The Choice – New Celebrity Dating Game Show Hosted by Cat Deeley

I just saw the press release announcing the new Celebrity Dating Show called The Choice and hosted by the beautiful Cat Deeley. You can see how they’ve stolen a bit of The Voice and merged it with half a dozen other dating shows on TV. Should be fun to watch if they can get some good celebrities. Plus, I think the shock value will be good if they don’t tell the contestants that they’ll be matching with celebrities. Plus, I’m always in for watching for of Cat Deeley on TV.

Here’s the full release for The Choice on Fox debuting Thursday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)!

FOX takes the dating game show for a spin by giving celebrities THE CHOICE to prove that love is really blind. Hosted by Cat Deeley and debuting Thursday, June 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), THE CHOICE features the world’s most eligible celebrities (to be announced) competing to find true love among a group of sexy singles…they can’t see.

“We wanted to put a new spin on the dating game show that gives celebrities THE CHOICE of a lifetime and the chance to prove you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

Filmed in front of a live audience, each episode begins with four of the world’s most eligible bachelors sitting in rotating chairs, turning their backs on love and unable to see the sexy singles looking for a date with fame. In this initial “Blind Round,” each celebrity can only use his suitors’ voices – as they share information about their life, passions, turn-ons and turn-offs – to help himself make THE CHOICE. When the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his “love handle,” spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate. If more than one celebrity pulls the handle, they must battle it out for her affection until the sexy single gets THE CHOICE to pick whose dating pool she wants to swim in.

Once each bachelor has his three hotties, the teams enter the “Speed Choice” round, where each woman has only seconds to convince her leading man to sweep her off her feet to the final round.
In the final round, love is on the line when host Deeley poses a challenge question to each of the team’s final two. The celebrities must then make THE CHOICE between each of their two remaining eligible ladies, whisking one away on a dream date and leaving one in no man’s land.

Some of the world’s most famous bachelorettes will also be blinded by love in an episode that features the ladies sitting in the hot seats. These coveted women will make not only their chairs, but their suitors’ heads spin when the men realize this is a date of a lifetime.

THE CHOICE is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions (HELL’S KITCHEN and KITCHEN NIGHTMARES). Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Scott St. John (“Deal or No Deal”) serve as executive producers.

About Cat Deeley
Birmingham, England native Cat Deeley is one of the foremost television presenters both in the United States and the U.K. In 2005, Deeley broke into the world of male-dominated television hosts when she began hosting FOX’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, earning an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Host in 2011. Deeley was the first ever Brit to host “Live! with Regis and Kelly.” She also was Jay Leno’s first regular entertainment correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and she performed the same duty for “Good Morning America.” Deeley is a double BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award winner and has won many other awards for her work on some of the U.K.’s hottest primetime shows.

About A. Smith & Co. Productions
Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. Founded in 2000 by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, the company has produced more than 2000 hours of award-winning programming. The company’s current production slate includes such hits as HELL’S KITCHEN, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, “American Ninja Warrior,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Unsung,” “UFC Countdown” and many others. A. Smith & Co.’s library of programming includes hit shows like “The Swan,” “Skating with Celebrities,” “Paradise Hotel,” “Trading Spaces” and “Pros vs. Joes.” A. Smith & Co. has developed and produced the No. 1 show in America an astonishing 20 times and a Top 10 show over 75 times. The company has produced programs with budgets totaling approximately a billion dollars, for more than 40 broadcast and cable networks. In 2011, A. Smith & Co. joined forces with Tinopolis Group and in doing so became the leading North American television production entity within the Tinopolis organization with the ability to tap into that company’s resources on a worldwide basis.

May 4, 2012 I Written By

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American Idol Season 10 Press Conference – New Judges and Nigel’s Back

Check out the American Idol press conference for season 10. Check out the judges and Nigel Lythgoe is back. My initial reaction is that Steven is a joke. I can’t believe that they brought him on as a judge. His brain is so fried it’s going to be horrible. Jennifer Lopez should be great though.

October 13, 2010 I Written By

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American Idol, Coca-Cola and Domino’s Pizza Giveaways

I’m really excited to tell you about 2 giveaways going on between American Idol, Coca-Cola and Domino’s Pizza. I’m not sure who here has tried the new Domino’s Pizza. I was visiting my sister in California recently and the only pizza place where she lived was Domino’s. I hadn’t heard about the new crust, but when we got the pizzas my wife and I both looked at each other and said, “This crust is Amazing!!” It really was that good.

Without further ado, here’s the 2 American Idol, Coca-Cola and Domino’s Pizza giveaways:

FREE Trip to American Idol Finale
First, from now through May 2nd if you add a Coca-cola product to your Domino’s pizza order, you’ll have a chance to instantly win one of two trips for four people to attend the “American Idol” Finale in Los Angeles this May.

“American Idol” fans can also enter for free online at www.dominos.com through May 2, 2010. The ticket to Hollywood will be delivered to the winners’ door by a Prize Patrol Team along with their prize-winning pizza and Coke. Consumers who don’t win the Grand Prize “American Idol” Finale trips could win a First Prize — an ATT Samsung Mythic™ phone package (I could use this) and a $150 Domino’s Pizza gift card.

FREE $20 Domino’s Gift Card
That’s right, I’ll be giving away a $20 Domino’s gift card to a lucky reader from this site. Yes, I did just say FREE PIZZA!! Here’s how you can enter:
1. Leave a comment on this site saying your favorite Domino’s menu item
2. Click here to Tweet this post out to all your friends. Make sure to include @tvblog in your tweet so I can track it
3. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link to this site
4. Link to this post on your Facebook. Be sure to leave a comment on this site telling me to check your Facebook
5. Do something else cool that knocks my socks off and I’ll enter you again

That’s all. Start entering to get your Free Pizza!! Also, if you win the trip to the AI finale, remember where you learned about this;-)

Full Disclosure: NMS and Domino’s provided the free pizza giveaways for this post including giving me some free pizza. Although, I’ve been a huge fan of pizza for a long time.

