Blown Away: Christmas

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Edgar Valentine in Blown Away: Christmas.
Edgar Valentine in Blown Away: Christmas.
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Blown Away: Christmas




4/5 Stars


Five former Blown Away contestants return to the hot shop for this holiday special as they compete to earn the title of Blown Away: Christmas champ, winning $10 000 (R159 617) in cash, as well as a cash prize for charity.


Ah, Blown Away – the glass blowing competition I never knew I needed.

Five former Blown Away contestants (from seasons one and two) compete to win a $10 000 cash prize in this Christmas special. And because it's the season of giving, the winner also receives $10 000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Now, in case you have not realised it yet, the festive season is here! Yes, the time of year when we're filled with cheer and forced to listen to Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey every time we step into a retail store. Gotta love it!

Of course, it's also the time where reality competition shows get to cash in on Christmas specials – which usually means the format of the show remains exactly the same, but everything produced by contestants is holiday-themed, and sometimes if we're lucky, the host gets to wear a festive sweater.

Hey, bring on the Christmas specials, I say!

There's just something magical about them. And as we creep closer to our second year in lockdown, shows like these awaken a cosy memory of what the festive season used to be and a longing for what it will be again one day.

As a new glass blowing enthusiast, I was stoked to see Blown Away make a return, albeit only four episodes.

If you were a follower of the original Blown Away series (see our review for that here), then you will love seeing some fan-favourites return to the hot shop for this Christmas special.

While judge Katherine Gray makes a comeback too, host Nick Uhas is replaced by Queer Eye star Bobby Berk – with not a Christmas sweater in sight, might I add.

I do appreciate that the show was able to pull off the Christmas theme without feeling the need to make it over the top and, dare I say, tacky.

While I don't mind Bobby as the host of the special, I'll admit, I was surprised at the choice. That said, it does fit the theme of these types of shows hiring hosts who know little to nothing about the artistry that the series is centred on. Still, Bobby is an interior design expert, so he could make some valuable contributions when reviewing the artwork alongside Katherine.

With the format still the same, it's hard for me to point out any drawbacks, except, maybe, that I would have liked more episodes. I binged the entire show in one short sitting, but I guess that's the idea with a Christmas special.

Overall, Blown Away: Christmas delivers what's promised – a short, holiday-themed series that does not overstay its welcome. 


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