My Kitchen Rules – Ticks All The Reality TV Boxes
Just when I consider My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel a little bit 2010, he pops back on the screen showing he does have the onscreen TV presence to engage the viewer. This is a positive thing as My Kitchen Rules is going into its all important third season and the show needs to maintain the momentum it had last year.
The cooking competition reality TV show should rate well, as it is entertaining television, because it ticks of the reality TV boxes.
1. Two good looking personable male hosts, Manu Feidel and Pete Evans, MKR producers obviously realise the majority of Reality TV viewers are women;
2. However for the men there are some cute female contestants, and a few guys that may also appeal to the fairer sex, well if you like droll men in army uniforms;
3. Casting is great, even in episode one, we see who the villains are, and it is not just Jennifer and Leigh the “princesses” from SA, yes Tom I am casting a side eye at you;
4. The savvy casting will ensure lots of chatter both online, at work and in the media because everyone is going to want to have an opinion;
5. Because of said casting, friction and sniping is already occurring around the table and by some of the looks the judges give one of the girls by episode two you can see they don’t particularly like them;
6. The cooking and drama in the kitchen is entertaining with the usual stuff ups, forgotten ingredients – there will be tears; and
7. Also the new $250,000 has upped the ante so expect much more strategic scoring as the show progresses.
There does not appear to be too much fiddling with the format at this stage. The judges and the teams go to each others homes and have to score the couple cooking and then after the two groups have completed this they will go back to the My Kitchen Rules kitchen where the eliminations will commence.
It could be argued including a New Zealand couple into the mix to try and bring up some trans-Tasman rivalry is a format change. But seriously who gives a rats? They can’t win as when they have to cook some ethnic food they are going to struggle, apparently there are no Greek restaurants in New Zealand. I am sensing a business opportunity for George Calombaris there, I wonder what the industrial relations laws are like over there?
The only thing that irritated me was the whole judges deadpanning as they ate the food, and looking concerned and then breaking into a smile and saying I loved it. It felt a little drawn out and we have seen that trick in season’s one and two. Other then that My Kitchen Rules is a lovely diversion from all the weight loss shows on our screens.
My Kitchen Rules starts tonight, Monday 30 January at 7.30pm and will screen four nights a week from Monday to Thursday in this timeslot.