Bake Off in ‘fix’ row as furious fans ask how Laura made it through – but Hermine was kicked off

BAKE Off fans claim the show is fixed after Laura made it through to the final – but Hermine was kicked off.

Viewers were left furious when show favourite Hermine was sent home missing out on the grand final.

Popular contestant Hermine was voted off the series by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith after a disastrous Patisserie Week.

Fan were gobsmacked by their decision to put Laura through, after she came last in the technical challenge and encountered problems with her showstopper.

Laura had struggled to get the chocolate to set on her cube shaped cakes resulting in a disastrous and unappealing showstopper.

One fan tweeted: "I'm fuming, I like Laura but Hermine should never have gone, it's so unfair."

Another posted: "How did Laura manage to make the final when she is on the verge of elimination each week?"

A third raged: "Hermine does a few things wrong and it's a failure but Laura has continuously done bad and it's accepted?!"

A fourth added: "How is Laura still in the competition? Prue and Paul sending Hermine home after one bad bake when Laura is consistently bad."

A distressed fan fumed: "Shocking decision on Great British Bake Off. How is Laura in the final?! She struggled so much, as Noel rightly pointed out. Hermine was more consistent, she deserved to be in the final."

Hermine, 39, had been favourite to win the show after winning Star Baker two times in a row and has been consistent throughout the show.

The bubbly baker had also won a legion of fans, who were angry to see her leave so near to the end of the competition.

One fan tweeted: "THIS IS NOT fair! Hermine deserved to win!"

Another tweeted: "Noooooo Hermine….robbed!"

Another fan wrote: "Hermine has been robbed! She deserved to win!"

But in her own words, "Patisserie Week, was just not my week", and although she succeeded at the first two challenges, her showstopper failed to rise to the occasion.

Tonight's semi-final tested the bakers’ skills in the art of patisserie baking, with David winning Star Baker and Peter getting a Hollywood handshake.

The four remaining bakers were tasked with making a booze-soaked signature creation followed by pastry horns for the technical challenge.

Finally, in the showstopper, the bakers demonstrated finesse and precision on both a small and large scale by creating a cube made entirely from delicate, smaller cube shaped cakes.

Although she made it to the semi-finals, the judges were not impressed with Hermine's showstopper describing it as "stodgy" and likening it to a "rubber ball".

Speaking after host Noel Fielding revealed she was the next baker to go, Hermine said: Hermine said: "It should have been my finest hour on patisserie week as that is my forte, but it was not to be, it was heart breaking to leave at the semi-final.

"For me it wasn’t about winning or getting Star Baker, I was more thrilled about getting positive comments from the judges, these are the things that made my experience in the tent magical.

"I bake from the heart and I want people to enjoy my food rather than taking the accolades.

"But it’s been a pleasure, I believe everything has a reason and it was the right time for me to go."

Later she added: "Winning Star Baker in two successive weeks was amazing, and I will treasure that, and it means a lot to me to come this far in the series.

"In Episode 8, Prue said I was an amazing baker and Paul said my Japanese Poppy Cake could have come straight out of a Parisian bakery, I will take both of those comments!"

Next week's final sees David, Laura and Peter all go head to head to see who will be crowned Bake Off winner 2020.

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