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Monday, July 02, 2007 | posted by Mike

What does it mean when the guy who already has a cooking show can't make his way into the final four? Considering the performances put on by the others -- both this week and throughout the season -- we have to think Adrien blew a golden opportunity.

The thing is that the performances during the on-camera demos this week were problematic for two reasons. One was that many of the issues with the demos illuminated some underlying problems with their candidacy for the winner's title. But, more than that, the contestants nearly all made some bizarre choices that really leaves you questioning their judgement. Do you think it might be a good idea to actually show a dish being prepared, rather than just describing it? This is, after all, television and not radio. Alton certainly seemed on the mark with his assessment that we might be better off folding these cards and starting with a new hand.

So, is this an accurate portrayal of where we stand, or are we getting the "worst case scenario" thanks to some creative editing on the part of the producers? If there is one thing that reality competition shows like to do, it's ramping up the "they'll never pull this out" feeling with the audience, only to show the protagonist triumph in the end. I'm wondering if there is a little bit of a bait-and-switch here, since we'd likely be getting a sugar-coated version if things were really bad. On the other hand, they run the risk of alienating the potential audience for the winner's show if they are portrayed as bumbling fools. I guess this is my way of saying that I have no idea where we stand. I just know that none of them are pulling me in.

And now, I'd like to continue our new Monday tradition. Since last night's episode featured three people crying and Amy breaking down multiple times, wanting to go home (are the beds that uncomfortable at the Carriage House?), we will again present, for your entertainment, a suitably themed song. A little Mick and Keith:



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