April 9, 2010 I Written By

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Glee on DVD – Road to Sectionals

One advantage of having a blog is that you get cool stuff to talk about on your blog. One of those things is the Glee DVD that was recently released. If you’ve seen all the Glee episodes, then you want to get the Glee, Vol. One: Road to Sectionals since it has a TON of extras on the DVD. It’s basically a DVD full of extra information and background story about Glee.

Here’s a short description of the various extras (thanks to TV Overmind):

Welcome to McKinley – a video featuring Principal Figgins (who is grossly under-utilized in the show and is hilarious) meant to introduce incoming students to the school. It’s cheesy – and Figgins is totally in on the joke – and pretty funny.

Glee Music Video – features the song Somebody to Love

Full Length Audition Pieces – remember when Rachel sang RESPECT and Rachel sang On My Own in the pilot episode to audition for Glee? This is the full length videos for both of those songs

Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session – showrunners, crew members and cast members discuss the origins of the show, as well as the casting process for the series and the individual characters

Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy – the show’s creator discusses the themes behind the show, as well as casting the series

Dance Boot Camp – the show’s choreographer and the case members talks about teaching the cast choreography for the musical numbers and we see back-stage footage from the practices

Meet Jane Lynch – one of the funniest actresses on the show talks about her character

5 Things You Didn’t Know About …. – these were previously available on Fox, but included on the DVD are little videos with things you didn’t previously know about some of the cast members, including Jayma, Cory, Amber and Chris

Video Diaries – most of the cast members share video diaries they shot during various promotional appearances for the show

If that list of extras doesn’t interest you, then you are definitely not a Glee fan. I just love how creative they’ve gotten with the extras. Plus, as a TV addict I love to see the behind the scenes stuff for a show. The Glee DVD definitely hasn’t disappointed.

January 26, 2010 I Written By

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American Idol Contestant’s Mother Missing

As if there is some kind of force keeping poor Angela Martin from ever competing on American Idol, her mother has disappeared!

If you recall, the first time she made it to Hollywood, her father died.  The second time, she was forced to leave to answer a legal summons for parking tickets.  Now this year, just when you’d think NOTHING can stop her, and she is in the last year that she is eligible to participate (age 28), her mother vanished the day after Christmas.  According to the article I read, she never arrived at her other daughter’s house and her car was found on New Year’s Eve in a different neighborhood.

Here is a link to the story.

This poor poor girl!!  I’m sure that by now they are already in Hollywood for Hollywood week.  Just how much more is going to happen to keep Angela from a career that she so richly deserves?  I hope and pray that her mother is found alive and not a victim of foul play.   I would also hope that the producers give her special dispensation should she need it and allow her some extra time once this situation is “resolved” one way or another to allow her some time off while not kicking her out of the competition.

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American Idol Season 9-Atlanta Auditions

Ryan lets us know that many of the past Idol finalists  (as well as his formerly cute chubby little self) are from Atlanta.  He calls it “Hotlanta.”  Mary J. Blige is the guest judge and for some reason, the judge with the new face lift doesn’t feel like getting out of the car.  The auditions are being held on the 27th floor and the elevator ride for the contestants to audition is just like what they do during “The Chair” segment in Hollywood and no less annoying. 

First up is Dewone Robinson.  I find that the more they brag about themselves, the worse we ALL know they are going to be.  Dewone is no exception to this rule.  He sings an original composition called “Lady, we’re not together anymore.”  Just 2 notes and you know why.  It is sung in two completely opposite registers and Simon asks him if it was supposed to be a duet because he seems to be singing both parts.  Dewone blames Simon for his awful voice saying he threw him off when he asked him too many questions (such as “What are you going to sing for us today”).  It was everyone’s fault but his own and he is sent packing.

Next up is Keia Johnson with really cute blond curly hair and neon yellow pants.  She is a former beauty pagent contestant who won Miss Congeniality.  Simon makes some remark about how it’s better to be chosen the beauty instead of the “nice personality”  but Simon can never see the inner beauty of anybody up front, and then has to eat crow later.  Of course,  she sang beautifully and she’s through to Hollywood.

I loved Jermaine Sellers right off the bat.  He takes care of his mother and is a singer in his church.  (Take notes, gals, any guy who takes care of his mother will treat his wife with dignity and love.)  He sang Joan Osborne’s  “One of Us.”  Man, I forgot how much I loved that song.   During a commercial I downloaded Joan’s version from iTunes Joan Osborne - Relish - One of Us.  He sings it GREAT with his own spin to it, Mary J loves it and he gets the golden ticket.

Vanessa Wolfe is very poor, from Tennessee and likes to dive off bridges.  She will do great during Country Week, but she has to live long enough to get there.  I have a feeling Hollywood week will eat this poor darlin’ alive.  (BTW, anyone know what “Cow Tipping” is?)

They humiliated the toothless guy who almost died 3 times.  The BFF “Ditsy Chicks” cried a lot cuz one made it and the other didn’t.  Holly, the human guitar, is the new Kelly Pickler.  She must never have watched the previous 8 seasons or she would have known how much Simon hates when people dress stupidly for auditions.  But WOW what a voice!!  She knocked me off my chair.  Golden ticket.

I’m only going to mention 3 more that cannot be overlooked.  Skii Bo Ski, the king of rhetoric, can sing but I’d never vote for him because I do NOT want to listen to his drivel all the way to May.  Angry Lamar screamed his song, promised to take constructive criticism, got angry when Mary told him to exhalt himself, wouldn’t stop screaming-I mean “singing”, and cursed his way all the way out down the elevator and into the street.

Closing the show was 62 year old General Larry Pratt singing “Pants on the Ground, Lookin’ Like A Fool.”  Everyone loved him, so did I.  Anyone else out there love him too?  The song was great.

All in all, it was a good show, Mary J. was a great judge, and check in with me next week for the Chicago auditions.

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Pants on the Ground Video on American Idol

*West Coast Spoiler* This video from the end of American Idol has to be one of the most memorable parts of this episode of American Idol. In case you missed it, check out “Pants on the Ground”:

Those people looking for the lyrics to Pants on the Ground, hopefully this will help:
Pants on the ground, pants on the ground.
Lookin’ like a fool with ya pants on the ground.
With da gold in ya mouth, hat turned sideways
Pants hit the ground, ya call yourself a cool cat
Lookin’ like a fool, walking downtown
With ya pants on the ground
Git it up
Hey!

