And according to Laurence, things are set to get even more dramatic at home base as the competition progresses.
‘There were a couple of times when Drew was on the verge of tears,’ judge Laurence jokes.
‘We’d been tough on a couple of contestants and very tough on some of the stuff that they’d done, and they were so passionate in their defence of what they’d done and so passionate about why they were taking the risks they were taking.
'It was tough love and it wasn’t rude, but suddenly they wanted to tell us what to do!
‘They’re very feisty. They know that we want to hear from them.’
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