Category — Top Design
It seemed like a reality TV couple that was destined to go the whole way. Jamie Durie and Lisa Christie met on Top Design. He was the host and she was a contestant. She moved herself and her two kids from Brisbane to Sydney to be with him and in March this year he proposed. It was only this year their romantic story was in New Idea.
Lisa now living in Melbourne has now spoken about the break up in this week’s Woman’s Day. Anyone can fall out of love but quite frankly he should have handled the whole scenario with a bit more maturity.
This is a summary from the Woman’s Day article:
“He came home from America and he was just different all of a sudden she [Lisa] says. “As naive as it may be, I felt it couldn’t possibly be [something wrong with] us or me, because of what we had.”
Assuming it must have been stress from Jamie’s busy work schedule that was responsible for his “different” behaviour, Lisa made every effort to make their home life a happy distraction.
“I left letters just to let him know I was here. I thought even though it’s coming at me, sometimes that happens in relationships – sometimes you’re the one who cops it,” she says of his manner.
Jamie, 43, barely came home and, when he did, he was in a terrible mood, despite her efforts to keep the pair on an even keel. Then, the former model and Manpower Australia stripper moved all his things into the spare room of the family’s home.
At an absolute loss as to what could have happened to their perfect little union in a matter of mere weeks, Lisa begged Jamie for an answer but he refused to talk.
In the end she checked his phone.
“I found messages that wre disgusting,” says Lisa. “They damaged me. I think they’ve scarred me for life. It’s pretty hard to see that going on.”
“He was in it hook, line and sinker, I guess is the best way to put it. He was also organising to meet up with her again.”
To Lisa’s abhorrence, thre were countless phone messages dating back for some time while he was playing with her children, tucking them into bed at night, cooking the family dinner and telling Lisa she was his soul mate.
Naked photos had been exchanged with one woman and filthy innuendos were bandied around with another one.
“I just kind of gave up. My whole being gave up. From the airport to my parents’ house, I got unbelievably sick and ended up in hospital. I had a breakdown,” she reveals.
Lisa says it was weeks before the news that his fiancee was hospitalised eventually reached Jamie.
“I was supposed to be working on a [designing] job with him and the producer called me to see if I was all set, so I explained what had happened.
“Apparently the next day Jamie arrived on the set and said I was on another job. The producer told him they’d spoken to me in hospital. That’s when he finally called me”.
Lisa told Jamie she knew everything. He was silent and that’s the last she heard from him.
The full story is in the Woman’s Day.
December 18, 2013 29 Comments
I feel a bit sorry for Top Design it has not had the loving on this blog that it deserved. It was treated like a poor cousin to The Block and The Renovators.
The cast was definitely had talent and personality, the challenges were interesting, however I don’t get why Channel Nine programmed it at this time of the year when they knew The Block and The Renovators were going to be on.
I wonder if the ratings would have been better if it had started in September and run until the end of the year? Anyway that is all just hypotheticals.
Now if you have stuck with it and do want to watch the finale it is on Wednesday night at 10.30pm on Channel Nine or GEM at 8.30pm.
Here is what the final task is:
Three empty houses, three real clients, $50,000 budget…this is the TOP DESIGN GRAND FINALE.
Just three contestants are left standing. Gold Coast single mum Lisa, Melbourne architect Robert or charity worker Stephen.
In an emotionally charged final episode, they have four days to transform and beautify three empty brand new houses for first-time homebuyers.
They are playing to win $100,000 and the fabulous design tour, visiting famous design landmarks and meeting some of the best designers in the world.
But, there is almost as much at stake for the clients.
They are first-time homeowners who have poured their savings into their new Mirvac home.
It’s not only bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens primed for the makeover; it’s outdoor living as well. As befitting a grand finale, the results will amaze you but the question is will the clients love what our three finalists come up with?
Go Stephen I really hope he wins. Lisa has kind of fluked her way there, not saying she is not talented, however two people have bowed out of the competition at a time she was up for elimination.
I don’t mind Robert as he has definitely given the viewers a lot of entertainment value with his very focused personality.
Who do you want to win?
September 6, 2011 9 Comments
On my Foxtel channel’s the Lifestyle ones are the ones that get a serious workout. Lifestyle for Come Dine With Me Australia, Lifestyle You for extremely schlocky reality TV, and Lifestyle Food for fantastic cooking shows which Injera reviews on her blog.
Now they have just launched another one on Tuesday called LifeStyle HOME.
As you can guess from the title the shows will be about property and home entertainment. There are already shows that I will definitely fitting into my already full reality TV schedule.
The first one is Design Star series 5 from reality TV guru Mark Burnett. This premieres on Sunday 6 March at 8.30pm. This show has twelve up and coming designers who are split into teams and must each week navigate their way through design challenges.
The first challenge for the teams is to turn a white box bedroom inspired by a fellow designer, but they only have a $500 budget and must find all their items in an Asian market.
A review of this show will be up on the blog in the next couple of days.
Also it will be interesting to see how similar this is with Top Design and our very own Channel Nine Top Design Australia (currently in production). The Australian version is to be hosted by Jamie Durie.
Speaking of Jamie, there could be no Lifestyle Home channel without one of his shows. On Sunday March 6 at 7.30pm his show the The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie will premiere. This is his US series where he and his team transform outdoor spaces into “outdoor rooms”.
One of the other shows to premiere this Saturday night at 7.30pm is May The Best House Win. This is a British show where four proud homeowners of the UK’s interesting and unusual homes open their homes to each other, and they are judged by each other. They are competing for a 1000 pound prize.
They judge on interior design, homeliness, comfort, the hospitality on offer and the overall viewing experience.
Other shows will be A Place In The Sun, Homes Under The Hammer, Celebrity Fantasy Homes and Carter Can. Also there are exclusive new series Dear Genevieve, Renovation Realities and Tommy’s Fix Your House for Free.
For the home design junkies this channel is going to become compulsive viewing.
The channel doesn’t have its own website so just look at the Lifestyle Channel one for info. Nor does it have a twitter account, however @lifestyle is keeping the world updated on what is happening on this new channel.
March 3, 2011 6 Comments
Ok so Jamie Durie might not look like this anymore but if you want to be involved in a reality show with him and think you have a bit of flair with design and renovation well this could be your opportunity. Channel Nine are currently looking for contestants for their new show Top Design.
The show to be hosted by Jamie Durie and is hopefully based on the US version of the show. Please note I said that about Nine’s other design show Home Made and I was wrong…. The difference already is that the Australian version will consider amateurs people that are not currently working in the field, unlike the US version where they all work in some sort of design field.
Channel Nine is on the call-out for contestants from all walks of life “who have the passion, flair and skills for home makeovers and renovation.”
Over several weeks these everyday design enthusiasts will face a series of elimination challengers to create visual masterpieces in this makeover program, with the series winner taking home a major cash prize.
Do you think you or someone you know has what it takes to create a renovation masterpiece that will have Australia talking? Simply go to ninemsn.com.au/topdesign and apply now. Applications close Friday, February 18, 2011.
January 14, 2011 4 Comments
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.
December 4, 2010 12 Comments