It’s the worst showdown we’ve ever seen in the history of My Kitchen Rules, with contestants Court and Josh launching into a bitter rage against one another in front of all 15 teams – who come together for the first time ever – and judges Pete and Manu.
While teams usually wait to make catty comments and snide attacks at fellow contestants in their one-on-one interviews, Josh and Court – who’ve made no secret of their dislike for one another – decide to have it out on Kitchen HQ centre stage.
‘Court and I, we’ve had a few clashes in the instant restaurants. There’s been tension,’ Josh, 25, admits. ‘I genuinely dislike her.’
Tempers boil over when the possibility of Josh and Court facing off in a cooking showdown is raised.
When the Melbourne childrenswear designer admits she’d enjoy going up against the WA fisherman – ‘I’d love to put him in his place,’ she says – Josh sees red, letting rip at Court in front of the other teams and judges.
‘I think you guys will be going home, and I hope you do,’ blasts Josh, standing beside his wife Amy, 26, who remains silent.
Court, 29, counters: ‘He’s trying to show Australia how he’s such a lovely person.’
Josh then tells the judges: ‘Some people don’t get along with me, Court’s one of them.
I wouldn’t get along with her outside of this either.'
Weighing into the onscreen fight, Pete asks Josh if he’d like to see Court and her husband Duncan, 34, go home.
‘For sure, I was hoping for it the whole time,’ Josh replies. ‘I can’t wait for them to go.’ Looking at Court he says: ‘You can’t wait to go back to your job, you shouldn’t even be here.’
The fight then reaches even more dramatic levels, leaving the other teams stunned. Cyn says: ‘This is the first time we’ve had any association with them, and it is very awkward.’
But while viewers will have to see how the war of words pans out – and whether Josh’s dream of seeing Court go home comes true – New Idea can reveal exactly why the pair hate each other.
Court says Josh found Duncan’s decision to take his wife’s name – they share a hyphenated surname – when they married ‘offensive’.
‘Josh couldn’t handle it,’ Court tells New Idea. ‘He was like: “My family would be so offended.” He said he thought it would be offensive if he had done it when he married Amy.
For the full story, see this week’s New Idea – out now.