Team Alton Cracks the Top Three: Your Week Two Picks Revealed

by in Food Network Star, May 29, 2012

Our week two Fan Vote tally is in, and Team Giada's Martita Jara and Ippy Aiona continue to duke it out for first place. Martita regained her preseason lead this week with 24% of your votes, while Ippy stayed strong at 21%. But this week, Team Giada's sweep of the top three was broken as Team Alton's Emily Ellyn claimed third place with 11% of the vote.

Will Team Alton keep gaining momentum after their "unofficial" win in the Chopped desserts challenge?

The in-season Fan Vote resets each week, so make sure to cast your vote for your favorite finalist up to 10 times per day.

Check out the complete list of Week Two Fan Vote results:

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  1. wannabechef says:

    Something is up with the Fan Favorite vote!!! I followed the vote closely last week. Ippy was in the lead all week, then Martita made up 7% (17% to 24%) of the votes Saturday morning (a matter of 5 hours) to take the lead from Ippi. Don't get it??

    • AndreaBC says:

      LOL, of course all their friends and family are voting! These "fans polls" are completely meaningless..they are won by whoever can drum up the most votes from friends and family and their friends via social media.

      • Food Fan says:

        And this is why I'm a bit leery abut letting us fans pick the winner this year?
        But Im a bit confused over it. Didnt someone post that Guy Fieri said we viewers would pick the winner this year? If so, then, as AndreaBC and Jerilee talk about: we can get our family, friends, facebook pals, etc. etc to vote for whoever and steer the vote this way or that way. Yes, people *should* have their own mind and voice and opinion, but:
        A) many are simply uninvolved. But if you are their friend and a vote for whoever is good enough for you, they'll just agree cuz yer friends and they like you, but they may not follow the show near as much as you or I. So then, whoever has the biggest army of twitter-followers has the most power. Not everyone has equal amounts. So even if "everybody does it", it still a numbers-game. I say: 1 vote, for 1 person, 1 time. ...and then to add to the confusion....i think it was "mel" who mentioned that its already been decided and the winners next 4 shows are in-the-can. So then, how can the public vote or decide on the winner? When and where did us viewers already vote for the winner? I feel like I'm missing something here.

    • Jerilee says:

      Don't forget each person can vote 10x a day. Depending on how many fans....that can add up to a lot of votes!!! If I coul get everyone I know that has Facebook to vote my fan, and all those do the same, you can see how the vote can change!!!

    • SkepticalFan says:

      I agree. If you get everyone on your friend list to vote for your fave, then I am sure all the other contestants are doing the exact same thing, so I don't see it changing that dramatically unless something is rigged.

      • Food Fan says:

        Its not enough to say others are doing the same thing. Some people have ALOT more followers on twitter, or Facebook friends, so it isnt balanced. I say, track it by computer IP address. One vote, One person, One time.
        Furthermore---I do hope "the Powers-that-be" will give *more* weight to what people actually write in these forums and just glancing at some quickie online poll.

        • Food Fan says:

          oops...-rather than-- just glancing at a poll.

        • SkepticalFan says:

          I agree 100%! If you read the comments on here, then I do not believe that the fan vote is accurate at all.

          • Food Fan says:

            About 10 minutes ago, Josh was still listed in the fan-vote and he's already been eliminated.

    • wannabechef says:

      I wish food network could give the actual vote count and not only the percentage for each contestant.

      • Vinny says:

        At first I was annoyed that they didn't but then I thought about it...and that might make it even more lopsided. If your fans can see you are 50K votes behind, it would put them off and make them think their 10 measly votes won't mean jack. And if ALL your fans start thinking that...well, you're screwed! lol I'm pretty sure they put some thought into why they don't.

    • Vinny says:'s called Facebook. ;-) Let's do the math.

      10 votes each. If you have a huge list of friends on Facebook, Twitter,, it's pretty easy.

      So....300 people x 10 = 3,000 votes. That's not even counting promos, local media, newspapers. Ippy is from the small islands in Hawaii. I gather he's got all the votes there. You then take all of Martita's friends, the entire Latin community in southern California who is actually watching...all the guys who like looking at curvacious women...and well, 7% is actually nothing.

    • to skeptics says:

      I agree with the comment about, there being a lot of comraderie between the teams and on that note, i'd like to say name calling is uncessary. Someone used the word cheater. There are many things that factor into a following. it's a popularity contest and we all know Team giada is built of people who have a lot of friends. They are all so vibrant, welcominig, and even Emily (team Alton) said, team Giada could be qualified "cheerleaders" (aka the popular kids). I live in Martita's area and let me tell you, the girl is working! i've heard her on the radio, her facebook is very active, and i've seem her posters and foodnetwork literature everywhere; from any mom-and-pop, to the hottest dining spots of Downtown San Diego. I follow her facebook and she has lots of sisters, friends, and family in Southern California who all help with posting voting reminders, regularly. Ippy is another who is way up there and it's no coincidence that he is team Giada. Also, i'm glad Emily is getting up there, I like her, she adorable.

