It's the biggest shake-up in My Kitchen Rules history with desperate producers recruiting some of the biggest villains and champions from previous seasons to spice up the cooking show and attract a new generation of viewers.
With Seven yet to announce the cast for the 2020 season, Woman's Day can exclusively reveal that it will for the first time include stars from previous seasons going head-to-head with newcomers.
Several former MKR contestants were caught secretly filming the new series last week, including 2013 winners Dan and Steph Mulheron, acid-tongued villain Sophia Pou and last year's controversial cook Romel Kouyan.
A Seven insider last week confirmed that the new-look MKR will almost be a mash-up of four different reality shows.
"It's like Married At First Sight meets Survivor meets Big Brother," says the source, explaining that the former MKR stars will compete with new competitors (like Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders) and partners will swap (like MAFS).
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But the insider says perhaps the biggest shock is that producers have also borrowed from pioneering reality show Big Brother – they plan to feature the spats and arguments contestants have off-camera and in the MKR House to add an extra dimension to the cooking show.
"There are two groups of five teams, with the first lot comprising of some very familiar faces, which will go up against everyday fans of the show," says the source.
The insider adds that extra tension will be created by joining two villains like Romel and Sophia together to form one team. "Him and Sophia are a no-brainer – they'd make explosive TV together!"
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