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Design Star – No Top Design But Still A Lot Of Fun

This year appears to be the year of the design reality show, and Lifestyle have gone one better and launched a stand-alone home and design entertainment channel called Lifestyle Home.

Design Star is one show you can watch on this channel.

The premise of the show is twelve designers compete in an elimination type competition to become the Design Star.

However, the bizarre thing about the show is the prize is not  cash to start up your own design company, but your own TV show.

This did make me a bit cynical about the actual “design talent” on the show. However the casting of the contestants is great, with a mix of personalities, and styles. In fact they have more charisma than the host and judges of the show.

Vern Yip, Candice Olsen and Genevieve Gorder all remind me of home shopping hosts. They just have one expression and energy level, with not a lot of repartee between them.

Also there is no wit nor do we get to see them deliberating about how they reached their decisions.

Even their own personal style is more low end. They are no Kelly Wearstler, or Jonathan Adler from Bravo’s iconic Top Design.

Despite all this the show is a lot of fun, and this is because of the challenges and the dynamic between the contestants.

In the first episode the designers have to pair up with another contestant to design a bedroom space for them in a small white space. The budget is $500, and they have to shop at a Chinese store.

Some of the results are amazing, others are tragic, particularly Julie’s goose feather rug. “But it was meant to be conceptual” she wails.

Obviously certain contestants get more airtime than others. Watch out for Nina, Tom, and Michael.

If you like design shows this one is definitely worth a look see.

Design Star Series 5 premieres on Lifestyle Home Sunday 6 March at 8.30pm.