      • Hayley says:

        Emily's Facebook (personal and fan page) is also quite active. It is clear she has a LOT of supporters on her side. I also like that she takes the time to interact with every single person who encounters her page to lend support, give cooking advice, and educate. I think that says a lot about who she is and where she's business or not!

        • Vinny says:

          If she doesn't win this, I think it's safe to say someone will hire her for TV anyway. If not for her very own show, as a guest/commentator/you-name-it. But then, I can say the same for Martita, Ippy and Yvan. I think Giada has a good eye for TV talent. Well, except for that whole Josh thing :-P

    • To Skeptics says:

      I love all three, Giada, Bobby, and Alton.
      The fan vote may very well be meaningless to us but the Food Network is not a rookie network and i'm sure, has purpose for it.
      In response to fan vote dependency on whoever has the "geekyest" friends-- that cute, and could very well be true but i'm sure these contestants are sworn to contract about everything and who would want to blow their chance for a 'fan vote' that has not really defined what it means, anyway. Best of luck to all! keep cookin'!

    • homecook says:

      she is phony

    • retiredvermonter says:

      Must be Linkie's family and friends are all voting for her 10 times a a day! She has NOTHING to offer, and we'd never watch her show, if she won.

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  3. Athena says:

    Go Emily!!!

  4. Michelle says:

    Nikki needs to put her hair up. During the Chopped scene, her hair was all over the place (I wouldn't want to eat from a chef that has their hair all hanging down if front of them). She finally tied her hair back for the next challenge. Yeah!!! My husband and I were LOL!!

  5. Alexia says:

    As a chef the only 3 people who I think can hold there own show are : Ippy, Justin and Martita. Hope Ippy wins - his take would fit in well with the food network.

    • SkepticalFan says:

      And Justin grabbing the octupus in one of the previews totally grossed me out.

      • Jerilee says:

        Have you never grabed a live octopus? That's the only way to get them out of the tank!!!

        • SkepticalFan says:

          Oh, I understand completely that's the way to get them out. Doesn't mean I want to see it happen. Just like I wouldn't want to watch someone gut a fish. That's just my own personal opinion. It grosses me out, so I would stay clear.

  6. Marc says:

    I only hope whomever wins gets a non-reality-show show in prime-time. Guy is getting lonely.

    • Bev says:

      What is a non-reality-show show?

      • Jerilee says:

        A show that is real, but not real. Like some of the re-runs on FN. Namely DDD. Really, how many times do have to show it??? Every other day for hours and hours! Enough is enough. I realize Gut is popular, but there is a thing called TOO MUCH!!!!

  7. SkepticalFan says:

    I don't think I would like Martita's mexican spin on everything, so I'm out.

  8. Food Fan says:

    I think several contestants are serious contenders.
    But I dont wanna see any of them limited or confined.

    The bad thing about Point-of-View (in my opinion) is:
    as soon as you declare any point of view, there is far too much of a tendency to put-them-in-a-box and limit the person to their point of view. And if they do anything else or try to show some variety of talent and range, they are somehow not-being-true-to-their-roots or who they are. Baloney!! I absolutely want a Cook who is NOT just a "one-trick Pony." if Food Network wants a specialty-niche person for a given season or next show---then just be up-front and say so! Otherwise, its completely fake to act as if everyone has a chance and its anyone's game. But dont LIMIT and CONFINE the contestants!
    When I can point to a Cook (female or male)--and honestly and enthusiastically say:
    "THAT woman, or man, makes *everything* good. Their food is always awesome! and they make lots of different things"... someone like that, is a STAR. :)
    I'd prefer that anyday compared to: 12 ways to make pancakes. (Even if they are good pancakes.)

  9. Serious FoodGuy says:

    I think by far Judson is my favorite in the competition! His food consistently are works of art and he has serious style. I also appreciate his personality and story. I struggle with weight loss and he has already inspired me. Not sure how this voting is working though.

  10. Meowmeow says:

    Can not believe Ippy is in second, he is the most annoying in my opinion. Emily should be first.

    • Food Fan says:

      This is vague.
      You are certainly entitled to your opinion!
      But I'm just curious: WHAT--makes you feel Emily should be 1st-----and HOW does Ippy annoy you?
      You dont have to answer. You dont owe me a thing. But "inquiring minds wanna know." :)

    • Vinny says:

      He's not polished or well-rounded but, he's laid back, polite and likable. And whether that (Or his particular background/'ethnicity) rubs you the wrong way or not...a lot of people find that more palatable then say, a self-proclaimed rock star or someone obsessed with everything retro.

      He's in my top 5.