By Joanna Crawley For Mailonline
Published: 01:14 BST, 22 August 2019 | Updated: 07:57 BST, 22 August 2019
The 2019 Great British Bake Off line-up is the youngest ever with an average age of 31.
And judge Paul Hollywood, who is famously tough to please, has admitted emotions were high among the young bakers during filming, with tears flowing thanks to his harsh critiques.
Speaking ahead of the new series which begins on Channel 4 on Tuesday, the judge, 53, confessed he was extra tough on the amateur bakers because of their age.
Tough: Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has admitted emotions were high among the young bakers during filming for the 2019 series
In an interview with The Mirror, Paul recalled of filming in the famous tent: 'There were times when there was a bit of a disaster on one of the technicals. I walked in and saw it and sort of had a go at them, which caused a little bit of emotion.'
'Yes I made them cry. They're more pack animals now. Upset one and they all get upset.'
Paul added that the young ages of the bakers meant he 'hardened up a little bit this year actually.'
Hopefuls: The 2019 Great British Bake Off line-up is the youngest ever with an average age of 31, and Paul admits he made many of them cry during filming
'When they're younger, they need to start somewhere and sometimes they don't listen. A couple of them didn't listen and I went over and taught the point again and again and again and again, and they still didn't get it.
'The ones that did start to listen, to both Prue [Leith] and I... got better. There's a couple of them that didn't, that just fell away, because you need to listen.'
This year's eagerly awaited series is championing younger cake makers as the line-up is made up of seven people in their 20's, while the oldest contestant is 56, and the average age inside the tent is 31.
Back for more: For the third year the show will be hosted by fan favourites Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig and judged by Paul and Prue Leith
And, to be expected, the competitors are a diverse group of amateur bakers including a geography teacher, a fashion designer, a HGV driver and vet.
The series has also boosted its numbers with 13 bakers taking part, instead os the usual 12.
For the third year the show will be hosted by fan favourites Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig and judged by Paul and Prue Leith.
Sandi and Noel joined the baking show when it moved from BBC to Channel 4 in 2017, where they replaced Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, who had hosted the show for six years.
Also deciding not to make the move to the channel was Mary Berry.
The new series of The Great British Bake Off will begin on Channel 4 on August 27 at 8pm.
Ouch: Paul recalled of filming in the famous tent: 'There were times when there was a bit of a disaster on one of the technicals. I walked in and saw it and sort of had a go at them'
Piece of cake: Geography teacher Alice uses her baking creations to to demonstrate natural events to her student
Sew in love with baking: Amelia is a sportswear designer who worked on her baking skills when she was at university
Occupation: Geography teacher
Why Bake Off? Alice started baking at the age of 15 when a back operation for scoliosis left her unable to do sport. She now uses her cakes in her lessons, demonstrating natural events such as coastal erosion and volcanic activity with her edible creations