The lips have it! Record audience tunes in as 14million watch lipstick queen Candice crowned winner of the Bake Off tent - putting her in line to make £1million
- PE teacher Candice Brown crowned winner of The Great British Bake Off
- The glamorous 31-year-old triumphed in the royal-themed finale
- Millions of fans were left mourning the end of the show on the BBC
- Record 14m watched the last ever Bake Off final before it moves to Ch4
Her trademark pout and rather racy past left many questioning her suitability for the show.
But thanks to her flair for baking and imaginative creations, glamorous PE teacher Candice Brown was last night crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off.
It is understood that her victory on this year’s competition - the last on the BBC - already puts her in line to earn ‘over £1 million’ in the next 12 months.
An average of 14 million tuned in to watch the 31-year-old triumph in the royal-themed finale, compared with 13.4m who watched Nadiya Hussain last year.
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The moment glamorous PE teacher Candice Brown was crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off, putting her in line to earn around £1million in the next year
ane Beedle (right), Andrew Smyth and Candice Brown, who has been crowned champion of this year's Great British Bake Off
The PE teacher, 31, took the title ahead of rivals Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth and said it was the biggest moment of her life so far
Paul Hollywood hugging Candice Brown, who has been crowned champion of this year's Great British Bake Off
Candice Brown was overcome with emotion as she was announced at the winner of the show
She has made everything from a pub made entirely out of gingerbread to a picnic hamper fit for the Queen, all while wearing her trademark heels and lipstick
Miss Brown had been odds-on favourite going into the final, having been star baker three times in the series thanks to her ambitious bakes, including a peacock made out of marzipan
Glamorous PE teacher Candice Brown was crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off, putting her in line to earn around £1million in the next year
The figures peaked at 14.8m, compared with 14.5m for last year's final.
Miss Brown earned a handshake from Paul Hollywood for her four-tier meringue cake and impressed Mary Berry with a ‘humdinger’ of a showstopper.
However her new status as the Queen of Great British Bake Off did not come without several controversies along the way – with some questioning whether the lover of dramatically dark lipstick was suitable for the beloved white tent with its trademark bunting.
Miss Brown caused a stir before the series even began after it was revealed that her boyfriend had previously served 16 months in jail for dealing cannabis.
Liam Macaulay, 30, who she has been dating since 2012, and an accomplice were caught by police with six packs of cannabis worth an estimated £6,970 in their car while driving from Edinburgh to Inverness in 2009.
He later pleaded guilty to supplying the Class B drug.
It is understood that Miss Brown had nothing to do with the crime and was not dating him at the time.
Host Sue Perkins listens to Candice Brown's meringue sizzling after it is taken out of the oven
Andrew, Candice and Jane look anxious as the judges decide on whose dish was the best
She has attracted thousands of fans, many of whom have complimented her stylish appearance, although she was unpopular with some viewers due to her tantrums earlier in the series
The 31-year-old triumphed in the royal-themed finale, earning a handshake from Paul Hollywood for her four-tier meringue cake
Candice Brown celebrates after she is praised for her meringue dish by the judges
When she first appeared on the show she attempted to project a homely image, but it was pictures on her social media page that sent temperatures rising.
One image showed the London-born teacher, whose family ran pubs when she was growing up, flashing her legs in a 1920s style outfit, complete with fishnet stockings.
Another photograph showed her pouting her lips with a message calling for designer Marc Jacobs to cast her as one of his models.
Although she was unsuccessful in that particular endeavour, she was previously used as a hair model by a regional L’Oreal team.
Oh no! The teacher was extremely expressive about her concerns from her bread week fail as she discussed her bitter disappointment
Miss Brown had been odds-on favourite going into the final, having been star baker three times in the series thanks to her ambitious bakes, including a peacock made out of marzipan.
She attracted the support of thousands of fans, many of whom complimented her stylish appearance. But she was unpopular with some viewers due to her tantrums earlier in the series.
