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  1. There’s a Twitter Account - www.twitter.com/70s_party - that posts recipes and photos of “fancy” 1970s food, and some of Brendan’s bakes would have fit in there. I have no doubt Brendan’s bakes tasted great but by the final he had two formidable contenders and I can see why all things equal, his dated styling and decoration could make a difference. Especially when it kept coming up in the critiques.
  2. JC is always the worst of them jumping around waving, but maybe I just notice hin more.
  3. Yeah I agree with you wrt the latter especially, but like the rest of you I am putting the odds of that happening very low. She would have to *win* something and not just a "Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby" dress-alike contest. I remember Kevin getting berated for saying hi to Mark on his eviction week. What an ugly, mean season. So I've learned from you guys that Sam was "recruited" for the show by the producers. Which explains why she doesn't understand the game as evidenced from her mewy, tearful "I don't understand this game, I thought these people were my friends, why won't they let me win a million dollars?" confessionals. Or why she was so sanctimoniously outraged by Hayleigh and Kaitlin's rather mild flirtations with Fessy (has she SEEN what has gone on in other seasons? I guess not.) Anyway.....still can't stand her.
  4. Sam may be one of the most deluded people to have played this game. A few weeks ago she tried, with a straight face, to encourage the rest of them to let her win hacker. Tonight she agrees to approach Fessy about putting up his closest ally, and house gf, with complete confidence that she would pull it off. And, there was something so mean and cruel in her pitch to Fessy. What has Hayleigh ever done to her? I hate this veto comp because it’s all luck.
  5. Nancy won the competition in her late 50s/early 60s.
  6. Do we know this was the case? I’m asking seriously, was there some article or talking head bit where this was mentioned, that I missed? There are an awful lot of assumptions here being made about Ireland being repressed and homophobic and how hard it must have been for Brendan to grow up there. Maybe it was for him. But was being gay easy for anyone in any country, for any gay person of Brendan’s generation? Ireland was the first European country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote and has a gay prime minister - these things just didn’t happen out of nowhere, and they make Ireland certainly more progressive than the US. I’m just kinda side-eyeing the stereotypes of Ireland being backward and repressive- or at least more backward and repressive than other countries, including my own (U.S.).
  7. She came in last the first week, second to last the next three weeks. She came in first on week 5, fourth out of 7 on week 6, first on weeks 7 and 8, 4 out of 4, and first the final week. One person’s growth is another person’s inconsistency.
  8. But if memory serves, she came last or close to last on the ones she didn’t do well. That’s just my memory and it’s a few years old. ETA: I looked at the results, curiosity got the best of me. She came in last the first week, second to last the next three weeks. She came in first on week 5, fourth out of 7 on week 6, first on weeks 7 and 8, 4 out of 4, and first the final week. (Shrugs) I think if she had slowly gotten better every week, I would view it as growth. But this pattern, I view it as consistency. YMMV.
  9. I think that the blind technical challenges should be given more weight in both the individual episodes and overall because, as Mary points out, the other challenges can be practiced. Interesting that that point was raised against Brendan. In another season (they’ve been shown out of order here so it is actually a season that comes after this one), Nadiya won despite mediocre-to-poor showings in the technical challenges. I far preferred this show-stopper challenge - a single cake, wonderfully done - than some of the over-the-top ones of other seasons. (The wedding cake challenge comes to mind.) And, I get that Brendan is an introvert and reserved but yeah, that’s what rubbed me the wrong way. Sometimes older contestants on these “skill-based” competition shows acknowledge the difference in age from the others but present it as “this old dog still can learn new tricks” spin. With Brendan I get the sense he was dismissing the younger contestants.
  10. So glad Maher came out for Alex Jones’s First Amendment rights. Maybe his theories are crackpot, but hoaxes have been known to happen (the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the U.S.S Maine) and we shouldn’t silence people just because they’re obnoxious weirdos. Maybe Bill is thinking of his own experience of losing Politically Incorrect for challenging the Bush official line.
  11. I do, and he has Kurt’s cheerful charm of his Disney movie days, before he became Snake from “Escape from New York.” I’m not sure this is going anywhere, but it has its charms.
  12. Argh. The glasses, the caftans....she's less Rock Star, more Auntie Mame. Manic Panic does not a rock star make.
  13. At this point I’m beginning to think she only started calling herself this dumb name when she auditioned for the show. She’s the least rock-starry person on TV. And if she’s stick of being on the block, she should start winning things, although I suspect *that* might be too late. And while Angela is horrible, Rockstar sniping that she got off by being feminine and flirty was off the mark. Unless I’m missing something from not watching feeds, Angela hasn’t flirted with Tyler.
  14. From her Instagram, it looks like Bitsy is going full-on Christian something-or-other and has a book coming out on her faith in the spring. I never understood the market for that kind of thing, given that faith is such a personal thing. But whatever, I'm not in that marketing group.
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