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Australian Story – Jules Allen From Masterchef Talks About Her Reality TV Journey

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Australian Story was on tonight giving Jules Allen’s reality TV journey Β and also about her foster caring and family. To her credit she was pretty honest about why she went on Masterchef Australia admitting there was some ego involved. But no one can walk in her shoes about how she felt about being on the show and how she coped in the aftermath and that needs to be taken at face value.

She talked about the high’s and lows, being cut off from her family and feeling abandoned by the reality TV machine after being eliminated on the show, even likening it to post traumatic stress syndrome. It was also interesting to hear her say how she felt ashamed when she was eliminated and that it was being filmed on camera. She also said she had reoccurring nightmares after her elimination.

Jules also admitted that she had not read her contract but it was unclear whether she had had issues related to not reading it and that she was negatively affected by some of the more unconscionable clauses. She mentioned generally the editing of these shows and that we should examine why we, the audience, watch reality shows particularly enjoying the negative aspects on screen like conflict. But she did not mention if she thought she had been unfairly edited. In fact having watched all the episodes of last year I thought she had quite a good edit and they highlighted the great community work that she does.

Sure the way the reality TV machine operates can be harsh and probably at time unconscionable in relation to production and editing but Masterchef is certainly not the worst or unethical.

She gained a lot of fans from the show and would not be sitting tell her story on Australian Story without her time on Masterchef. What she could complain about was the unfairness of her eliminations both times that would be very whinge worthy.

For reality stars the come down must be harsh particularly if they are hoping for more then 15 minutes of fame but I don’t expect this story as interesting as it was to deter people from applying to go on them.

Screen shot 2014-06-02 at 10.56.40 PMBut to be fair whether you like her or not her heart is in the right place and to see the work she does with foster kids is inspiring.

The one thing I would like to know is if she had her time again would she go on Masterchef?

I was interviewed for the story about some aspects of reality TV and ironically I got sliced, a ruse used on reality TV shows. I mentioned that this year a The Block contestant [Steve] had hit out at producers about his bad edit saying he was made to look slow and stupid. However I continued to say he had gone on to win $750,000 and he is not complaining now but that got chopped! Maybe that did not fit in with what the storyline.

If you want to watch it is on iview.

 

21 comments

1 Isabelle { 06.02.14 at 11:59 pm }

That was beautiful

2 Andrea { 06.03.14 at 7:51 am }

It was interesting to see what Jules had to say, and good on her for the fostering work she does.
It was great to see you too RR!

3 Shellbot { 06.03.14 at 8:22 am }

They did ask her if she would do it again, and she said yes she would because it gives her a profile for her charity work which she would otherwise not have. At least that what it said in the article version on the abc website… and there was a video of you Emma but I was at work so couldn’t watch it.

4 Shellbot { 06.03.14 at 8:25 am }
5 Littlepetal { 06.03.14 at 9:14 am }

Jules also said she was grateful to Masterchef. If she has not been on it, she wouldn’t have the profile to do what she is doing now.

She also mentioned that her family was affected more by her absence from home.

She is an amazing woman.

6 brain dead dave { 06.03.14 at 10:11 am }

This show will be repeated on Saturday at midday on ABC1. You did great,RR.

Advice for potential reality tv fodder:

1 Please read the contract or show it to a lawyer.
2 Don’t turkey slap anyone
3 Don’t roll like Braces or Jaws.
4 Go cry on some other bastard’s shoulder.

7 Reality Raver { 06.03.14 at 10:31 am }

Little Petal – Her heart is in the right place.

Shellbot – thanks for that. She was one of the better cooks last year and her motivation for going on the show was for good rather then evil.

8 Evan { 06.03.14 at 11:24 am }

It was a good insight into how manipulated reality TV is, and how much it can damage those who go on those sort of shows.

9 danielle { 06.03.14 at 1:38 pm }

Great piece.
Trixie from the Block posted on the Australian story Facebook page using her son’s account, saying she was in tears watching it and that she had received a lot of counselling since the show. It would be hard to cope with a negative edit especially since we did see Trixie as emotional. But everyone was a villain that year on the block.

Yeah Jules did admit that people were positive about her on social media. But she did see negative comments that distressed her.

