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We're down to the final four on Top Chef, and it's not really a surprise who gets to head to Napa Valley: Kevin, Bryan, Michael V, and Jennifer. Very predictable. In fact, I predicted that they would be the final four 6 weeks ago, and there was no disagreement about the names, just about the order:

Is a predictable final four a bad thing? I have read other places that it's bad because there's no drama and suspense that way. But I prefer it this way. I don't like it when there is an upset and a really good chef goes home early for one failure. I end up sort of liking these people, and I want to see the best chefs make it to the end, even if that means forgiving a badly executed dish somewhere along the way. I don't want to see someone so-so sneak into the finals. I think there was plenty of drama surrounding the order the next tier of competitors would be eliminated, and there will be plenty of suspense and drama about the last two episodes.

(I find it odd that I'm saying this, because I spend every March glued to the TV watching the NCAA basketball tournament rooting for the underdogs, hoping for upsets, even to the detriment of my own bracket picks (but not to the detriment of my favorite team), because I want to see another George Mason make the final four. I can't quite wrap my head around why I root for upsets in sports, but not in reality TV shows.)

So who will win now? I think the front-runner is Kevin, who has been consistently winning all season. But the finals often seem to have unexpected results (I think nobody was picking Hosea last season).
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