Viewers have called for “Justice for Kim-Joy” and have accused the show of fixing the result, after the mental health specialist lost out to winner Rahul Mandal, despite winning the technical challenge.
Kim-Joy was ultimately let down by her showstopper challenge, which was criticised by the judges.
She built a landscape of the Lost City Of Atlantis made of ginger cake and biscuit with a salted caramel-filled well and fondant seahorses.
Judge Prue Leith told her: “I think you would have been wise to do a different flavour because the ginger cake is so ginger-y the biscuit is a bit of disappointment after, it’s a missed opportunity.”
Paul Hollywood added: “The whole thing falls a little bit flat.”
However, viewers were furious that she didn’t win, with many taking to Twitter to express their outrage.
— Sweetums (@Sweetums4) October 30, 2018
— Tom Marshall (@tommarshalll) October 30, 2018
The amount of backpedaling Paul and Prue did on Kim-Joy’s showstopper because she was the runaway winner is ridiculous. What a fix – Rahul has been a mess these past few weeks. #GBBO
— Jelly (@Queen_Shitpost) October 30, 2018
One viewer claimed that the show was fixed, and that the winner Rahul Mandal was clearly always the judges’ favourite, writing: “Prue and Paul picked him as their favourite and the winner from day 1. Kim-Joy was consistent the whole time and won 2 out of 3 challenges this episode. He should’ve been out two weeks ago! Worst final ever!”
Another said: “What an absolute fix, he should have been out weeks ago, Kim-Joy was the most consistent all competition but lost because she had too many ginger elements??”
However, some viewers did jump to Mandal’s defence after seeing some of the angry responses, with one tweeting: “Everyone calling #GBBOFinal a fix, it was filmed weeks ago, long before the public had chosen their favourites.
“Also, did any of you actually taste the bakes? Thought not!! But guess what, the judges did! Well done Rahul and all this years bakers.”
Why is everyone freaking out over Rahul, he was the best several times & had a few distasters but he doesn't deserve all the hate comments! #GBBOFinal
— Martina Hogan (@Martina_Hogan78) October 30, 2018
Even the nicest programme on TV is ruined by the rather nasty comments of some on Twitter. Sad really, isn’t it? Well done, Rahul! #GBBOFinal
— James Hobbs (@JamesHobbsUK) October 30, 2018