January 13, 2010 I Written By

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Winter 2010 Season Premiere Dates

As I’ve done a number of times in the past I’m here to list the dates for the season premieres of your favorite shows on most of the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, etc). I can’t guarantee that this list is perfect, but it should give you a pretty good idea of when your favorite TV shows will be premiere in Winter 2010.

JANUARY

Sunday, Jan. 3
Giuliana & Bill (E!), 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 4
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC), 8 p.m.
Make It or Break It returns (ABC Family), 9 p.m.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager returns (ABC Family), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 5
The Biggest Loser
(NBC), 8 p.m.
The Good Wife returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
NCIS returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
NCIS: Los Angeles returns (CBS), 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6
Friday Night Lights returns (DirecTV 101), 9 p.m.
Nip/Tuck (FX), 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 8
Ghost Whisperer returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
Medium returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
Numb3rs returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Shark Tank returns (ABC), 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9
Legend of the Seeker returns (syndication)

Sunday, Jan. 10
Big Love (HBO), 10 p.m.
Chuck (NBC), 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 11
Accidentally on Purpose
returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory returns (CBS), 9:30 p.m.
CSI: Miami returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Heroes returns (NBC), 9 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother
returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
Two and a Half Men
returns (CBS), 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12
American Idol (Fox), 8 p.m.
Southland
(TNT), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Criminal Minds returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
CSI: NY returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Gary Unmarried returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
Leverage returns (TNT), 10 p.m.
The New Adventures of Old Christine returns (CBS), 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14
Archer (FX), 10 p.m.
Bones returns (Fox), 8 p.m.
CSI returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 p.m. (for four weeks, then off until April)
Grey’s Anatomy
returns (ABC), 9 p.m.
The Mentalist
returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Parks and Recreation
returns (NBC), 8:30 p.m.
Private Practice
returns (ABC), 10 p.m.
Project Runway (Lifetime), 10 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries returns (CW), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17
24 (Fox), 9 p.m.
Human Target (Fox), 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18
Life UneXpected (CW), 9 p.m.
One Tree Hill returns (CW), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 19
White Collar returns (USA), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Burn Notice
returns (USA), 10 p.m.
Supernatural returns (CW), 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
Caprica (Syfy), 9 p.m.
Smallville returns (CW), 8 p.m.
Spartacus (Starz), 10 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 25
Damages
(FX), 10 p.m.
Greek returns (ABC Family), 10 p.m.
La La Land
(Showtime), 11 p.m.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl
(Showtime), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
Psych
returns (USA), 10 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31
American Dad returns (Fox), 9:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Show returns (Fox), 8:30 p.m.
Family Guy returns (Fox), 9 p.m.
The Simpsons returns (Fox), 8 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Lost (ABC), 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
The Office returns (NBC), 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Undercover Boss (CBS), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11
Past Life (Fox), 8 p.m.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (CBS), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14
The Amazing Race (CBS), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), 9 p.m.

MARCH

Monday, March 1
Parenthood (NBC), 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
FlashForward returns (ABC), 8 p.m.

Monday, March 8
Gossip Girl returns (CW), 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 14
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), 9 p.m.
The Marriage Ref (NBC), 8 p.m.
The Pacific (HBO), 8 p.m.
Sons of Tucson (Fox), 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 22
Nurse Jackie (Showtime), 10 p.m.
United States of Tara (Showtime), 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 30
V returns (ABC), 9 p.m.

APRIL

Thursday, April 1
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 11
The Tudors (Showtime), 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
Glee returns (Fox), 9 p.m.

So, which of the premiere’s are you most looking forward to see? My list includes, The Bachelor, Shark Tank, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice (kind of), Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, The Amazing Race (my favorite), and Celebrity Apprentice. I’m also confused since I don’t see Dancing with the Stars on my list above. I know season 10 of DWTS is happening sometime too. Maybe they haven’t announced a date yet.

Please let me know of other shows that are missing and I’ll update them. Thanks!

January 4, 2010 I Written By

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Hell’s Kitchen Finale Quick Hits and Video

Hey all I can’t believe we have reached the end of this season’s Hell’s Kitchen. Before I watch the episode here is my quick analysis of the final three:

Kevin- It’s funny- last night when I was trying to fall asleep I realized that we have not seen anything about Kevin’s ankle injury for a while. It’s possible it may have healed but it’s also possible the producers are focusing more on Dave’s injury to make Dave seem like a more sympathetic figure since he won. It wouldn’t surprise me. Still, though Kevin has arguably been the most consistent of the three, with his only real blunder being when he destroyed the risotto rice a few episodes back. His leadership skills seem to be his real strength, which will come in handy during the “running the pass” challenge they always have in the top three episode.

Dave- If I had to pick the contestant who going into the finale I think is going to win it would be Dave. Besides the constant focus on his injury that makes him more likable Chef Ramsay seems to have a soft spot for him, like when he had the little Gordon Ramsay last week make fun of Dave but not the other finalists. He too has shown consistency during service, though he has struggled during challenges (remember the “fig” fiasco???). I’m also wondering how he will do running the pass this week; he proved he can lead by example when he took over Andy’s station after Andy cut himself, but he’s not the vocal leader that Kevin is.

Ariel-I honestly think she will be the first to go tonight, though the one saving grace for her is that the last three finales have all been man vs. woman. She has had a bad last few weeks (save for last week) and also might struggle in the leadership department. I’m rooting for her since she has shown herself to be the nicest of the three- she has never gotten into a fight with her fellow competitors, and she really takes responsibility for her failures. I’m sure Chef admires these qualities as well but as he said when he fired Amanda nice girls don’t make good head chefs.

-Ariel says she didn’t expect her family to surprise her like they did- has she ever seen this show??

-This is a very interesting final challenge- but one that I like. The Araxi is going to be full of people from different countries during the Olympics next year, and the winning chef will have to know how to cook for this diverse audience. I feel bad for Ariel though- how do you cook fine dining Chinese food?

