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The House of Horrors Returns: An MKR Recap

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We were invited back to the house of horrors last night for a chance to see VIC friends Harry and Christo redeem themselves from their failed first instant restaurant. If you remember, there were cut fingers, dropped eggs, broken pastry, exploding pastry weights….what could have gone wrong did go wrong.  Surely, this time round, they’d have more luck.

Taking note from Carly, the boys have opted for a positive vibe and zen like calmness for the night.  As Harry states “We’re here to cook, not cry”.

That is until the power goes out.

[Cue Tears]

Thankfully when the power came back on (one of the camera crew must have accidentally tripped a fuse) the food prep is fine and no one was injured.  The guests all arrive and i’m saddened to see no edible menus – Josh and Danielle really did set the bar high with that one.

Best Dish of The Night: Hunger!  A THREE HOUR wait between entree and main (now where are those edible menus?) saw some of the contestants go a little insane.  David offered up the ‘severed moving finger’ gag (to which Danielle claims to have NEVER SEEN BEFORE?!), Carly offered up a joke “What color is a burp?  Burple!”  while Kelly showed along with a jaw that unhinges, she also have no joints in her arms or shoulders.

The Food Overall: A giant step up from the boys first attempt, though I’d love to know who told Harry that pheasant only needs 15 minutes to roast in the oven.  A simple Google search tells me pheasant needs a minimum of 40-50 minutes in an oven that isn’t opened every 5 minutes.  Their entree was the only let down of the night.  Calamari and dressed rocket was too simple and too bland but the dessert of crumble filled stone fruit with ice cream (made with sugar – well done Christo!) impressed most.

The Final Result: Easily made it through to the next round allowing David to offer some impressive and well practiced eye rolls.  The massive time delays for food saw some points taken off, giving the boys a total score of 65.

Next Up: We’re back in sunny QLD with David and Corinne (yay?) who are aiming for the highest score ever in MKR history, but first they need to pop a bottle of champers and he needs his trousers ironed.  Will the ‘Queen of Seafood’ regain her throne?  Will David poison Harry and Christo’s food?  Will there be enough chairs for all the guests?

My Kitchen Rules – David and Corinne airs tonight, Channel 7 at 7:30pm!

Ratings Wars: House Rules vs The Block

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House Rules’ Chester Drife

The end of dominant reality show The Voice has begun to take effect on other channel 9 shows with viewers quickly moving onto other networks and other rival shows.

For the first time since launch, Channel 7’s House Rules beat out channel 9’s The Block with 1.159 million viewers tuning into 7’s house renovating show, beating out The Blocks 1.130 million.

The slow start for House Rules is now a distant memory for the 7 network with the show now constantly rating extremely well.  Some viewers have stated the overt-drama and outright nastiness between competing couples is what have turned them off this season of The Block.

Also suffering for Channel 9 is Celebrity Apprentice.  Last night’s challenge episode didn’t even make the top 20 in ratings while the boardroom showdown only managed just shy of 600,000 viewers.

House Rules Fights Back in Ratings

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VIC Contestants and brothers Nick and Chris

Channel 7’s answer to The Block may have finally found it’s audience after an embarrassing start to the home renovation reality show.

After debuting last Tuesday with a meager 806,000 viewers (It was easily beat by Channel 9’s The Block Sky High and The Voice) and dropping to an all time low of 687,000 viewers on Thursday night, House Rules Monday night episode finally cracked the 1 million viewers mark with the show’s First House Reveal episode.

So why are now viewers tuning in?  The Voice and The Block Sky High are still holding top spot but are not reaching the same highs as earlier seasons and both renovation shows are only partly overlapping in schedule timing.

One could argue that Seven’s decision to schedule recaps of the series across its weekend programming may have helped but my guess is the change in programming of 9’s The Voice, now only being aired on Monday nights (clearly to stretch out the series as possible) has actually helped House Rules boost it’s ratings numbers.

House Rules is a fun watch and is a new twist on the the home renovation show competitions, but after a weeks worth of viewings, i’m hardly rooting for ANY couple to win the coveted prize of having their entire mortgage paid off.

The casting department have single-handedly managed to wrangle a bunch of highly unlikable couples to take part in the competition.  Between overbearing wives, know-it-all husbands and two bully brothers, most of the couples on House Rules seem extremely undeserving of such a reward.

My advice, watch the show for resident build supervisor Chester Drife.  He’s the good-looking and nice guy version of The Block’s foreman Keith!

Check your local listings for when House Rules is airing next on Channel 7.

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