In some inexplicable twist of fate, Meg Caswell came onto the scene this season of Design Star and produced:
A horrible room for the White Box Challenge:
One of the most unattractive headboards in Design Star history (second only to J Allen’s earlier in the season):
Another lame design:
And there seemingly was no limit to how many fugly rooms she could churn out. They just kept coming:
Not to mention all of the times she did her constipated chicken dance during the camera challenges.
And the many “design crimes” in her offscreen portfolio:
But now we’re supposed to believe she’s the next Design Star? Give me a break. There was so much evidence to the contrary that this just seems utterly laughable. During Season 4, there was a lot of off-camera grumbling from finalists, who had story after story about how Antonio Balatore received preferential treatment throughout the entire production. It felt like common knowledge to all of them that Antonio had been cherry-picked to win from the get-go, and that the entire season of episodes was shot and edited to support HGTV’s pre-season choice. Since I liked Antonio’s out-of-the-box designs and his ability to entertain, I had no beef with that. But it seemed like this was another season where the head honchos had already chosen Meg before the cameras even started rolling, and I do take issue with picking someone who clearly does not demonstrate the level of design talent that many of her co-finalists possess.
I’m either an idiot or an idealist, but I’m a viewer who wants this title to mean something. I want to see the best designer win. And that did not happen this season.
Karl Sponholtz, you were ROBBED.
Unlike Meg, Karl only had one bad episode. Karl’s sole contribution toward design badness all season long was this gawd awful flower arrangement:
The rest of the season, Karl consistently turned out smart designs:
To see the judges compare these two designers’ work and continue to effusively praise Meg is just beyond me. But then we know firsthand Vern Yip will call anything “beautiful,” as long as he’s getting paid to do it.
The final nail in the coffin for me was Meg’s show concept, Design Crimes. Every single one of those HGTV personalities knows full well you can’t go on TV and accuse homeowners of committing design crimes. Nothing is a greater turnoff than starting out of the gate by insulting the client, yet they all put their smiley faces on and gushed over how brilliant the idea was. What a crock.
I feel like a fool who was duped into watching thirteen hours of bullsh*t. I hung in there week after disgusted week because I believed there was no way there wouldn’t be some outstanding win at the end. To quote former President Bush, “Fool me once, shame on–shame on you. Fool me–you can’t get fooled again.” I won’t play the fool next year. If the next cast doesn’t BRING IT, I’m not going to waste my time watching it. And I’m certainly not going to give HGTV free PR by writing about some sucky show.
End of rant.
Stay tuned for my post about the Season 7 casting process, coming soon.