Brand new episode of this week about Great British Baking Show above Netflix was the most deeply heartbreaking event of the entire show. The rest of the bakers – Jürgen Krauss, Giuseppe Dell’Anno, Chigs Parmar, and Crystelle Pereira – all broke the Semi-Final, put the judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in a situation where it’s impossible to ask someone who could easily become the Star Baker of the week to go home. The week before the final! As it happens, Paul and Prue’s ax lands on a baker, who has been a clear leader since the season’s debut. Jürgen has been dropped from Great British baking show. It was shocking. It was horrifying. It simultaneously makes perfect sense but also feels… unfair?
Great British Baking Show’Their decision to remove Jürgen just before the Finals was intriguing, but it was even more painful because the show made a choice that seemed like a whim on the part of the judges. Between Paul’s light handshake in the Signature round and the show’s inexplicable decision not to give us insight into the judges’ final pick, it feels like Paul and Prue (and the producers) export) is targeting Jürgen. While I still think Great British Baking Show “Semi-finalists” are the most thrilling part in the show’s history, one of my main puzzles is how Jürgen’s exit is completely doomed.
Can’t say enough that Great British Baking Show Designed to wreak havoc. At least at this point in the competition. For eight weeks, we’ve watched these bakers as they tackle weird Technical Challenges, shine through Showstoppers, and go through some not-so-cool jokes. We’ve grown to love more than just Chigs, Crystelle, Giuseppe, and Jürgen; we have become attached. It doesn’t matter who’s going home this week, but the rest of the bakers have made the selection perfect thanks to the spectacular cakes across the board.
In the first round, Jürgen struggled in the most painful way possible. Paul and Prue asked the bakers to make eight slices of layered cake in a bakery style. Tension was high, with confused screams and curses pouring out. However, Chigs impressed Paul and Prue enough to earn a Hollywood handshake. Strong start! Then Jürgen came up. Prue said his work is “sensational,” but Paul chose the dessert because beets don’t add any additional flavor. So far, so good, right? Except then both Crystelle and Giuseppe were shaken by Hollywood. Prue insisted that she also give Jürgen one, but Paul kicked the Teutonic titan. Jürgen now tells the camera that he is in trouble.
lest you think Jürgen’s nerves can’t reach his full potential at this point, he will rally to be the first in the field of Engineering. This means going into the Showstopper – a showcase themed party with twelve pastries and an edible center section – the bakers are basically evenly matched. It’s anyone’s game. Jürgen was reviewed first, and his design was criticized by Prue as “boring” to look at. Next, Giuseppe was told that his pine nut flavoring wasn’t good, but that he was smart when it came to cherries. Chigs was widely praised, saying she was “special”, and Crystelle was told by Paul that she was “perfect.” The judges were particularly interested in Crystelle, eventually awarding her the Star Baker Award.
So does Jürgen deserve to go home? If you believe that Technical is considered less than Signature or Performer, sadly yes. He missed that handshake from Paul and Prue really didn’t like the muted colors in his design. You could argue that Chigs is running because of his poor Technical record, but he managed to get the handshake and one of the highest scores in the Showstopper. Giuseppe’s single mistake was rewarded with a edgy design and sage cherry usage. That’s the narrowest margin – it’s up to the judges’ tastes! – but Jürgen barely lags behind.
However, it felt so wrong that Jürgen was out! He has been the Svengali of the sponges, the Baron of the biscuits, the architect of all that is good and sweet in the tent since day one. And it’s not like he was disqualified for any kind of big mistake. Sure, he looked a bit flustered once in Showstopper, but he persevered. Jürgen is undoubtedly one of the greatest bakers to ever compete Great British Baking Show and not having him in the finale felt like losing my mind.
Adding to the confusion? There was no explanation from Paul or Prue as to how they came to the decision. Their criticisms were there, but they were mild. In other words, anyone can be a Star Baker. (Also in their own words? They have a habit of being tougher on Jürgen.) The fact that the show doesn’t include a final say on why this choice opens the door to conspiracy theories: The makers didn’t want Jürgen’s victory that’s for sure! Contemporary program! Jürgen’s supremacy in the tent threatens the judges!
After sitting with the episode for a while, I accept that Jürgen has maintained his standards of excellence in the tent, but his three opponents are all a bit dazzled. It’s hard to understand why the producers didn’t let Paul or Prue say that! I think the shock of Jürgen’s exit would be a little less embarrassing if we had a straight answer. As such, we just need to rewind and take careful notes on every judge’s comment.
Another great episode of Great British Baking Show could live in disgrace for the uncanny editorial choice of not providing the audience with a simple explanation for why Jürgen was absent.
https://decider.com/2021/11/20/the-great-british-baking-show-jurgen-elimination/ ‘The Great British Baking Show’: Jürgen’s Dismissed Like The Biggest Injustice In Show’s History