Fresh off her HGTV Star win, I chatted with our newest host about the best and worst parts of the grueling competition, what it felt like to win and what you’ll see on her new show, Most Embarrassing Rooms in America, coming to HGTV this fall.
HGTV Star Season 8 Winner Tiffany Brooks
It’s been a crazy ride for you on HGTV Star! What was the most difficult thing about the competition?
The most difficult thing about the competition was the time. The viewers — and I was one of them — think “What’s wrong with this designer? Why didn’t they do this?” Time and resources play a huge role in the show. It’s like that unseen character.
What was your favorite moment on the set that we didn’t see on TV?
After they called time in the loft challenge and we were in the vans headed home, our story producers kept calling Brooks “Boris.” Brooks just sat there with this crazy look on his face, not answering any questions. Anne and Jeribai and I just feel into this pit of laughter. It went on for at least half an hour.
HGTV Star Contestants
How did you feel going into the finale?
At that point I was just like, I’ve made it this far. I still didn’t believe that it was possible for me to win. I was still able to dream and be responsible and not be nervous about anything. When I heard it was in Palm Springs, I was like, it’s a mini-vacation!
Photos: See Tiffany’s HGTV Star Journey From the Beginning
Did you leave your finale suite wishing you’d done something different, or were you happy with the design?
I loved it. I loved the art installation, I loved the fireplace. It was completely me.
Tiffany Brooks’ Finale Sitting Area
What was your first reaction to winning HGTV Star?
I kind of froze for a minute, and then started thinking,”Oh my God, they just said Tiffany. I have to respond, I have to do something.” So it was like my brain having a conversation with my body. I could not react quick enough. I was still stunned that they said my name.
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