I finally managed to catch the final part of the Finale and, once again, you can find my post over at Reality Ravings.
So far, there has been no news on a third season. The first season rated badly; the second season offered a new host (India Hicks replaced Todd Oldham), new catchphrase (maybe India couldn’t deliver “See you later, decorator” with Todd’s flair – she cast off losers with “We cannot live with your design”) and the occasional “Pop Design” to spice things up. That’s a whole lot of re-jigging for a new show. I think Bravo really should have a go at a third season, just to give the format a chance to gel.
Eddie Ross was the last contestant to be eliminated before the final and departed with the words “Eddie Ross is bigger than Top Design”. He is keeping the world informed of his work over at eddieross.com.
On the most recently aired episode of “Top Design” I was pleased to see the demise of my least-favourite contestant. That’s not to say that all four left are brilliant designers, but they are a good mix of reality show contestants. I say my heartfelt goodbyes to [spoiler alert!] Andrea over at Reality Ravings.
The theme for this episode was futuristic vision, in case the title didn’t tip you off. The contestants were given a very small three-walled space in which they were encouraged to leave the 21st century behind. To help them do that they had all the resources of those forward-thinking Ikea designers, as well as money to spend at what looked like the US version of “Spotlight” and a furniture store specialising in 20th century “iconic” design. Confused? So were they. Reality Raver has kindly posted my much longer blatherings over at her site.
This show would be more honestly entitled “Top Decorator”. The contestants compete in decorating challenges; so far I have not seen any evidence of interior design. No matter – ’tis all a bit of fun.
This week’s challenge was to produce a “green-friendly” redesign of some tiny – even miniscule! – office spaces. Some shenanigans ensued, and one contestant was eliminated. Head on over to Reality Ravings for my full recap.
The season of Top Design currently airing on Arena is the second and we are already half-way through. In the episode “Triathlon of Decorating”, the contestants work individually for the first time and most of them seemed keen to take the opportunity to “showcase” their own style.
My full blerg is at Reality Ravings once again, but I do have a couple of reservations about this show as a whole.
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