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Food Network Star 7-1-12 [Spoilers]

Yes, finally. Show editing has shown us clips repeatedly that Malcolm "didn't need a POV" and now he's out.

Although Guy-Anne haired Michelle is also getting old, I think she'd do well on TV.

Final 3 predictions-- Justin, Ippy, Michele, although I'd Prefer Yvan for Ippy.

People I'd like to see dropped next week: Martita, Nikki, Martie.


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  1. Was this post or pre Paula Dean sans 30 lbs?

    I'm not sure there's 20k worth of stuff that I would want at Target.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Targét sells Kitchen Aid.

      7-1-12 broadcast of the Beached Deens episode; she still looks inflated, almos steroidial.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I hope that gift card doesn't expire, if it came down to it I suppose I could buy food with it for the next 30 years lol.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I said the same thing about Target and my husband said electronics. Flat panel TV for every room in the house. If Target had been smart, they would have given them four $5000 cards which would have made anyone happy AND gotten four times the air time.

          1. re: chowser

            Ippy is from Hawaii. They love Spam there. 20k will buy a lot of spam. I also like the popcorn and an occasional Target dog in the deli.

        2. I was sad to see Malcolm go, I'd rather watch him than Michelle lumbering around. I felt like the food with soul thing was good enough but they obviously complained about it constantly. I too like Yvan. Surprised they picked 2 for elimination from the same team, and that Nikki was commended so much.

          And I agree, that Target gift card didn't sound so thrilling. It'll last forever.

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          1. I generally agree with your post regarding who is left. I'm not even sure why I'm watching anymore, other than there is nothing else on on Sunday. Out of who is left it's Justin and I suppose Yvan. The rest of them can't go fast enough for me. But can we finally get rid of Nikki. I can't stand her.

            1. Prediction: Justin will get his own show regardless of whether he wins. But he sure looks like a frontrunner.

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              1. re: LurkerDan

                I thought the same thing about Emily… Cooking will pick her up without wondering what kind of therapy she needs.
                Justin, Alton, and Blais should do a show with Bill Nye or the Mythbysters. Ted Allen can host. "buli on the playground"

              2. $20,000 gift card to Target? Why? Oh, that's right, they're one of the sponsors...

                They've got 7 contestants left, did anyone else hear Bob say "we're going to name the winner in 3 weeks", which means that if they hold true to form and have 3 finalists per usual, 4 people are going to go over the next 2 weeks. My guess is that someone from Giada's team goes next week (hopefully Martita, the 2 guys are both stronger than she is) in order to maintain the balance between "mentors". Then in the next week, someone from each team goes, revealing the final 3 contestants on which we get to vote.

                So...if America get's to vote on who is the NFNS, does that mean they like the final 3 well enough to produce the 4-6 show comittment of the contract for each of them? The show is usually filmed in the early part of the year (Feb/March?) so that when the winner is selected, they've already filmed their contracted shows so that FTV can roll out the new show the week after the person wins.

                I agree Justin does some interesting things with food, but, frankly, HE isn't interesting and if anyone is flat in presentation it's him.

                Michelle was somewhat entertaining in her 2 episodes on Chopped but not so much on this show, and...I'm on the West Coast, My New England doesn't have much appeal to me.

                I said it the first week Nikki is annoying...very annoying

                Martita has had so many chances and blown it every time. Be done with it and send her home. If they want a show about Mexcian/latin cooking, let Aaron Sanchez do it. I'd watch a Mexican show with him cooking in a NY second.

                Paul Deen nailed it, Yvan is adorable and very watchable. Whatever clicked for him last week was still there. He may be the dark horse in the Ippy vs. Justin race

                I like Ippy from the beginning simply because he wasn't a characiture of all the contestants and seemed reasonally sane and down to earth. After 7 weeks I agree he probably does need to step up the energy a notch or two, but man, I'd eat his food in a heartbeat.

                Which brings us to Martie, she doesn't annoy me the way she does most others. She actually makes me laugh. I know people like her and I see some of my own traits in her. I think her unabashed delight in meeting Paula was real. She does talk too much but, in her own way, she is as unaffected as Ippy. She won't win, but she's not nearly as annoying as Nikki or Martita and I'm not sure how well she can really cook

                Last week I called the final 3 as - Justin, Ippy and Michelle
                This week I'm calling the final 3 as Justin, Yvan and Nikki
                Next week? Who knows :-)

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                1. re: DiningDiva

                  I watch it on tivo, so I just caught the part where viewers get to decide. I guess Bob's picker is broken so we might as well leave it up to the public. It can't be any worse.

                  The top folks will all find work.

                  I feel like they are are editing Ippy to get the fan vote, sort of an underdog thing. I think Ippy would be refreshing, as we already have soul, Mexican, etc.

                  I'm not really invested in any of them. I think producing-wise, Alton would be the best to produce their show. Bobby hasn't had a successful production, has he? I know he produced Alex's show.

