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#3451

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Posted May 6, 2012 @ 4:53 PM

Hmm so they change the opening format yet again, showing a top 100 or thereabouts going through auditions to get to the top 50. One wonders if they've seen the success of other auditions type openers for reality shows and are trying to bring that back, IMHO it didn't work.

And if anything they went even further OTT with the emotional crap. More signs that Shine simply do not understand where the market is at now for reality TV.
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Posted May 7, 2012 @ 3:46 AM

And if anything they went even further OTT with the emotional crap.

What I appreciate about this show, though, is that even when there is a big emotional display, they still seem to make their judgement fairly, in most cases. Like that cutie 18 year old guy whose lamb chops were raw. I thought he was a dead certain to get through all the way to top 12, but his meat was raw, so he was turfed instantly. Same for that guy who's chicken was undercooked because he didn't turn on the outer ring on the pan. After all the hubbub about getting married 2 days previously, and (with some assistance) turning around the disaster of the raw chicken at the last minute, I was sure he would make it. Not even close.

Anyway, no OTT emotional crap this season could possibly stand up to last years display, when that guy with the disability (cerebral palsy?) chose not to present his dish to the judges, because he knew it wasn't very good, and would more happily accept to instantly be placed amongst the bottom contenders than serve it for tasting. Fair enough, I reckon. But no, cue a thousand trumpets tootling in honor of his unsurmountable show of humility and bravery as everyone sobbed unabashedly with tears of pride and disbelief. Oh my god.
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Posted May 7, 2012 @ 4:48 AM

Same for that guy who's chicken was undercooked because he didn't turn on the outer ring on the pan. After all the hubbub about getting married 2 days previously, and (with some assistance) turning around the disaster of the raw chicken at the last minute, I was sure he would make it. Not even close.

Was that the guy who's a cop, SilverSpoon? After all the time spent on his JURNEE, I could have sworn he was a lock so I was astonished when he didn't go through.
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Posted May 7, 2012 @ 6:18 PM

OK, so far, too many ads - it's better to timeshift/record the thing, and watch it back later.
Also, a bad idea to start off with the Top 100 and the auditions.
I think I'd have begun the series with the Top 24 having already been selected, and moving into the MC kitchen & house.
On the plus side: thankfully more Matt Preston this year, at least so far.
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Posted May 7, 2012 @ 8:55 PM

Ratings under 1M for the second episode, bad start with The Block having its audience bedded down.

On tonights episode have to laugh at this tweet, retweeted by pobjie: "Here is the last apron. Filippo, you may beat Amina to death with it."

Edited by Morrolan, May 8, 2012 @ 5:24 AM.

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Posted May 8, 2012 @ 2:51 PM

The overuse of the word "beautiful" is just about enough to make me stop watching. The judges (and contestants, for that matter) need a thesaurus. It's bugged me from the beginning but it seems to have gotten worse as the seasons have gone on. Back in Season 2 we played a drinking game with it but at this point I would get alcohol poisoning if I tried. Enough already!
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Posted May 8, 2012 @ 6:09 PM

I know right! The kept calling the aprons beautiful! Too far.
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Posted May 9, 2012 @ 4:29 AM

Like last season, I reckon the best thing is going to be the recaps!

From SMH:
MasterChef Recap: The sign said FISH
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Posted May 9, 2012 @ 5:42 PM

Apart from Mr Personality (god help us if Moran is a co-host like last year) appearing last night was pretty good with a new type of challenge (at least I can't remember them having a challenge like this before) with 10 volunteering for a fish challenge with the 5 worst to go home. They seemed to make the right choices for the final 24. I was afraid Athena was going to be chosen despite failing to descale her fish but she wasn't.

Recap from Pobjie here:

http://www.theage.co...0509-1yd3v.html

Edited by Morrolan, May 9, 2012 @ 5:43 PM.

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Posted May 10, 2012 @ 7:05 AM

Yeah, I'm kind of enjoying it so far. There are some interesting characters and some good cooks on display there. I always feel bad for those poor buggers who get 'montaged' - yeah, you're not going any further, are you? Fillipo and Yukio are dead certs to get in - so, I suspect, is Emma. The other three? Probably annoying Mario, just for the lolz and some variation of Dom, Kath or Caralynn (sp??). Challenges have been pretty spot on so far and it's kind of reminding me why I liked the show. Rather suspect people are over the show now, but i think it's shaping up pretty well anyway.

