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Channel Nine Is Producing Top Design With Jamie Durie As Host

Channel Nine launched their 2011 line-up this week, The Block and Farmer Wants a Wife will be back, but they have also have announced a new production called Top Design.

Jamie Durie will be host. The official blurb is “he will be searching the country to find people from all walks of life who are passionate about design and renovation. They will then be put to the test to create a masterpiece in this exciting new make over show.”

Now reality TV savants will know there was a fabulous US show on Arena which was about interior designers battling it out each week in different challenges to be crowned Top Designer. It was all rather fabulous and high end, and Injera Rufus did some amazing recaps on the show.

So I am curious to know whether Channel Nine have bought the rights to the show from Bravo TV, and are making their own special version that they think will appeal to the Australian audience.

This does not look very similar at all.

Channel Nine has not had a lot of success recently with design shows. HomeMade was one of the turkeys of 2009, this was meant to be a design show but there was too much of Renovation Rescue in it. But host David Heimann was good, as were the judges.

The Block this year has rated well and this was meant to be a renovation show, but was a lot more about design.

So hopefully next year The Block will focus more on renovation and Top Design is going to be strictly design.

Channel Nine must be hoping to unearth some amateur design talent like Masterchef  Australia did with cooking, so you never know the show could be interesting, as usual it will depend on the casting.


1 sarah { 12.06.10 at 2:58 pm }

Hi there, are you able to confirm your sources as no one at Nine seem to know about this new show…..I loved the US version and would Love an australian version!!! With the amount of phone calls I’ve made to Nine this morning, the rumour will be kept alive for a few more days yet!

2 Reality Raver { 12.06.10 at 7:01 pm }

Sarah – It was on a Channel 9 press release. Try calling Shine Australia as they may be the ones making it for Nine

3 sarah { 12.06.10 at 7:47 pm }

Thanks, that is exactly who I called. cheers


4 Carlyie { 01.12.11 at 7:32 pm }

Hi i’d like to know how you apply to be on? I work in the hardware and D.I.Y industry working the paint and decoration section.

5 Reality Raver { 01.12.11 at 8:56 pm }
6 janine { 02.27.11 at 11:09 am }

Home Made was the worst, so called design shows I have ever seen.

7 End of February « Wilma & Stijn { 02.28.11 at 3:07 am }

[…] westerse wereld. En afgelopen week heb ik keihard gewerkt aan mijn presentatie voor de auditie voor Top Design. Ik was een tijdje geleden gevraagd om in te schrijven voor deze nieuwe serie op Channel Nine […]

8 irene { 07.27.11 at 9:41 pm }

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9 seepi { 07.27.11 at 10:23 pm }

Jamie’s show did the ‘do up an old chair’ challenge tonight – complete with then ‘do up a white room with your chair as the centrepiece’.

How embarassment.

10 Paul { 08.10.11 at 9:10 pm }

Just watched the caravan makeover episode – was that rigged or what – the 2 new latest contestants off on the same night (ie. were planted for a bit of controversy) and 1 giving up his place (if I’m wrong here, all the best to his family member that is unwell) – anyway, good to keep Lisa on as pretty easy on the eye

11 HR { 08.11.11 at 12:35 am }

@ Paul: I agree- it felt totally staged…the part about Karl(?) “giving up” his spot for Lisa & the sudden double elimination…it all seemed to suss…
If you have noticed before they make the elimination announcement, they always have bottom 2 teams ( I guess to keep the suspense element)…but today they decided to keep 3…why? & the fact that NO COMMENTS were made about how much of a non-team player Karl was…am sure if it had been some other contestant there would have been comments on it…just feels like producers decided to make him leave in the best possible way…

12 seepi { 08.11.11 at 8:56 am }

Ripped off for kai who had to leave last week, when I thought Karl should have gone for sure.

This is a good show, but is getting lost for me in the mix of REnovators and the Block.

Also the cross-over with this and Renovators is a bit much – last night Renovators did the Garden challenge – very similar to Top Design 2 weeks ago, except not on a rooftop.