Contributor to HGTV Dream Home
Hi, it’s Mary here. Tell me what you’re thinking right now. I’m sitting in my living room watching the giveaway show. So exciting!
Mary is a contributor to HGTV Dream Home.
Posted at 7:28 pm
i do not understand what people do to win i entered this contest daily and my heart is broke right now .i do not know what ele to do help i feel so lost i truly wanted to win
heart broken in new mexico
help linda haas
send a letter or something please
what is SISBP?
I do not understand why HGTV showed this with tape delay to west coast.
Oh MY GOD! I am so excited for Mr Joe and Mrs Cheryl! I’ve known them since I was 8 and they are truly two of the most deserving people I could ever think of. Their granddaughter has been my best friend since we were little girls and when she called me to tell me I thought she was full of crap, but this is truly amazing! I can’t wait to go see the family next week and congratulate them in person! Mr Joe and Mrs Cheryl I am SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU! Love Kayla
I can see the show, but I hope same day Iam the winner thas is my dream, because all time I see the channel. and remember the latino people we have dreams too. congratulatons to the winners.
Oh yeah, they did have a dog once upon a time, a great Dane named Dancer, but he passed away.
Wow some of the comments that people have posted are shameless!! It’s a bunch of grown people throwing fits because they didn’t win or it didn’t happen the way they would have wanted it to!! BOO-HOO!!! Give me a break! I am very happy for the people that won the home who live in Lakeland, Fl. Though they may be retired and comfortable they were the ones that GOD wanted to have this beautiful home probably because they are the type of people who don’t go around blaming everyone else for their shortcomings and pitfalls and thoroughly just enjoy living life. Those are the kind of people that should have won. God knows the intent of the heart and I’m not saying that everyone that didn’t win had bad intentions, but those that are complaining and acting completely off make me wonder. If you have a complaint about who won and why they won then take it to the FATHER. HGTV did their part fair and square and so did the people that entered!!
Give me a break, some people are very naive. Have you ever heard that the rain falls on everyone so don’t throw stones at those of us that are upset because the drawing was once again misrepresented. That’s all that I am saying!
What a FAKE winner! Did anyone noticed the perfectly polished, squeaky clean front glass door? Not a single thumb print, not a single smudge? Could it be that the glass was cleaned so it would not reflect ugly in the lights of the cameras? Hmmm… Oh yeah, lets not forget the shameless Coca Cola logo plug in! How much did Coke paid for this advertising? Shame on you HGTV, giving people false hope of participating in legit sweepstakes, when it’s all sadly predetermined and picked before the first entry is placed. Oh and the name: Cheryl SMITH? What a unique name, please, the woman couldn’t even act excited, but she certainly had her hair done. I wonder which producer’s family she’s from? So sad!
Amen Sister Nolan!
Get over it people and stop complaining about the show not being “live”. Think about it, HGTV can’t take the chance of filming and ambushing the day of the “reveal” in the event the winner is no where to be found. This would be lost air time for the network and not to mention sponsorship money; that’s the way television works. Imagine if it was live and we are all waiting for the winner to be revealed only so the front door isn’t answered. Just picture the host saying, “Uhm, nobody is home so I guess we’ll try to ambush later.” In the meantime the cameras are rolling and no action is going on. Come on, HGTV doesn’t have time to waste in situations like these, they need to be organized and stay on schedule. This is what television is all about, to create drama.
Congrats to the winner, although i haven’t watched it yet. I am very happy for her. I just really wish HGTV wouldn’t lead everyone on when obviously the winner knew last week. It’s kind of mean. But how else would they get people to watch?
Right on Kristine..thank you for the info for those who are upset. Makes complete and total sense!!! Hey less people will enter next year better chance for us..lol! Keep that dream alive..God has a plan for everybody! God bless you and have a good night:)
HGTV needs to stop telling the public that the drawing is LIVE!
Who cares about how much it costs them.
Gary, I totally agree with you. Some people are very naive. And Stephanie, most of us are very happy for the winner. We are just upset that HGTV “mosrepresented” again. I think everyone expected it to be different this year and that it would really be a surprise. NOT!!! NOT again this year. HGTV took advantage of us. They made their money on us thru their sponsers. Lots of money. We trusted them. What a disappointment. Maybe they will get it next time????
