Design Star Episode 2: Fashion Show

*Spoiler Alert!*

Straight off the top: What I am about to write is very much out of character, but Tera got robbed and I have a thing or two to say about that! Warning:  I am about to open a can… Sorry!

I just don’t get it…   Everyone is inspired differently. I can’t tell you how many times an outfit has inspired a color palette in a room that I might not have thought of otherwise.   And the yellow and gray is a hot palette right now.  So what if they wanted her to take it in another direction?    Could she have pushed the envelope more?  Maybe.  But this is about how she was inspired… not how anyone else was inspired. As long as she can defend and justify her design choices, not about how they would’ve made design choices, then she should have been good.

*Now for the secret I promised you all before this season began!*

Tera and I actually met about a year ago (not face-to-face, although I hope that changes soon). She contacted me after I did Design Star last year and asked if I might give her some pointers on how to make the show.  She seemed nice and I was happy to oblige.  I am glad I did. Let me be clear though… if she didn’t have the personality or the design chops, no amount of advice or help from me would have gotten her on the show.  She is the real deal.  And over the course of the past year we have become friends…

…now I know that you’re probably now thinking I am just sour grapes that my friend didn’t make it past the 2nd episode.  Yes, I was really disappointed, but I have kept a neutral head on my shoulders about the situation.  The way I see it there were at least 3 people who should’ve gone before her this week and I’ll tell you who and why.  But first, back to my rant on why Tera deserved to stay and how unbelievably disrespectful the judges have become. 

Unlike most viewers, I have experienced the rath of the judging panel.  Knowing that most of their harshest comments hit the editing room floor, I was outright astonished when I heard Vern say, “It’s not about matching (your inspirational outfit)—this isn’t Garanimals.  This is about understanding what the emotion is about that garment, then infuse* it and incorporate it into the space.”

Wow Vern, if I were mean like you… and were hitting below the belt… here’s what I would’ve said in response, “You would know Vern… since that is the section of the store you shop in!” 

Ouch! That is unbelievably rude… and something I would never, ever normally say!   But here’s my point… the judging panel needs to start editing their comments. 

Each week they are chipping away at their images.  I know this is a competition, but there isn’t a single Paula Abdul on the judging panel and they are just sitting their with their smug looks ripping the contestants a new one.  I think this judging panel is qualified, obviously, but a huge mistake in many ways.

On the HGTV Facebook.com fanpage there is comment after comment about the negative attitude of the judges. 

Barbara H.  says, “I want to know what happened to Vern. He’s gone from a great guy with an honest opinion to a jerk. I also loved how the you used to get to hear what the judges thought and get a pretty good idea of why they eliminated the person. This new format is both goofy and unpleasant. I just hate it when folks fix whar(t) (sic) is not broken.”

Toshya A., ” I DON’T KNOW IF VERN IS TRYING TO BE SIMON ON AMERICAN IDOL FOR THE DESIGN WORLD BUT IT DOES NOT WORK FOR HIM… I DON’T KNOW WHY PPL (sic) HAVE TO BE HARSH TO OTHER PPL (sic). IF IT IS FOR THE RATINGS PLEASE STOP DON’T MAKE THE DESIGN SHOW INTO SOMETHING IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE…. DESIGN IS ABOUT BEING CREATIVE EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINIONS… JUST DON’T BE UGLY ABOUT THE SITUATION.”

It is a huge mistake for HGTV talent to pick their future competition especially since they have taken away the viewer vote.  No matter what anyone says, they are going to pick the designers that pose the least amount of threat to their careers without looking completely incompetent as a judge.  Antonio is a perfect example of this.  I like the guy just fine (he’s actually a teddy bear in person).  His design style isn’t necessarily my cup of tea and I know he’s going to appeal to a different audience… but let’s face it, there was much better talent from last season that should have won and didn’t.  Bottom line… they didn’t view Antonio as a threat to their jobs.  Dan, Lonnie, Nathan, me (haha!;) etc.  if given the platform could’ve given Vern or Genevieve a run for their money.  Let’s face it Candice is a little more bullet proof, but even she has fallen from my ever-so-high pedestal.

And I am going to call it now,  Nina (because they are portraying her as a witch and is polarizing a fan base for her, and not because she can’t design) wins the whole thing in my opinion, or someone they view as no threat… but the audience’s favorites week by week will go.  Just watch.  Frankly, I really hope I am wrong. And I am going to say it again… they desperately need Clive back, or a Chris Harrison type person, to soften the blow of the judges overly harsh critiques. 

Also, comment after comment on Facebook about Clive:

Kari E., “Bring back Clive! Design Star isn’t the same without him!!”

Carolyn B., “I do not like the new format, so miss Clive!”

Susan B., “I concur with most of the other fans. Nina should never have been cast, Clive added to the show, judges are all great designers and hosts but terrible judges. David Bromstad set the standard and there has been no one equal since. If I wanted drama and bad behavior I would watch a different network. The real question is will the producers listen to their fans? unfortunately probably not.”

I kind of feel sorry for the judges in a way because I think they are shooting themselves in the foot by judging Design Star.  They should stick to what they do best… design and TV hosting.  Judging just isn’t working.

Here are the positives… I thought the guys apartment was fantastic and Courtland did truly deserve to be the designer of the week.  It’s just sweet justice too after last weeks debacle.  I also liked the bedroom in the guys apartment.  I thought it was a lot of fun.  Bedding could a little more sumptuious and yummy… but not bad!

Did we really need the mannequins in the rooms?  I found them distracting…

The girls apartment wasn’t that bad, but I think Emily hasn’t been particularly impressive and hasn’t contributed a whole lot to the competition.  Stacey does a single chair and stays?  They booted Nathan over a single item of furniture last year and he designed and built his from scratch. And Nina, poor Nina, who I am sure they are portraying as witchier than she really is… wasn’t that great this week and isn’t appealing to the viewers (and the judges know this).  That is why those three should have gone home over Tera.  But since they have stayed, I hope they prove me wrong.

I unlike a lot people like the overall feel of the production value and the challenges are more fun and more realistic in my opinion.  My problems lie more in the judging set up and the lack of a congenial host.

Gee whiz!  Should I tell you what I really think?

-NataLee

P.S. Is it just me or is Casey a deadringer for Reese Witherspoon?

What a fun picture!!

3 thoughts on “Design Star Episode 2: Fashion Show

  1. nina says:

    Hi It’s Nina from the show. Thanx for showing me some sympathy, it is few and far between on these blogs. I am actually really nice in peron. LOL

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  2. NataLee says:

    I understand more than most how they alter situations to look a certain way on these shows! I’ll check out your site…

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