Food Network Star Exit Interview: Jyll Everman
The roller coaster that is the integrity of Food Network Star appears to have bottomed out again. This season has been filled with unsavory characters, questionable judgements and startling revelations. The resemblance this season is having to season four is shocking. Watching this season makes me feel dirty.
At least one contestant has alleged that the show was scripted. Coincidentally we’ve discovered that another was actually an actress. And last night we saw a classic example of editing betraying reality. To watch last night’s episode as it aired one might believe that Jyll actually was the one who should have been sent home.
However, if you watch the actual performances of each contestant from the Rachael Ray Show web site you’ll see something completely different. First off, Jyll had an extraordinary performance. Not only did she win the cupcake challenge (curious how that didn’t make the final edit) but her performance on Rachael Ray was fantastic. She had one half second stammer when answering a question that Network editing turned into a 3 to 4 second brain freeze by splicing together several camera angels of the same micro-expression. Jyll’s over all performance was the best of the episode yet she was sent home.
The other thing you’ll see watching the full performances is that Vic wasn’t quite as bad as the judges let on and Susie’s demo went much worse than the editing would lead you to believe. Susie’s performance was obviously the weakest and, sweet though she may be, she should have been the one sent home. Remember that should Susie prove to be this season’s winner.
As for Jyll, she showed what an amazing person she is handling the situations with Penny and Wolfgang Puck with grace and professionalism. For all of Susie Fogelson’s complaints about Jyll seeming fake, I just never saw it. Perhaps it is borne from the natural cynicism of a New Yorker – no one is really that happy so she must be faking it.
If you trip over to Jyll’s Facebook page you can read her account of things. It will give you an idea of how it looked from the other side of the lens. “Like,” you ask?
You might be surprised to learn that Jyll was in the top group for six out of eight camera challenges, three of which she won. You wouldn’t know that because most of it was edited out. Here’s another nugget – the dish that got Jyll picked to be on the show was arancini or fried balls of risotto. The POV Jyll mentioned on Rachael Ray that Susie and Bob said “came out of nowhere” was in truth their suggestion.
Oh, remember Alicia saying that the dessert challenge was nothing like it appeared on the final edit? Jyll also reveals that the footage was thoroughly misrepresented as well. Jyll’s other bombshell is about those contestant journals – the contestants were never told their journals would be published for the world to read.
You were involved in three of the most memorable scenes this season in exchanges with Howie, Penny and Wolfgang Puck. How were you able to handle each with such dignity and grace?
It’s all about perspective. I’m one of those people that really believes that if something is challenging you and pushing you to be someone who you aren’t you step back and you need to learn from it. You can grow from it and move on especially with “WolfGate” – which is what we call it in our house. You just have to try and find the positive if you can.
If someone you cared about was considering going on Food Network Star what would you tell them?
I would tell them that they have no idea what they’re in for. When you go into it all you’re thinking of is the competition aspect of it. You’re not thinking about what’s it going to be like if I can’t call home or I don’t get to sleep. Get up early, go to bed late. It’s a grueling schedule and then on top of it have to compete in front of cameras, judges and millions of people, there’s no way to prepare for that. I would tell them you need to go in strong and believing in what you do and knowing that it’s going to be the most challenging thing you’ll ever do.
How much has interest in your company, Jyllicious Bites, changed since Food Network Star premiered?
Just recently my business has started to boom. I had a little lady at church the other day tell that everyone assumed I was still filming so now that it’s getting toward the end, even today I’ve already gotten three phone calls for catering.
I didn’t go on this show to be famous and I didn’t go on this show to be rich. I went on this show because my husband and I work so hard everyday in an attempt to make our mortgage payment. The economy has really hit us so I went on this show to try and make a better life for us. And now if I’m getting catering coming in then I’ve won. It’s exactly what I came to do and if I got a show out of it that would have been amazing. But the fact that my business is about to pick up I feel like I’ve already won.
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Be sure to stop by each Monday for my exclusive mourning after exit interviews with each exiled foodie (HERE). This year I have also added the WTVC (WannabeTVchef) Food Network Star Polls – six categories for contestants who best embody the spirit of former Food Network Star competitors. Be sure to check them out HERE. Click HERE to get all the news, gossip and snark on Food Network Star season 7.