Yeah I’m sick of hearing the haters on here. Be happy for them! And if you read the fine print they did say the ambush would happen on or around March 15th. I’m happy for Cheryl Smith and her family. Let’s hope someone from the west coast wins next year!!! =D
I don’t think folks are complaining because it wasn’t live; they are complaining because HGTV tries to play it as if they were airing it live.
I think HGTV means that they Ambush is taped live – in other words, it isn’t rehearsed. They can’t tell us the actual date of the ambush because then they couldn’t ambush anyone. Ambush – surprise. I think if HGTV just reworded the promo a bit and made it clear that the ambush was taped live, but the reveal is NOT live, that would clear things up. It didn’t help that they filmed the Sonoma segment at night — I think that might have been an oopsie! LOL
ANYWAYS, HOW ABOUT EVERYONE APPRECIATING THE FACT THAT HGTV GIVES AWAY A MILLION DOLLAR HOME IN THE FIRST PLACE???
Again, congratulations to the Smiths! Woo hooo!
You said it Stephanie! I agree with you.
Thank you HGTV for fulfilling the Smith’s dream.
Some of you have a hard time grasping the concept of a DREAM HOME!!!! That’s what the beautiful house in Sonoma was for me and a lot of people. HGTV knows what a DREAM HOME is. A home that has EVERYTHING!!! and they are giving it away for free!!!!! You ONLY pay for the taxes (even paying $700,000 for a $2,000,000.00 house is a bargain!) and if you can’t afford it you have a $50,000 car you can sell, and $200,000 worth of furniture and a HOUSE! YOU ARE A WINNER NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!. HGTV is doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t have to do it and yet they do! And hopefully they will keep doing it despite all this ungrateful and disrespectful comments.
I don’t want a smaller home I WANT A DREAM HOME! and that’s what HGTV gave me the opportunity to aspire to have. Please may the 2010 Dream Home be even more dreamier!!!! I sure will be signing up every day and maybe I will be the lucky winner next year.
I already won if you ask me. Thanks to HGTV I had something new to look for, made new friends on the blog, remembered what it was like to want something soooo bad that’s all you can think of all day long, and made me get all dressed up again (wearing make-up and heels like I used to before I had my son…no more sweatpants and washed face…yeah!) which made me feel GREAT!
THANK YOU HGTV!
Of course I’m disappointed…I WAS SURE I WAS GOING TO WIN! but that won’t make me loose all that I already gained…
GREEN HOME 2009 HERE I COME!
Peace out DH!
Wow. Some of you people are unbelievable. Please, show me where HGTV listed this show as LIVE. I purposefully tried to find where it said the show was live, and that claim was not made. Maybe implied…but that is just good marketing. And for that matter, who cares!!! HGTV just gave away a 2 million dollar prize. We should be thankful and happy for the winners, because it could have been any of us. It was a drawing, so complaining about the winner is borderline ridiculous. Grow up.
Give us all a break all of you ingratiators. It is not going to increase your chances of winning next year so give it a rest.
Never said that I wasn’t happy for the winners. Don’t assume anything.
The Dream Home Giveaways are and have always been about what most of us would never have been able to do on our own. But I think that of the 39+ million people that entered would have been eternally grateful for something less had they won.
So here is my suggestion to HGTV. Build 8 moderately priced homes, say around $200K to $250K, all around the country. Let 8 people win. That way, 8 people would have a chance at a new home, a very nice home, and still be able to afford it.
Hello Fellow Bloggers:
Just reading your comments helps ease the loss of not winning this years Dream Home, but there’s still HOPE!!! The Green Home and possibly the 2010 Dream Home.
Remember Guys & Gals
I think we all knew that it would be a long shot, especially when Gail showed us the bins and computer’s virtual bins.
This is an amazing contest, because it is based on a flat playing field, as when compared to other makeover shows.
Everyone has their own story and wishes. This show has allowed us to dream big time!
