Believe me, there's alot that hits the floor that would change the nature, if not the outcome of the show. A friend worked on the production crew two years ago. He related that contrary to the show's promotional claims, the judges' panel is hugely influenced by the producers. There was the issue this year of a frozen yogurt not freezing. The contestant (Carla, I believe) would have been eliminated, but the freezer that didn't function is one of the show's sponsor's appliances. In the case of the pounded and rolled lamb...we won't know if the chef commented at judges' table, "When I butchered it, it was pretty clear that it was tough as nails and would have been inedible without tenderizing it." Remember, she'd won an episode earlier for roasting lamb perfectly. She knew its level of tenderness. We've all run into a tough animal, irrespective of the animal's age.
Folks, it's television...entertainment for the masses. Some contestants will stick because they make good TV. Jeff, just eliminated, hadn't really created much personna. It was pretty clear he'd be eliminated. That said, I enjoy the show, but I also love Giada's smile and cleavage. Giada