Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Aug 23

Ask the Producer: All Stars Finale

Each week, I chat with Design Star All Stars producer Loren Ruch about the best behind-the-scenes moments from the show.  Read on to go behind the scenes on the judges’ final decision. Plus, find out where you’ll see Leslie on HGTV!

Design Star Producer Loren Ruch With Contestants

How did you decide to use shipping containers for this week’s challenge?
Our executive producer mentioned to me that shipping containers were a hot new trend for second homes and even some primary residences around the country, so we thought “why not?!” We’ve already done glass houses, tiny houses and yurts, so it felt like a natural transition to try shipping containers!

From a guest on the blog: How did the judges’ come to the final decision for Design Star All Stars? Do they use a numerical rating system, a checklist, a compilation of before and after photos, what is the criteria they use to come up with the winning design(er)?
I wish it were that simple! It was a plain and simple long (and I mean looooong) and drawn out conversation comparing pros and cons, camera challenges and design challenges and the scope of work from the entire season. We also have a big notebook prepared for the panel featuring each designers photos of each challenge, and we show them the camera challenge from the current episode. This episode was not cut and dry at all, so it was a very heated conversation. Hilari had been such a dynamic and fun personality with great designs, Tom was such a class act with an upscale taste level, and Leslie was a bundle of energy with great designs to match — but ultimately I think that in the end, Leslie’s Murphy bed is what threw her over the top!

Can you give us any clues about which HGTV show or episode Leslie will appear on?

Sure! Leslie will be a judge on an upcoming episode of The White Room Challenge, and my hunch is that you’ll also see more of her on another HGTV show in the near future.

Design Star Producer Loren Ruch With Design Star Judges

Best on-set moment from the shipping containers episode? That location was ridiculous!
There were gophers EVERYWHERE and all of us kept falling into the gopher holes. I saw at least five crew members trip and fall – it was like an episode of Wipe Out behind the scenes. It had also rained the day before we shot so it was muddy, critter-filled and holey! Need I say more?!

Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below.

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  1. I agree, I Think Hillary was the over-all best designer and her camera challenges were all very good. Leslie hit it out of the park on camera challenges but her designs were not consistent.. The last challenge her room was the worst by far. It looked like a cluttered camper.

    Amj36 on January 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm
  2. who do i talk to to see about getting products or services donated to a family whos father & provider was in a car accident & is paralized. He has 5 kids & did manual labor all his life. They need to make house wheel chair accessible.

    deb sok on February 16, 2013 at 9:51 am
  3. I agree totally. I would love to see Hilari on her own show…she was funny, quick to respond, not a complainer, and of course an exciting designer. I was so disappointed when she lost. Let's see her again somewhere!

    Sherry on March 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm
  4. Nothing like a little competition to get the domestic creativity flowing. Anyone should consider themselves lucky if they ever find themselves moving into a house designed by any of these people.

    Perry Gulpin on March 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm
  5. Is there a new Design Star All Stars in the works??? It's April, 2013; this has been going on since August. What happened to all of the contestants, anyway? Many of us cannot afford cable so rely on the internet to keep us up on the latest and greatest. Still not thrilled with the outcome of the last season so fill us in on the scoop!!! Thx.

    Guest on March 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm
  6. I'd like to add my vote that Hilari is the one I would want to watch on TV… so even though she didn't get the money, I would really like to see her get a contract for a show. They all did a fantastic job but I think Hilari's combination of design & personality would be a great addition to HGTV.

    Heidi on April 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

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