                  1. re: Manassas64

                    The one thing about Martie - which may or may not make for a good show- is that she seems to use non-epicurean ingredients. That's great because her stuff wouldn't be too expensive to replicate, but how does that equate to what people want to watch for "party food"?

                    The more Martita I have to watch, the less I like her. She's not actually authentic Enough- I want more education. Of course, I'm Alton then Bobby then Giada in terms of preference anyway. Bobby has the strongest kitchen skills, but Alton teaches me more.

                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                      I don't think we know what Martita can, or cannot, cook in terms of authentic Mexican. They spent so much time focuses on how much she freezes up that they almost never comment on her food and we almost never see her in the prep stage. At any rate, it really is time for her to exit stage left

                      1. re: Kris in Beijing

                        What can Martie do that Sandra Lee and Paula Deen don't already?

                        I feel the same way about Alton, Bobby and Giada.

                        1. re: Kris in Beijing

                          And FN already has Mexican Made Easy with Marcella something-or-other. I don't think FN needs another Mexican POV

                        2. re: Manassas64

                          He produces Kelsey Nixon's Essentials

                        3. re: DiningDiva

                          I don't like Martie. She is the type of person who WOULD love Paula Deen. Basic, simple, harmless, uninteresting, way too chatty. I like Ippy because he's who he is and won't change to please others; the same reason I don't like Nikki because she will become soft rose embellished girly girl because she thinks it's what they want. There's something disingenuous about her, plus I hate the "I'm the Grill Next Door." Sorry, you're not a grill.

                          I really like Yvan. There's something genuine about him, too. What I loved is the look of happy expectation on his face when they were announcing the winner of the Target gift card. He knew it was between the top three and he seemed so excited that it was probably his teammate, Ippy. He's like a little boy.

                          I'd watch a show about New England. I can't think of one, maybe Ina? I don't live there but there is good food in the area so I don't care that it's a different region--or I might like it better because it's a different region than I live in.

                          1. re: chowser

                            Oh, I don't disagree with you that Martie is basic, simple, harmless, uninteresting and w-a-y too chatty. She's all of those and, no, she doesn't bring anything new that Paula or Sandra Lee haven't already brought to the table. She just doesn't grate on me as much as, say, Nikki does. For me she is just very easy to tune out. Like the rest of them she's just pretty bland. If she makes the final 3 I'd be floored.

                            Realistically, the final 3 should be Ippy, Yvan and Justin. After last night they appear to be the 3 strongest competitors left. But I don't think the FN has the gumption to completely eliminate Bobby's team.

                            1. re: DiningDiva

                              Oh, it would be hard to say who grates on me more, Martie or Nikki.;-) Maybe Nikki. Nikki rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning and I still can't put my finger on why exactly.

                              1. re: chowser

                                I think you put your finger on it with Nikki upthread. She just seems very disingenuous. She's as phony as a $3 bill.

                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                  Martie's southern charm, everybody's welcome in my house etc. does annoy and she does ramble on but Nikki is unbearable. She so annoying and her "charm" is so contrived. And that whole Girl on Grill/Grill Next Door thing makes me nauseous. Also, I don't want to be superficial or anything but something is disturbing about her face.

                                  I know by watching this show, I give up the right to complain about shows that focus on storytelling, smiling and charm instead of cooking. However, I have to say, I really miss shows like David Rosengarten's Taste. It was probably my first food tv show obsession. I loved the new things I learned every week. Now I'm watching this show and trying not to cringe through the stilted presentations.

                        4. Just watched last night's episode. I'm still very surprised that Marti is still saying that she does parties (she described herself as Marti with a party last week) and now Yvan is saying that his POV is "Family Style". Helloooooo...... those were 2 of the POVs of past season's contestants! (Aria and Aarti who I think were both on 2 seasons ago) Why aren't the producers steering them away from that verbiage? Even if they can't do that on camera, they should be telling them that those points of view have already been used.

                          I hope Martita, Nikki, and Martie are eliminated soon. I hope to see Ippy or Michele win. My guess is that Ippy will win based on a comment that Susie made several episodes ago "bringing Hawaiian flavors to regular dishes". She was all hot and bothered about it just as she was about Aarti with her Indian stuff.

                          The only remaining contestant that I'd be interested in watching at this point is Michele. Justin totally creeps me out.

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                          1. re: Njchicaa

                            Yeah..I thought Yvan's POV was "little plates/bites". Now it's family style.
                            Just as long as as his POV is not wearing those skin tight below the knee rolled up jeans anymore.

                          2. The truth is I probably wouldn't watch any of their shows. I have not been impressed with any of the shows by winners of FNS franchise. Including Guy Fierri. It's just the competition that interests me. I suspect most you wouldn't either. Not an accident that this has decent production values and is on primetime while the winners' shows get Sunday morning placements.

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                            1. re: chicgail

                              I don't think she won, but I like Kelsy's essentials, but I don't set reminders for it.

