This week in reality TV

Bob Markworth and Mayana.

Bob Markworth and Mayana.

Samantha O'Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:13 PM ET

America’s Got Talent

There was a little danger, a little comedy, a little emotion and a lot of talent when America’s Got Talent auditions reached Hollywood Blvd. this week. The mecca for talent featured a 77-year-old real-life Robin Hood named Bob Markworth who stunned with risky archery, and the Kamikaze Fireflies — a fire-juggling duo who had the judges on the edge of their seats. Both daring performances earned four yesses and a shot at the prize. Things took a sentimental turn when 20-year-old Anna Clendening, a young singer with severe anxiety disorder, sang a powerful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Her performance was followed by Justin Rhodes, an artist who had overcome substance abuse issues, who sang to his tear-eyed father for the first time. The week seemed to highlight skill rather than exploit the not-so talented. For comedic relief, the judges joined in the fun with talents of their own, showcasing why they deserve their panel position. Heidi Klum kissed a pig, Howard Stern twerked and Howie Mandel learned how to take a selfie, proving that everyone has at least one odd skill up their sleeve.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

More money, more problems. After taking a three-month hiatus mid-season to plan the Kimye wedding, Keeping Up With The Kardashians returned to expose more inner turmoil within the famous family. Khloe, who had begun to make peace with the overwhelming fact that her marriage to basketball player Lamar Odom was coming to an end, sold the mansion they called their home. But as it inched closer to moving day, the outspoken sister had trouble packing up and moving on. Khloe screamed at her entire family who attempted to help pack up her estranged husband’s things. “Lamar’s not coming back to get them,” Kim stated bluntly. On the other side of town, Scott Disick was struggling with the loss of both his parents, who died within two months of each other. The father of two was unable to rely on his girlfriend Kourtney for support, as the eldest sister remained completely closed off emotionally. She spent the episode in therapy working on her detachment issues. Kris Jenner seemed like the only one in good spirits, scaring her children when they caught her taking a naked photo-shoot in the pool; the mother of six also joined Kim in a pole-dancing class. Although she’s in her fifties, Kris proved she could rock with the best of them.

MasterChef

Cooking up a hearty heroic meal for 500 American soldiers was the mission of the week for the 20 remaining MasterChef home cooks. In the largest and most explosive challenge in the history of cooking competitions, Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot met up with the anxious cooks at a national training centre in the Mojave desert. The groups were split in two for the first team challenge of the season. The red team comprised of cooks such as Francis Biondi and Cutter Brewer, who chose to cook pork chops and coleslaw for the army heroes; while the blue team, with members such as Leslie Gilliams and Courtney Lapresi, chose to serve chicken and potato salad. Both teams struggled to use the field kitchen and when it came time to deliver, many of the proteins were prepared and served undercooked. Some soldiers were a bite away from food poisoning. It was the pork chops, however, that saved the blue team which means the red group had to face the Pressure Test. Back in the MasterChef kitchen, Ramsay instructed the losing team to construct a perfect blueberry pie to ensure their safety. Jaimee Vitolo, who had a piece of blueberry pie tattooed on the side of her neck, lived up to her brand with a delicious dessert; while Stephani Syfax-Shephard landed yet again at the bottom of the barrel. This time she was sent home.

So You Think You Can Dance

Auditions in Los Angeles and Philadelphia welcomed charismatic Christina Applegate as a guest judge to witness some skilful motion and crazy choreography. The week saw some technical ballerinas, brilliant ballroom dancers, wacky contortionists and slow krumpers, beyond the average two-step and plie moves. But it was nine-year-old J-4 who stole the show with an upbeat hip-hop routine to Chris Brown’s Yeah x3 alongside Season 10 winner Fik-Shun and Season 9 runner-up Cyrus. Although the young dancer was unable to earn his ticket into the competition due to the age restriction (you have to be 18+ to compete), J-4 impressed everyone in the theatre. He walked away with positive feedback from the judges, experience beyond his years and the promise of a successful career in dance. “This is the best day of my life,” J-4 gushed.

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