If You Can't Stand the Heat. Bake-Off Contestants' Psychological Tests to See If They Can Handle Criticism. Most Can't

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If You Can't Stand the Heat. Bake-Off Contestants' Psychological Tests to See If They Can Handle Criticism. Most Can't


Byline: NICOLA METHVEN TV Editor

YOU wouldn't know it from all the weeping, but Great British Bake-Off contestants have psychological tests to see if they are mentally strong enough to handle flak on the show.

Experts check them out to make sure they won't crumble when it comes to criticism over culinary disasters. But fans may feel some of the amateur cooks with weaker resolves are slipping through the testers' net, judging by the torrent of tears on recent episodes.

The series has come in for criticism after almost all the bakers broke down at some point.

One show insider explained: "It's important to check they are fully equipped to go on screen. We have a duty of care towards them. It's our responsibility to ensure they are going to be all right. We're not going to put someone in front of the cameras if they are not going to be able to cope with it."

The psychological tests are normally given to contestants on reality shows such as I'm a Celebrity and Big Brother. This is thought to be the first time they have been used on amateur cooks.

Bake-Off host Paul Hollywood yesterday confirmed the tests take place. He blamed the excessive crying on "the pressure" contestants come under. …

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