MasterChef Junior Updates: The corporation approved an audit of the program and Pérez Tornero will explain tomorrow about Verónica Forqué’s participation.
Three weeks after the grand finale of ‘MasterChef Celebrity’, TVE continues to exploit its star program with the premiere of the junior version. Starting at 10:00 p.m., the public channel launches its ninth edition with new applicants who will accompany viewers on Christmas dates. It does so in a week in which eyes have focused on this culinary format produced by Shine Iberia, one of the most successful on television, but also the most controversial, which has generated some discomfort in the board of directors itself of the corporation.
What’s new about ‘MasterChef Junior’ also comes without the usual promotion that TVE makes of its products with the rest of the media. At first, it announced a press conference to present the news on Wednesday, December 15, and then it was delayed until Monday, the 20th. Finally, the presentation was suspended without any official justification.
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The day before, the board of directors of RTVE approved an internal audit for ‘MasterChef’ after complaints from several directors who even raised the suitability of this format on public television. This petition is carried out after the new presidency of José Manuel Pérez Tornero showed his discomfort that RTVE had to face a fine of 219,342 imposed by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) for carrying out covert advertising in the.
This decision also coincided in the week in which the death of Verónica Forqué was known, a participant in the last ‘celebrity’ edition that she ended up leaving. “I can not more,” he said in one of the deliveries. The actress suffered from depression and many now question the suitability of having allowed her contest in the format. One of the hardest was his colleague Silvia Abascal. “You don’t have to know her for almost 30 years, or be a medical professional to see her and realize that she was not well. I did not understand how she was allowed to participate or continue in unfortunate and obvious conditions, “said the interpreter on social networks.
However, from Shine Iberia they came up against the criticism with a statement in which they asked for respect and regretted the death of Forqué, while pointing out that she affirmed, during the recording of ‘MasterChef Celebrity’ between May and July 2021, feeling “happy and grateful just as she did in the months after, both in public and in private.” “The well-being, safety and respect for the privacy of the contestants is our absolute priority. Verónica decided both to begin and to end her participation in the program when and as she considered it, with our continued support ”, they recalled. For his part, the president of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero, will have to give explanations tomorrow in the Senate about Forqué’s collaboration in the format at the request of a question from the PSOE.
A success for TVE
Controversy aside, the ‘MasterChef’ brand has become the great success of a TVE that does not reach a 10% share of the screen in the monthly average and with few hits among its new proposals for the public. Its last edition with celebrities, which had the victory of Juanma Castaño and Miki Nadal, closed its traditional broadcast with an average of 2,126,000 viewers and a 20.1% share. The final shot its data to 2.6 million followers and a 24.4% audience.
In this context, what will be the ninth edition of ‘MasterChef Junior’ starts tonight, where children between 8 and 12 years old meet to find the best ‘minichef’ in the country. This season, the young contestants will visit the Juan Carlos Ferrero Tennis Academy in Villena (Alicante) and the Port Aventura amusement park, in addition to cooking at Lake Sanabria and at the ‘Compartir’ restaurant, in Cadaqués (Gerona) .
Throughout the new chapters they will also receive the visit of popular characters and former contestants of ‘MasterChef’, such as Josie or Florentino Fernández, and they will learn under the orders of important chefs such as Martin Berasategui and Eneko Atxa. The public network also has pending the premiere of a special edition of ‘Grandparents’, in which the contestants are seniors, while it is already in the process of casting for its amateur version, whose premiere is scheduled in La 1 by next spring, if deadlines are not delayed.