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Fans react to Great British Bake Off with Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig and Prue Leith  

Was GBBO enjoyable without Mel, Sue or Mary?

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
30 August 2017
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The premiere of The Great British Bake Off aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday evening, introducing viewers for the first time to the show's new presenters, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, and judge, Prue Leith, as well as the 12 new competitors. Fans of the show took to social media to discuss the first series without Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and Mary Berry. One wrote: "One minute in and I feel like I'm cheating on Mary, Mel and Sue," while another joked: "Just imagine the group chat between Mary, Mel and Sue right now... #GBBO."

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The first episode of the new series aired on Tuesday

In a poll conducted on HELLO!'s Twitter account, viewers voted on how they felt about the new series, with 30 per cent having enjoyed it, 54 per cent needing to see more to decide, and just 16 per cent against it. In the first episode, the new competitors were tasked with baking a fruity cake in their first challenge, a set of chocolate mini rolls for the technical task, and an 'illusion' cake for the showstopper round. The bakers produced an incredible range of cakes, and the showstoppers, including a watermelon cake, a cake that looked like a BLT sandwich, and a pile of blueberry pancakes. Discussing the beautiful bakes, one person wrote: "I actually really enjoyed new #GBBO and the illusion cake challenge blew my mind," while another added: "Love the showstopper of an illusion cake! Hope they will have it in later seasons as well. Such great and fun results!"

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Fans praised the new team

Steven walked away with the first Star Baker award (and a Paul Hollywood handshake!) after impressing the judges with his BLT sandwich cake. He was congratulated on Twitter, with one fan writing: "Never really watched GBBO before but that's me hooked. The boy Steven done superb with his showstopper. Feel like a cuppa tea and cake now." Another wrote: "One of the best cakes ever on the show, it was spectacular!"

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