Into the pressure cooker: Every show needs a villain and MasterChef Canada found its rotten egg this season. “The fish rots from the head,” Claudio Aprile warned contestant Dale Kuda, who may soon take the Demon Chef title from frightening Judge Alvin Leung. After the season’s first group challenge, contestants showed their true colours and they weren’t blue and white for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who the chefs had to cook up a healthy fish feast for. After leading his team to a painful loss, team captain Dale threw his group mates under the bus to save himself, even after screaming at a wounded Kaila, who had sliced her finger open. But Kaila, the underdog of the first season, got the last laugh when she prepared the best dish in the Pressure Test, pleasing all three judges with her delicate Raviolo Al Uovo that had a perfectly whole egg yolk in the middle. Brooke Feldman, the 32-year-old makeup artists from Toronto, who attempted to serve the same results made Judge Alvin spit up his fork-full into his hand, which could only mean it was the fiery redhead’s time to go.
Global make-out tour hits Kiwi country: Picturesque New Zealand softened the blow of heartbreak on The Bachelor this week. The top eight ladies travelled to the beautiful country for more of Juan but there was a dark cloud over Clare, who was feeling insecure after last week’s 4 a.m. swimming disaster. The blonde was finally able to confront Juan Pablo about the way he approached her in Vietnam and the two continued their relationship where they left off…attached at the lips. On the group date, Juan and his ladies rolled down a hill in a giant bubble known as an OGO. Then, a trip to Hobbiton had the bachelorettes geeking out on the Lord of the Rings set where they spent one-on-one time with their man. Renee and Juan spent their date kissing, followed by Nikki, followed by Sharleen, who was given the date rose. But Cassandra, who was celebrating her 22nd birthday that day, was sent home out of nowhere, when Juan admitted that he couldn’t see a future with her. Worst birthday present ever. This week’s cocktail party gave the remaining seven ladies one last chance to open up to Juan before the rose ceremony but the extra time wasn’t enough for Kat and she was sent home in tears. Juan and his six remaining women are heading to his home city of Miami next week.
No sympathy for the sick: “This is show business, we don’t care, I don’t care, just suck it up, sing,” American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. preached to the whiny contestants on American Idol this week. And they did. After one last solo and the show’s first sing-off between four competitors, the judges chose the top 16 guys and 15 girls during “Final Judgement Day.” Early favourites include Sam Woolf and Maurice Townsend. In a surprising twist Thursday night, the judges just couldn’t chose which Idol hopeful would take the final spot in the Top 30 and the decision was left to America, who now have the power to vote in either Neco Starr or Ben Briley. Idol continues with live performances from the Top 30 next week.
Good with beer: The Taste semi-finals began with what looked like a frat party, with kegs and a game of beer pong between the judges. The six remaining chefs soon realized their theme of the week would be beer, foods made with it and foods that go hand-in-hand with it. Jumping straight to work on the group challenge, the three remaining teams whipped up a spoonful of their best dish that goes good with beer. Their dishes were judged by guest mentor and acclaimed chef, Jonathan Waxman. For Anthony Bourdain’s team, the last remaining member, Lee, prepared meatballs, Ludo Lefebvre chose Marina’s shrimp toast to represent his team and Marcus Samuelsson decided that Sarah’s kidney sweetbread was made for beer. The best bite belonged to Marina, with Marcus’ team coming up short and Chef Shehu sent home. In the singles challenge, the cooks were given two hours to complete two separate dishes made with beer in order to secure their spot as a finalist. Jeff won three gold stars with his braised pork and cheddar biscuit. Sarah’s salty Merguez sausage didn’t impress and she was eliminated leaving Marcus joining Nigella Lawson on the sidelines ahead of next week’s finale.
Closer watch: The Biggest Loser is reportedly making changes to their contestant monitoring system next season following complaints of season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson’s extreme weight loss.
Reality Newborns: Teen Mom 3 star, Mackenzie Douthit has given birth to baby girl this week and Survivor: One World winner Kim Spradlin welcomed a baby boy.
Cooking Comeback: Paula Deen has signed a $75 million deal with a private investment firm to re-launch her brand after her racial slur scandal last year.
Seacrest Style: American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest is set to release his own line of dress wear titled Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which will be available at Macy’s.