Each week, I chat with HGTV Star producer Loren Ruch about his favorite on-set moments and what we didn’t see on TV. This week: What was the judges’ final deciding factor? Plus, meet the amazing crew behind the show.
It seemed like a close race! What made the judges choose Tiffany over Brooks and Jeribai in the end?
This is the question of the century! The viewers don’t get to see the entire deliberation, but this one lasted about three hours!! They just couldn’t decide who they wanted to select because they loved all three of the finalists so much. In the end, they thought Tiffany had the best combination of design skills -and– on-camera presentation skills, which clinched the victory for her!
What was it like to transport the entire cast and crew to Palm Springs? What made you choose that location?
It was the ultimate caravan! We had over 100 people who needed to pack their bags (and tools) to come to the desert. We all stayed on the property (so we basically took over the place), and it was a three-day extravaganza. I couldn’t be any happier with how beautiful the entire resort was, especially the area where we shot our final evaluation.
Is there a way to view or stay in the designers’ finished hotel suites at Rancho Las Palmas Resort?
Yes! If you contact the resort, you can request to stay in any of these suites. In fact, I would be willing to guess that the resort has already received hundreds of phone calls since the finale from people wanting to book a night’s stay.
What was the best or most memorable on-set moment from the finale?
The most fun moment on set was something that many of the viewers never had a chance to see. All of our hosts including Vern Yip, Sabrina Soto, Genevieve Gorder, David Bromstad and Drew and Jonathan Scott needed to do a photo shoot for our promotions department without their shoes. They turned into children running around the golf course shoeless and laughing their way around the property. I loved every moment of it!