-Then again Dave got Indian food- ouch. And he’s never cooked it before. Kevin lucked out with Mexican- Rick Bayless has shown us that Mexican food can be fine cuisine.

-Kevin is of course super confident, Ariel fairly confident, and Dave completely nervous. That of course means Kevin will get last and Dave will win.

-Dave is smart to cook a dish he knows how to do and just make it Indian with spices and stuff. That’s the kind of dish the Araxi would likely serve since it would appeal to multiple tastes. Also good idea to not use the meats Indians worship. He is using pork, but don’t they worship pigs as well as cows???

-Ooh now masters of these kinds of food are coming to judge- awesome! Am I supposed to know who Mr. Chow is???

-Hey Ariel’s pulling a Dave and not remembering what she made. And somehow when Chef asked her if she’s made Chinese food before I don’t think he meant take-out haha.

-They should totally have the judges rate the food on a scale from 1-10 like they do for figure skating or how they used to do for gymnastics in the Olympics. Good thing there’s no Russian judges haha.

-Ariel gets mixed reviews- the Indian judges likes it but the others don’t – the Chinese chef says the sauce is too watery but that it is a “nice try”- that’s the kiss of death right there.

-Wow Kevin forgot the sauce- maybe there’s hope for Dave and Ariel. I have a feeling it might not matter though since even without the sauce Kevin’s dish looks delicious. Indeed the Mexican judge says it needed the sauce but the other two gave the dish high praise.

-Now it’s down to Dave. This should be interesting. Luckily the Indian chef seems to be the Paula Abdul of the group. But alas I was right about pigs being worshipped in India too. I wonder why Chef Ramsay even left the pork out for Dave to use- was he just trying to fool the one-armed bandit? However all three judges love the dish. Wow is actually going to win despite offending half of India?

-Indeed Dave does win the challenge unanimously despite using the wrong protein. I totally figured he would win with all the focus on how he’d never done Indian food before. And more and more I’m starting to think he will win this season.

-And as a reward he gets one-on-one time with these famous chefs AND a meal from them. That’s a great prize so close to the end- it will give him ideas for his own menu in the finale (assuming he makes it that far, which at this point is a pretty safe bet). AND free cookware!

-All Kevin and Ariel have to do as punishment is prep the kitchen and decorate the dining room. Guess he doesn’t want to punish the losers too much since they have been so strong the rest of the season.

-That does suck that Kevin and Ariel have to watch the master class for Dave going on right in front of them. Dave’s family also comes back again- isn’t he going to see them in a few days anyway when the show ends? Plus he just saw them the night before. Seems like a bit much to me (though I know Chef does this every year).

-Haha for JP rubbing it into Kevin and Ariel’s face that the food Dave is eating looks really good and that he seems to be having a good time at this reward.

-Glad to see Kevin’s big ego was not bruised too much by his defeat’ he’s still guaranteeing victor. And hey Dave’s talking to himself again!

-I’m upset they got rid of the ritual of having the contestants yell at Chef Ramsay before service to practice running the hot plate. That was always a personal favorite of mine.

-I love Chef-“It’s been very peaceful” running the pass this year, he claims, “I’ve never walked out, I’ve never thrown anything”.

-Presumably Chef Ramsay will continue his tradition of having the sous chefs mess up on purpose to see if the finalists can spot the errors. Though it does seem like the first person to run the pass has a disadvantage in not knowing errors are coming (unless of course they’ve seen the show before).

-Kevin is up first, so at least the contestant I like least is getting the disadvantage. Though he’s also the one I expect will do the best at running the pass. As he (of course) tells us, he has run his team before when his other teammates have struggled. I think this is a bit different though.

-And indeed Kevin gets a quality control test, with Scott substituting the wrong fish for a dish. That seems like it should be easy to spot- the two fishes are different colors after all. Chef never makes these mistakes too hard to spot or it wouldn’t be totally fair I guess.

-Kevin passes this test with flying colors. But wow is Scott a bad actor- claiming he “accidentally” put the wrong fish on the plate. Even if I didn’t know the mistake was a setup I wouldn’t have believed him.

-So Ariel pushes the time needed for her dish from one minute (what Kevin wants) to 1.5 minutes, and Kevin claims that’s “slowing him down”??? Half a minute is nothing compared to how much Suzanne slowed down the kitchen when she was on the show.

-Kevin then claims Ariel overcooked her lamb, while Ariel claims it was perfect. I’m surprised Chef Ramsay didn’t come in to see who was right, because I have no idea. Good solider Ariel though remakes her lamb.

-I really think Ariel is a goner- now she messes up another lamb. Kevin tells her to cut it more, which Ariel claims will mess it up. She briefly protests but then follows Kevin’s instructions, only to have Kevin send it back again. I love Ariel but this seems to be her fault more than Kevin’s- she is the one who messed up the lamb so that cutting it messed it up further, and she should have warned Kevin more clearly before she cut it. She’s almost being too nice in this situation, and it could come back to haunt her.

-I’m surprised Chef is blaming Kevin for the lamb issues and not Ariel. And now Ariel is talking back to Kevin- she must really be ticked off.

-Kevin’s leadership style can rub people like Ariel the wrong way, which is his main weakness, but at the same time Chef Ramsay has a similar style and it works for him.

-I wonder if Kevin is going to sabotage Ariel when she runs the hot plate since he seems to think Ariel did the same to him (which she clearly didn’t).

-Dave is next up, proclaiming the kitchen won’t run him. Wow he can actually yell. And whip a towel onto a table??? Well that’s a side of him we haven’t seen before.

-He’s even telling Scott to use a wooden spoon. Poor Scott- he always gets the brunt of the abuse from overambitious finalists running the pass. I thought Kevin’s style was a bit over the top but Dave is even worse.

-Did he just tell JP to be quiet? I’m just in shock right now. It’s a whole new side of Dave, and not one that I like.

-However, it is effective, though now he will face the quality control test. He though has to distinguish spinach puree from asparagus- which seems a lot harder to spot than a wrong fish.

-Aaand Dave fails. He even tastes the risotto but doesn’t taste the difference in the purees. Strike one against Dave (or strike two if you consider his over-aggressiveness strike one).

