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Confused about FNS...(spoiler)

Watched last night and cannot understand how Ippy was in the bottom 2 over Linkie? Her food definitely looked worse than his and her presentation was lacking. Well, in the end Eric suffered. Too bad, he seemed like an accomplished chef.

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  1. I had forgotten that Linkie was on his team; on the other hand I thought Ippy deserved to go over Eric in the final challenge (not that I think Eric had any hope on earth of staying in much longer). And that tall "Girl on Grill" gal drives me nuts. I don't like her style, I don't like her schtick, she seems incredibly "plastic". I couldn't believe they thought she was good on this episode. And her skirts are too short. There, I'm done.

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    1. re: DGresh

      I'm with you on Grill Girl, not high on my list. I don't get plastic from her as much as I get smug

      I was watching the local news last week when a commerical for our local Honda dealers came on. If she wasn't one of the people in that commercial then she's sure got an identical twin out there running around

    2. Eric seemed like someone I could learn from, so there is no way I figured he would stay. Also liked the kid with the red lips (still don't know the names) take on beef stroganoff.

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      1. re: BubblyOne

        I think Eric is definitely an accomplished chef, but his TV presence was hard to watch.

        1. re: BubblyOne

          Eric is like that super-knowledgeable professor whose lectures put you to sleep. I'd get much more out of someone who knows less, but keeps me engaged.

          I think he'd work in a format such as How to Boil Water where you have him teaching someone with a much more interesting personality how to do his hand-crafted stuff. I would also be fine with him designing recipes for someone else to present.

          1. re: BubblyOne

            Eric seemed ill-suited for Food Network Star. He should be on a real cooking competition, not one based on personality.

            Justin seemed impressive this time, but his lips are distracting, not in a good way.

            1. re: chowser

              I agree on both points.

              I was sad to see Eric go because I would watch his show and I think he could learn to be more comfortable in front of the camera

              Those lips. I know he cant do anything about it but come on stop with the chapstick!

              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                Obviously it's easier to teach camera skills than cooking, since that's 95% of what FN delivers.

                1. re: BubblyOne

                  I disagree. I think it's easier to teach cooking than to teach camera skills.

          2. So far, I'm rooting for Ippy and was sorry to see both him and Eric at the bottom since they're two of the better cooks. I liked when he said he was representing his people in Hawaii who are laid back. I like that so much better than the overly hyper perky presence most of the stars have. I think the perky, too much smiling comes off as fake.

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            1. re: chowser

              It drives me nuts that Bob and Susie are so focused on the perky attitude. Not everyone should be or needs to be that way and if you aren't naturally that way it comes of super fake and annoying.

              I hope Ippy sticks to his guns. His personality is a breath of fresh air and I enjoy that.

              Also don't we have enough of that perkiness on the air. Lets get someone who is happy being themselves and is more laidback.

              1. re: chowser

                Wasn't that the big slam against Jeffery Saad when he was on NFNS? That he was too laid back? He wasn't, he ended up with a pretty decent show on the Cooking Channel and has made more appearances on FTV recently than the person who beat him.

                I've liked Ippy from the beginning, but I think he does need to step it up just a wee bit. There's a difference between being laid back and engaged and laid back and sleepy. I think the problem with Ippy this week was that he was pretty far out of his element which caused enough discomfort that he retreated internally rather than just rolling with the punches.

              2. Even if Justin doesn't win, I hope he gets his own show.

                He reminds me (visually) of Pee Wee Herman's love child.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    oh oh! Can we make him wear a bow tie and enter the studio on a scooter?

                  2. I was surprised too since they said Linkie's chicken was minimal and she stumbled like crazy. And surprised Eric lost in the final challenge over super mellow, stuffed mouthed Ippy.

                    I'm sorry, but Justin's take on beef stroganoff just seemed WAY too out there. I thought for sure the 50's looking chick was going to win this challenge.

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                    1. re: Joanie

                      I adore Retro Rad girl, w/ her ham hat. She came off as poised, which isn't suprising since this competition couldn't have been better-geared to her POV. Loved the humor she displayed. Re: Justin, though: most cutting-edge fashion seems WAAAAAY out there to me, so his dish IMO fit right into that agenda. He was going for edgy; and edgy he gave.

                      1. re: Joanie

                        I loved Justin's take on Stroganoff. I thought taking it back to its Russian roots with beets and sour cream was amazing looking.

                        1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                          beets with Stroganoff? Tell me more about this sacrilege.

                          1. re: paulj

                            It wasn't beets with Stroganoff. It was a dish inspired by Stroganoff that included beets. I'm not sure what you mean by a sacrilege. We always had a beet salad or borscht with Stroganoff.

                      2. Bob and Susie scared me this week with their vision of a show about adding Hawaiian flavored to food. Um, how well did that work out for Aarti? (answer = her show was cancelled)

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                        1. re: Njchicaa

                          I hadn't heard that... interesting.

                          I do agree, I am tired of them wanting people to be perky! Interesting doesn't mean the person has to be jumping around, smiling and laughing.

                        2. Doesn't seem like new threads are going on for each episode so I'll talk about 6/10 here. I was surprised Bobby's team didn't lose, it really seemed like things went less their way than Alton's. Man, he sure gets exasperated huh?

                          I feel bad for Justin because I really don't see much difference between the first time when he got thoroughly praised by the judges and and the latter times when they said he was like a car salesman.

                          And did they even taste the dishes that Alton's team made for the elimination? It seemed like they only looked at the presentations. Which also leads me to ask, I could have sworn that Justin said he only had one change to get it right for his Nebraska clip yet the southern woman had at least 3 tries. Did I make that up?

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                          1. re: Joanie

                            "I was surprised Bobby's team didn't lose, it really seemed like things went less their way than Alton's. Man, he sure gets exasperated huh?"

                            I wonder if they are going to try to keep the teams even. It seems unlikely that -- if it were fair -- all three coaches would get people into the finale. But considering that the coaches are set up as mentors, they can't really ask people to switch teams like they do on "The Apprentice". In "Worst Cooks in America" they eliminate one per team each week, so the teams stay even.

                            1. re: Joanie

                              Alton's team was painfully bad. It was hard to watch. Bobby's team was far better. I was, however, surprised when Bob & Susy said two teams were too close to pick a winner. Giada's team was clearly better than the other 2. Picking a winner should have been a no brainer.

                              But seriously, all the contestants are pretty bland and this season is pretty much a snore.

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                I am not certain how it was shot, so my observations may be incorrect, but this is what I thought - Alton's team went first, and didn't prepare an introduction. ( Shouldn't Alton have maybe mentored them on this? ) The other teams saw this, and regrouped, or had already rehearsed an intro, because their mentor helped them prepare. I blame Alton for the bad start.

                              2. re: Joanie

                                You only get one chance to record. Martie went through multiple rehearsal takes before she did her one shot.