MasterChef Canada tops this week in reality TV

SAMANTHA O'CONNOR

, Last Updated: 4:29 PM ET

MasterChef gets Canadian makeover:

After debuting seasons in 42 countries around the world, it is finally time for Canada’s homegrown talent to shine in the kitchen. MasterChef Canada premiered this week, featuring 50 of the best home chefs from all over the country, who believe they have what it takes to win the $100,000 grand prize and title of the first ever MasterChef Canada. The judges, who consist of creative chef Claudio Aprile, the “godfather of world class cuisine” Michael Bonacini and ‘Demon Chef’ Alvin Leung were nothing short of honest with the aspiring chefs. Contestants were given one hour to serve up their signature dish for a chance to win an apron and move on in the competition. No beavertails and no poutine. Chefs like Tammara Behl from Calgary, who prepared vegan samosas, and Dale Kuda from Toronto, who presented a butter-seared pickerel, were clear contenders for the trophy and had us wanting a forkful. And there’s always a story that pulls at the heartstrings. Carmela, an inspiring wheelchair-bound mother with multiple sclerosis had Claudio choked up after she presented her pork tenderloin to taste, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to earn her an apron. The cooking competition is off to a tasty start with more auditions to come next week.

Brand new looks on the ranch:

It was makeover week on The Biggest Loser ranch as the seven remaining contestants said goodbye to their old selves with a little help from style experts Tim Gunn and Ken Paves. With new outfits and a trip to the salon, the competitors were given the opportunity to reveal their new bodies and new looks to their loved ones who were flown in to visit. David Brown shocked everyone, including his wife and four daughters with the most dramatic makeover of the season. The 43-year-old shaved off his beard looking decades younger and 150 pounds lighter, but most importantly, happier than ever. There were not only tears of joy this week however, as a double elimination took place. Marie Pearl and Tanya Winfield both fell below the red line and took their new looks home to their new healthy lives leaving the top five to fight it out in The Biggest Loser triathlon next week.

Motor City madhouse on Idol:

From the Motor City to Ryan Seacrest’s hometown of Atlanta, the second week of American Idol auditions continued to impress. Thankfully there was more talent than screechy, gimmicky and delusional contestants and golden tickets were being handed out consistently. Maurice Townsend was a clear favourite when the soulful singer captivated the judges with his rendition of John Legend’s So High. The young father of four brought his small children to meet the judges, and as Jennifer Lopez held his baby girl, his son handed him his ticket to Hollywood. The show finally got it right with the judges as well. Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban have added a unique dimension to the season with their hilarious relationship, sometimes getting too friendly, in the name of comedy. Even though it’s just week two, it’s quite apparent that the competition will be stiffer than ever this year.

Soccer dates:

Females have trouble sharing their outfits, let alone a man. The second week of dates brought out those tensions for the first time this season during Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor. Former soccer player Juan Pablo got a chance to show off his skills, but the competition picked up when the ladies were forced to play each other in a game. A few of the bachelorettes took soccer balls to the face in order to win the game and the attention of Juan. Love hurts. Chelsea’s one-on-one started out as anything but child’s play as the Bachelor planned for the two to go bungee jumping. Chelsea broke into tears, terrified of jumping off a bridge, but determined to impress Juan, she took the leap of faith. The morning of the rose ceremony, Juan showed up at the mansion to surprise the ladies with a homemade Venezuelan breakfast before the 15 remaining women even got a chance to brush their teeth. The bachelorettes spent a day in the sun with their shared man, but it became obvious that no one liked to see the Bachelor spending time with anyone else. At the rose ceremony, Lucy and Christy were left rose-less and their search for love with Juan Pablo came to a screeching halt.

Quote of The Week: “I’ve become the person that I always dreamed of being.” – The Biggest Loser’s Marie Pearl after elimination.

Sad Loss: Shipping Wars star Roy Garber died this week from a heart attack at age 49.

Fearless Prediction: Racheal Frederickson has been a force on The Biggest Loser all season long and is sure to win next week’s triathlon to guarantee a spot in the finals.

Formal Apology: Dean McDermott has apologized and checked himself into rehab following the cheating scandal on wife Tori Spelling.

 


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