MasterChef Australia 2019: This Is What The World Was Like When The Show Debuted

With Season 11 of MasterChef Australia set to premiere this evening, we couldn't help but consider just how long the show has been a part of our lives.

Premiering on April 27, 2009, the show was a hit, and here we are 10 years and two days later, ready to do it all again!

Before we settle in with our take out for a night of judging other people's cooking skills as if we could do any better ourselves, let's first take a walk down memory lane and consider the world way back then.

Here are just some of the most influential songs, films, headlines and other TV shows from '09.


"I Gotta Feeling", The Black Eyed Peas

A party anthem, a true classic, this was the soundtrack to every house party and pre-drinks of the year.

"Fireflies", Owl City

In hindsight, this song kind of sounds like the musical equivalent of like, if you mashed Juno, Into The Wild, Napoleon Dynamite, Garden State and Elizabethtown into a song, you know?

"Party In The USA", Miley Cyrus

Remember a time before Miley burned the image of her twerking on Robin Thicke into our memories for the rest of time? Over the last 10 years, "Party in the USA" has really become the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" for Americans to whip out every year on Independence Day. Love that for them and Miley!

"Bad Romance", Lady Gaga

Who could've predicted that 10 years on, Lady Gaga would be an Academy Award-nominated actress? There have been ups and downs over the past decade for L. Gaga, but "Shallow" and A Star Is Born have put her firmly back on top. Paws up!

"TiK ToK", Ke$ha

Another party anthem of 2009, this banger had dentists everywhere like "um, maybe don't brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack, hey". A true YOLO vibe.



The highest grossing film of ALL TIME, James Cameron has spent the past decade creating four sequels to Avatar that nobody seems particularly excited about, with Avatar 2 currently slated to premiere in December 2020.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In 2009 we were six films into the Harry Potter series and the fandom's hysteria was at a fever pitch. Remember the days when J.K Rowling didn't spend her time being messy on Twitter? We didn't know how good we had it!

Twilight: New Moon

The second of the five Twilight films, New Moon was perhaps the peak of Twilight mania, cementing the franchise into the pop culture history books as Bella tried to choose whether she was going to settle down for all eternity with a vampire or a werewolf. To be fair, Tinder wasn't released until 2012.


It may have been a full decade since Up was released but we're still lowkey crying over the first 15 minutes of this film, hey.


Remember how the world was supposed to end in 2012? Lol!


Parks and Recreation

It was 2009 when the show that gifted us an excuse to absolutely decimate our bank accounts premiered, and what a treat it was for all of us!


The cult hit that delivered us this gif we have saved as "logging onto Twitter.gif" on our computers kicked off on NBC in 2009, ran for five seasons, got cancelled, got picked up for a sixth season on Yahoo! Screen, and will maybe, eventually deliver its fans a film. It happened for Veronica Mars, so anything can happen!

Modern Family

It's been 10 full years that we've been following the stories of Jay, Gloria, Manny, Joe, Phil, Claire, Haley, Alex, Luke, Cam, Mitchell and Lily, but what a journey it's been. Even as the characters have gotten older and wiser (somewhat????), the show has continued to deliver lols and the earnest, heartfelt moments we've come to love so much.


Over the past 10 years, Ryan Murphy has become one of the biggest names in television, with American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Scream Queens, Pose and Feud all having Murphy at the helm, but it was Glee (okay, and Nip/Tuck) that put him on the map.

A cultural juggernaut, Glee boasted celeb cameos galore and spawned a generation who would grow up saying "they did this song on Glee!" every time they heard an old song on the radio for the first time.

The Vampire Diaries

Another massive teen show success for The CW network, The Vampire Diaries was just another way that vampires were huge in 2009, along with the Twilight franchise and True Blood, which premiered in 2008.


Michael Jackson's death

The entire world was shocked by the sudden death of Michael Jackson in 2009, just 18 days before his final world tour, This Is It, was set to begin. Later that year, a documentary of the same name was released, showing rehearsal footage and clips of the late singer that had never been intended for release. It went on to become the most successful concert movie and documentary in history.

Brittany Murphy's death

After Michael Jackson's death in June, the world was shocked once again when Brittany Murphy passed away at the age of 32 on December 20, 2009, from a battle with pneumonia. Her husband, Simon Monjack, passed away five months later, after also battling pneumonia.

Kanye West vs Taylor Swift, round one

Can you believe it's been 10 years and these two are still feuding? Just like Taylor, we would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.

Speidi got married

Be honest, how much money would you have lost if we'd made a bet with you in 2009 that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt's marriage would last a decade?

Christian Bale's Terminator Salvation rant

He may have been all lols while thanking Satan at the Golden Globes this year when he won Best Actor in a Comedy / Musical for Vice, but the notorious method actor was less than lighthearted while on the set of Terminator Salvation back in 2009. What a time to be alive.

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