But, keep in mind nothing has really changed – it’s all a game. Becuase of this, sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. The odds were stacked equally against all of us.
If you view the tapes of some of the past winners, one woman said she had entered for several years – so let’s remember this and try again.
Even though it can be disappointing, because of our individual situations…Let’s not criticize one another, it just wasn’t our turn yet.
This has been an incredibly supportive blog site with Marie, DBCoop, Brenda, the list goes on and on…(personally my first time blogging).
Everyone thus far has been terribly supportive of one another even when we may have misspoke.
I have already posted my good wishes to the winners, but I send you all Good Wishes.
Marsha, you have had one winner from Thousand Oaks, California. I think that she has been the only one.
Congratulations to the Smith family! I am so excited for them. I didn’t get to see the show but I am watching HGTV as we speak. HGTV can you show a rerun or post it as video on the web? Well, like many of you May God bless them. Like many of you, I am dismayed I didn’t win! But, I am truly happy for the winners. In a sweepstakes there is only room for one winner obviously so there is bound to be some disappointment. But, this was fun right? Let’s all maintain the happiness we shared prior to learning the winners and hope that they share their experiences with us and what it is truly like to own the dream home. Let’s just keep this wonderful thing going and continue dreaming I know I will. Yes, now that the DH 2009 is over, I am on a quest for the Green Home you should come and join me! Shelley, Cleveland, OH.
Good for them. I’ll toast to that No negative comment here, just good luck and enjoy! Cheers!
Hey Hey now All! Let’s not call names and take anything personally. Everyone is sad that they didn’t win. I’m super sad, but it’s not like we lost anything, right? We never had this home to begin with, just the hope for it. I noticed that a lot of the “new bloggers” on this post are very harsh; please, just keep things somewhat positive. Audra M: Thank you for your thoughts, a DREAM HOME should really be a DREAM (something that we would normally not obtain in life).
All of the legalities (sp?) of the ambush time shouldn’t really matter much. They did things the way that they wanted to. Give ‘em a break for crying out loud! They’re giving away million dollar homes!!!
what I dont understand is why havent any black people ever won now. I hate hgtv the show suck and on top of all that it’s not for blacks so what hgtv need to do is post a big sign up saying no blacks if people look back at all who ever won they would see just what iam talking about. this need to be talked about iam going to let the world no about
I agree with you Audra. HGTV doesn’t need to do this yet they do. We all know it’s a sweepstakes and it’s a game of chance. Anyone has the same opportunity to win. Some people feel that HGTV has been misrepresenting and lying in terms of the “live ambush” and so forth, I personally don’t feel that way. I also entered with the hopes of winning just like everyone else. However, I was also realistic, I figured if I was not contacted by March 6th I was not the winner. So I left for a much needed vacation on the 6th and will be returning March 18th. I’ve only been waiting to find out who the winner is since I knew I didn’t win. Nevertheless, I am happy for the winner maybe they can try to keep the house with the help of their children. God Bless!!
Congratulations to Cheryl Smith and Family!
Millions of people could only dream of winning this beautiful home, including me, but it was you who did. I believe I know just how you felt when the balloons arrived, I had many day- dreams of it happening to me.
Although I may be sad that my family is not going to experience the joy of this home, I am absolutely grateful that I had the opportunity to join in the dreams. So…..Good Luck Smith Family! I look forward to seeing you tour your new home. For myself, I will be entering the HGTV Green Home..We all know someone is going to win…Why not me?
Though I am on the west coast and haven’t seen the show yet, just wanted to congratulate the winners! (I am assuming they were not from the west coast)
These posts are funny…some ask why poor people always win…and some ask why no one who really needs it ever wins. Can’t be both, can it?! I am inclined to believe it is mostly the latter. (but everything is relative!)
I want to know why no one on the west coast ever wins…(and how would you pull off a surprise visit and still be able to show it in prime time on the east coast if they did ….hmmmmmm?????? But maybe you have.)
Good luck to whoever won.
