CHESTER Bake Off finalist Steph Blackwell would have been voted out in episode three of the popular baking show if it had been decided by the public.

In contrast to many reality TV shows, such as The X Factor and The Voice, The Great British Bake Off results are not influenced by a public


The Channel 4 show is judged by two experts in the field, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, who took over from Mary Berry when the programme moved from the BBC, instead of being a popularity contest like other shows.

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The Bake Off finalists Steph, David and Alice

But what would the results show if Bake Off did rely on public opinion?

Compare My Move has crunched the numbers on the social data for series 10, analysing the bakers’ Instagram activity to reveal the outcome if the public could vote, whether getting dumped has an effect on their follower count and how much the contestants could earn from a single Instagram post.

Tie-wearing Henry Bird would have won the Bake Off by public vote based on a follower increase of 6,040%, with an impressive 107,153 following count.

Despite not even making the semi-final, Henry Bird can currently earn £461.47 per Instagram post and runner up Alice Fevronia can earn £333.54 per post.

Winner David Atherton would have been voted out in week seven based on followers, not even making it to the semi-final

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Henry Bird

Henry Bird gained an unprecedented increase of 29,200 followers after he left, and Michael Chakraverty saw 18,200 new followers after his exit

The most liked photos on Instagram all featured Henry Bird after he was eliminated from the competition, racking up a total of 100,700 likes

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Steph Blackwell

Finalist Stephanie Blackwell, who lives and works in Chester, would have left the show in week three if there was a public vote, with just 2,432 followers, despite proceeding to win ‘Star Baker’ a record-equalling four times.

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