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Celebrity MasterChef fans in disbelief as Love Island’s Kem Cetinay avoids elimination

Did you agree with the judges' assessment?

Celebrity MasterChef fans could barely believe their eyes as Kem Cetinay made the semi-final last night (September 3).

Kem, 25, was selected to progress alongside Paralympic athlete Kadeena Cox – but fellow contestant Gavin Esler missed out.

Judge Gregg Wallace announced the Love Island star as the first famous face to go through to the next stage. And fellow judge John Torode admitted he was impressed with Kem’s efforts.

Kem Cetinay gets to work on Celebrity MasterChef
Celebrity MasterChef star Kem Cetinay is through to the semi (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

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Celebrity MasterChef: What did the judges say about Kem?

“Kem has become the surprise of the competition,” John said, reflecting on the reality star’s Turkish dishes.

“He served two courses I thought were faultless!”

Gregg added: “We loved it. The dining room loved it. Kem enjoyed doing it – John, it was great!”

Similarly, those watching at home seemed quite surprised at Kem’s achievement.

But not everyone was as supportive as Gregg and John.

John Torode gives his Celebrity MasterChef verdict
John Torode was impressed by Kem’s efforts (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

How did fans react to Kem?

Some viewers expressed on social media how impressed they were with Kem’s cooking.

One such person tweeted: “Kem’s had a brilliant round this has really surprised me #CelebrityMasterChef. Well done Kem.”

However, many others were perplexed at how he had even made it to this stage of the series.

“How has Kem Cetinay made it through to the final? He has been the worst. No way should Michelle Collins or Johannes have gone before him #CelebrityMasterChef,” one person claimed on Twitter.

How the hell did Kem get through?

Another wrote: “How the hell did Kem get through? I mean honestly! #CelebrityMasterChef.”

A third baffled person joked: “Kem: ‘I never thought I’d get this far.’ No mate, neither did we! #CelebrityMasterChef.”

Meanwhile, another person who wasn’t wowed indicated Kem’s cooking wasn’t all that, in their opinion.

They reflected: “Yesterday he stuffed a pepper and today he made some lamb chops. Come on Kem really? #CelebrityMasterChef.”

Celebrity MasterChef star Kem Cetinay is through to the semi
Not all Celebrity MasterChef viewers were quite as blown away (Credit: BBC iPlayer)

When is the Celebrity MasterChef 2021 final?

Kem and Kadeena join Bez, Su Pollard, Megan McKenna, Melanie Sykes, Dion Dublin and Joe Swash in the semi-finals.

However, that also means the grand finale to the series is nearly upon us.

The first semi-final is on the box next Wednesday (September 8).

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And finals week begins on Wednesday 15 September.

The climactic episodes for the Celebrity MasterChef 2021 final air on Thursday September 16 and Friday September 17.

– Celebrity MasterChef next airs on BBC One on Wednesday September 8 from 9pm.

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