Big Brother Canada
The claws came out in the Big Brother Canada house, when alliances crumbled this week. The female houseguests, who had pledged their allegiance to one another until the end, showcased the position of their true loyalty when they “backdoored” single mom Ika Wong. Edmonton student, Rachelle Diamond won the HoH competition but was manipulated into turning on her own friend by sneaky Sabrina Abbate, who filled the brunette’s head with her own ulterior motives, desperate to keep her secret alliance safe. Her role as the puppet master worked out in her favour when Rachelle nominated Ika to sit beside perky blonde Heather Decksheimer on the chopping block. Although Heather was also nominated last week, Ika was the main target and became the fourth houseguest evicted with a vote of 8-1. Adding some comic relief to all the dramatics, Marsha the Moose returned to the Big Brother House, challenging Arlie Shaban to make a slightly offensive comment to each of the houseguests. Arlie accepted the challenge calling some of his roomies smelly, emotional and even making Kenny Brain cry. But all was forgiven when his achievement won Chinese food take out for the whole house. As a shocking twist, there was no HoH competition following Ika’s exit. Host Arisa Cox announced that Canada holds the power to nominate two houseguests for eviction this week by voting online on the Big Brother Canada website.
Street smarts were put to the test this week as the eight remaining Masterchef Canada home cooks served meals on wheels. In the group challenge, the red and blue teams, led by captains Tammara Behl and Eric Chong, climbed aboard food trucks in the middle of Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, with two hours to prep and cook Mexicana and Italian lunch. By serving their hot meals to Torontonians outside of City Hall, the clear winner was decided by the most amount of food sold. Tammara drove her blue team to victory with the sale of their steak tacos that earned her group safety for another week in the competition. Eric’s serving of a raw meatball sub sent his red team to the pressure test. Back in the Masterchef Canada kitchen, Eric, Danielle Cardozo, Kaila Klassen and Julie Miguel, who made up the losing group, were forced to re-create one of the most difficult desserts ever invented, a spongy ice cream cake known as a Baked Alaska in order to keep their aprons and remain in the game. Even though Eric groaned about his weakness for making desserts, he came out on top of the challenge while Cranbrook single mom, Danielle couldn’t take the pressure and she was sent home.
There were battle songs and battle cries as The Voice’s battle rounds continued with even matches and tough choices for the coaches Monday and Tuesday night. Team Blake paired country duo Alaska & Madi with solo singer Audra Mclaughlin to belt out Linda Ronstadt’s “When Will I Be Loved.” Although powerfully in synch, the female twosome were quite overbearing with excessive harmonies causing Blake to stick with Audra. Utah teens Madilyn Page and Tanner James performed the most adorable battle that Adam compared to “golden retriever puppies running through fields of wheat” as they showcased innocent chemistry with Taylor Swift’s “Everything Has Changed.” Usher had a difficult decision to make but remained with Madilyn. Team Adam’s Cary Laine and Sam Behymer, both with completely opposite vocal styles, were forced out of their comfort zones to perform Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love.” The two united their country and folk skills together, collaborating for the entertaining battle, but it was Sam’s one-of-a-kind voice that kept her in the competition. Next week, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joins the judges as a guest mentor as the sudden-death rounds begin.
A quitter and a blindside had two survivors cut from the island this week on Survivor: Cagayan. Lindsey Ogle from the newly formed Solana tribe called it quits and left the island once her only ally, basketball veteran Cliff Robinson was voted out of the game. Following the tribe’s return to camp after the shocking tribal council, Lindsey and tribe-mate Trish Hegarty had it out, screaming about their distaste for each other, causing Lindsey to take herself out of the running for the $1 million prize. “I need a million dollars more than anybody here, but I can honestly say I can't take it anymore," Lindsey cried to Jeff, who didn’t seem to have too much pity. Lindsey’s exit brought a newfound morale to the Solana tribe, who dominated the week’s challenges, winning a camp raid at the reward challenge and immunity for the week. The Aparri tribe faced tribal council and voted out 21-year-old Alexis Maxwell, whose confidence blinded the beauty to her own impending elimination.
Double-dose: A double elimination on DWTS sent home ex-NHLer Sean Avery and long-distance record-holding swimmer Diane Nyad as the first stars eliminated from season 18.
All-Star ending: Mother and son All-Star duo, Margie O’Donnell and Luke Adams were ousted from The Amazing Race this week.
Summer in the Hamptons: Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian will star in a new spin-off series, Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons set to debut this fall.
American Idol Boot: Another female finalist was eliminated from American Idol. 22-year-old Majesty Rose received the least amount of votes.