It was nice to see her family and see her representing adoption on a national and political stage. She met the prime minister, Deborah lee Furness and Hugh Hackman!

She is very likable and it made sense that she would go on Australian story.

10 Anonymous { 06.03.14 at 2:45 pm }

There are three types of people who come off reality shows – those who sink back into life and let their 15 minutes end, those who go on and make something of themselves thanks to their 15 minutes and the last category is those whose 15 minutes has or is about to expire and then they come out and have a bloody winge about their experience to extend their 15 minutes just that little bit more. I’m sick of hearing from the third category – get the fuck over yourselves.

11 daisy { 06.03.14 at 4:02 pm }

I thought Jules seemed nice but there was one thing that stuck with me. Jules said she regretted leaving her kids for so long, but then said when she got home she went away again to Cambodia.
That I didn’t understand.

12 daisy { 06.03.14 at 4:37 pm }

I find it interesting to hear about people’s experiences of being on RTV and it’s aftermath.
It adds to the story of the social experiment.

13 Dr T { 06.03.14 at 10:32 pm }

Evidently RTV sounds like the Stanford Prison Experiment run over again:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment

I felt a little sorry for her, but then no one forced any of these people to go on TV. It’s a bit like the offer of a pyramid scheme

14 daisy { 06.03.14 at 10:45 pm }

Dr T, did you see the poor Japanese girl on IYATO, recently. No7 I think, the chubby girl. She got a pretty harsh serve from the 2nd host. I felt really sorry for her.

15 Dr T { 06.03.14 at 10:49 pm }

Sadly not yet Daisy. Been a hell of a 3 months moving back to Perth… haven’t been able to watch as much of the idiot box as I used to :-(

16 Dr T { 06.03.14 at 10:50 pm }

Had to make an exception for Straylian Story when I heard RR herself was going to be on

17 daisy { 06.03.14 at 11:00 pm }

I hope everythi g starts to settle down for you soon, Doctor T.
The guy, not Li Jia, ripped into her no 7, telling her off for going for too many guys. You could tell she was hurt. She went from bubbly to subdued.

18 Reality Raver { 06.03.14 at 11:15 pm }

Aw shucks Dr T.

19 Maz { 06.04.14 at 10:02 am }

It felt a very conflicted episode. Trying to examine Australian reality television and appease staunch critics that a former reality tv contestant per se is a ‘worthy’ subject for such an august programme.

It perhaps would have been a stronger piece focusing on Reality TV and social media as a reflection of Australian society if it had been a two parter (wouldn’t the intelligentsia squeal at the thought) with the second part focusing on some-one who had been the cast as the ‘villain’.

This is not to detract from Jules’ experience and the issues it seemed to have caused her and her family (and role as ambassador) but she did get a reasonable edit and reception (as opposed to Joanne S2 of MC).

What the episode did raise (as Dr T so elegantly points out) is the Honours thesis waiting to be written regarding the psychological experiment been carried out by the producers. Ten minutes contact with the outside world in the culture of hyper-connectivity (is that really necessary to maintain narrative momentum( and why was Kate S3 granted greater concessions than most and did that advantage her in the end))???

I don’t follow reality tv closely, but in the last couple of years I have noticed that the producers are selecting contestants who could be presented as ‘worthy’ winners. We expect contestants to be ‘deserving’, ‘grateful’ and ‘humble’ and if they transcend that then they are a ‘bitch’. We are not questioning that and what that says about Australian society.

20 Dr T { 06.05.14 at 1:19 am }

Daisy – just catching up with IYATO S3E32 – where 23 (Sister Zuo Tengai aka “Big Sister”) gets hers handed to her by Le Jia – he’s completely right… She’s tried to jump on almost every contestant… she’d by trying to bag a contestant even if he was on a funeral pyre

21 daisy { 06.05.14 at 1:24 am }

I know Dr T, but she looked so sad, when she stood the next round out. I felt so so sorry for her.
She did kind of salivate over every guy though, and even said she was willing to stay home and cook while they hit the town. Poor desperado.

I hope you end up catching up with my sister at Hollywood one day. She’s very nice, and funny.
Or if you are at St John’s Subi on Monday 23, we might pass each other in in the corridor and be none the wiser. I will wear a number 7 ifyou like . πŸ˜†