Belfast Telegraph

GBBO fans praise Stacey as she exits on a competition high

The judges made their decision based on Stacey’s performance throughout the series.

Fans of The Great British Bake Off have applauded Stacey as she was booted from the show after producing an impressive meringue-based showstopper dessert.

The Hertfordshire mother was eliminated in Tuesday night’s semi-final of the Channel 4 show, in a particularly tough round of the competition that judge Paul Hollywood described as the “hardest decision” he has ever made on the programme.

The competition was so close that he and co-judge Prue Leith had to look back on Stacey’s performance throughout the series, rather than the single episode. Last week, Stacey was named star baker.

She made a weak start to the programme when her signature choux buns were described by Hollywood as “a mess”, but she then earned praise for both her technical task and her flamboyant all-pink “flamingos in love” final challenge.

The result of the show even brought presenter Noel Fielding to tears, but the emotional baker said she was “happy” to have left the contest on a high and to go back to being a mother.

One fan commented on Twitter: “You can absolutely be proud, loved the flamingos.”

“I thought you did great Stacy always cheerful,” said another, while one added: “Stacey – you can be very proud of yourself.”

Sharing some encouraging words for Stacey, one viewer posted: “The curse of the star baker strikes again! Good job Stacey! Chin up dear!”

Among a string of fans who said they were “sad” or “gutted”, one commented: “So not fair….sorry to see Stacey go…”

Stacey’s admirable exit paved the way for remaining contestants Steven, Sophie and Kate to move through to next week’s final showdown. It will air on Channel 4 at 8pm next Tuesday.

From Belfast Telegraph