After struggling in the first two rounds, the judges said he needed a miracle to survive, unfortunately his vol au vents were more disastrous than miraculously and the magnificent seven were reduced to six. The Signature Bake, a frangipan tart, finally gave us our first soggy bottoms, and innuendoes galore, when Sue and Mel discovered there were plums! There was a spilt in the camp over whether or not the pastry case should be blind baked, and I surely cant have been the only viewer to have enjoyed the moment when Paul Hollywood wiped the smug grin from Ians face, telling him he should have used baking beans and baked twice. The technical challenge was a flaouna, which Paul described as the toughest challenge yet. Tough, no, ridiculous. Minimal instructions for some unheard of pastry thing with cheese and poppy seeds, surely success was more luck than skill. And dont get me started on vol au vents. A bit tricky yes, but hardly a Showstopper challenge in terms of scope and aesthetics. Mats were amazing, Pauls were anaemic and hideous , Tamals were messy, but delicious Ians were neat, but not Ian, Nadiya, who messed up her pastry, provided stunning fillings, Floras were brave and Alvins left the judges lost for words, or positive ones, anyway. Mat was deservedly crowned Star Baker and Nadiya, who failed to make a vol au vent case, was left wondering how on earth she survived to face another week.