Each week we ask Design Star producer Loren Ruch your most-asked questions. This week: Did the little boy ever get his bunk beds? Plus, he dishes on how much the judges really see of the behind-the-scenes drama and how much the contestants get to talk to loved ones.
This week’s #1 questions was: Did the crew go back and do any updates after the HGTV’d challenge? Did the little boy ever get bunk beds?
Although we don’t usually go back to a location after the fact it has happened from time to time. In fact, we chose to do it a few weeks earlier in the bed and breakfast episode because the white floors weren’t sealed properly and didn’t ultimately reflect the caliber of work we’re looking to represent on HGTV. In this case of the bunk bed, we didn’t go back to the Bashkoffs’ home because they were happy with the makeover. Although Kellie’s bed wasn’t exactly what they had wanted, it was well-built and done with the best of intentions on her behalf. However, between you and me, I wouldn’t be surprised if they go out and buy a bunk bed on their own!
What was the couple’s favorite room of the house?
We recently received an email from the Bashkoff family and they told us that they absolutely love the master bedroom and the living room — and I would have to agree! I think that Karl and Mark both nailed this challenge. They also love the chandelier in the foyer!
Do the judges get any clues as to the dynamics and personality conflicts on the show? If not, why not?
They don’t, but this question has come up a lot, so it’s something I will really think about for next year’s show because it seems like our viewers are asking this a lot. In reality, there’s virtually no way for the design panel to know about the dynamics other than from the evaluation studio (where they can ask away with as many questions as they’d like). We have always chosen not to influence the panel in any way on their design-decisions by sharing personality issues that occur along the way. It’s very important as a network that we leave the decisions up to our expert design panel – and allow them to judge our designers on the camera challenges and design challenges. Since personality conflicts and dynamics are so subjective, I would hate for a producer to influence Vern or Gen by saying that someone is being “difficult” to work with, especially when there are two sides to every story. But since this question does seem to come up a lot, I promise to really think about it before we head into next year’s show – because your opinions do mean a lot to me!
From Annabelle: I am considering to try out for Design Star and have a question for you. If I am selected to compete, will I have any communication with my family? If not, could you explain why?
Hi Annabelle – we would love for you to try out for the show! Our designers do have the opportunities to Skype with their families a few times a week, but they are so incredibly busy that that’s about all of the free time they have. Also, in order to keep things fair, we ask that the designers don’t talk about the ‘show’ when they talk with their families. Instead they should focus their time just catching up with their spouses and children and enjoying good conversation. Get more information about Design Star audition dates and requirements >>
What questions do you have from episode seven or about Design Star? Tell us in the comments below — Loren may just answer you in next week!