I find it very telling that no one has posted since the winner was announced. I was sorely disappointed in this year's contest and the final 3. Demaris was the least objectionable of the final 3, but that doesn't mean that I would watch her show.
IMHO,the best part of this show is that there was less of Giada being nasty to the contestants and the other judges. Unfortunately, the format of the show is boring.
I am betting that this show goes by the wayside. I think home cooks that watch Food Network are looking for more professional cooks to help them improve their techniques. The only winner of Next Food Network Star that I ever watched wasGuy Fieri, who was already an established cook and restaurant owner here in Northern California. Don't need to learn anything from anyone that Alton Brown needs to keep reminding that "you are the expert".