Paula’s Biggest Fan — Star Commentary

Next Food Network Star Season 8, Episode 8

Next Food Network Star Season 8, Episode 8

Contestant Martie Duncan of Team Alton presenting their dishes for the Star Challenge "SoBe Nikki Beach Family PArty" as seen on the Next Food Network's Star, Season 8.

Photo by: Edward Chen/Creel Films ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Edward Chen/Creel Films, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

As if the Miami sun wasn’t enough to heat up last week’s episode of Food Network Star, Paula Deen stopped by to attend the beach party the finalists threw for VIP guests at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. She and her son Bobby joined the mentors and network to taste and judge the remaining contestants’ dishes, and offer words of encouragement and constructive criticism to those who needed it.

No one had a better reaction to Paula’s arrival than Team Alton’s Martie. In one of the most endearing moments of the season, she became overcome with emotion and “is-this-real-life” thoughts, crying in the middle of the challenge, “This is a huge deal. I’m Martie Duncan from Birmingham, Alabama, and I’m cooking for Paula Deen!” Paula, too, became emotional during judging, saying that she “loved Martie the person” and “could identify with everything she said.” These two Southern gals were truly “birds of a feather,” as Martie put it.

Star viewer Arian @afgbruins21 couldn’t help but notice Martie’s over-the-top reaction to seeing and meeting the queen of Southern cuisine. “Dying Martie is fangirling over Paula Deen so hard I love it so cute #star,” she Tweeted, expressing the thoughts of the judges, mentors and fellow finalists, and earning our Fan Post of the Week.

Join the  #Star conversation on Twitter and Facebook and your comments may be featured in our weekly roundup of Fan Chatter.  

Who’s your favorite finalist still in the running? Don’t forget to cast your  Fan Vote  up to 10 times per day and tune in to this Sunday’s episode at 9pm/8c to see who from  #TeamAlton #TeamBobby  or  #TeamGiada  goes home next.

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