Brief (and possibly final*) thoughts on homeMADE
Last night was the first elimination show on homeMADE and the cracks started to show in the concept. Even having a three-degrees-of-separation connection with the guest judge didn’t help.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a complete sucker for reno shows, so was expecting this to grab me. Unfortunately, it is just grating.
- The arbitrary deadlines for the finished bedrooms were shown to be just that: arbitrary. Whilst other team members stepped in to help the bedroom designers reach their deadline, those designers just seemed to spend the remainder of the time perfecting their rooms rather than reciprocating.
- The bedroom designers seemed to get the benefit of input from the “guru”, which the others didn’t.
- One of the so-called “designers” fell at the obstacle of measuring the space and selecting appropriate furniture. Surely that’s Decorating 101. (The good news is that she was eliminated, I guess. Suzie Wilks is now the wearer of the second shortest pair of short shorts ever to grace a home reno show.)
- The judges criticised one of the houses for having no design cohesion, but there didn’t seem to be any time or structure built in for the teams to work as… a team.
- The houses looked so badly put together that it made me anxious. Looking at the hideous finishes screamed “poisoned chalice” rather than “free reno” to me.
- I find that I really can’t get over the mix of upper and lower case in the title. Petty, yes.
Will I watch it again? Probably not. If it was a once-a-week show in the 6.30 timeslot, I’d keep it on the radar, but I’m not going to watch the first half of a weekly elimination show. Nor am I ditching Model.
*RR might want to continue with it on her return, but it doesn’t bode well for a show that my reaction to the recording ending before the final judging for first elimination was “meh”.