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As My Kitchen Rules winds to an end for 2018, we look back on the strange, long journey it's been, and we know one thing for sure: in a month's time, hardly anyone will remember who won the series, but everyone will remember the historic night when Sonya and Hadil were booted from the competition for what can only be described as taking the instruction "be yourselves" far too literally.
The producers of the show will certainly remember it: it was the focal point of MKR's marketing pretty much from the start of the year and paid massive dividends in publicity and ratings. For that kind of on-screen conflagration is manna from heaven for reality producers.
Sonya and Hadil from MKR
This doesn't mean they actually make it happen – if they did, it'd happen all the time and they wouldn't have to lie to us with breathless ads about the Controversy That Will Change The Game Forever which turns out to be one team using chutney from a jar. But when it does happen, when they get their hands on a couple of human holy grails like Sonya and Hadil, they are going to milk that for all it's worth, and we will drink that milk like the thirsty calves we are.
Because as much as we might like to tut-tut over reality stars' awful behaviour, it's what we want. The expulsion of Sonya and Hadil was incredibly satisfying for us – the wicked being righteously punished.
Sonya and Hadil leaving the MKR set.
Every reality series has participants put there specifically for us to hate, and we love to hate them, because we know how good the pay-off will feel when they get their comeuppance.
This isn't unique to MKR – every reality show hopes and prays they can produce a bust-up of such proportions.
Many of us will watch Masterchef to enjoy the fine cooking of committed amateurs with a dream, but you can't tell me that if one of them ends up punching George Calombaris in the face, it won't get even more of us watching – and enjoying it immensely.
The premise of reality television is to show people just like us put under pressure. The dark heart of that premise is that when people just like us turn out to be much worse than us – and better, when they fail – it's exactly what we're craving.
“You are excused from the table”: MKR judge Manu Feildel eliminates Hadil and Sonya from the competition.
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