It's become an annual ritual. Have Arisa tease the fans on social media for a week or two. Build up anticipation. And fan frustration. The problem? The silliest of rumours infest Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and every fan forum out there. But we have now reached stage one in the REAL countdown - the official press release announcing the premiere date and schedule. But a strange thing happened this year. Instead of giving the fans their yearly fix, This PR only raised more questions. Here's what we now know, along with some of my notes:
I see you. Hiding in your safe space. I know it's been scary. I know it's been difficult. After all, you have a lot of hopes riding on the presumption that you are going to be so much better than 2016. And that Trump guy in the States sure isn't helping, is he?
Season 4 of MasterChef Canada has switched up their format.
As revealed in a new promo that premiered in last night’s SUPER BOWL LI broadcast on CTV, in a series first, 24 finalists from across Canada are surprised with their first challenge at their homes and offices in their hometowns. Presented with a box of uncooked rice, each aspiring chef has only 20 minutes to decide what they will make, as well as gather all their ingredients, before they travel to the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen in Toronto.
Turning up the heat for the Top 24 this season are returning judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile. Instead of preparing and presenting their signature dish one-by-one, home cook auditions begin on the finalists’ home turf. With only 12 coveted white aprons up for grabs, the home cooks have to prove they have the culinary skills to cut it in the MASTERCHEF CANADA kitchen, as they compete for $100,000 and a life-changing title.
The 24 aspiring home cooks are:
Aaron Polsky, a director of operations, from Montréal, Qué.
Ali Jadavji, a designer, from Calgary, Alta.
Alice Luo, a PhD student, from Toronto, Ont.
Alisha Sood, a make-up artist, from Mississauga, Ont.
Barrie McConachie, an employee relations consultant, from Vancouver, B.C.
Chris Rivest, a YouTuber and nutrition specialist from Calgary, Alta.
Connor Robinson, a musician, from North York, Ont.
Grace Liang, a mining engineer intern, from Sudbury, Ont.
Jason Mayo, a high school teacher, from Jarvis, Ont.
Jay Choo, a medical technician, from Toronto, Ont.
Jillian Nowak, a food blogger, from Calgary, Alta.
Jordan Levin, a server, from Winnipeg, Man.
Justine Joyal, a business student, from Montréal, Qué.
Kimberly Cairns, a paramedic, from Saskatoon,
Kimberly Duffus, a sales rep, from Malton, Ont.
Mai Nguyen, a health and safety advisor, from Edmonton, Alta.
Matt VanderHelm, a category manager, from Toronto, Ont.
May Nazair, a youth centre manager, from Campbellton, N.B.
Miranda Wasstrom, a corporate safety administrator, from Edmonton, Alta.
Nii Addico, a contractor, from Kitchener, Ont.
Raffaele Spataro, a comedian, from Toronto, Ont.
Sheila Lumsden, a homemaker, from Iqaluit, Nunavut
Thea VanHerwaarden, a broker, from Vancouver, B.C.
Trevor Connie, a plumber/gas fitter, from Edmonton, Alta.
Over 12 episodes of MASTERCHEF CANADA, the home cooks will have their culinary prowess
tested through a series of mystery boxes, pressure tests, and team and elimination challenges, with
judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile providing direction and feedback
throughout the process. At the end of each episode, at least one home cook will be eliminated from
the competition until only two remain to battle it out in the finale for a chance to take home $100,000
and the sought after title of MASTERCHEF CANADA.
Season 4 will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning March 2 on CTV and the CTV GO app, with encores Sundays at 7 p.m. ET beginning March 19 on Gusto.
Dating is a hell of a thing to begin with. Now multiply that by 15. I suppose if you're dating fifteen guys simultaneously, even the most experienced person is bound to gain some new insights very quickly. Just the thought of remembering all those names is mind boggling, not to mention who said what and when. So let's follow along with Jasmine's Journey as she discovers her new found role as a Dating Advisor. What valuable lessons will Jasmine pass on to us this week?
Week 1 Results:
I got 13 out of 15 right. Not bad. She dumped Eddie and Tony, kept JP and Kevin P instead. I was so sure TPTB would push Canada's Crush Eddie on her. And I was right about Mike getting the First Impression Rose. And knowing what we know now, I would change my guesses for 1st 1-on-1 & 1st kiss. Oh well.
Right off the bat, I have to say I am much more impressed with The Bachelorette Canada than I ever was with The Bachelor Canada. It seems W Network has gone full steam ahead, producing and promoting their franchised version, creating a far superior product. In comparison, it is no wonder The Bachelor Canada died a miserable death after only two seasons. Twenty bachelors. A new host. Ninety-minute episodes. An After Show hosted by Jennifer Valentyne. Yeah, I'm in.
Now, on to the recap...and instead of a rehash of events, lets do this a little different. Although this isn't my first time watching anything from the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, let's pretend it's a brand new experience. Here's my list of the things I learned from the premiere: