We knew it had to come – but still, the first elimination was so nerve wrecking!
The most stressful thing was, during the whole process, you had no idea what was going on.
Basically, this is how it all went down:
They gathered all the contestants in a room and sent us out to face the judges, Spike and Dale, in groups of 4 (None of the groups returned to the same room, so you didn’t know how many had made it through as you walked out).
Standing before the judges, all sorts of stuff went through my mind, and its funny how you start to question everything you’ve done over the past 3 days. Even though it can’t have been more than a couple of minutes, it felt like forever! By the time Spike announced that we had made it through to the next round, I was ready to pass out – from the nerves, from the heat and most likely, because I was so exited I think I forgot to breathe for a while.
Even though I was thrilled to make it through to the next round, I was also very sad to loose some of my fellow Grasshoppers (the group I was in during the first round of challenges), Stingers and Fogcutters. (the two other groups). During the competition we might have been competing against each other, but that didn’t mean we didn’t have time to become friends. I had a great time with this amazing group of people, and I’m so happy, now that the competition is over, we will spend the rest of our lives as friends!
Needless to say, it was a very emotional day!
Going from 44 bartenders down to 16 is quite a brutal cut, but of course, at the end of every competition there can only be one winner.
And if you thought this elimination was tough – the second one was brutal! But more on that later
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