron, who claims he’s afraid to leave his own front door lest he’s ambushed by some crazed fan wearing a chorizo-spattered tracksuit.

It might be tagged “reality television”, but in fact MasterChef‘s grip on reality is a bit like my grip on trigonometry – I know how to spell the word, but that’s about all.

The only real surprise is that anyone would expect such a successful franchise to be any different.

Having created the pattern with the 2009 series, MasterChef‘s producers are well aware of how to roll: the favourite contestant shouldn’t win every time.

That means there’s a sense of genuine risk every night. If I know the beautiful Eurasian chick is going to win every time, be she Poh Ying Leow of 2009 or Marion Grasby of 2010, I’ve got no real need to tune in.

Is she implying Poh won last year? Also I am not sure if the favourite did win last year. Julie Goodwin winning was kind of 50/50 with the show’s fans I thought.

The SMH also has an article about how the contestant’s were treated like rock stars at a charity event. There are some great photos attached to this article of Jono and Matthew, and Courtney with her girlfriend.

Also in an article on the SMH Adriano Zumbo thinks Jimmy or Adam will take out the title. Well Adam could, but seriously Jimmy? I hope Adriano Zumbo does not know something I don’t.

Also on Nine MSN – Marion Grasby says her elimination was fair. Two TV bloggers comment on the impact her elimination will have on the show.

If you are wondering how Junior Masterchef will roll, here is a great article saying how it will work. It obviously won be as harsh as the adult version, and they will be eliminating the kids four at a time, so no one is signalled out.

Anna Gare from Quickies In The Kitchen and The Best will be a female judge on the show. For a bit of trivia she is married to former basketballer Luc Longley.

In my next blog post I will be doing a synopsis of the Marion Grasby stories in the weekly gossip mags.

5 comments

1 hine { 07.12.10 at 5:16 pm }
2 hine { 07.12.10 at 5:33 pm }
3 Chunks { 07.12.10 at 5:51 pm }

I really think people are over-thinking the conspiracy theories. Marion would still be in if she served up the best satay on the night. She didn’t and you could tell that just by looking at it. The team behind it already know from the Poh/Justine experience that you can only manipulate a situation so much trying to steer it towards a particular outcome. The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglay. So the show’s had a reboot and who knows, perhaps 100,000 stockings will be stuffed with copies of ‘Our Family’s Favourite Curries’ come Christmas time…

4 Anthony { 07.12.10 at 9:08 pm }

About last year’s competition, am I right to say that Justine was the favourite to win? Among fans as well? (I LOVED JUSTINE!) Besides her slow start, I think she was the most consistent! And she delivered the greatest number of well-received dishes.

5 sourkraut { 07.16.10 at 2:55 pm }

Anthony
rubbish, she was 1 D french only
Chris B was much better