My Kitchen Rules returns

The Rivals season of MKR (in Survivor parlance it would be Fans V Favourites, except not many of these contestants are faves) starts Sun, Feb 2 (note amended date – I originally had it returning a week earlier).
Will you be watching? I only dipped in and out last year as there is too much drama, not enough cooking.
Who even won last year? Google tells me Matt and Luke. Umm, oh those cricket mates. That is all I know about them.
Guess I will tune in to one episode to see how the new format works (each chef has a “team” of cooks) but it’s hard to watch Mr Anti Vaxxer get so much airtime. Plus Survivor is on soon, so that trumps MKR.


Will this change reality TV?

I know there has been some discussion about this already, but for those of you who missed it there was a landmark decision this week (no, not ScoCam deciding who to pick on again).
You can read about it here at The Age (thanks to Polly B for sending it in).
Basically a House Rules contestant has sued Seven for workplace bullying. Seven countered that she was not an employee but the NSW Workers Compo Commission found otherwise.
This could open a real can of worms for some of the networks.
Will we see a return to “gentler” reality TV or will the Instafluencer types who go on MKR use it as a chance to up their payday?
While I love the guilty pleasure of some reality shows, things have certainly taken a darker turn in the past few years, with more focus on manufactured drama.
MKR certainly encourages contestants to belittle each other. MAFS is just pure insanity. The Bachelorette allows total douches on the show and while Angie kicked sleazy Jess off, the fact he was allowed there at all after making production staff uncomfortable is not cool. The Block and House Rules rely on sleep deprivation to bring out the worst in people and Keith and ScoCam love to poke the bear for drama.
This is why GBBO is my fave reality show because the most controversial thing that happens there is someone opening a freezer door too often.


MKR grand finale starts at 8pm

Here we are – finally. It’s Ibby and Romel versus those cricket dudes who cook meat.
It goes for two hours and does not start until 8pm, as House Rules launches at 7pm.
The blurb says:
A magnificent end to a milestone season as our two best teams of home cooks compete for the title of 2019 champions. In a series first, there’s a panel of 10 judges in celebration of 10 years Of the show.
So, we have to watch 10 people chewing and grimacing! Urgh.
And now a flashback photo:

Ibby is smizing (that’s one for Top Model fans).

A reminder MasterChef starts tomorrow on Ten.