This week in reality TV: 'Bachelor in Paradise,' 'MasterChef,' 'AGT' and more

Big Brother's Nicole Franzel. (Handout)

Big Brother's Nicole Franzel. (Handout)

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Double-double: The first double-eviction week of the season ransacked the Big Brother house and shifted the power momentarily. When quirky Nicole Franzel won the Head of Household competition, her win marked the first week that a non-Detonator or Bomb Squad-member reigned the entire week as HoH since the season began. With a master plan to backdoor Frankie Grande, Nicole nominated Zach Rance and Jocasta Odom for eviction. But when Nicole’s disloyal friend, Christine Brecht won the Power of Veto, she left the nominations the same, ensuring no room for the pink-haired houseguest to be put on the chopping block. After Jacosta was evicted with a vote of 6-2, the house lost their bow-tied minister and she became the first member of the jury. Julie Chen then dropped the bomb on the Big Brother boarders that it was a double eviction week, and someone else was about to head out of the door. In a math competition for the next HoH, Caleb Reynolds won and stuck the nicest people on the compound on the block – Donny Thompson and Hayden Voss. But when Donny saved himself by winning the POV competition, Nicole was put up in his place. The two blonde alliance-members/perma-flirters sat side by side, ending the season’s most adorable showmance when Hayden was blindsided and voted out.

Burning love: Mexico may be the perfect spot to find love for previously eliminated bachelors and bachelorettes, but only if they survive the drama. Bachelor in Paradise premiered this week, welcoming broken-hearted favourites like Marcus Grodd, Clare Crawley and AshLee Frazier back into the melodramatic world of matchmaking. But the romantic destination of sand and beach served as a pretty setting for ugly drama that ensued almost immediately after the 14 contestants arrived. AshLee reminded everyone why her reputation of being overbearing followed her from her Bachelor season with Sean Lowe when the blonde had her sights set on Graham Bunn. Trouble in paradise rocked the beach house when Clare received the first date card of the season and invited Graham to join her on a trip to explore some ruins. AshLee immediately threw a tantrum, calling Clare every name imaginable making Clare opt out of her date with Graham, forcing her to choose Robert Graham instead. But Robert had his sights set on Lacy Faddoul, who had her sights set on Marcus. And just like that, the tangled love mess began. It may not be Survivor, but the cast may need to refine their survival skills in order to make it off of the resort alive.

‘Dog vomit’: Risks came with no rewards for the remaining MasterChef home cooks this week as the fight to enter the top 10 heated up the kitchen. Two mystery boxes left the chefs with the choice of choosing everyday ingredients or the finest of delicacies to whip up a winning dish. While cooks like Victoria Scroggins managed to make cheap foods like tilapia taste like restaurant-quality cuisine, it was everyone’s favourite drama-king, Leslie Gilliams who shone with luxurious pork, beef and ahi tuna. As the winner of the challenge, Leslie was given the advantage of choosing which stuffed pasta the remaining cooks were forced to prepare in the Elimination Challenge. The smiling Gilliams selected the candy-shaped caramelle as the perfect dish to stump his competition. He also was allowed to remove the hand-crank pasta maker from one contestant, and no surprise he chose Daniel McGuffey, leaving him to make his caramelle with a rolling pin. While simple dishes from Jaimee Vitolo and Courtney Lapresi impressed the judges, it was those that over thought and underperformed that ended up at the bottom of the group. Daniel made a curry based pasta and Big Willie delivered a dessert (Gordon Ramsay called it ‘dog vomit’). But after taking a chance and dying his pasta in beet juice (and serving it with a yellow cauliflower puree), it was Francis Legge who was sent home. Only 10 home cooks remain.

Off the charts: The second week of America’s Got Talent quarterfinal performances, stunts and routines invaded the iconic Radio City Music Hall as five more acts received the votes to remain in the competition. Jaycob Curlee’s rendition of the Labrinth hit Beneath Your Beautiful, paired with his heartfelt story of adoption continued to warm viewers’ hearts and the 18-year-old made it through to the semi-finals. Aerial Animation continued to prove why the visual acrobatic act is the talent to beat, showcasing immense creativity and originality. Magician, Mat Franco stunned once again with another close-up card trick, while covering Katy Perry’s Unconditionally served as Mara Justine’s golden ticket into the semi-finals as the young and incredibly talented singer was the last act of the week granted access to continue on in the season nine running.

Mother-Son Departure: Nicole and Cormac Foster, the mother and son pair from Winnipeg became the latest team ousted from The Amazing Race Canada.

Danced Out: Bridget Whitman and Emilio Dosal were the next two dancers eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance despite amazing routines.

Intervention Return: A&E Networks is reviving a 15-episode season of Intervention on its LMN network which is slated to air in 2015.

Cut Short: Toronto’s Angela Sum was the next designer eliminated from Project Runway after a futuristic dress challenge inspired by Marie Claire magazine left her short of the mark.

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