-Here comes his second chance at quality control, again from Scott- does Heather not get a chance to make a messed up dish? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone miss two quality control errors in a row. But WOW Dave misses the second one as well. Maybe he’s not the lock for the finals I thought he was. Though the second sabotage was hard to spot as well- tuna wrapped in herbs instead of seeds.

-If he gets to the finals after missing two sabotages then that must mean Chef thinks Dave is going to win.

-Finally he catches the mistake on the third try (though cold tuna is easier to spot than the wrong puree or seasoning)- and then starts catching a whole bunch in a row. He seems to do well after the poor start but it might be too little too late.

-Last up is Ariel, who really needs to prove herself as a leader. Hey she has a pretty loud voice when she needs to.

-Finally it’s Heather’s turn to send up a sabotaged dish- this one again involving a puree. I still say Kevin got the easiest mistake to spot of the three. Like Dave she also tastes the dish but does not spot the error. I don’t know if that’s worse than not tasting it at all. Chef seems to think there’s a big difference in the two purees but Ariel says it never occurred to her that it wasn’t potato. Hopefully she’ll at least catch the second error, especially since she should be looking for one now.

-This time Ariel gets the same sabotage Kevin did- wrong fish- and spots it. Good for her. And we get to see more of Scott’s horrible acting as he plays dumb again.

-Just when it seems like Ariel is getting her act together she calls out too many orders at once and confuses Kevin. Kevin asks Heather what is going on, which earns him a little scolding from Chef, but as Chef points out it is Ariel’s responsibility to keep the kitchen under control. Ariel is blaming Kevin for being slow (just as she was when he ran the pass) but she has shown that she struggles with leadership more than the other two do. Kevin is clearly the strongest of the three leadership-wise, and while Dave’s fake-aggressive style didn’t win him many friends he got the job done (minus the quality control).

-Ariel starts taking control, but Kevin continues to lag behind. I hate these accusations of sabotage among the finalists since I never think they are true but in this case I really wonder. Even Chef notes that scallops don’t take that long to cook, and for someone who has been so strong the entire season he sure picked an odd time to take his time and then send up a burnt scallop.

-The end of service goes smoothly, and it really could go any way. I think Ariel has to be in trouble because of her slow start and her poor coordination as leader, but if Chef thinks Dave’s quality control was too poor or that Kevin did sabotage Ariel on purpose either of them could go home as well.

-Ooh now Chef asks each contestant to say who should go home. Ariel will say Kevin, and Kevin will say Ariel, but I’m interested to see who Dave says.

-Ariel accuses Kevin of sabotage, Kevin says he would never do that, though I’m not sure I believe him. Dave doesn’t know what to do, and I do admire him for that.

-Kevin tells Chef he feels Ariel is not quite good enough to be head chef. Ariel claims Kevin didn’t fully have her back as she ran the pass. So it’s down to Dave as we go to commercial. I wonder if Dave’s going to automatically make the final round since he’s not going to get any votes from fellow competitors- unless of course he votes for himself.

-We finally hear Dave’s answer, and he seems pretty sad to say that he felt lost when Ariel was running the hot plate. I’d have to agree with him- she is my favorite of the three but she messed up the most this episode- she was slow when Kevin ran things, missed one quality control test, and couldn’t control her kitchen without Chef’s help. Plus she has been in the bottom two before while the other two have not.

-Chef prolongs the suspense by asking each contestant why they should stay. I think Ariel was least convincing.

-And we get the usual giant posters showing each finalists’ picture with fire in the background. Except this time he is using them to announce his final two. I still think Ariel is gone but I’ve been surprised before.

-So Dave is first in the finals. I guess his quality control mistakes did not outweigh his challenge win or his prior strong showing in the kitchen. No matter who he is facing I think he is the favorite to win. Chef even took him aside when he messed up those quality control dishes- that to me shows that Chef already sees Dave as his potential winner and is thus showing him extra patience.

-Not surprisingly Kevin is the next person sent through and Ariel is sent home. I like her but she proved in this episode she is not yet cut out to run a kitchen. Guess I’m rooting for Dave now- I still can’t stand Kevin and his smugness.

-Many have predicted this finale from the beginning, and it should be an interesting fight. Kevin has the stronger leadership skills but can rub people the wrong way with his attitude. He also can make dumb mistakes like he did with the mole in the challenge. Dave has a strong attitude and can lead by example but still hasn’t shown he can fully take charge without being too abrasive. Still I think his story of having the broken wrist and persevering through that will put him over the top.

-Awww Chef tells Ariel to keep her jacket- has he ever done that before? I think he might have done that with Ariel but I’m not sure. And it seems like Kevin and Ariel have no hard feelings after their fight earlier that night.

-Wow Ariel’s hair looks really scary when it’s not in a ponytail. And Dan’s photo looks weird without his signature beanie.

-So it’s the battle of the walking wounded- if Kevin is still wounded that is. But first of course the contestants much choose their teams from the previously eliminated contestants. That means someone is stuck with Andy and someone is stuck with Suzanne- hopefully not the same person (unless it’s Kevin who gets stuck with both of them- then it’s a very good thing).

-The episode ends with a limo being called for the final two. I’m guessing they are flying to see their potential new restaurant/meet their potential new bosses since that’s the final reward every year.

-But first we get the obligatory season recap. Wow I forgot about Melinda and Louis. And all the fights early this year. Van vs. JP- that was a classic. I don’t remember Scott yelling at Andy though… Chef Ramsay was his usually “cuddly” self- leaving the kitchen, throwing Louis out mid-service. When are they going to mention the injuries? Next is all the fights with Chef Ramsay. I forgot about Tennille cursing out Chef- that was way back when we all thought she was incompetent. Aw the good old days. Where is that military guy who wouldn’t tell Chef his nominees for elimination? Oh there he is- Joseph, that was his name. Him cursing out Chef was another early highlight (or maybe lowlight). And hey here’s the injury segment of the recap. There’s Robert’s heart, Andy’s finger, and of course Kevin and Dave, who as the announcer reminds us, were both injured the same day. At least we finally get a mention of Kevin’s injury. Oh his ankles “gradually improved”- that’s why they haven’t been mentioned in weeks. But of course Dave almost had to drop out every week because of his wrist. Actually it was three times according to the announcer, but who’s counting.

