Last years winner, Rahul, has written a lovely message on InstagramFollowing the announcement of the new contestants, the hype for this year's Bake Off is only growing! Returning next week on Tuesday 27th August at 8pm on Channel 4, the first episode will be ninety minutes long. The show has been trending all day on Twitter, as the new contestants were released into the world. Being suddenly thrust into the limelight isn't always a smooth ride, as last year's winner Rahul can attest. Rahul wrote an amazingly sweet letter to the new bunch on Instagram, detailing how life will likely change for the new contestants. He discusses dealing with the press and social media, providing advice and offering help for any that need it. Isn't he just the sweetest?!
Rahul's LetterDear Alice, Rosie, Michael, Priya, Helena, David, Michelle, Jamie, Amelia, Dan, Steph, Henry and Phil, Bake Off is a journey and I am sure that you all have tried your best and done amazingly well. The hardest part is over now. The only thing is to do now is to 'be together' and enjoy. Be united, you all got 12 new friends for life. They are now part of your extended family, and you all are part of the ‘Bake-off family’! A very warm welcome to you all. Now, as the names are announced, things will start to change rapidly! You will be recognised in streets, supermarkets, shops, at your work, University and everywhere: and trust me 99.99% of the time it will be overwhelmingly positive. Embrace it. I know press and media can be a bit scary sometimes, but you are in the best hands. 'Love', is truly amazing, they will guide you through this journey. Whatever you do, just remember to be nice with others and stay positive. Social media is an important part of this journey and I am sure, it will be a good experience for all of you. However with any good things, there will always be some negative feedback and criticism, do take on board the positive criticism but don't let someone hiding behind their computer ruin your experience. Also, you will get lots of messages from people all over the world. Some of them might have different opinions on certain things, some of them will like some of you more than others. I am sure those people will realise one day that loving or liking someone doesn’t mean to hate the rest. Bake Off is the effort and hard work of a team of amazing people and it involves emotion of the whole country... But more than anything it is all about you lot: The 2019 baker’s dozen! You are going to live the moments you spent in the tent again. This is going be overwhelmingly happy, cheerful and emotional...all at the same time. You all are going to be in a ride you have ever been in your life. Enjoy!!! and please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help! Rahul
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