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Smart money on who gets kicked off Next Food Network Star tonight (July 18)? [Spoilers]

Get your licks in now ... none of this Monday Morning QB stuff of "I told you __ was going to be asked to leave blah blah"

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  1. hmmm..... my money is on Serena or Brad. But I could also see Aria going home. tough call for me.

    1. Serena is impossible to understand. Herb is obnoxious. I'd be happy to see either of them go.
      I hope Aarti gets slightly less annoying and wins the whole thing, since my hotty, Brad, is terrible in front of the camera.

      1. My money is on Brad going home. He is consistently the worst of the worst.

        1. My money is on Aria. Brad has been below her recently but he has some potential. Aria is just... meh.

          1. I'm going with Serena - I can barely understand her.

            1. The teaser in our local Sunday paper called this episode "Retro Palm Springs". While Palm Springs is now a Gay mecca it was once the weekend playground for the rich, famous and celebrites during Hollywoods Golden Era. Somehow, I'm pretty sure FTV isn't exactly going to do an Ode to the Gay Lifestyle, so my money is on Palm Springs when the Rat Pack held sway.

              If this is the case...
              Aria should be okay because some of her recent cooking has been reminescent of the 50s
              Aarti's whole thing is parties, and Palm Springs was party central
              Brad can cook which will probably be his saving grace this week
              Tom should excel with the relaxed vibe that is PS
              Brianna will try and glam it up, which may or may not work
              Herb is from Miami, which has a similar lifestyle with the latin twist. He should do okay too
              Serena probably won't "get" Retro Palm Springs

              I just want someone to do a decent date shake

              My bottom 2 will be Serena and Brianna. I think they'll miss fire this week. Neither is terribly good in front of the camera and I don't see either exceling with a Retro Palm Springs theme. Or some combination of Serena and Brad, or Briana and Brad

              The teaser clips FTV has been running show a poolside cocktail party. I would see Aarti, Tom and Herb doing well in that environment. Brad, Aria, Brianna and Serena? Not so much.

              Without knowing exactly what the challenges are this week, it's hard to say who will go home. Who I'd *like* to go home is Brianna. That fake Diva style is wearing thin for me.

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              1. re: DiningDiva

                That's really well thoughtout - DD! I was thinking Brad, just because he's so awkward. But you have me rethinking.....

                1. re: jeanmarieok

                  It's just a guess and based on one line in our local paper. I could be w-a-y off base too :-)

                2. re: DiningDiva

                  The clips I've caught talk about updating retro foods like tuna noodle casserole? I haven't been watching the commercials closely to get more details. Off the top of my head, w/out as much thought as you've put into it, I chose Serena and Brianna, too, with Serena going home. But, I could also see Brad going home since he's the chef who can't perform and has done poor food. Serena is just too frenetic. I think I'd be exhausted trying to watch her on a show. I don't like Brianna so that might be why I put her in the bottom two. Wistful thinking.

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      she was coming across as very unlikeable so it was a good choice this week.

                      1. re: smartie

                        Brianna seemed unable to suppress her very sexual vision of herself in service of the wholesome all-round personality they were looking for.

                      2. re: DiningDiva

                        Thanks for ruining it for those of us who haven't watched the episode yet.

                        1. re: invinotheresverde

                          The title of this thread very CLEARLY says it contains spoilers. If you didn't want to know, why did you read it?

                            1. re: invinotheresverde

                              I'm sorry too, I didn't mean to snap at you. I think we all miss that stuff sometimes

                    2. I never would have guessed Brad as the big winner, but I really liked him last night.

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                      1. re: kprange

                        i know! he totally figured it out!

                        1. re: jujuthomas

                          But have you noticed that when they figure it out one week, they almost always tank the next?

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            lol - too true! look at Aarti this week, she was not good at all!

                            1. re: jujuthomas

                              This group has been wildly inconsistent. Very odd. I don't know if it's editing or what. I think the most consistent person has been Brianna, who has almost always exceled with the food, and almost always fallen down on performance/personality. I was bummed about her mushroom/breadcrumbs because I'll bet they would have been amazing on that crab/brie dish.

                              Brad was amazing this week. I hope he comes up with something better than Pro, especially now that Flay has told him he needs to.


                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                I always like when they ask what kind of show the network wants. FN's response always is for the contestant to figure it out.

                                  1. re: kprange

                                    I think the network wants them to be who they are and not try and be what they thing the network wants. Ina Garten is a good example. She doesn't hit their target demographics, she lives in an upscale lifestyle (i.e. she's not down home) and she's not model thin. But she is very comfortable with who she is, what she cooks and very consistent in what her "message" or approach to food is. It's why so many people like her and her show.

                                    Now, if you tried to put Herb or Tom into that same scenario, it doens't work because that's not who they are. It's not who Brad is either. The network wants them to be very clear on who they are and what kind of food they're cooking. What is their message. They've got to believe it themselves in order for it to come across to the audience well. It's why Paul's Blue Collar Dollar didn't fly. The alliteration was great, but he couldn't define it or explain it. That's Aria's problem and Herb's problem. They can't really define who or what they are.

                                    The contestant that's assertive enough to say, this is who I am and this is what I cook and who can then define and explain their POV, is what the committee wants. I think they're looking to see who's got some cajones, is able to stand up for what they believe in and not get pushed around too much.

                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                      That is what I meant. I agree - you have to be true to yourself in all you do.

                                      1. re: kprange

                                        But the self to which you are successfully true still has to be, well, marketable.
                                        Not all authentic selves are equally viable in a commercial venture that demands sympathetic customers. And passion by itself means little if there's no skill or smarts. Even if Aria's true self were on display, she'd still come across as a pale mechanical copy of so many TV cook/personalities. She wanted to be on TV because she wanted to be on TV. Odd moment for her when Bob called her on a presumably fake "dental smile" with the denture diva Giada all around. Ouch. Herb was maddeningly lost--even as the panel seemed to want to save him from himself as a born again Cuban. Not sure why. In the end, I also can't see any clear leader, and certainly no one I'd watch, and wonder how Brad can pull this transformation off for good.

                                        1. re: bob96

                                          A few seasons ago, at about the same point as we are here, Bobby Flay said to the other judges, "Can't we just send them all home and start over with a new group?" That would apply here, I think. I can't imagine tuning in to a show starring any one of these people.

                                          1. re: lscanlon

                                            Does perhaps the term "white bread" fit. To me that's what the network is and what they're lookng for. By it's very nature, it's not especially interesting.