It was an emotional goodbye for the bromantic MasterChef contestants most likely to inspire homoerotic fanfiction when the screentime between Ben Milbourne and Andy Allen came to a sudden end in last night's beef-centric elimination challenge. In tribute to Ben and Andy's transcendent/platonic man love, we've looked back and compiled the top five reality television bromances of all time. Starting with...


BEN WILLIAMS AND BLAIR MCDONOUGH
Big Brother Australia, Season 1, 2001, Channel Ten.

Bromance was born from the outset. Both were easygoing Victorian dudes with questionable facial hair (circa 2001) who connected immediately and became inseparable soon afterwards. Their bromance would take them all the way to the public voted final two where the everyman Ben prevailed over aspiring actor Blair. The tête à tête shared on their final night in the house together, disbelieving, relieved and proud of themselves and each other, remains an enduring image of Australian reality television.



TYLER ATKINS AND NATHAN JOLLIFFE
The Amazing Race Australia, Season 1, 2011, Channel Seven.

Their bromance predates the show but still deserves praise for enduring the relationship equivalent of Wipeout. Also, they won.



BEN MILBOURNE AND ANDY ALLEN
MasterChef Australia, Season 4, 2012, Channel Ten.

'Bandy' summed it up pretty well last night...

Ben:"I'm not normally a crier, and I think it's a fair indication of how emotionally involved you become in what this is. You have to leave behind everything you love. Along the way you meet people and you go through experiences.I think the best thing for me today is hearing what you just said about him [Andy]. I'm extremely proud of him. He's come a long way. I think he is the favourite now."

Andy: "He's not just a best mate, he's a role model. He's definitely blown me away with everything that he does. I can't wait for the next bit of our lives to start."

Free advice: Call your proposed Mexican restaurant Hermanos.



JAMES "J.T." THOMAS AND STEPHEN FISHBACH
Survivor: Tocantins, Season 18, 2009, CBS.

Your classic brains and brawn odd couple succinctly described by another contestant as "The Warrior" and "The Wizard". Stephen was a physically weak Yale graduate who excelled at strategy while JT was an affable Southern boy who completely dominated the physical challenges. Like Amber and Boston Rob before them, Stephen and JT proved that a "strong two" formed early as possible is the most likely path to final tribal council, where JT won unanimously.


LOUIS TOMLINSON, HARRY STYLES, LIAM PAYNE, ZAYN MALIK, NIALL HORAN
The X Factor UK, Season 7, 2010, ITV

Here's how the story goes. A gang of these junior Freddy Prinze Jr looking motherfuckers each audition for The X Factor UK. Each fails to progress as a solo artist so on the suggestion of someone totally cool with being in a group called The Pussy Cat Dolls, they pool their talents and enter the "group" category. They call themselves One Direction. They place third. The eventually become a global phenomenon. All of them were born in the 90s. They each make millions of dollars. Their fans build shrines for them. Of course these guys are friends.

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