Monday, June 16, 2008

Design Star's New Sub-Title- "Let's Get Ready To Rumble"

The fireworks started early this year on Design Star. What a contentious group this is!

Wow. Let's review last night's show.

First off was the totally lame practical joke HGTV played on their own potential prodigy. That building a shelter thing from last week turned out to be a scam. Ha ha.

The new digs for these 9 finalists turned out to be pretty cool, but boy did our heroes do some butchering to it. And then, back in the studios, the gloves really came off, thanks mostly to our UK girl Tracee.

Boy, she didn't do herself any favors. She came off looking like a shrew. Her first mistake was not speaking her mind. Better to get things out in the open from the start than to start firing your first poison darts in front of the judges. She now has 7 other contestants who don't trust her and seemingly hate her guts.

Scottius Maximus Rules For Design Stars #1- Speak now or forever hold your peace. If you go along with something, don't come back later and say you didn't like it. Unless you like having enemies.

Then Tracee went at it with the judges. She has quite the air of arrogance. She started arguing with them, like they were her underlings.

Scottius Maximus Rules For Design Stars #2- If you want to keep your job, don't mess with the judges.

I was quite surprised by Scottie's departure. I liked that guy from the beginning. And no, he didn't do the greatest job with that bedroom, but let's face it, he went it alone, as opposed to everyone else teaming up. It was a gamble that didn't pay off. I like the motto "no guts no glory." But in this case it was more "lots of guts no glory."

Remember last year's first challenge? Who was the first to go? That's right- the lady who worked alone.

Scottius Maximus Rules For Design Stars #3- Never work the first week alone.

Scottie's bedroom wall color was okay- it worked last year, and I think the judges liked it then. Isn't it weird they seemed to hate it this year? The problem with the room was in what he chose not to do- put stuff on the walls and buy furniture. They never said what his budget was, but I wonder if they short changed him because he was only 1 man, not a 4 person group?

Too bad, because there are some others that really have to go.

1- Stephanie. She should have been toast. And she knew it. Why else would she commence sobbing? That dining room was a total disaster. I just about said a bad word when she dumped paint on that beautiful half-ton oak(?) table she managed to sucker the others into carrying into the house.

2- Michael. He's like a pinball bouncing all over the place. He acts like a gay Ed Grimley. I think there is the outside possibility that if they are not kept separated, Tracee will throttle him. As I said before, he should never have made it on this show in the first place. Please, America, make sure this guy doesn't win. I don't ask you for much.

3- D. Paul. I don't think he did a single thing except agree with Michael all night long. Either he made no contribution or HGTV edited it out. But they wouldn't do that, would they?

The living room was beautifully done, so I knew that group of 4 was going to make it. No matter how hard Tracee tried to blow it.

I liked Matt's thinking and execution. His and Mikey's bedroom (that's an awkward way to start a sentence) was the only other room that was a success. But what was with that platform on top of the beds- it was unfinished...I think.

What was up with Trish? Did she or did she not volunteer to join the 3 man group in order to work on the sunroom? So what exactly was her contribution to the festivities?

That sunroom was a mishmash of I don't know what, but I think a sunroom is supposed to be bright and cheery. A pool table and dark brown walls are not sunroom material in my world.

But I think the ugliest of the night award went to that monstrous dining room. The single worst thing I have ever seen on Design Star was that painted fireplace. It looked like someone took a tan magic marker to it and just tried to "color" it. Beyond hideous. Very unprofessional looking.

Candace Olsen probably had a seizure if she saw that. Someone call Canada to check on her, please.

Anyway, as I wrote last year, it's hard to make odds on this show, because there is no resting on laurels. There is no "immunity". You have a bad week, you're on the hotseat. One week a star, next week you're gone.

But that won't stop me. In honor of Scottie and his no guts no glory attitude, I present this weeks odds for winning and this week's odds of departure (for entertainment purposes only!) I don't have enough money to "make book".

For winning:
Matt 2:1
Mikey 5:1
Trish 10:1
Tracee 10:1
Jennifer 15:1
Michael 30:1
D. Paul 100:1
Stephanie 100:1.

For going off THIS week:
Stephanie 2:1
D. Paul 5:1
Michael 15:1
Jennifer 20:1
Tracee 25:1
Trish 50:1
Mikey 75:1
Matt 100:1.

Remember- on this site there is no wagering. What you do on other sites is entirely up to you! And don't forget to tune in again next Sunday night to see how I did!

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