Skydiving, mascarpone and plugging holes: A quarter of a million dollars and Petro-Canada gas for life were among the prizes on the line – the starting line that is – as The Amazing Race Canada's second season premiered this week. The 11 racing teams – made up of dynamic pairs like Team Canada's Olympic gold medal hockey players, Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson, renowned ballet dancer Rex Harrington and his fiance Bob Hope, as well as travelling brother and sister duo Sukhi and Jinder Atwal – began their journey on the Rocky Mountains going down North America's fastest zip line. The race kicked off at peak heights as Olympic gold medalist (and host), Jon Montgomery, broke the news that one racer from each pair would jump out of an airplane at 12,000 ft. as the first Road Block of the season. Hockey hero Natalie showed her weakness by puking all over the plane. After the racers' feet were planted back on Canadian soil, they travelled to the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C., to memorize a menu and serve High Tea to lords and ladies. Repeat after me, "Bone-in ham and mascarpone croissants." It's not easy. The final challenge of the leg brought the tired racers to a navy base where teams had to fix nine leaks in a room of gushing cold water. Best friends from Markham, Ont., Shahla Kara and Nabeela Barday, couldn't handle the frigid temperatures and took a medical-based penalty that led to the first elimination.
Devin’s dictatorship: If you name your alliance the Bomb Squad, it's bound to blow up," Big Brother host Julie Chen announced when the reigning power in the house imploded this week. It is no secret who the villain of the summer is as Devin Shepherd continued his unpredictable control over the Big Brother house as Head of Household. With his target set on single-mom of three, Brittany Martinez, Devin snapped on every member of his alliance who challenged his opinion about who to send home. When Paola Shea threw the Battle of the Block challenge for him to ensure that Brittany was the one to go, Devin changed his mind about his target and focused instead on his alliance member, Zach Rance. In a heated POV meeting, the twisted secrets were revealed and Devin chose to take Brittany off of the block and replace the nomination with Zach. Zach swore that if the houseguests voted for him to stay, he would do everything in his power to make sure Devin was evicted from the house. The houseguests were on board and voted Paola out instead. Heading into next week, Nicole Franzel and Derrick Levasseur were crowned the new HoHs in an underwater polo competition.
Eric Hill’s death: This week Andi Dorfman and her final four bachelors were told about the death of Eric Hill (who died in a tragic accident after he was eliminated from the show). Prior to the news, The Bachelorette traveled from Milwaukie to Iowa to spend the day with her potential in-laws, but was granted an easier time than past contestants as each family of her possible husband welcomed her with open arms, almost begging her to pick their son/brother/uncle to be the last man standing. Although the dates seemed near perfect, Andi was brought back to reality in L.A. following the hometown visits when Chris Harrison called the Bachelorette and the men to his house. The host sat them down in his living room where he shared the tragic news that Eric had died in a paragliding accident, bringing the group to immediate tears. “I kicked him out… I can't believe that was my last conversation with someone," Andi sobbed, remembering the argument she had had with Eric about their connection before he exited the bachelor mansion a few weeks prior. The cameras rolled as the crew consoled the grieving cast. The tragedy only added more pressure to the Bachelorette as she was also forced to eliminate another man from the running this week. After an emotionally gruelling rose ceremony, Marcus Grodd stood alone as the only man without a rose and he left in tears.
‘Leslie is your bitch’: With teams chosen by Courtney Lapresi, the top 15 home cooks were forced to pair up and cook a delicious surf and turf as the search for the next MasterChef continued this week. All eyes were on arch enemies Leslie Gilliams and Ahran Cho, who had to work together as partners during the challenge. Although everyone anticipated all-out war, they proved they could work together serving a delightful dish of pork belly kimchi tostada. Ahran even said she’d happily partner up with Leslie again, and the two hugged it out. Frontrunners Frances Biondi and Christian Green thought they would sail through, but their dish underwhelmed Chef Gordon Ramsay and the duo found themselves cooking spring rolls in the dreaded pressure test along with feuding partners Dan Wu and Cutter Brewer. After showing so much promise in the early stages of the competition, Francis B. was eliminated thanks to his greasy spring rolls. It’s true – one bad dish can dig a grave.
Eliminated Pair: So You Think You Can Dance eliminated Nick Garcia and Malene Ostergaard this week.
Rising Voices: Rising Star advanced five artists to the live duels while five more acts were eliminated.
Too Real for Reality: Apollo Nida, husband of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, received an eight-year sentence on charges of bank fraud.
Returning Bachelors: The final cast member of Bachelor in Paradise has been revealed with the addition of Marcus Grodd to the season which airs August 4.