Australian Story – Masterchef’s Jules Allen Is On And I Might Be As Well….
Jules Allen, a Masterchef Australia contestant from last year will be the subject of Australian Story on Monday night on the ABC. She appears to give an honest account on what it is like to be on a reality show and her own feelings/motivations. Maybe it should be compulsory viewing for reality TV wannabees.
Hopefully she will also get the chance to say how freaking ripped off she was in getting eliminated twice from Masterchef Australia last year. Particularly in relation to going home the second time on other peoples mistakes.
I was interviewed to comment for this story, so might get one or two grabs if I am not too tabloidesque. Considering I was interviewed for 45 minutes I will be a bit miffed if I don’t. It will be interesting to see if some of my more caustic one liners get a run.
Full details below:
Australian Story: Out of the Kitchen – Jules Allen
Monday June 2nd, 8pm on ABC1
THE REALITY TV REBOUND – ONE WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE HEAT IN THE KITCHEN
Introduced by Deborra-Lee Furness
“One of the most exciting moments of my life was being handed that white apron. The adrenalin kicked in and the ego went berserk.”. Jules Allen, reality television contestant
“Being a participant in a reality TV show is a bit like being a voluntary hostage.” Andrew Fuller, psychologist
“You get your picture on a bus and everyone knows who you are. But it comes at a price.” Andrew Allen, brother
This week’s program provides an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of the reality TV phenomenon that’s captured viewers around the country.
Jules Allen was 38 years old when she left her family for four months to appear as a ‘willing hostage’ on the popular MasterChef reality TV show in Melbourne.
As a single mother, she’d fostered twenty-nine children and taken in three children to her family permanently. But even a house full of teenagers couldn’t prepare her for the high octane existence of life as a MasterChef contestant.
She admits she lusted after ‘fifteen minutes of fame’ but says that despite the psychological counselling provided by the show she was unprepared for the intense emotional swings during filming: “We felt we were bipolar because of the enormous highs and then the excruciating lows – they can happen three times in a day. You’re encouraged to sort of crack open (but) at the end there’s no one there to put you together,” she says.
It’s become clear to Jules Allen that her experience is not unique. Psychologists and industry observers say the same production techniques are used in most of the popular reality shows. A year later, she says the experience has left her ‘humbler’ with a clearer sense of what actually matters in life, including reinforcing her mission to raise awareness for foster care and launching a program to help those on a low budget eat well.