                            2. I've been watching this desultorily and haven't commented till now. NOT a good show. B-L-A-H. Most of the objections I have - have already been voiced on threads here regarding this so-called show. Food Network, via this "show" shows itself to be yet again a network whose only imperative is "snagging eyeballs" of folks who don't really care about culinary skills but who care about being entertained especially with heart-rendi9ng stories about how they SUFFERED and how they WENT THROUGH EMOTIONAL TRIALS in their LIFE STORIES.

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                              1. I'd be happy if the women went next, there isn't one I'd like to see in a show, I probably wouldn't watch any of the men either - I watch FNS because it's a competition show and I love rubbernecking.

                                Nikki is just plain irritating and syrup-y, and yes her face is odd, she is not good TV and her POV I don't get at all. Michelle - wish somebody in wardrobe would get her out of her plaid shirt. Her New England thing doesn't interest me either. Martita started strong but she seems a bit false too. Martie is the most sincere but I couldn't do 2 minutes of her rambling.

                                Looks like Bobby Flay picked the worst contestants which really surprises me.
                                Giada's skirts are too short and her hair is too big, she definitely needs to go on What Not To Wear. Stacey and Clinton where are you?

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                                1. re: smartie

                                  " I love rubbernecking."

                                  Perfect description. I think I enjoy these threads better than the show. I'll admit that there are times I see something and think, "I wonder if any of the CH caught that!!!"

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    ha chowser I think that too. These threads are hilarious. I wonder if FN reads our threads.

                                    1. re: chowser

                                      I think of it as "Chow-denfreude"

                                    2. re: smartie

                                      Rubbernecking it is!! Good description. Nailed it with Giada's image. It might have worked when she first started on the network but it's all a little to dated now.

                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                        I'm personally sick of seeing her cleavage. I don't even watch her shows because she annoys me.

                                        1. re: rasputina

                                          Then you won't like Mar"tit"a's show any better. She is just a plumped up version of Giada.

                                          1. re: rochfood

                                            Not quite, her head isn't bigger than her body ;-)

                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                              I always thought Giada looks like a Bratz doll or a bobble-head.

                                              1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                Exactly. I have all kinds of not nice thoughts about her looks - my main one seems to be a jack-o-lantern. Then I feel guilty for not being very nice about something she can't control. But the thoughts keep coming.....!

                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                  Basically, she looks like a Bobble-Head to me and IMO the best use of her personage on FN is as part of a Bobble-Head set that you can buy (if so inclined) through Amazon or wherever.

                                                  P.s. That is also meant as a slam on FN. Interpret that how you wish.

                                      2. re: smartie

                                        LOL I agree with everything you posted. Although I don't watch it specifically for rubbernecking. I actually want to see a good cooking show come out of it. I haven't been happy with most of the winners though. I do like Aarti's show and I read her blog.

                                        1. re: smartie

                                          Haha, I'm still getting used to What Not to Wear being on Tues. and am not sure I've noticed what's wrong with Giada's wardrobe but sure, put her on. Michele's really the one who needs to go on there tho, I can't take the lumbering lumberjack anymore.

                                          1. re: Joanie

                                            Well, with regards to Michele that *is* her persona, even if it is "stereotypical" of a certain group of women in a certain group of folks with her specific orientation. :-)

                                            1. re: huiray

                                              I have no problem with Michele's personal orientation.

                                              And It's not like anyone is sending her into the closet, but maybe she might want to visit one to see what other looks that are less butch might be possible. Seriously, I don't know that I want to listen to a chef - man or woman - who looks that scruffy all the time. There are plenty of chefs, men and women with similar preferences, who don't "let their freak flags fly" all the time. Are you cooking or promoting an orientation?

                                              To clarify, if anything above is not crystal clear. I have no problem with Michele being a lesbian or looking like a lesbian. I have a problem with her doing a cooking show looking like a slob.

                                              1. re: chicgail

                                                Heh. But of course, true enough. I certainly wouldn't mind if she tidied up a bit, for one. :-) And get rid of that pointy semi-Mohawk.

                                                1. re: chicgail

                                                  I would guess that the winner will be made over anyway. They'll retain something of their original look but it will be doctored up to look presentable to Food Network. I think they have the market cornered on botox.

                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                    But wouldn't you expect Michele to be "done" by the same people who "do" Guy and Anne?
                                                    Maybe FN will pull one of those ridiculous made-for-TV "switches" and force Alton-Bobby-Giada to deal with the others' contestants.

                                                    1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                                      Anything that might make Bobby appear interested at all in this show ain't going to happen. The Bobby Cardboard Cutout is doing just fine.

                                                  2. re: chicgail

                                                    Yes chicgail, Mi-shell is difficult to look at, and I would not watch one second of her show. She should have gone for the crab shell food they were afraid to send out to diners.

                                            2. Does anyone live-blog or go anything else online that allows you to "comment along" to the action as it happens when watching FNS?