-Dave is surprised he’s been whisked away via limo? Hasn’t he ever seen this show?? He’s probably going to the Araxi or at least to their final challenge. In fact they are heading to a hotel roof- hope they aren’t afraid of heights!!

-Indeed this is their final challenge, with a whole bunch of random people who I’m probably supposed to recognize but don’t as judges. Of course it will come down to the final judge- it always does.

-Dave is doing an “easy” dish according to Kevin, but no dish can be easy with one arm, right?

-They should bring back all the former winners as judges but they probably won’t. And hey what’s with the random blondes calling out Dave’s name. Hey girls he’s taken!

-First judges is Alain Gayot- a famous food writer/critic or something. At least Dave knows what he made this time haha. Alain likes Dave’s dish and Kevin’s as well, but votes for Dave.

-Next up is Jamie Maw- a Canadian food critic. He also likes both but picks Dave. Wow could there actually be a knockout on the last challenge? That never happens.

-Third critic is Tanya Steel. I’ll bet anything she’ll vote for Kevin’s dish just to heighten the suspense. And indeed she does.

-Fourth is an executive chef, Warren Geraghty- another Canadian. And of course he votes for lobster- shocker. So it’s down to the last judge….

-Colman Andrews from Gourmet Magazine- didn’t they just close that magazine?? Of course he struggles with his choice before picking…. Dave! Of course- the one who gets the first two votes usually wins. That means Dave gets first choice of teammates in the final service (I’m guessing he’ll pick Ariel) and will also have the tough choice between Suzanne or Andy at the end of the selection process. More evidence that Dave is going to win the whole show.

-The next morning is menu design. Dave sticks with simple- hey it worked in the challenge.

-Chef brought in special ingredients- the previous contestants hiding in a Trojan Horse truck. Hey it’s better than last year when he had all the contestants look headless. I see Van and Robert- hmm that’s interesting Robert instead of Andy. AND AMANDA IS BACK!!!! Yay!! Rounding out the six are Ariel, Sabrina, and Suzanne. Suzanne should be the last one picked but even so all six are fairly strong- not like previous years where Lacey and Matt were brought back. I’m surprised Tennille’s not there though.

-Dave goes first, and his first pick is Ariel. Solid choice. Kevin is next- I’d go with Van or Robert. And indeed Van is the choice- those two were old roommates so that makes sense- the two will get along well. Just keep him away from JP haha.

-Dave’s second pick is Robert. Again solid choice- he’s made it far in the past even though he completely failed this year. Now if he picks Amanda as his last choice he’ll have a solid team, though Kevin may pick her first. Kevin’s next pick is Amanda. Boo- that means I can’t root for her anymore I guess. Aw she looked so cute when she got picked before Sabrina and Suzanne. Did they have to show the scene of her thinking 3 X 3 was 6? She’s had so many more better moments, especially on fish, which is why Kevin picked her for his fish-heavy menu.

-So now Dave has a tough choice- both Sabrina and Suzanne were maddingly inconsistent but Sabrina was less of a pain to deal with so I’d pick her. Suzanne says she expects to be picked last, which of course means she won’t be. Dave then shockingly picks her over Sabrina. WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? You had such a strong team and now you may have blown your shot. Ariel gets along with everyone but I don’t know how well Robert and Suzanne will mesh. I forgot Suzanne won a challenge with Dave but if I remember correctly he said she would have been his last choice for a partner.
She is a decent chef but not that much better than Sabrina and Sabrina comes with fewer communication issues.

-Interesting point implied by the announcer that Kevin’s team may have difficulties picking up his complicated menu. Dave’s menu is “idiot proof”, so to speak, which should help him. Robert however, wants to eat his competitor’s menu, which includes carmelized scallops, coffee cured beef, and creme brulee trio. I don’t know what any of that means but it looks delicious. Dave’s classic menu features mushroom risotto, a venison entree (hey it worked in the challenge), and a mousse dessert that looks quite tasty.

-Chef thinks Kevin’s food is beautiful but perhaps too complicated and notes that Dave’s is simple and thus must be perfect. I think Dave has the advantage with the simple approach but also has the disadvantage of working with Suzanne so it kind of evens out.

-By the way, what happened to the part where the contestants get to design the restaurant themselves? I guess Chef figured the competition should be more about cooking than decorating, which I can’t say I disagree with.

-Right before the service starts Chef calls the two finalists over and gives them head chef jackets- has he ever done that before? That’s pretty cool though. Those jackets are quite nice.

-Top Chefs from Canada are in attendance, including one from Araxi- aka the winner’s future boss. No pressure there.

-Good to see Dave has calmed down running the pass since the last episode. No more whipping towels onto the table.

-Amanda seems to be the type who does well with positive reinforcement rather than with people yelling at her. I think she got picked by the wrong team then…

-Amanda’s first scallops are undercooked, and Kevin is not pleased. He actually is calmer than I thought he would be.

-Robert’s first risotto meets Dave’s standards, and the one-armed bandit takes the early lead.

-I really think Kevin’s complex menu is going to be his fatal flaw. He overestimated the skills of his minions and will probably be stuck correcting them all night instead of sending out food.

-I’m starting to like Amanda even more since it seems like she is going to be a main reason Kevin doesn’t win.
Now I’m glad Dave didn’t pick her.

-Amanda continues to overcook scallops in her kitchen. Obviously Chef can’t fault Kevin for Amanda’s poor performance but at the same time Kevin picked her so he has to get some responsibility for that.

-And as we go to break Amanda is setting the stove on fire….

-Chef finally tells Van to go on the scallops but it might be too late. Amanda gets out a good risotto and Van sends the scallops but he still has a ways to go to catch up.

