Paul Hollywood wants Kimberley Walsh to sign up to full Bake Off series

As the former Girls Aloud singer wins the latest Sport Relief Bake Off, Hollywood says she’s got what it takes to return to the famous tent

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Last night former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh triumphed in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off – and judge Paul Hollywood thinks she’s good enough to sign up to the full series.

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“There’s signs there of a great baker, I’d even say, go and get the application form filled in for this year’s Bake Off,” Hollywood enthused.

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While Walsh started off with a “sinking feeling” – her cheesecake-themed muffins struggling to keep their shape – she offered up a tasty meat pie during the technical challenge and then knocked it out of the park with her extreme sports-themed ‘showstopper’ cake.

Her yoghurt cake was inspired by her 2009 efforts for Sport Relief, which saw her climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

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“It’s well thought out and actually well baked,” Hollywood said.

Walsh saw off stiff competition from politican Ed Balls, who was gently teased by fellow baking celeb Victoria Coren Mitchell for ‘gilding the lily’ with his intricate bakes.

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Football pundit Chris Kamara offered up a sponge that delighted Hollywood – “In fact one of the best ones I’ve had this year” – but struggled with a fondant model of himself body boarding, which was compared to a squished ET. 

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