FYI; the SISBP means “Sippin’ in Sonoma Bloggers Party”…a group of bloggers wants to get together at The Plaza and have a picnic and get-together in celebration of the beautiful DH09 ! I guess now it will be a “Why didn’t I win party”? I wonder how many people will show up? I’m going to watch the special again at 8pm and see myself on the show…I didn’t get my 15 minutes of fame…I got 2 seconds!!! They’ll be no living with me now. My poor husband!
Ingrid from Sonoma
Mary, what I’m thinking is I’ll say she’s speechless when you can’t even think of that word. I would have just talked and talked, about the details of the house, network, all the people that made it happen, the sponsering co’s., Sonoma, also my degree is bus. finance so I would have been discussing all the fees and legalities. Oh well maybe camera shy.
I hope they like it!!
i need all my research and looked for jobs and was all set to move to Sonoma, Congrats to the winner. I wish it was me but congrats. I hope Hgtv , will announce the winner immediately after picking their names. Hope I win someday
Sorry I meant I did all my research on Sonama
HONESTLY- WHY IS NO ONE ON THE WEST COAST EVER CHOSEN?? BEEN ENTERING FOR 8 YEARS AND IT IS ALWAYS EAST COAST PEOPLE WHO WIN? SEEMS A LITTLE STRANGE TO ME.
The giveaway starts here in less than 15 minutes. I’m so excited to see who wins!
Congrats to the WINNER and her hubby. I am not a sore looser, but I do want to mention one little thing. I guess because I live on the West coast I have still about 5 minutes before I see the show. I don’t like the fact that everyone and the i-net already knows who the winner is. What a surprise blower.
I agree with you Chervelle! You’re right
congratulations to the smith family from Lakeland, FL
Well, since this was a RANDOM drawing, we really can’t control who wins! There could be thousands of reasons why an Easter Coaster wins as opposed to a West Coaster; maybe there’s more East Coast entries. Who knows, but who really cares? Come on now! Let’s be positive here!
Congrats to the winner. I would like to know why black, hispanic and legal immigrants never win an HGTV dream house?
I just saw Ingrid on TV:) They showed a little from the interview with Gail..
I am on west coast and watching it right now!
I am sooo happy for the winner! Congrats to her and her family!!!
I wasn’t able to finish the show. Stopped watching 5 minutes in because it was too boring. Watched some documentary about Charlie Manson instead….
It’s going to be tough to sell the house in this market. They would probably be better off taking the cash and getting taxed on that. Maybe HGTV should start giving away homes that will be a bit more affordable to the winner. A dream home doesn’t have to be a million dollars or more. I really hope things work out for them whether or not they choose to keep the home.
Anyway, the horrible “Catwoman” movie is on and I must watch it. An actress that can win a Best Actress Oscar in 2002 and a Worst Actress Razzie in 2005 is just amusing to me.
Lina: It’s really luck of the draw. black, hispanic and legal immigrants don’t make up the majority of this country. When I say “legal immigrants”, I mean recent ones, not May Flower type ones. Because if that’s the case, then yea, legal immigrants have won.
Congrats to the winner. Thanks HGTV for the best dream home special to date. It was entertaining even if I wasn’t the lucky one in 39 million.
At first I was a bit sad I didnt win but I am truly happy for her but I sure wish was me. I was all set to go to Sonoma to start a new life. I had my job just waiting to apply. Hope the next time they annonce the winner as soon as they pick it.Geeze I was all ready to go. Congrats Cheryl. I’m a Miami ole gul so Congrats again Enjoy
I’m totally bummed that neither me nor my fiance won, but I am so very happy for Cheryl Smith. I hope she will have a great next few weeks touring the home and getting pampered by HGTV
It’s almost sad reading some of the comments posted tonight. I think HGTV giving away a dream home is something A) they don’t HAVE to do & B) gets people really excited for the possibility of winning & how HGTV airs the programming should be their choice. They are providing us entertainment, we choose to watch or not. Everyone who is seriously complaining about this shouldn’t enter the contest. It doesn’t matter who wins, their age or income or skin color! You can be disappointed without attacking the winner! All of that is ridiculous. I say Congratulations!!! and move on!…hopefully there will be another one next year! I look forward to trying again…I’m on the East Coast so maybe next year I’ll win!
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