-Dave’s first issue arises when Robert starts to run out of mushrooms. His acts words to Robert are “go easier on them” which Robert interprets as putting in only two or three mushrooms per risotto. Chef spots this before Dave does and Dave swears he would not have sent that risotto if he had seen it. It’s hard to tell who was in the wrong without knowing how many mushrooms were left to use. Then Robert “drops” the mushroom container just to get some revenge on Dave. Wow that’s a bit petty of Robert to do- isn’t he supposed to be HELPING his leader.

-Meanwhile back on Kevin’s side a risotto is sent back for being “crunchy”. This again was Amanda’s responsibility. Maybe she was more incompetent than I thought. Or maybe (more likely) Kevin’s menu is too complicated for her.

-Now Van is covering for Amanda on risotto too, and Kevin is panicking. His only hope is for Suzanne to completely falter for Dave. And now Kevin is reminding Van of Chef Ramsay- is that a good thing??

-Dave is up to entrees when Ariel overcooks a venison that Dave wisely spots. Chef is impressed with his quality control (especially since he failed at it in the last episode). Dave is firm but not too harsh with Ariel, who gets the meat right on the next try. It also helps that a) his menu is
simpler and b) Ariel is more competent than Amanda.

-Kevin has made a comeback and is now cooking for the Araxi Chef. I’m surprised he knows in advance he is cooking for his future boss. Meanwhile Amanda can’t get the temperature of the meat right, especially because Kevin keeps contradicting himself on the pass. Then he blames Amanda when she cooks the meat too much even though he had called out the wrong temperature before correcting himself.
And hey Amanda set the stove on fire again.

-Kevin finally decides to nicely help Amanda cook instead of yelling at her, but it’s probably a bit too late. The Araxi Chef is impressed with Kevin’s dish- but what about Dave’s.

-Meanwhile in the blue kitchen Ariel is struggling again with undercooked and overcooked food, causing Chef to yell at Dave a bit before Dave takes control and tells Robert to reheat a salmon. When there are only three small crises in the blue kitchen the whole night it must be a good night.

-I don’t get why the teams are in such a race to finish first- it’s not like the first team to finish wins or anything. In any even Dave finishes first but it is very close- not that it matters in the least.

-Since it seems obvious at this point that Dave is going to win (thank goodness), let’s look at the main mistakes Kevin made to cost himself the title (which I think Dave would have won anyway unless Dave had really blown it):

1) Picking Amanda I don’t think was that bad of an idea, I just think he a) gave her too much to do, b) didn’t get her help from Van fast enough, and c) didn’t realize until it was too late that she works best when being praised, not being yelled at. When she was yelled at early on she seemed to lose all momentum and just completely fell apart.

2)As mentioned a few times, his real fatal flaw was the complicated menu. He could probably cook the food really well but his teammates were not that strong, so he should have stuck to a clearer, idiot-proof menu like Dave did.

3)Losing his cool- Dave seemed to handle the pressure when his teammates made mistakes (like Ariel with the venison) better than Kevin did. Kevin just got frustrated and started yelling instead of calmly solving the problem. Thus his brash personality that makes him such a strong leader may have hurt him in the end.

-But of course we have to have the official opening door ceremony to determine the winner.

-Why does Dave think he lost when he clearly outperformed Kevin??? He needs some more confidence in himself.

-Chef gives the two finalists a talk before he announces the winner, saying this has been the closest final ever based on the comment cards. But based on performance in the service it was not that close. He says they are both winners, blah blah, get to the winner already.

-And here we go- the winner is…. Dave!!!! Yeah that was kind of anticlimactic based on the services they both had. Plus they had been playing the sympathy card with him the whole season with his injury to make the viewers root for him more. Aw he’s crying…..

-Kevin is taking his loss in stride, so good for him.

-What happened to Dave’s beanie? He’s switched to a backwards cap for his winning moment.

-Hey is that Rock from Season 3 spraying champagne around the room??

-And we end the season with- Van arm wrestling Chef Ramsay? Awesome. And Van won!! And kids spraying water on JP, Robert breaking things, Dave dancing (BEFORE he won), Chef saying “he’s nobody’s b****) and Dave’s photo on the wall of fame next to Danny. So Danny and Dave win in consecutive years- hopefully next year the winner won’t be named Dana or Darrell.

So that’s it for this season. Were you happy with the results? Was it that obvious to you that Dave was going to win? What did you think of this season as a whole. Post your comments below.

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October 14, 2009 I Written By

Hell’s Kitchen Episode 13 Quick Hits and Video

Hey everyone we are down to the final four on Hell’s Kitchen and before putting on this episode I think it will come down to Tennille and Ariel for the last spot in the top three. Kevin has been cocky and brash but consistent each week and a leader in the kitchen and Dave, if his injury does not force him to withdraw, has been solid in service if not in challenges. So it’s likely down to Tennille and Ariel, whose Hell’s Kitchen experiences have been essentially the opposite: Tennille started out with a strong attitude but cooking wise at the bottom of the pack, seeming to be one of those put on the show just to be yelled at for a few weeks and then cut, while Ariel immediately emerged as a quiet but early favorite. Now Ariel has struggled in recent weeks while Tennille has hit her stride. It will really be interesting to see which one Chef chooses to continue to the next round. Plus we get a few “shockers”, at least according to the previews (which I have learned long ago not to trust too much).

-Kevin claims to not have a weakness, but I think his brashness could rub people the wrong way. I also don’t necessarily agree with his assessment that Tennille needs to be more consistent since she has been consistently decent since the first few weeks.

-Dave’s motivational talk to himself reminded me of Brett Favre’s speech to the Jets in their last game of the season last year- not exactly the most emotional or firey speech in the world.

-That little Chef Ramsay was the cutest thing ever. He could have literally been Chef’s son. His impression was good too. Loved the joke about Dave being shot if he were a horse. I like seeing the softer side of Chef as we get towards the end of the show where all the contestants have potential. He’s no longer constantly yelling at all the incompetent cooks so he starts having more fun.

-80 portions in an hour does sound like a challenge, especially without the use of meat. Good to see a real test for the chefs as we near the home stretch.

-Hopefully Dave actually knows what he is making in the challenge this week haha. I admire his attempt to cook all by himself with one hand (after all he’s done it the whole season) but I don’t know if he’s stupid or just crazy.

