Spoilers for last night’s Bake Off ahead.
Eliminations on the Great British Bake Off are never easy, and they certainly get harder as each week goes by.
We get to know the bakers, their strengths, their weaknesses, their personalities. As the competition progresses, we get to see their friendships with one another bloom.
Last night’s elimination, however, was particularly painful as one fan-favourite had to leave the tent.
German baker Jürgen narrowly missed out on making next week’s final after the bakers rose to the challenge of pâtisserie week.
Jürgen started his Bake Off journey strong, and was awarded Star Baker three times throughout the competition.
However, last night saw Chigs, Chrystelle and Giuseppe receive a highly coveted handshake from judge Paul Hollywood, while Jürgen missed out.
As Noel and Matt announced Chrystelle as star baker, the contestants were shocked as Jürgen was told he’d be leaving the tent.
— Jenny Cowlard (@jenny_cowlard) November 16, 2021
After his elimination, he said: “I feel kind of okay. I kind of saw it coming. I think the others are more shocked than I am.”
He continued: “I really enjoyed being here. I made friends for life and I will be with them in spirit.”
Fans of the show, however, were devastated to see him go, and took to Twitter to air their grievances.
Some felt that they couldn’t face next week’s final without the German baker.
— Tim Galsworthy (@TimGalsworthy) November 16, 2021
Others felt the sadness must have been palpable throughout cast and crew.
— Mercury K Theo ? (@MercuryTheo) November 16, 2021
Some used video to capture their rage.
— CH (@OfficialCWH) November 16, 2021
Another viewer called last night’s episode the “last straw”.
— Rhys Corder (@RhysCorder) November 16, 2021
Another fan, meanwhile, described the baker as “the nation’s sweetheart”.
The nations sweetheart. The nations choice.
— Rebeccalnorth (@rebeccalnorth) November 16, 2021
Next week’s final will see the remaining contestants – Chigs, Chrystelle and Giuseppe – battle it out to be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2021.
The final airs on Tuesday 23 November at 8pm on Channel 4.