Wednesday 22 November 2017

Bake Off is 'nicest show on TV' compared to 'vicious' X Factor, says Anna Nolan

Lilly Higgins-,Anna Nolan and Paul Kelly of The Great Irish Bake Off on Tv3. Picture Brian McEvoy
Lilly Higgins-,Anna Nolan and Paul Kelly of The Great Irish Bake Off on Tv3. Picture Brian McEvoy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Anna Nolan is championing the new series of The Great Irish Bake Off as the ultimate in family weekend viewing, unlike X Factor which she branded 'vicious'.

The hugely popular baking show returns to TV3 on Sunday night and Anna says it is "probably one of the nicest shows on television".

She adds, "It's feel good and there's not really much negativity, there's no turning chairs, people being voted off, and everything is really considered.

"I was watching the [X Factor's] Six Chair Challenge the other night and it was vicious, it was gladiatorial, and there's thumbs going up and down and you're like 'Oh my God!'

"[Bake Off] has a totally different feel".

The new series will see 12 contestants from all walks of life across the country go head to head to be crowned Ireland's best amateur baker.

Original judge Paul Kelly will be joined by newcomer, blogger and author Lily Higgins, in deciding who makes it through as the eight weeks progress.

"Bake Off is a very honest show, honest bakers, honest challenges, honest judges - just straight down the line," says Paul.

However, being honest with the contestants could sometimes seem harsh.

Lily admits she had difficulty initially to be critical of the contestants but soon got to grips with Paul's obsession with the three Ps - planning, precision, presentation.

"It's important from our point of view to give an honest opinion," says Paul.  "You can't be nicey nicey all the time, for their development as much as anything."

"And for the sake of the other bakers," adds Lily.

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