On several occasions she cried when receiving criticism, and during ‘bread week’ she came dangerously close to leaving the competition after serving raw dough and a collapsed chocolate loaf.
But in later weeks she rose to the top of the pack with increasingly ambitious bakes, and her trio of creations last night made her a clear winner over fellow finalists Andrew Smyth, 25, and Jane Beedle, 61.
The 31-year-old (pictured) revealed last month how having to produce a raspberry Bakewell tart during pastry week was particularly 'nostalgic' as it brought back fond memories
As well as glamorous selfies and pictures of her pug, Candice often posts snaps of her mouthwatering bakes on social media
Candice switches between baking in pajamas or high heels, and loves all things fashion and beauty. She rose to attention on the show for her bold lipstick shades
Candice Brown looks at old photographs with her mother and father by her side
Speaking after her victory, Miss Brown revealed she felt she ‘shouldn’t be in the tent’ earlier in the series and said winning the competition was the ‘biggest’ moment in her life.
Asked what she might do next, she said her ‘ultimate dream’ would be to own a ‘little vintage shop selling tea and cakes with random antiques’.
One source told the Daily Mail that her ‘cute and pretty’ nature would help her earn ‘over a million pounds’ in the next year through TV projects, book deals and perhaps even her own make-up range. Candice has already been snapped up by celebrity agency, Yellow Poppy Media, whose clients include BBC presenter Charlie Stayt, Strictly Come Dancing Star Brendan Cole and radio broadcaster Iain Dale.
Celebrity agent Jonathan Shalit said: ‘Candice is the most immediately accessible Bake Off winner – middle class, well spoken. I can imagine her doing a column for a paper or releasing a cookbook.
‘She is like a vintage, young Nigella Lawson. Adds a bit of sex appeal to baking. I’m confident she can earn £1million’
Candice often posts glamorous pictures of herself on social media
Pictured is Candice Brown (right in bottom image and centre in top image) with her grandmother who inspired her
A picture of a young Candice Brown which was shown on the BBC One show tonight
Candice (bottom left) often meets up with her fellow GBBO contestants, such as finalists Andrew Smyth (top left) and Jane Beedle (centre)
Candice is an aspiring model, and posted this snap in an attempt to work on a Marc Jacobs campaign
Candice Brown (pictured) could be the Bake Off's most divisive ever contestant
While she was shown last night celebrating with family and friends, millions of fans were left mourning the end of the show on the BBC as the credits rolled.
Such was the emotion from viewers that every innuendo and baking pun sparked hundreds of comments online, and Miss Berry’s final choice of vibrant blazer was lauded by her fans.
Commenting on the result, Berry said: ‘Well deserved for [Candice’s] determination and passion, she really has excelled. For her wonderful flavours, and everything always looked gorgeous.’
Hollywood added: ‘The standard was exceptionally high. Candice is very much all or nothing. When you look back on some of her bakes they have been beautiful. When she nails it, she is one of the best.’
Getting lippy: Candice, who describes herself as 'a whirlwind' in the kitchen, has become known for her facial expressions as she frustrated viewers with her many pouts and grimaces - all highlighted by her lipstick-stained lips
In a mood... The 31-year-old P.E. teacher revealed she found it 'heartbreaking' when she served raw bread in the third week when she stunned fans and hosts with her offerings of raw dough, a collapsed chocolate loaf and an ill-tempered tantrum
Candice adores her pug Dennis, and often posts about her pup on social media, such as in this adorable snap
Yesterday, Berry confirmed that she will work with presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins again, but joked that a future project may involve gardening instead of baking.
She told Chris Evans on Radio 2: ‘We have made no decisions whatsoever, we haven’t actually all three got together, but we will do something because we’re good pals, and who knows what it would be?
‘Well, it may not be baking, you never know, it could be gardening. I’m a very keen gardener you know.’
Hollywood will remain as a judge on The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 from next year.
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