Liz Gray

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Aug 22

David on the All Stars Finale: The Toast Goes To…

David Bromstad Design Star All Stars Host

David breaks down the designs and the final decision. Plus, inside intel from the judging room.

Here’s what David had to say from the set:

Do you agree with David (and the judges)? Did the right designer win? Weigh in in the comments below.

Posted at 10:40 am

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  1. I was glad Danielle won her own show and have enjoyed the episodes. I was also glad Hilari was given another chance on All Stars. Disappointed that she didn't win. Don't understand judges choice. Leslie buys great coffee tables and always wanted HER ideas to be seen when they did group designs. So I totally agree with you,not the judges.

    guest on August 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm
  2. David did kind of make fun of Tom's expression, but I know which look David meant. It is kind of a "doofy" expression Tom gets now and then. Seems like a nice guy, though, and very talented. However, also a compulsive, inflexible guy at times, in his approach to designing. But I bet he will attract a lot of upscale clients as a result of his exposure on this show, especially people who need conservative, tasteful office spaces, like law firms or corporate executive suites. There is definitely a place for Tom in this business; he is consistent in his work product. But I just don't see him as a design show host.

    Moonbeam on August 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm
  3. Hilari met all my high expectations. She is the COOL and the FABULOUS.

    Guest/Maryland on August 24, 2012 at 12:57 am
  4. David needs to edit his mouth sometimes – why lower the comments to reality show snark? Or the editor needs to edit the video more thoughtfully. That said, I loved the "design orgasm" comment.

    Maggie O on August 24, 2012 at 8:08 am
  5. While I liked Tom's room, I too think his biggest mistake was ignoring David's advice about the deck, especially since he knew David was one of the judges! And unfortunately, once again in the camera challenge the man never once cracked a smile. He had improved on that before, so I was watching closely to see if he would continue, but I suppose the pressure got to him and he seemed so terse and tense. Such a shame, because when he does relax he is actually very personable.

    guest on August 24, 2012 at 8:14 am
    • I liked Tom's room and his porch. I liked that the porch was minimalist. Plus, you can actually sit on the bench, and he talked about having furniture that was multi-purpose – just pull a couple of chairs out and you're good.
      Leslie's porch was just basic. I liked the planter and table and chairs on Hilari's porch, but not the accessories she chose.
      I didn't think Tom was tense or terse in the video – just teacher-like. You're right, a smile would have been nice, but with such a beautiful room I didn't care.
      And when David moves to the judge's seat on a challenge, I don't think he should be the mentor as well. He does give them good hints on what the judges will be looking for, but the contestants shouldn't be judged solely on whether they listen to him or not – either their design makes it or it doesn't. It should be design by the contestant. Too many hints and it becomes too much of HGTV directing the designer.

      Maggie O on August 24, 2012 at 10:36 am
  6. I agree – Hilari was the clear winner. There was not one negative comment from the judges about her room other than Genevieve's "disconnect" as she entered the room (because of the color.) Hilari's outdoor space was creative and welcoming. Someone on the panel said Leslie's patio looked like not much thought was put into it. The panel also did not like the little bench in Leslie's space. Tom's room was gorgeous – high end NYC style; but the panel feared that his range was limited. They liked Hilari's use of the book case as a divider, the armless couch and the fact she chose to go Mid-century Modern. So, how did the panel come together to choose Leslie's beachy space? Did Genevieve's disconnect make the panel change their minds about their choice? I wonder!

    patdlv on August 24, 2012 at 8:49 am
  7. Hilari was not a past contestant of Design Star–she was on this year. In all fairness to Hilari they should have waited one year and invited her back. When she was on DS her first camera challenges were way off the mark. She was always trying to do a comic routine with misguided jokes. The judges probably remember this-first impressions are so important.

    AS I stated before HGTV really is the one station that does not care about the viewers. Maybe it is because it is a Canadian owned company. If they cared they would have done something for Dan V. after Candice and Gen made complete fools of themselves with Antonio. Hilari is a molehill compare to Dan's. They robbed him again this year.

    Leslie family was waiting for her to win–so HGTV how is it that they were there if it was not fixed????

    I am not a Hilari fan, but her room was pretty.

    I am still rooting to see the beautiful rooms that Dan will create if given a chance.

    maria on August 24, 2012 at 8:51 am
    • Maria – just to clear up something: Hilari's husband and daughter were there and Tom's friend was there, too. So if either had won, they would have had someone in the wings. So, I don't think there was any "fixing" going on!

      patdlv on August 24, 2012 at 9:23 am
  8. I, also, found it ironic that the losing designer's creation is the feature photo on the Design Stars All Stars page!

    patdlv on August 24, 2012 at 11:20 am
  9. Not able to view the full episode video of the finale…goes from 43 minutes down to about 28….buffers at the point of yet another advertisement, and then even with refreshing, starting over again several times, etc., am not able to progress past 28 minutes remaining in episode. PLEASE CHECK OUT THE GLITCH? From reading the comments above, I can obviously get who the winner was, but would still like to see the entire episode, since I missed DVR'ing it earlier.

    JCG on August 24, 2012 at 11:21 am
  10. Hey, I've copied and pasted this message so that I can put it in as a reply to anyone I disagree with. I know that might not be part of an actual conversation or discussion, or respecting any of the points you actually made, and it might even seem a bit obnoxious, but whatever. I'm sure you of all people would understand, Stephen.

    Brendan on August 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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