Australian Story – Jules Allen From Masterchef Talks About Her Reality TV Journey
Australian Story was on tonight giving Jules Allen’s reality TV journey 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.
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.