This week in reality TV

Scenes from Season 6 of The Voice. (NBC/Handout)

Scenes from Season 6 of The Voice. (NBC/Handout)

Samantha O'Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:12 PM ET

The hips and lips don’t lie: With a medley of hits from the coaches (including Blake Shelton singing Shakira’s Whenever, Wherever and Adam Levine tackling Usher’s Without You), Shakira, Usher, Blake and Adam kicked off the sixth season of The Voice. The two-night premiere saw the return of Usher and Shakira to the coaching table and of course, entertaining bickering and banter between the four superstars as they fought to steal talent to their rosters. Coveted singers such as 19-year-old Christina Grimmie, who belted a powerful version of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, and 16-year-old Deja Hall, with her rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours, had judges pulling out all the stops to convince them to join their team. Usher put his Grammy trophy on display to reel in Bria Kelly (who sang James Taylor’s Steamroller Blues) and Adam gave up his big comfy red chair to country singer Cary Laine (who belted out The Band Perry’s Better Dig Two) to earn her loyalty. The week brought four singers to Usher and Adam’s teams, three to returning coach Shakira’s squad and Blake was left with two. The blind auditions continue next week.

Overnight-mare: “I know that he’s not the one,” bachelorette Andi Dorfman admitted before the brunette beauty made one of most dramatic exits in Bachelor history, criticizing Juan Pablo for his self-absorbed personality after their overnight date in the fantasy suite turned sour. After a casual day on the island of St. Lucia, Andi saw a side of Juan Pablo that she didn’t like. When the cameras were turned off, the Bachelor began to talk only about himself, Andi revealed, offending her when he brought up personal time that he had spent with Clare.  And when she decided to sit down with Juan and confess her true feelings, she just got angrier with him. “You don’t even really know who I am,” Andi said. While Juan blamed their miscommunication on their language barrier, Andi argued that Juan had never showed any interest in getting to know her. She challenged the Bachelor to state what religion she practices, what her social views are and what political party she is involved in, but he had no answers. Arch-rivals, Nikki and Clare are the two remaining women, with one rose left.

Cheesecake calamity: From the heart of Toronto’s historic Distillery District, the remaining MasterChef Canada home cooks were ordered to construct edible masterpieces to serve to art lovers at the Thompson Landry Art Gallery this week. The two teams, led by Dora Cote and Danielle Cardozo, constructed three dishes in order to impress their fancy guests and guarantee their whole team’s safety for another week. Dora’s red team won with their inside-out samosas, which were the star of the show. Danielle’s blue team was then forced to compete in the Pressure Test, baking a cheesecake in 90 minutes to show the judges why they deserved to stay. Competition frontrunner, Josh Gale was not on his A-game, serving a crumbled cake and for that, the judges sent him home, shocking the rest of the competitors.

Amazing medical exit: They’re back! From the Globetrotters to the Afghanimals, 11 of the most unforgettable duos in the previous seasons of The Amazing Race returned for another shot at the desired $1 million prize. UCLA’s marching band welcomed the pairs of 24th season All-Stars to their football field to kick off the first leg of the race but things started on a sad note when fan-favourite William “Bopper” Minton was rushed to the hospital for an inflamed pancreas. The doctor said he was unfit to race but Bopper gave his best friend Mark his blessing to race anyway and he was paired with fellow Kentuckian, Mallory Ervin. The teams then flew to China racing to the top of the country’s tallest tower and flipped 300 feet in the air by a harness, or “world’s biggest wedgie” as race-runner Brandon called it. Sri Lankan twins, Natalie and Nadiya Anderson were the first couple eliminated.

Brains in name only: There is street smarts, book smarts and Survivor smarts, but this week proved that the Brains tribe, ironically enough, had none. From brains to brawn to beauties, Survivor: Cagayan started off with one of the most interesting premiere’s the reality show has ever seen, splitting tribes up by attribute in order to study which of the three, brains, brawn or beauty, is most important to make it to the end and win the million dollar prize. During the two-hour premiere, two members of the ‘intelligent’ team got ousted, one of which was voted off with an immunity idol in possession. Not too bright. Professional poker player, Garrett committed the cardinal sin of Survivor and told tribe-mate Je Tia that she would be going home, causing her to throw their entire bag of rice into the fire and due to his negligence, he was blindsided and voted off the island. Jeff himself called the group “the oddest tribe” he has ever seen.

Quote of the week: “I was furious on a bunch of different levels because I felt like, how did we not know? How did the show fail her?” – The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels on Rachel Fredrickson’s weight loss.

Next Bachelorette? Andi Dorfman is reportedly producer’s choice as the frontrunner for The Bachelorette’s 10th season.

Reality Loss: Jim Lange, former The Dating Game host, died of a heart attack at age 81.

American Idol-less: Kristen O’Connor was the first eliminated finalist from the thirteenth season of American Idol on Thursday night’s live results show.


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