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The Bake Off Finalists…

Holly, Jo and Mary-Anne will be the battling bakers in The Final of The Great British Bake Off.

The trio was overwhelmed by emotions after successfully making it beyond a fiercely contested Semi Final, which culminated in Janet departing the show after failing to impress with her pastries.

“I feel very emotional but in a really nice way,” explained a stunned Holly, before adding: “I’m never lost for words being me, but I am a little bit!” She soared through to The Final after dazzling the judges with her Iced Fingers, which thawed Paul Hollywood enough for him to state that “the colour, the texture, the flavour – it was all there.”

Jo was similarly astounded. The Star Baker from the Quarter Final beamed: “I really am totally gobsmacked! I really can’t honestly truly believe it”. She survived despite a dip in the Technical Challenge, in which she came third. Her impressive array of pastries in the Final Challenge ensured her less than smooth passage into The Final.

The opening Signature Bake looked anything but smooth for Mary-Anne when she discovered she had put part of the sponge the wrong way round on her Chocolate and Orange Mousse Cake. Nonetheless, the judges overlooked the gaffe in favour of extolling the quality of the baking. On her survival, Mary-Anne said: “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I managed to survive despite my baking efforts today. I’m not going to dwell on it… clean slate next week and everything to play for.”

The finalists have a Street Party to cater for in The Final. Have your party hats and kazoos by your side on Tuesday at 8pm, as it’s sure to be a rollercoaster ride to the finish line!