‘MasterChef’ will complete ten years on the air on April 10th. A decade not without success, although accompanied in turn by great controversies. Controversial guest, judges’ fight, serious suspicions of manipulation or participation of Veronica Forque in the ‘Celebrities’ weeks before his tragic death, they put the flagship of TVE constantly in the eye of the hurricane.
Over time, the critics were forgotten. All but the recurring complaint of each issue, and it’s the ungodly hour the show ends. In the eleventh edition, the public channel finally seemed to have heard the eternal complaint of the viewers. This Monday, March 27, the most famous culinary ‘talent’ returned to the small screen with apparently renewed mechanics: double weekly rations, 30 candidates instead of 15 and one elimination per delivery.
That’s right, instead of abbreviating refinement by dispensing with the filling content that makes it eternal, RTVE It has opted for a risky strategy that can guarantee it leadership in ‘prime time’ two days a week or achieve the opposite effect, even filling the strongholds of the format.
Whether the movement goes well or badly for the Corporation, a priori the public valued the new dynamic as an acceptable option for transmissions not to go past midnight. It was expected that, if the programs used to last four hours, in this new batch of the anonymous edition they would be around two. Nothing could be further from the truth. ‘Master cook’ will continue to end after 1:15 am. Also, two days a week.
The macrocasting of 70,000 candidates
As always, the ‘castings’ occupied most of the first gala of the season. After the selection tests, to which 70,000 candidates applied, only 60 ‘amateur’ chefs made it to the final stage in which the coveted apron was distributed.
Threatening to become more demanding than ever, the jury formed the template for this Marx Brothers culinary hut that became ‘Masterchef 11’. Personal stories of overcoming challenges, former Olympic athlete, program geek, gastronomic consultant, famous ‘tiktoker’, finalist of the ‘Junior Master Chef’ and even a priest, are some of the most striking profiles among the 31 chosen candidates.
After two hours of presentations, the new promotion of amateur chefs debuted in the kitchens with the Mystery Boxes. The first and only test of the night consisted of transforming inedible preparations into large dishes. The six who got the ‘no’ from some of the judges, facing it under the threat of having “one foot in and one foot out”.
Because it covered so much content, therefore, the program lasted more than three hours. The network and the producer had already warned that the first gala would be exceptionally long.
However, this is not a unique circumstance. And as the grid for Tuesday 28 advances, the second ‘talent’ gala will end even later. It will start when Scotland’s match against Spain in the UEFA Qualifiers ends at 22:35 at the earliest, thus ending at 1:35. That is, everything indicates that all deliveries of the eleventh edition of ‘talent’ will be around three hours.
Next week the normal mechanics will start, with just two races on both days instead of the usual three. Thus, in the first installment of the week there will also be two challenges on set, one of them qualifying. On Tuesdays, the candidate with the worst value abroad will go out by teams and then in the tiebreaker.
With this dynamic, and despite what was governed by RTVE before the premiere, to the followers of ‘Masterchef 11’ they will have to stay up all night again.