In a move reminiscent of early Surivor seasons, MasterChef Australia shot its finale last Thursday.
Now the trick is to keep the outcome secret.
“It is a concern,” Paul Franklin, head of factual entertainment at FremantleMedia says.
“But there’s a lot of goodwill about the show and hopefully that will extend to anyone who does know keeping schtum about it. It’s a very exciting finale. All the contestants come back and we had a special guest turn up, and family and friends. There were a lot of tears. Good tears. In front of and behind the camera.”
The finale screens on Sunday July 19th. That’s a long way off for a show so hot. In the US Survivor took a similar approach for its early seasons, but later moved to a live show for the all-important announcement of the winner.
The Biggest Loser, also by FremantleMedia, also filmed its finale ahead of screening, but the window was much tighter.
Franklin attributes the success of the show to good food and good casting.
“For a commercial audience we needed to pump it up and make it bigger, a little over the top, with more drama and storytelling and a sense of theatre,” he says.
“But although we have obviously tricked it up into an entertainment format, the basic essence of it is the same: people chasing their dreams.”
Source: The Australian