AFTER: The Red Team's finished dining room.
HOSTING PRESENTATIONS: First of all, hats off to anyone who can get up there and do this part of the competition without OD’ing on Immodium, but I have very strong opinions about these four videos. First up, we have Casey’s and Candice gushes over the “bombshell” who will reel in a male viewership. Of course Candice likes Casey’s goofball antics—they closely resemble the skits Candice works into her own show, Divine Design. I have a love/hate relationship with those skits—I love that Candice doesn’t take herself too seriously, but those segments are often too cheeseball for my taste—so Casey’s over-the-top wink at the end just doesn’t do it for me and nothing else in the rest of her presentation seems energetic enough to sell me on her show. Courtland is still trying to Yo! Yo! us a bit, but he’s believable as HGTV’s next Cute Carpenter and has an authority about him that works. As for Michael, there’s a certain amount of people in the world who seem to get off on being punished, and maybe there’s enough of them out there to create an audience for a host with Michael’s abusive tone. He seems to have such contempt for the viewer—I just don’t get why the judges would find this quality appealing. Then there’s Emily. Emily is the only reason I’m still interested in watching this season, to be totally honest. She’s quirky but not weird. She’s edgy enough to be interesting, but isn’t intimidatingly cool. She’s vulnerable, yet strong and resourceful. We know very little about Emily, yet we feel like we know her intimately.
Since the judges don’t declare a winning designer this week, they leave it to me to do so…and duh, I choose Emily. Conversely, I would never send Courtland home this week—I would kick Casey to the curb and would award Courtland a second-place ribbon for his sconces.
COMING UP: Check back for my interview with castoff Courtland Bascon!