I was eagerly awaiting the premiere of the show, I actually applied for it once. I thought last year’s show was really good, with a great lineup of finalists. I was so happy that backstabbing Debbie finally got cut and was torn between Melissa and Jeffery. Jeffery was more my style, but Melissa was the obvious choice, cute, perky and very appealing to the housewife demographic.
This year’s show started off a little disappointing. Even the front runner, Aria, by far the best contestant in every area, was not as exciting as I’d hoped. Hopefully, she will grow into the role. Right now, she is the one to beat. She was talented and likable.
The mix of finalists seems a bit strange, very diverse, yet not diverse if that makes any sense. They must have been told to accentuate their diversity, but it fell flat for the most part.
The first “test” was not the best and maybe this is where I get the unnaturalness of this “tell us who you are” thing. I am not sure this was the time for that. I don’t think an on-camera test was appropriate for the first test, either. At least let them get into their groove.
While preparing a meal for Wolfgang Puck was great, the promo spots the finalists
had to do were also too early in the contest. As far as who should have gone home, it should have been Dzintra Dzenis, but I guess she is prettier than Alexis Hernandez. While Alexis did have trouble with his dessert, Dzintra’s eye problem was not a reason to keep her. Alexis actually cooked his dessert, Dzintra did not. And, her eye was no way so bad she couldn’t stay in there and help her team. She is a wuss.
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