I also really appreciate that - despite everybody always bitching about it - reality tv (and MasterChef in particular) is a real source for the demonstration of the diversity of Australian culture. Our scripted drama is so often a whitewash - MasterChef is great at actually representing a more accurate cross-section of the country. I really don't think it gets enough credit for that. And I just really appreciate seeing it on my screen, since I see it every single day in life.

Edited by Freeoh, May 10, 2012 @ 7:20 AM.

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Posted May 10, 2012 @ 11:59 PM

I'm waiting for Alice's sexy librarian moment, when she takes off her glasses, undoes her bun, swings her flowing hair around, and cooks a feisty, fiery Spanish dish that makes the judges talk about sex in their mouth. Oh, and she's sitting on George's lap and spoon-feeding him during the tasting.
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Posted May 11, 2012 @ 2:50 AM

I openly admit, I love Masterchef. I don't really care about the sob stories or the manufactured drama - I love the cooking, and the enthusiasm, and the sheer ingenuity of some of the guest chefs. This is looking to be a pretty diverse and talented group of competitors, and as long as Matt Preston keeps speaking in that deep, alluring voice, I'll be watching. I've been hooked from the very first episode of Season 1, and I enjoyed the look back to past contestants the other evening. Don't know who I'm hoping will win yet, but I'm looking forward to the season getting under way properly.
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Posted May 13, 2012 @ 2:20 AM

When did "back yourself" become the new Australian reality tv show cliche? It's all over Masterchef and Biggest Loser. I hadn't watched Aussie TV for a couple years before now. When did this happen? I really dislike this phrase.
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Posted May 13, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

I think this crop so far look more promising than last year's. I was bored out of my mind by most of the dishes that were put up in season three, but this lot look like they might be able to spring some surprises.
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Posted May 13, 2012 @ 5:24 PM

No Yukio? Crushed. And I can see Emma and Mario becoming really annoying really fast. Just think of the comedy gold we just lost, though. Tragic.
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Posted May 13, 2012 @ 8:27 PM

I think I'd have begun the series with the Top 24 having already been selected, and moving into the MC kitchen & house.


Yeah, same, although from what I've seen of the auditions so far they're not as much of a slog as last year? I can't really remember. Still, I feel like it's easier just to start watching once the 24 have been picked.
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Posted May 14, 2012 @ 5:59 AM

Alice's attempt to braise her tongue was surely the number 1 dick move on masterchef: "The dish takes 4 hours, but I'm going to take a gamble and see if I can cook it in 45 mins". Then, a few minutes later, cue footage of the contestant opening the oven door/taking the lid off the pot every 2 seconds, going "oh no, i's not cooking fast enough...or is it, let me just take it off the heat, again, to check". Followed by them meekly pan-frying it at the 11th hour. Sheesh! And all that hubbub, for so little tongue.
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Posted May 14, 2012 @ 6:25 PM

Still bummed that Yukio didn't make it to the Top 24.
Not really interested in most of the people who made the cut, and I already can't stand Emma, the one who is crying all the time.
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 1:30 AM

Emma's the only 1 I really dislike, the rest seem a better lot than last season. Alice is kind of irritating in her try hard eclecticism but I don't dislike her.
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 2:38 AM

I don't mind Emma as such but can't stand the HATS or whatever you call them, all. the. time. I find it such an affectation when people do that constantly instead of just when it fits as a styling choice. Don't know why it bugs me so, but it does, lol.
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 5:30 AM

Oh, Come on!

It's way too damn insanely, stupendously, ridiculously early in the season to have an immunity challenge now. They just enter the top 24, and they single out this guy to be a star? Surely this is the time for more quirky, collaborative challenges?
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 12:48 PM

Okay this seems to be the best place to ask this. I have no idea how I came across this show but my friend (who's Australian) offhandedly mentioned that it's on all the time with 80-something episodes.

