Like, seriously, they look absolutely identical! Anyway, I like how they started the competition off with a bang, combining the classic "white room challenge" with the added test of displaying your personal brand.
Brooks took a creative approach as well. From his pink wallpaper to his quirky accessories, you really get to know his outgoing personality. Additionally, he incorporated the sense of smell into his design by leaving a card with cologne on it for the panel to sniff.
I realized that the most important aspect of these challenges is often time management, just like taking your high school SATs! For example, Jerabai didn't give his painting enough time to dry so it dripped. Also, Anne didn't have time to pick up her bedding herself and had to present an unfinished bed. Both these mistakes were criticized by the judges and could've cost these designers their chance of winning the challenge.
The panel only invites the most and least successful designers to the evaluation room to review their designs. Not only does this add drama for the TV audience, it adds drama for the designers. Would you rather be told early that you're safe and know you're not the winner of the challenge or have the possibility of being the winner but have to face evaluation? Personally, my competitive spirit draws me to the latter.
All in all, I'm excited for the new season of HGTV Star and getting to know these unique designers. I can't wait for next week's show!
Who's your favorite designer? What did you think of the challenge? Do you agree with the panel's decision? Leave me a comment below! And keep dreaming!