Despite impressing the judges with a chocolate, liquorice ice-cream, the ‘Sweet Queen’ was eliminated from the Back to Win series. But it was her emotional exit under the new social distancing rules that really left viewers devastated.
The rules didn’t allow any other contestants to hug Jess after judges told her she would be eliminated from the competition. Leaving Jess and the other cooks standing apart from each other in tears.
“All of the contestants standing apart crying individually and watching Jess leave is some sort of sick metaphor for 2020 tbh,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“Jess crying by herself with nobody being able to hug her is a weirdly devastating portrait of this moment in history,” another agreed, with plenty of others dubbing the moment ‘hard to watch’ or even ‘cruel’.
The fact that no one could hug her while she was crying was so hard to watch— Lia (@LiaMirch) May 31, 2020
Frig that was the most heart wrenching elimination. If anyone deserves a HUGE hug it’s Jess. The kindest soul.— Ooh Lah Lah (@oohlahlah09) May 31, 2020
Watching her having to cry on her own was the WORSF. 😭😭😭💔💔💔
Damn #MasterChefAU got me bawling this week. #MasterChef pic.twitter.com/KbuNIqnaAE
Eliminating Jess when she’s not allowed to hug anyone should be a CRIME #MasterChefAU— Lan (@thatslantastic) May 31, 2020
Jess first appeared in Season 10 of MasterChef in 2019, making top 5 that season.
She said she was devastated to be leaving but still thankful.
“I am leaving sad, but I’m also leaving very thankful and grateful. I’ve done so much in my time and now, I feel like I’ve got more capabilities to go further in the industry and really make my dreams come true.”
Things like group hugs and high fives were off the table, and contestants were spaced out to compete.
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