The Contenders
#7) Micah Fields (22): Micah had a bad week this week. He chose the wrong dish to make in the quickfire, as the Olive Garden lady didn’t even know what his food was, calling a tamale a “taco.” His main dish also landed in the bottom, although he seemed to just have the wrong ratio of components and Tom only gave him a slight slap on the wrist for it. Micah’s young, and he needs to be on his A game to compete with the best of the best.

#8) Bart Vandaele (21): One week after finally being singled out for a winning quickfire dish, Bart returned to his nondescript self with an elk dish that received a pretty positive response from the judges. It wasn’t enough to put him in the high group, but it was enough to net him his fourth straight safe/ middle of the pack showing. Putting out pretty good dishes will likely keep him around for another few weeks, but as the shitty places get chopped off, pretty good is going to start turning into not good enough.

#9) Danyele McPherson (21): Danyele seems like a broken woman. She was ready to put herself in the bottom before the judges even tried her food, and even worse, she offered up a couple of horrible voiceovers about not being sure whether she has what it takes to compete at this level. That’s loser talk, and if she doesn’t right the ship quickly, she’ll be heading home. Luckily, since she actually seems to have some talent and found herself safe for the first four weeks, it’s not hopeless yet.

#10) Josh Valentine (20): Josh has actually been pretty good during the quickfires. He was singled out as one of the three best again this week, but for whatever reason, he’s been godawful during the elimination challenges. This was the third week in a row he’s been up for elimination in the low group. This time it was for a giant, unseasoned hunk of pork. Josh needs to improve immediately. I highly doubt the judges will let him come back from the chopping block for a fourth time in a row.

#11) Josie Smith-Malave (16): Josie has been in the middle over the last several weeks, but despite her high confidence, she hasn’t shown any real capacity to create a dish that has wowed the judges. In fact, she would already be gone from this competition if she hadn’t had one brief moment of inspiration in a quickfire and landed immunity. Her turkey flub from a few weeks ago was one of the worst mistakes in Season 10, and until she creates a legitimately great dish, I doubt she’ll move very far up in the power rankings.

Here’s a look at how each of the two ballots shook out:

John Tesar (18)
Stefan Richter (17)
Sheldon Simeon (16)
Kristen Kish (15)
Brooke Williamson (14)
Lizzie Binder (13)
Micah Fields (12)
Josh Valentine (11)
Bart Vandaele (10)
Danyele McPherson (9)
Josie Smith-Malave (8)
John Tesar (18)
Sheldon Simeon (17)
Kristen Kish (16)
Stefan Richter (15)
Lizzie Binder (14)
Brooke Williamson (13)
Danyele McPherson (12)
Bart Vandaele (11)
Micah Fields (10)
Joshua Valentine (9)
Josie Smith-Malave (8)

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