From Guest Blogger James Bolosh, Vice-President of Event Programming
THIS IS WHEN IT GETS TOUGH!
It always gets a little tense this late in the game. I remember first season when Temple went home – I didn’t agree with the judges’ decision at all. Temple was one of my all-time favorite Design Star finalists and I was crushed. And who could ever forget Robb Mariani from season 2 and Mikey V. from last year? We always wish them all the best and hope Design Star has a positive impact on their careers.
Moving on to your questions:
From Gail, 1 day ago
It seems like there is too much repeat footage, and not enough of the real design process. I would like to see more substance and less fluff.
>>I’m not exactly sure what you’re talking about. We never repeat any footage in the show. We can barely get the show cut down to time. Some folks want more judging, some want more design. Organize a campaign to make the show 90 minutes next year.
From Lily-Jane, 1 day ago
I am not enjoying this season very much. The “designers” this year are a real letdown. I am a die-hard fan of HGTV. I am not a designer, but I think I could do better than what I’ve seen on this season. In fact, I know I could. Maybe they should start recruiting from the Rate My Space page. I have seen so many beautiful rooms posted that blow away anything these people are doing. Also, I don’t get why they give them such limited time? I can see limiting the time for some challenges, but why not on some challenges give them more time so that we can see what they can really do? Would any professional designer walk into someone’s home and do everything all in a matter of hours? I think the designs would be so much better and much more fun for us at home. I hope they read these comments – I want this show to be great. Right now, I rate it about a 1 or 2! Also, Genevieve is my least favorite. I don’t think she is near the designer she thinks she is. I have see some really awful designs from her. Love Vern and, of course, the best of them all, Miss Candace Olsen!! She is amazing and could teach them all a few things.
>>Sorry you don’t like the show and thanks for taking the time to write about it. We do actually recruit from the Rate My Space page. And if you think you have what it takes to be the next HGTV Design Star then “put your money where your mouth is” and send in your tape for next year. As for Genevieve, I totally disagree – she is extremely talented. I’ve seen many rooms she’s designed firsthand and let me tell you she is absolutely the real deal. Her critique is always spot-on and she was, in my opinion, an amazing addition to this year’s judging lineup.
From SusanS, 1 day ago
Thanks, GGG. I was just watching some of the episodes from season 1 and Cynthia in particular seemed to care so much about the contestants. She often was as upset by the elimination process as the people on the chopping block. That, to me, is the hallmark of a truly great judge.
>>Cynthia was an amazing judge and one of the nicest, most creative people I have ever met. She’s an uber-talented fashion designer and a wonderful mother to two beautiful girls. Her designs are stunning. If you get a chance you should check out her website at www.cynthiarowley.com. I had the opportunity to see quite a few of her runway shows and they were always so creative and exciting. Cynthia Rowley rocks, and she was sorely missed this season.
From Guest, 17 hours ago
I’m an interior designer and a huge HGTV fan. I agree with other posts regarding giving the designers more time to complete designs – I think we would see much better results. I also think that the designers should be given more assistants.
>>Wouldn’t be much fun to watch then, would it? Also, in real life interior design -not in a competition setting – takes months and months to complete a room. If we followed your “model” of doing the show it would never get produced.
From SusanS, 1 day ago
Just happened to think, Mr. Bolosh – wouldn’t a show with Cynthia and/or some of your other designers that mentor budding designers be great?
>>That’s a great idea, Susan. In fact, there’s one coming. Be on the lookout for a new series called Armchair Designer next spring.
From Lisa, 7 hours ago
This show was so rigged from the beginning.
>>I always have a favorite question of the week and this is it! I cut off the rest of what she said because it was all so ridiculous. Design Star is not rigged. Quite the opposite. This is a competition – there can only be one winner. It sounds to me like you’re a little “sour grapes” and connected with one of the contestants. Hate to burst your bubble, but nobody knows the winner until after the final challenge is adjudicated and a winner chosen. Nice try, though.
Well it’s down to the final three and next week is a very big challenge. We couldn’t come to Hollywood and not make over celebrity homes, right?
Thanks for watching and for keeping me on my toes.