-All these dishes sound pretty good. But that’s quite an interesting twist having kids taste vegetarian dishes. It seems a bit counter intuitive to me- isn’t the point of having vegetarian dishes to make something vegetable lovers like? They are supposed to take like vegetables- that is the point. But obviously the kids won’t like the dishes that taste like vegetables since they hate vegetables. So it kind of defeats the purpose of the task in my opinion.

-Just from hearing what the dishes are I think Ariel will win since her dish involves pasta- always a crowd pleaser.

-I concur with Dave- little kids are really annoying. And REALLY loud. Also agree Tennille is screwed since her dish is the most vegetable-heavy.

-At least Dave is getting into the chanting spirit- responding “I’ve Got Food” when the kids keep obnoxiously yelling “We Want Food”. I’m starting to like him again…

-Also smart of him to refer to his dish as a sandwich and to have fun with the kids by calling himself the “one-armed bandit”.

-Haha these kids are tougher critics than Chef Ramsay! AND they get a goodie bag for their troubles- awesome!

-Not surprised Kevin got last since his dish was also veggie heavy. Also not surprised Dave made the top two.

-Wow I can’t believe Tennille won. A good sign for her making the top three and thus not good news for Ariel. Then again I remember when Julia won the kids challenge in her season and still went home that episode so this might not necessarily be a good thing. I don’t like her that much but it is nice to see her win a challenge for once. She seemed genuinely excited by the win.

-More good news for Tennille- she gets one-on-one time with Chef. Usually contestants who get this kind of reward do well since Chef gets to see what they are like outside the kitchen and vice versa.

-And just when I start to like Dave he starts trashing Tennille, saying she makes food fit for children and that is why she won. Jealous much??

-Made over Tennille looks even more like Whoopi Goldberg than non-made over Tennille.

-Those clips of the losers cleaning up the remainders of the kids’ lunch reminds me why I hate kids.

-Haha at Dave taking some of the kids’ leftovers from the floor!

-AND Tennille gets sushi knives as part of her reward. Fitting since she is the one contestant always doing Asian food.

-Kevin is happy to be prepping and not getting a makeover. Suuure. Especially since last week his poor prepping of the rice almost screwed over the team.

-Wonder if we’ll actually get the first good service of the season tonight. Considering there are only three services left they are running out of chances.

-Whatever happened to Kevin’s sprained ankles? He seems to be showing no ill effects from his early injury. And also impressing early on with his leadership and cooking.

-Yay Tennille messed up on the scallops! Bad for her, good for Ariel.
She eventually gets it right but is proving her inconsistency Kevin mentioned at the top of the show.

-And AGAIN Dave aggravates his wrist injury. It seems every week we have this will he or won’t he quit the competition theme. This time it really looks serious though. Did they really need the sound effect in the background that sounded like a bone snapping in half? That noise just made me cringe.

-But of course he is not quitting- as has been the case every week. I’m getting tired of this storyline since all it does is show Dave in pain for a few moments and then have him decide to go on.

-And now Tennille screw up number two- this time serving random bits in her sea bass. She really is blowing it in this late stage. She seems to be rushing to get through her food and making LOTS of stupid mistakes, including basically overcooking or undercooking every piece of fish at her station.

-Tennille sends up yet ANOTHER raw halibut. Looks like we will have an Ariel-Kevin-Dave final three after all.

-To top it all off Tennille pulls a Suzanne and claims to have a dish ready in two minutes when she really needs six. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a worse meltdown in the years I’ve been watching this show.

-Chef is giving her a pep talk but it might be too little too late.

-Wow that was a fast service. I guess no body else messed up except Tennille. Well I guess that means she’s a goner but there’s still the matter of who Chef Ramsay thinks deserves another chance as was shown in the previews. I still think it is Julia from a few seasons back or maybe (hopefully) Ji from last year.

-I think Chef is making a big deal of Dave’s injury just to make the seemingly obvious elimination of Tennille a little more climactic.

-I loved Dave’s plea to Chef to keep him in the competition. You could really see the passion for cooking in his eyes.

-Good for Chef Ramsay for making the elimination quick and painless for Tennille. There really was no point in putting two people up for elimination so he might as well have saved her the agony, like he said. But there are still 10 minutes left so I’m guessing some crazy stuff is going to happen.

-I really feel bad for Tennille when she is sent home. You could tell she really wanted this by the way she cried. And classy moves by the rest of the contestants (led by Ariel of course) to hug her goodbye. Even Dave! I guess their feud is over. And I guess the rumors of the contestants hating each other were greatly exaggerated.

-Did she really know nothing about fine dining when she first came on this show? That’s pretty impressive for her to make it this far without that prior knowledge. And of course her rise from the bottom to the top was inspiring (or would have been if she were less obnoxious). Still we have a solid final three, though I have a feeling that three is about to become four again.

-All this talk from the contestants about how they are the final three really makes me think someone is coming back to make it a final four again.

-So the “shocker” is that Chef is having second thoughts about eliminating Tennille. Somehow I doubt he’s going to change his mind. The surprise is probably a trip to their possible new restaurant or something.

-Oh yeah I forgot about the obligatory family visits. I’m surprised Dave’s family is not asking about his cast. Kevin’s kid is quite adorable by the way.

-I don’t get why the contestants are surprised to see their families when Chef only gives that reward EVERY year.

-Aw Kevin carries a photo album of his family with him at all times. He is cocky but he really does seem to love his wife and son.

-So I completely fail in my theory about him bringing back former contestants. Oh well we still have a solid final three and any of them could win. Right now I’m rooting for Ariel but my money is on Kevin- he’s been the most consistent in challenges and service. Plus next week the contestants get to run the pass, and we’ve already seen how Kevin can be a leader in the kitchen. But Ariel and Dave might be too laid back for that kind of job so I’ll be interested to see how they handle it.

Next time we have lots of trash talking and Ariel being pushed around by the big boys. Hopefully she can handle the pressure.

So thoughts on this week’s show? Were you disappointed by the lack of “shockers” promised from the previews. Is this the strongest final three in recent memory? (it’s certainly up there). Who do you think will make the final two? Post your comments below.

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October 8, 2009 I Written By