Bake Off fans in tears as single dad Marc is sent home and narrowly misses out on next week's semi-final

BAKE Off fans were tonight left in tears when adorable baker Marc was the latest contestant to leave the show.

The Cornish single dad, 51, has been a fan favourite throughout the series, so viewers were sad when judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decided it was time for him to go.

It was Dessert week and all the Bakers had to raise their game to make it to next week's semi-final, but unfortunately Marc had one disaster after another.

The Bakers first faced a tough signature challenge which was to create a miniature version of the classic cheesecake.

The technical then dated back to a 17th Century Sussex Pond pudding and the showstopper was a Jelly Art Dessert Cake.

Poor Marc faced a tough time with all three challenges, with his showstopper fairing the worst – with Prue even saying she "felt sorry for him".

On hearing the news he was leaving Marc said: "I am feeling surprisingly ok actually.

"I came to the Bake Off to kind of face my anxieties, to face failure and to face all those things that people can be quite uncomfortable about dealing with.

"I have definitely learned a lot more about myself, and maybe
from what people have said, to give myself a bit more credit, which I don’t!’

Judge Paul said: "Marc was great and he has been on probably the biggest journey out of all the bakers this year.

"He started off pretty badly and then as each week has passed by he has got better and better and better, and it’s a shame to see him go."

Fans were also left sad to say goodbye to Marc with one saying: "Sitting here sobbing. Marc you should be so proud of yourself man"

While this one added: "I’m So gutted for Marc."

Another said: "When they announce that Marc's going home instead of Laura or Dave."

Elsewhere and Hermine was named Star Baker for the second week.

Next week the bakers will battle out in the semi-final.

The last four bakers will face three patisserie challenges to decide who will be going through to the grand final.

The signature round features plenty of alcohol, while the technical challenge sets the bakers the task of making pastry horns.

Finally, for the showstopper, they must use all the precision they can muster to construct a cake made entirely from smaller cakes.

  • Catch the Bake Off semi-final next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4

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