Then there were three. Remaining bakers Candice, Jane and Andrew will go head to head in tonight’s final, where they will be baking to a Queen’s birthday theme. Who will follow in the footsteps of Edd, Jo, John, Frances, Nancy and Nadiya by becoming the 2016 Great British Bake Off champion?
PE teacher Candice, 31, has been backed heavily by punters and bake off fans alike with the bookmakers making her the strong favourite at best-price 2/7. The teacher from Bedfordshire has impressed the judges throughout the series and has been crowned star baker on three occasions – more than any other contestant. Candice has been a front-runner from the off, catching the attention of viewers as early as week two when she presented judges with her audacious gingerbread pub showstopper. The short price reflects her chances tonight.
The bookies make Jane the second favourite at 5/1. The 61-year-old won star baker in week one with an impressive chocolate orange mirror glaze cake but has failed to repeat the feat since. The garden-designer has gone very much under the radar on her route to the final. She hasn’t grabbed the limelight as much as other bakers, but this is not a public vote and she will be hoping to impress Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her final bake.
Providing the best value heading into the final is 25-year-old aerospace engineer, Andrew. Priced as long as 11/2, he is considered the outsider by bookmakers. Renowned for his creativity, Andrew will be hoping he can keep it together in the final and stake a claim for the title. The Northern Irishman won star baker in last week’s semi-final, as well as on one other occasion, and goes in the final as Candice’s main threat. With Andrew at best-price 11/2, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Candice slips up tonight.