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Jul 24, 2011 07:04 PM

NFNS 7/24 with spoilers

Yep the right decision, Jyll. Not much personality and not sure what her POV was regarding food and who she is.

Jeff was terrific tonight but would I watch a show about sandwiches? Which one of the finalists would you want to watch regularly, frequently or occasionally?

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  1. Phew. Was worried for awhile (until Jyll went up) that it would be Vic or Susie. Neither if whom I love, but should outlast Jyll (yay) and MB.

    I might watch Susie. Might. Otherwise? Eh.

    Judge Susie: many people do have misconceptions about Mexican food. I did not understand her complaint about that.

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    1. re: debbiel

      i agree with your point about misconceptions BUT i also agree with judge susie's point about the difference between susie and penny. while it was quite obvious on here that i was no fan of penny's, i agree that her love of her heritage and her food was refreshing - and that susie shouldn't apologize for it. gourmet or interesting authentic mexican food is one POV - "really, mexican food doesn't suck" is another - and they'd get different viewers.

      vic's dish looked disgusting. and i find him and his schtick annoying.

      jeff was better. MB had a very on night from top to bottom. Even whitney looked more like she might have a chance.

      But i agree susie's still the only one i might watch.

      1. re: AMFM

        but Susie's hands are annoying, she waves them around all the time.

        1. re: smartie

          That could be her Latina background

          "Body and hand movement is also extremely important. Many Latinos find it necessary to move their hands in order to communicate effectively. I find myself using hand movements even when I talk on the phone and nobody sees me! I have said many times that if you tie my hands I am unable to speak. "

          1. re: paulj

            Some cultures do use their hands as part of communication more than others, But Susie's hand gestures get excessive only when she is on camera which leads me to believe that it's nervousness, rather than cultural.

            1. re: chicgail

              I saw these comments before I saw the episode, so maybe I was extra aware of the hand actions, but I thought Mary Beth was way worse with them than Susie was. Actually, all the girls were

            2. re: paulj

              I am Sicilian and I cannot talk if I sit on my hands. LOL

              1. re: Manassas64

                LOL. i'm irish and alsatian - red haired and freckled - and have the same problem. think it's just a personality/habit!

            3. re: smartie

              she does wave them A LOT. i talk with my hands like crazy and hers was still noticably excessive.

              1. re: smartie

                Susie's delivery and gesticulation remind me a lot of Giada...

                    1. re: inaplasticcup

                      And what about the Skeletor smile? (

                      Sorry moderators. It's my last one. I promise!

              2. re: AMFM

                Hmm...I just didn't think she sounded apologetic. Just that she was acknowledging the misperceptions. But, opinions are going to vary on that, obviously.

                I didn't like MB tonight. Her 30s intro of herself seemed over the top phony to me (that's the usual vibe I get from her though). Agree that Jeff was better than typical, but I just don't see a sandwich show working. Whitney is definitely looking better.

                1. re: debbiel

                  she was on for MB -even with good food. however, she totally grates on me. the funny thing about her fake though, is that i think she's REALLY fake. all the time. like that TOTALLY suburban housewife who is just annoyingly pretending to be perfect all the time... her. :)

            4. They really are a pretty uninteresting bunch - all of them. I would give Susie at least a look, but I doubt if I would watch any of their shows more than once. I don't think this show has anything to do with finding the Next Food Network Star. It's just about ratings for itself.

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              1. re: chicgail

                "I don't think this show has anything to do with finding the Next Food Network Star. It's just about ratings for itself."

                I absolutely agree with this chicgail.

                1. re: chicgail

                  I've kind of liked Jeff the whole time, He seems inherently fun and personable and certainly has the point of view down. I agree a show about sandwiches might be kind of limiting but I do love a good, interesting sandwich so it might be worth a look. Not sure who the final three will be, right now I'm thinking Jeff, Whitney and Susie.

                2. IMHO, Vic should have gone home. Did not answer an audience question, which was a major part of the challenge and his dish was as gross as Rachael's tortilla-wrapped hot dog (if you watched RR show Friday). Leftover lasagna fried in a tortilla?

                  It's interesting to see how they edit, because Jyll went first on RR's show and my perception would have been completely different had I only seen this. And her cupcake looked tasty.

                  Agree with everyone about Susie, like her the best.

                  1. For some reason, I don't know why, right from the start I've found Susie to be extremely annoying.

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                    1. re: Withnail42

                      i understand. i don't but i get how someone can rub you the wrong way. vic does it to me.

                      1. re: AMFM

                        Bob "I love tushy" and Susie Folgelburg (sp?) do it to me. I really want to rip out her ratty extensions. I've worked for people like them in the past and I'd rather sell oranges on a freeway offramp.

                        1. re: BubblyOne

                          What do you mean by "Bob 'I love tushy'"? That comment seems rather out of place.

                          1. re: jmckee

                            He's gay and so am I. No different than the hundreds of comments on Giada's hair, teeth, head size and boobs. HRC, watch out! Bob is on the ropes, help needed.

                            1. re: BubblyOne

                              LOL. I think there is a fair amount of editing to make Bob look like a bit of an ogler sometimes. Makes me chuckle.

                              1. re: BubblyOne

                                My point is: SO WHAT. And the "I love tushy" comment is really crass.

                        2. re: Withnail42

                          Susie reminds me of Kelsey from a few seasons ago. Bubbly, effervescent personality with very little substance. Cute smile, that's about it.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Hmmm...Susie has her faults but she lacks that nails-on-the-chalkboard, annoying quality that Kelsey has. I've seen Kelsey on the Cooking Channel and she's still annoying as hell.

                              I think Susie's biggest problem is that she's young and lacks enough experience (cooking time in actual kitchens) so that when she's out of her element - as she was last night - she gets flat and nervous. But Kelsey-style annoying? Naw, not so much for me.

                          1. Well, they seem to be more or less getting the eliminations correct week to week with Jyll going this week. I think Chris lasted as long as he did only because others did more poorly than he did any particular week.

                            Based on today, I think Jeff is going to get his own show even if he doesn't win - the folks that matter seem to like him a lot (rightly or wrongly).

                            Still, I have no use for watching his show as well as anyone else's show, save maybe for Susie. I'm not sure I'd give Vic a chance now based on his TV performance today (not to mention his dish...any college student could've probably done that in a moment of "inspiration" to spice up old leftovers)

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                            1. re: josquared

                              i think they like that he has a POV that they don't have as a show. there is no sandwich show. so...

                              1. re: AMFM

                                I don't think it's necessarily his POV IMO - they just seem to like him period.