Jurgen Krauss was eliminated from The Great British Bake Off during Tuesday’s tense semi-final.
The German baker had been one of the early favourites to win the show, but crashed out just before the final, leaving Chigs Parmar, Giuseppe Dell’Anno and Crystelle Pereira to battle it out for the title.
The tense episode saw the quartet tested with Patisserie Week, with presenter Matt Lucas admitting at one point: ‘Oh my Lord, I don’t think I can take much more of this.’
The Great British Bake Off: The shock three finalists were revealed on Tuesday as show frontrunner Jurgen crashed out of the competition during the tense semi-final
During the show, Jurgen made Murder at the Opera slices and received complimentary comments from judge Prue Leith, who described them as ‘sensational’.
Paul Hollywood, on the other hand, claimed that they lacked some flavour. And, unlike with the other bakers, Paul didn’t shake Jurgen’s hand.
Jurgen then acknowledged that he was at risk of leaving the show. He confessed: ‘The bottom line is: I’m in trouble now.’
Shock: While Jurgen was feeling emotional at his elimination, Crystelle was also left in shock as she was awarded Star Baker
Final three: As the German baker was eliminated, Giuseppe Dell’Anno, Crystelle Pereira and Chigs Parmar will now battle it out for the win during Tuesday’s final
However, Jurgen did manage to impress the judges with his sable breton tart.
After receiving some positive feedback, he said: ‘That went very well. What a relief. I will sleep better tonight.’
But Jurgen’s fortunes took another turn with his showstopper effort, and his exit was subsequently confirmed.
Tragic: Jurgen’s fortunes took another turn with his showstopper effort, and his exit was subsequently confirmed
Speaking about his time on the show and his exit at the semi-final stage, Jurgen said: ‘I feel kind of OK… I kind of saw it coming. I think the others are more shocked than I am.
‘It has been incredible and I have really enjoyed being here. I have made friends for life, and I will be with them in spirit.’
Jurgen also wished the other contestants good luck in the final. He said: ‘I am really proud for the other three bakers to be in the final, they deserve it.
Oh dear: Jurgen failed to impress Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas with his showstopper creation
‘We helped each other out all the way as bakers and during practice there was never any spark of competition.
‘By the time we got to the semi-final we were close friends and we all appreciated each others’ unique baking styles and personalities.’
While Jurgen was feeling emotional at his elimination, Crystelle was also left in shock as she was awarded Star Baker.
Fans were left devastated by Jurgen’s departure, which came as a shock considering he was the frontrunner having being named Star Baker three times.
Devastated: Fans were left devastated by Jurgen’s departure, which came as a shock considering he was the frontrunner having being named Star Baker three times
Taking to Twitter viewers penned: ‘I feel as if sending anyone home today is a gross miscarriage of justice. #gbbo’; ‘Paul has snaked us one too many times, this was the last straw #GBBO’
‘Jurgen’s face actually breaks my heart. Can I put a complaint in for bullying? #GBBO’; ‘Watching Jürgen sitting sadly watching the other bakers receiving handshakes #GBBO’; ‘I don’t think I can watch the end of this week, I’m just gonna pretend they all won, and everyone who went home won, as well @BritishBakeOff #GBBO
‘What if we get rid of Paul and Prue and replace them with Jürgen and Giuseppe?’; ‘If Jürgen is sent home, this is going to OfCom #GBBO @Channel4′;’ great british SNAKE off,, no one talk to me babes im fumin’.
The Great British Bake Off final airs Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4
GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Dancing her way into the competition: Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury
Bread winner: Lover of traditional baking, Maggie’s favourite recipe is bread
Occupation: Junior HR Business Partner
With a big Jamaican family on both sides, Rochica bakes in a way that reflects her Caribbean heritage. Rochica’s interest in baking developed when she was left unable to dance due to an injury.
Occupation: Retired Nurse and Midwife
Maggie has an impressive collection of classic recipe books and loves recreating traditional bakes. Her favourite thing to bake is bread.
Έτοιμο, σετ, ψήσιμο! George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life
Occupation: Shared Lives Coordinator
George grew up in a close-knit Greek-Cypriot family where food was always a big part of family life. His mum taught him to bake all the Greek classics, a legacy he’s now passing on to his three children.
Revving up the competition: Car Production Operative Lizzie loves baking cakes
Occupation: Car Production Operative
Lizzie lives with dog, Prudence, in an annex in her parents garden and her baking comfort zone is cake. In her spare time she loves dancing.
Life-long dream: Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell
Occupation: Psychology Student
From: North Yorkshire
Freya has wanted to enter Bake Off since the first series, when she was aged nine and saw the tent in Bakewell. She likes to create plant-based bakes.
Pronto, impostato, cuocere! Originally from Italy, Giuseppe was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef
Occupation: Chief Engineer
Originally from Italy, Giuseppe now lives in Bristol with his wife and their three young sons. He was inspired to bake by his father, a professional chef and loves using Italian flavours.
Black Forest (Gateaux): Jürgen hails from Germany and bakes his own traditional German bread
Occupation: Computer Pro
Originally from the Black Forest in Germany, Jürgen moved to the UK in 2003. Unable to find traditional German bread here he decided to bake his own – and his passion has grown ever since.
Locking it in: Chigs took up baking at the start of the first lockdown in 2020
Occupation: Sales Manager
Chigs took up baking at the start of lockdown in 2020 teaching himself complex techniques by carefully studying online videos.
Bringing the force: Cop Amanda learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie
Occupation: Met Police Detective
Raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage, the mother-of-two’s bakes are heavily influenced by Greece and the Middle East having learned to bake with her mum and paternal auntie.
Midnight baker: Before he moved out of the family home, Tom’s mum says she would often wake up to a sweet treat
Occupation: Software Developer
Tom’s mum has dubbed him the ‘midnight baker’ as before he moved out of the family home she would often wake up to a sweet treat… and a pile of washing up!
Quadrilingual Crystelle! This home baker brings her diverse heritage to the flavours in her baking
Occupation: Client Relationship Manager
Quadrilingual Crystelle is a baker who brings her wonderfully diverse heritage – born in northwest London to Kenyan born, Portuguese-Goan parents – to the flavours in her baking.
‘Baking is like breathing!’ Trinidadian-born Jairzeno spices up his baking with lots of Caribbean flavours
Occupation: Head Of Finance
Trinidadian-born Jairzeno says ‘baking is like breathing’. He loves using lots of Caribbean spices in his bakes. When he’s not baking he loves running.