Sequence 15 of Celebrity MasterChef is on its approach from the restaurant kitchen to our dinner plates, fortunately filmed earlier than lockdown began. The line-up has already been introduced and we’re anticipating the present on our screens this summer season.
However the announcement of this yr’s celebrities, that includes Gethin Jones, Sir Matthew Pinsent and the present’s first blind contestant, presenter Amar Latif, has gone down much less favourably than a bowl of chilly and lumpy mashed potatoes.
The grumbles on social media, led by comedians Dom Joly and Jennifer Saunders (whose husband Ade Edmonson received the present in 2013), concern the truth that the celebs aren’t recognisable sufficient. Who’re they? How dare they masquerade as well-known individuals on an important celeb cooking competitors? Outrage within the excessive!
Settle down, dears. For a begin, what had been you anticipating? It’s true that this yr’s crop of celebs is rather less starry than ordinary. However had been you truthfully anticipating a warmth wherein Jennifer Aniston’s apple crumble was up in opposition to Tom Hanks’ Eton Mess, Adele’s lemon sorbet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s noticed dick?
The time period ‘celeb’ is used ever extra loosely nowadays, partly as a result of there are such a lot of reveals to forged, and so many vaguely well-known individuals required to fill them. We’re on collection 15 of Celeb MasterChef now, what number of well-known folks prepared to embarrass themselves in entrance of the nation do you assume are left? In fact there’ll all the time be the odd second of magic – Teri Hatcher on Bake Off appeared an unbelievable signing, however it’s a excessive bar to set for each present. Usually what appears like an An inventory coup is wrapped up in a PR marketing campaign anyway.
What irks me most is the short-sightedness of some critics. TV isn’t simply made for you and your greatest mate (extra’s the pity, I do know). Casting administrators have to consider carefully about serving a large viewers and generally the tick field casting is obviously apparent – there’s the cricketer for dad, the cleaning soap star for mum, that pop star my cousin likes, and so on. And naturally letters are despatched to gazillions of well-known individuals within the hope that only one will clear an area within the diary/scale back their payment/give in to the nagging.
Whereas neither me nor my Gran had been significantly excited when Joe Sugg was initially introduced for Strictly in 2018, an enormous neighborhood of his younger followers had been thrilled (though they’d by no means use that phrase, obvs). Amusingly, loads of the individuals who moaned bitterly about an influencer ruining their favorite present later discovered themselves voting for Joe to win, so charmed had been they by his angle in the direction of the collection and his all-important ‘journey’.
The purpose is that you just get to know the celebs, simply as you get to know contestants on the civilian variations of those reveals. By the ultimate, you’re not often nonetheless voting led by your preliminary allegiances. And who’s to say that the mega well-known make good telly anyway? In the event you ask me, astronomer Russell Grant was a much more profitable Strictly signing than Future’s Baby famous person Michelle Williams. If I had the selection of Will Smith or Wolf from Gladiators within the MasterChef kitchen, I’d truthfully want time to consider it.
Actuality reveals are all the time filled with surprises anyway. Whereas most of us had heard of Harry Redknapp earlier than he went within the jungle, no person had him pegged as an enthralling romantic and a soon-to-be-national treasure. And who can overlook when Dancing on Ice spent an eye-watering sum of cash signing Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, just for her to be voted out first? Awks.
I predict that collection 15 of MasterChef might be simply as well-liked as earlier years. Save for the odd rush of pleasure in case you see somebody you significantly admire on a casting record, we not care concerning the names. In fact I’d find it irresistible if Michelle Obama did Strictly or Brad Pitt went within the jungle. However all we actually need is straightforward, pleasant TV to wile away a night. And whether or not you’re mega well-known or simply well-known in your postcode, you’re all welcome so far as I’m involved.
Celebrity MasterChef returns to BBC1 this summer season. To search out out what else is on, take a look at our TV Information.