“The Great British Bake Off” takes back its foothold in the 12th season

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Each year, “The Great British Bake Off” (2010) premieres – on Channel 4 for UK viewers and Netflix for Americans – with another series of bakers entering the famous white tent on the grounds of an English estate in Essex. What was once just a popular British phenomenon, “Bake Off” has taken on international stature, with millions of viewers watching 12 amateur bakers compete against each other in a series of baking challenges.

Episodes unfold every week, with one candidate returning home and another being called a “star baker”. Each week begins with a new theme, whether it’s breads, pastries, cookies or cakes, and each participant competes to be the best home baker of the lot.

This year’s series – the 12th season since the show started in 2010 – certainly corresponds to past years’, especially considering the usual nature of competitors to be sane, diligent and dedicated. Fan favorites were Jürgen Krauss and Giuseppe Dell’Anno, whose inspiring pastries have regularly received praise from mass viewers around the world.

In terms of viewership, the 12th season did a little worse than last year. It only reached just over half of the average viewers Season 11 received, which is believed to be due to COVID-19 lockdowns that previously increased viewers. Overall, the show has Seen from top to bottom since switching from BBC One to Channel 4 after Series 7, losing Judge Mary Berry and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc along the way.

This year’s judges were Paul Hollywood, who has been on the show since its debut in 2010, and Prue Leith, who joined “Bake Off” in 2017. Although there was a drop in viewership after Judge Mary Berry left the tent, the judges of the last five seasons have retained their warmth, good humor and constructive criticism. The contestants seem to genuinely admire the judges for their genuine commentary, which boosts the chemistry in the tent that viewers are watching from their homes.

The only point where the show could be improved was with the hosts, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas. Each episode started with the two comedy sketches which were overdone and did not flatter the more “comfortable” feel of “Pastry shop. “Back in the tent, they constantly makes squeaky jokes while distracting bakers, with Matt singing the entire German theme song “Meet the Flintstones” to Baker Jürgen and Noel monopolizes the camera somewhat. Although the competitors sometimes laughed at the same time, the untimely jokes of the hosts were downright annoying. Many “Bake Off” viewers believe the new hosts may just not live up to the past personalities of Mel and Sue.

That being said, with every unfortunate joke, tbakers would respond with witty jokes, and their awesome pastries have always stolen the show, meaning the talent and personality of the attendees kept the miserable reception from getting in the way of the show’s usual flow.

The great British pastry fair” finally got back on his feet in his last season. The cooking this year was just at a superb level; each finalist has been crowned a two-time Featured Baker and received two of Paul Hollywood’s coveted handshakes. The bakers themselves were also a more diverse group than in the past two years, as the show reintroduced more variety into their age, with the youngest contestant even baking vegan-only treats. The show also shone through the chemistry between the competitors, facilitated by the maintenance of the “Bake Off Bubble.”

The final episode featured the finalists hugging and cheering each other on in a true moment of bliss and warmth, which can only really be derived from a classic episode of “Pastry shop.” This year’s competitors were closer than ever; the final ended with a montage of all the bakers gathered after the show. The series has retained its classic British humor and jokes, with Hollywood and Leith decide to choose the winner of the show rather than a “cup of tea”. Despite some of the hosts’ most unfortunate gags, “The great British pastry fair” is back to its usual level, providing a respite from some of today’s most dramatic reality TV and baking competitions.


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