So who was watching “Design Star” with me tonight? Can I see a show of hands?
Does anyone else think the show’s slogan should be changed from “Guts-Glory-Glam” to “Guts-Glory-Goofiness”? There wasn’t much glam on display tonight. But that’s okay. The goofiness of this show is part of its charm. It doesn’t take itself too seriously.
After the Season 3 premiere, I have questions. Lots of questions. Such as…
1. I can understand why Betty Applewhite may have decided to start a new career in interior design after getting booted off Wisteria Lane last year, but why did she bring along all those wigs to show the judges? Didn’t that just seem a little too desperate?
(UPDATE: I had one reader who thought this really was the actress who played Betty Applewhite on “Desperate Housewives.” I don’t want to start a rumor, so to be clear, this contestant was just a look-alike!)
2. How did the guy who believes that “redecorating disturbs the spirits in a house” not get cast as one of the final 9? Who wouldn’t watch a haunted decorating show? “The spirits don’t like having the sofa here…”
3. Why was this guy jumping on the couch like Tom Cruise during his audition? Did he really think this would get him onto the show? (It didn’t.)
4. Why was this guy handing everybody weird glasses to wear? And why did they go along with it?
5. Why is Dr. Phil’s wife Robin on the show and calling herself “Tricia”?
I think I’ll call her Fake Robin. They even have the same highlights. See? That’s Fake Robin above, and Real Robin McGraw (airbrushed within an inch of her life) below.
6. How can a stint on “Design Star” possibly be considered “The ultimate sacrifice,” as contestant DeWayne Paul (or D. Paul) asserted during his audition with the judges? My husband said, “I’m sure all of our service people in Iraq appreciate DeWayne’s ‘ultimate sacrifice’ in the name of decorating.” (Yes, I know D. Paul was referring to time away from his family, but it still made me laugh.)
7. Why was Cynthia Rowley wearing work-out clothes? And what was with the Princess Leia hair? And why did she keep crying? My son Jake asked, “Is she supposed to be the Paula Abdul of this show?”
So those are my top questions. What were you left scratching your head about after watching it?
(You’ll have to excuse my grainy photos. I took pictures of my television screen during the show of the scenes and contestants I wanted to talk about. I’m pleased they turned out at all!)
I love Clivey (as Lisa LaPorta calls the host, Clive Pearse), with his big, oversized, button-down shirts, and his dry Brit wit. I don’t think I’ve ever missed an episode of Designed to Sell. I got a kick out of him arriving on that little boat with a bullhorn to give the contestants their first assignment:
The decorators seemed none too excited about their first task, which was to build a house in 7 days with $100,000. You could see the terror on their faces.
The worst part: it looks like they’ll be sleeping outside on those cots until the house is finished. And it looked pretty chilly in Nashville whenever they filmed it. Brrr. Let’s face it. If you’ve chosen decorating as a career, you probably don’t spend a lot of time camping.
So those were the highlights of the Season 3 Premiere. Are you rooting for anyone yet? Here’s your guide to the 9 contestants:
D. Paul DeRouen:
He’s making “the ultimate sacrifice” to be on the show away from his family. He was DeWayne Paul, but now goes by D. Paul. I’m partial to the DeWayne, myself.
She left her British hubby back home in Kansas to run their design business without her. She wears a lot of headbands.
Jerome Scottie Miller:
I couldn’t remember his name while watching the show, so I referred to him as “Bow-Tie Guy.” He is not wearing a bow-tie in this photo, however, which is sort of confusing. Where’s the bow-tie, Man?
His presentation was amazing. He didn’t need to jump on couches or hand out silly sunglasses to get noticed because this dude has talent. He built his own house, so he’ll probably be a lot of help on the first challenge. He also had the sense to wear a knit hat to the lake. I’m predicting that he’ll make it into the Top 3.
He thought it would be funny to introduce himself to the judges by saying, “It’s official. I’m amazing!” (It wasn’t funny. Or amazing.) He made a bad first impression on the judges, but Vern Yip saw some some kind of potential in him. So he brought Michael back in and gave him a second chance to answer the tough questions, like, “Why did you decide to go with black and white in that room?” His answer: “I just liked it!”
“Police officer by day. Decorator by night.” Killer bod 24-7. (Oops. Did I write that out loud?)
Also known as Fake Robin. She has her own design business and seems to know what she’s doing. Could be a real contender here.
She’s from Louisville, Kentucky, and runs both a general contracting business and a design firm. The judges kept talking about how “confident” she was. They had never seen anyone so confident before.
She’s an O.C. girl who was the viewers’ choice. She told us that she is “very, very, very competitive.” She wore flip-flops to the lake on that cold, gray day. I bet she regretted it.
So. What did you think of Season 3 so far? Did you have any questions about it that I forgot to ask? Any other goofiness I neglected to address? I’ll keep recapping the episodes if you guys keep watching and want to talk about them. If not, I’ll just make my husband discuss them with me. It’s your call.
P.S. Did anyone watch the much-hyped “Property Virgins” show that aired directly after the “Design Star” premiere? I did. The first-time home buyers on that episode were looking at houses in Maineville, Ohio, which is a suburb not too far from mine. I thought they always filmed that show in Canada, so I was surprised to learn that they had been right up the road from here!
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