Junior Masterchef – Not All Unicorns And Fairy Floss After All
Junior Masterchef is a great show and is rating really well for channel ten, however as with all reality shows we are seeing a sanitised version.
The producers have made a decision to not show the kids crying due to pressure or stress of the cooking, a policy I wish they would take for the adult version.
However the Daily Telegraph are reporting one of the boys in this week’s show when it was filming was in tear twice and he was given ten more minutes to finish his recipe both of which was not shown on TV.
The article said:
FANS of Junior MasterChef have been served a sanitised version of the children’s cooking contest, after producers edited out the emotional meltdown of one young contestant this week.
Producers were yesterday forced to defend the decision to cut out the crying scenes from the pre-recorded episode, witnessed by The Daily Telegraph and visitors to the Sydney set last August.
The 12-year-old broke down twice during the pressure test, was given an extra 10 minutes to complete the task and was later counselled by staff psychologists.
While producers managed the dramatic moment on the day, what went to air on Monday night was a heavily-censored version of events.
The show’s executive producer Margie Bashfield is understood to have agonised over the episode, but was not available for comment.
Channel 10 would not address the incident but said, in a statement: “Many hours, often days of shooting go into the production of a single Junior MasterChef episode.
“Therefore only those moments that enhance the storyline or affect the outcome of a challenge, are able to be included in the final edit.”
Drawing an average audience of about 1.3 million viewers and acclaimed for its positivity, the program now faces scrutiny for manipulating footage and the real impact the competition is having on its young stars.
I feel sorry for the kid, but I hope for the other competitors sake that the extra ten minutes didn’t have an impact on their scores, as there should be a level playing field.
Like a circus when the animals are trotted out to perform are we not seeing how they are really being treated behind the scenes? Fingers crossed the Masterchef experience is a positive thing for most of the children.