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baking up a storm Celebrity British Bake Off viewers react to Nadine Coyle's famous pronunciation of 'flour'

The Derry native cooked up a storm when she put on the apron to go up against paralympian Ade Adepitan, TV presenter Anneka Rice and comedian John Bishop.


Former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle proved baking was nothing more than “wee buns” when she took to the Great British Celebrity Bake Off tent for the final episode of the series.

The Derry native cooked up a storm when she put on the apron to go up against paralympian Ade Adepitan, TV presenter Anneka Rice and comedian John Bishop for the coveted star baker award last night.

The episode, part of Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer (SUTC) fundraising line-up, saw the 35-year-old miss out on star baker to Anneka, but she did get off to a good start with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, despite her nervousness.

“This is not the day to be trying out a brand-new organic deodorant,” she remarked.

The first challenge, the signature bake, saw the contestants tasked with making eight, equally-sized filled choux buns.

Nadine’s love of a cocktail on a beach meant she opted for a tropical coconut and lime flavour, with a filling of creme diplomat (creme patisserie folded with whipped cream) complete with a topping of lime icing and toasted coconut.

The singer, who went viral for her pronunciation of “flour” during a 2010 appearance on Sunday Brunch, repeated her unique take on the word a she prepared to bake choux buns in the signature round.

The 35-year-old declared: “Butter and then we do the flour.”

Except her particular version of the word sounds more like “flouer”, according to one fan.

“As if #GBBO got Nadine to say ‘flouer’ three minutes in. Incredible memory,” said one person on Twitter..

Another wrote: “Can’t believe we’ve been blessed with Nadine Coyle saying Flour again,” while someone else added: “NADINE COYLE JUST SAID ‘FLOUR’ I REPEAT.”

“She said it. She said Fleeourr. We deserve this,” wrote a fourth user.

Another person said: “Nadine Coyle saying ‘floyurrrr’ is all the serotonin I need for today,” with someone else writing: “We’re all here waiting for Nadine Coyle to say ‘flour’, aren’t we?”

“Watching celebrity bake off waiting for Nadine Coyle to say “floyer” just one time,” added another.

Both Prue and Paul were very impressed by her first efforts.

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Nadine Coyle appearing on The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up Cancer

Nadine Coyle appearing on The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up Cancer

Nadine Coyle appearing on The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up Cancer

Nadine’s baking skills then faltered like a soufflé removed from an oven too soon when it came to the dreaded technical bake.

This time contestants were challenged to create 12 identical coffee and walnut financiers, small French rectangular cakes decorated with a buttercream icing and crushed caramel.

“I don’t know what I’m doing but I don’t think that’s a surprise,” said Nadine.

Unfortunately after a mishap at the fridge which saw her drop some of the cakes, the former I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant was ranked in last place, with her bakes undercooked in the middle.

Anneka and John, who performed strongly in the first two challenges, were going into the final showstopper challenge as contenders for the coveted star baker apron.

Tasked with creating a chocolate cake themed around one of their dreams on their bucket lists, Anneka opted to create an action scene, reminiscent of her days presenting ‘Challenge Anneka’ and John produced a tennis court and Ade carved out a sports arena out of chocolate and orange sponge.

The pressure was on the Derry Girl to bring herself back into contention with her ‘Trip to Venice’ cake decorated with blue icing to resemble the Italian city’s canals.

Taking a brief break, Nadine told presenter Matt Lucas that a “very close friend” had been diagnosed with cancer, and initiatives like SU2C were crucial.

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Nadine Coyle and Matt Lucas.

Nadine Coyle and Matt Lucas.

Nadine Coyle and Matt Lucas.

While she did not disclose who that person was, her ex-Girls Aloud bandmate, Sarah Harding recently revealed that she is unlikely to see another Christmas due to breast cancer.

At the final judging round, the judges raved about Nadine’s cake. “I think you’ve got a problem there. I think people will be asking for that cake again, maybe not in that appearance but I think the actual cake itself is beautiful... perfectly baked,” said Paul.

The best comment, however, goes to Anneka, who remarked: “Frankly all we want to do is bury our faces in Nadine’s moist sponge.”


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