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On a lighter note, when is it possible to challenge the result of a TV competition?

People have complained that the lion bread  baked by Paul Jagger did not win him the top prize on the Great British Bake off.

Paul Hollywood, Bake Off judge, praised the contestant’s “King of the Jungle” bread sculpture saying “That is one of the best things I’ve seen in bread ever. It’s exceptional”. Although Paul Jagger, managed to win a Commendation he did not win “star baker” on the show. Lucky he wasn’t exiting the show as then there would have been an outcry, although his baguettes weren’t very good.

Viewers are increasingly complaining if a TV show doesn’t follow the rules, or their favourite leaves a show in dubious circumstances.

This week, ITV was reprimanded by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom for misleading viewers in the Britain’s Got Talent final.
The regulator ruled that Jules O’Dwyer’s use of a replacement dog, Chase, for a tightrope trick during her winning performance with pet hound Matisse “not only had the potential to mislead but was likely to have done so”. 1,175 complaints we’re made to OfCom and ITV is promising to repay viewers’ telephone voting costs.

It is only a matter of time before viewers apply for judicial review of Strictly Come Dancing dance-off judges’ decisions! Take Pixie Lott’s unjust departure from the last series, for example, which certainly wasn’t proper ballroom justice! People certainly feel that sometimes the voters are prejudiced in their voting, for example not voting for Judy Murray, but fortunately in the Great British Bake off there is no voting to skew the process. The decision is down to the judges alone.


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