MasterChef films “fake” ending
MasterChef has filmed alternate endings, one real and at least one "fake", for its Grand Final.
The TEN cooking show has followed other Reality shows with alternate endings in order to keep its winner from leaking. But in doing so it discards its former practice of filming the winner announcement on the day of the broadcast.
After a newspaper accidentally a story about the wrong “winner” in its first season, every other MasterChef series contestants has seen cooking filmed in advance, but the reveal of the scores taking place on the afternoon of the broadcast with contestants and families being kept on site until the episode aired.
A TEN spokesperson confirmed to TV Tonight that alternate endings had already been filmed.
MasterChef: The Professionals filmed alternate endings because it had to shoot while Marco Pierre White was still in the country.
But now the show has repeated the practice with alternate endings including at least one where a finalist is given fake scores and incorrectly declared the winner. Only the real scores will go to air, but none of the contestants know who will be declared winner.
Other shows such as My Kitchen Rules, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Splash and Celebrity Apprentice have filmed alternate endings but have come under scrutiny about whether they are able to reward contestants who are popular with the audience, over their actual competition performance.
Filming two endings also works out to be more cost-effective to production, rather than having to haul everybody back for a half-day shoot.
Earlier this year TEN sent out the wrong photos of winners for Biggest Loser to media but defended it by saying ““It’s standard practice for reality shows that are filmed in front of a live audience to shoot alternate endings in order to protect the result from leaking ….”
But MasterChef has no live audience component.