Masterchef Australia – The Judges Did Not Like Season Two
The Masterchef Australia pre-show media frenzy continues, and now the judges have revealed to the Daily Telegraph they did not enjoy Season 2 of the show.
The Daily Telegraph writes:
Preston makes no bones about the fact that he, Calombaris and Mehigan didn’t enjoy the second series of MasterChef.
The trio’s displeasure wasn’t just with some of the contestants – it was also aimed at themselves.
“In series two we were all overly dramatic,” Preston says. “We were all ‘performing’ for the first half (of the series), and as soon as we saw what it was like on the TV, we went, ‘Oh my God, that is so ridiculous, so overblown’.”
Last season’s Country Women’s Association challenge was an embarrassment. Many of the contestants couldn’t even bake a simple sponge, scone or fruit cake.
“We’ve become better at picking contestants that we think will grow through the course of the show,” Preston says.
“We’ve stripped out some of the dickhead factor. This year a lot of contestants are cooking for their family and friends. They’re not cooking their way through the complete works of Heston Blumenthal. They are people who cook as part of their lives rather than as an extreme sport.”
I take it this is code for no plate throwing this season thankfully.
The article also states there will be no second chance re-entry into the show, as there was in the first two seasons.
“We decided to remove things that don’t feel right,” Preston says. “Hopefully, it will feel more natural.”
Personally I don’t mind the second chance re-entry, as sometimes there are people who are eliminated due to having bad luck on the day or if your favourite goes early you keep watching on the off chance they will get back in.
The other thing they reveal is there will be less bitchiness and crying.
MASTERCHEF Australia judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan have vowed to stamp out the bitchiness and blubbering that plagued last year’s season of the hit series.
This year, they say, will be back to basics.
Last year, contestants including Jonathan “The Terminator” Daddia (IT consultant) and Claire Winton Burn (lawyer) fell out of favour with the judges and viewers for their perceived arrogance and repeated crying.
There was a lot of wailing on screen last year, however I actually thought the crying by Jonathan Daddia made him human to the audience. Also Claire Winton Burn being out of favour with the judges? She made top three, does that mean if she had been in favour she would have won. I thought the reason Claire Winton Burn did not get to the final was related to personal life issues.