Naturally I thought that this show was like Australian chopped with new people every episode, but no, there are 24 contestants.

So my question for people who watch this is, how on earth do they stretch 24 contestants over 80+ episodes?

I read about the Masterclass thing, but even then there's still a ton of episodes...

Do they not eliminate people until episode 55?

I am honestly curious.
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 3:37 PM

I think a normal week (so after the top 24 have been chosen) is mostly like this:
1 episode is a group challenge to determine the winner.
1 episode is a group challenge to determine the 3 losers.
1 episode is a masterclass
1 episode is an immunity challenge where the winner gets a chance to cook against a more experienced cook for an immunity pin.
1 episode is the elimination challenge where the 3 losers battle it out and one of them leaves the kitchen...dum da dum... forever.

Not sure about the order of the episodes, but yeah, that's a week of episodes I think.
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 6:38 PM

Not exactly. The structure varies from week to week. Immunity challenges like we just had are rare - they usually only have a few per season.

The one constant is that there are 6 episodes per week (no show on Saturday). Sunday is the start of the MasterChef week, and that's usually when the biggest, most interesting challenge is held. Friday is the end of the week, and that's always a Masterclass. From Monday to Thursday, it can be pretty much anything.

We've already had 6 episodes just to get to the final 24. Mathematically, if one contestant per week were eliminated out of 24, the show would run for 144 episodes. But we also have weeks where nobody is eliminated like last week, and sometimes more than one person is eliminated per week.

The Masterclass is there for the viewers more interested in the cooking than the drama, and also to prepare the contestants for the next week of competition. It also provides recipes for the website and the cookbooks/magazine. It's held on a Friday, because that's a lower-rating day.
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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 7:23 PM

Two eliminations each week until the last couple of weeks. Generally speaking, Sunday is an individual challenge. The losers face an elimination challenge on Monday, while the winner cooks against a "professional" "chef" on Tuesday for Immunity. Wednesday is a team challenge, and the losing team faces an elimination challenge on Thursday. Friday is the Masterclass, and there's no show on Saturday. There's tweaks every so often (most notably during the International Visit week), but that's the basic format.

Edited by SnideAsides, May 15, 2012 @ 7:24 PM.

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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 9:53 PM

Thank you guys, that does make sense, because then 80-something episodes evens out to 12-13 weeks or whatever.

I was just genuinely curious because you usually only see "seasons" like that with telenovelas. And because the show does seem interesting enough. I might not be able to keep up with that many episodes but I am always a fan of the food "porn".

Thanks again for not being snippy or anything.
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Posted May 16, 2012 @ 6:27 PM

I was just genuinely curious because you usually only see "seasons" like that with telenovelas. And because the show does seem interesting enough. I might not be able to keep up with that many episodes but I am always a fan of the food "porn".


It's basically all because of Big Brother. Because that show was successful in a nightly timeslot, Channel Ten decided to make The Biggest Loser into a nightly show. Despite the latter never really being that popular (even though it's lasted seven seasons now), when Big Brother was cancelled this was adapted from the British format into the nightly reality show we have. Since then, a number of reality shows have been "stripped" into the same timeslot each weeknight.
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Posted May 17, 2012 @ 5:22 AM

Well that was a fucked up challenge even by masterchef standards. What a great idea lets have a challenge where 6 don't have to compete and they get through, the 6 loafing at the back of the queue whats more. Then they end up losing 1 of teh contestants with an actual personality as a result.
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Posted May 17, 2012 @ 4:40 PM

That was extremely fucked up. I'm not sure what naming Italian pasta styles has to do with being a good cook, nor am I sure what estimating the weight of pasta has to do with being a good cook.

Also, what's with all the hugging? It seems that if anything at all happens, good or bad, they start hugging each other. Is this a coping mechanism for the stress of being placed in the Reality TV environment?
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Posted May 17, 2012 @ 5:35 PM

Although I'm bummed Kevin is gone (he's one of the few whose name I actually knew) all I can think is "MORON!" The penne was sitting right there. Right next to the spaghetti, linguini, and gorram macaroni - 3 year old preschoolers the world over know what macaroni is for crying out loud, and he goes for the long pretty sheet things.
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