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Monday 23 October 2017

Bake Off first after no one eliminated

Contestants breathed a sigh of relief after Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry could not agree who to send home and gave them all a reprieve for the first time since the show began.

Richard Burr and Kate Henry, who had been impressive in previous shows, had been in jeopardy after poor performances in the latest round of the BBC1 competition.

But with no clear-cut choice of who should leave the marquee, both amateur bakers were able to continue for a further week.

Hollywood said: "As judges, it was an extremely difficult week for u, and Mary and I were going round in circles trying to make the right decision.

"We both decided that the only fair decision was that no one should go."

Berry (inset) said: "This became neck and neck. Paul and I have the same standards, so we both felt passionate about marking the bakes they had produced.

"As they were both so equal in our minds, it just didn't seem fair to eliminate one of them, so we decided on a draw."

Furniture restorer Henry said after hearing she would remain in the contest: "That was really tough. I am not very good at coming last."

Builder Burr said: "I think I dodged a bullet just then."

Berry said the series has been the best so far, with an "exceptional" standard of baking.

"The bakers are of a very high and even calibre, which made it even harder for us to choose between Kate and Richard," she said.

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