TV finales to pack a punch

Junior MasterChef Australia, The X Factor and The Block finales roll out the red carpet.

As we barrel headlong to the end of the TV ratings year, there are TV finales everywhere you turn.

Networks are falling over themselves to promise viewers the big finales in the hope they will finish the year on a high.

In previous years we had a big Australian Idol finale at the Sydney Opera House, but now all three networks are ramping up the showbiz factor.

Junior MasterChef Australia
The first big event is TEN's two-hour Junior MasterChef Australia finale at 7:30pm Monday, November 15. In competition for the 2010 title are Jack, 12, from Tasmania, Siena, 9, from Victoria, and twin sisters Isabella and Sofia, 12, from Queensland. One of them will win $15,000 put into a trust fund, with $10,000 and two $5,000 prizes for the remaining kids.

It will surely be of some relief to the kids in the show for this to be at an end, given the finale was filmed some time ago and they have had to keep it under wraps. The show has been pulling solid ratings lately. All the signs point to a big finish.

The X Factor
Seven's X Factor live grand final will take place at 7:30pm Monday, November 22. Fans are tipping Altiyan Childs as the one to beat after the 35-year-old singer turned in some surprisingly strong performances this season. The show has had a troubled season, beginning with the sudden exit of host Matthew Newton, and being beaten in the ratings. But it has held its place and proven it a loyal fan base. Still battling for the contract with Sony are Altiyan Childs, Mahogany, Andrew Lawson and Sally Chatfield.

The Block
Nine has a two-hour finale for The Block scheduled for 7:30pm Wednesday, November 25. Much is riding on this one, given the winner is decided on the basis of the biggest profit made from a real estate sale. The four-apartment block in Vaucluse, Sydney, will go under the hammer as Mark and Duncan, Neisha and John, Brenton and Cheryl, and Erin and Jake hold their breath. When The Block first had an auction with host Jamie Durie it broke ratings records. Can Nine do it again?

Once the finales are done and dusted TV networks will head into non-ratings on November 28 and start dragging out the Christmas specials.

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