Anyone who has ever tried to have a conversation with a MasterChef fan during their favourite show will know what an angry group of people the programme’s viewers can be, and the BBC felt their full fury last night.
Wednesday night’s opening episode attracted 5.5million food lovers, but it was met with wide-scale derision as audiences slammed audition rounds in which Geoff Torode and Gregg Wallace selected their finalists in a manner very similar to that of X Factor. There were often pantomime-like delays as the judges waited to give ‘yes’ or ‘no’ verdicts, some were given lifelines and there were even nauseous sections which saw friends and families telling us what a place on the show would mean to the candidate in question.
âAbout 15 minutes in, the X Factor similarities were so blatant that they were almost laughable,â? someone commented on Facebook and Twitter users were similarly outraged. David Fielding said: âAm I watching an episode of X Factor or MasterChef? What a load of overly self-important b*******.â? said one viewer.
“Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful,” said another. “Too much weeping and wailing and fakeness. It made me long for the days of Lloyd Grossman.”
“This show is now bordering on the ridiculous. I am at a loss to understand why the BBC has decided to change the format of a programme which was already so popular. Do they think we are all refugees from The X Factor?” said another. “I half expected Cheryl Cole to come on and join Gregg and John.”
So what did you think?