Before the fourth season of ‘Design Star’ debuted on HGTV a couple of months ago, Atlanta designer and show judge Vern Yip told me he thought this was the strongest crew yet.
Sure, there was a bit of hype in that statement because he was promoting the show. But the two finalists, set designer Antonio Ballatore and interior designer Dan Vickery were both talented and charismatic.
Antonio Ballatore vs. Dan Vickery
- The judges were right to pick Antonio
- Dan had a more refined aesthetic. They should have picked him.
“In my eyes, they were really the right two people standing there at the end,” Yip said. “They both proved it doesn’t pay to be a wallflower in the beginning. You have to stand up and take chances from the start, show you really want this.”
But Yip said the boisterous, confident and often funny Ballatore won because he had that extra “it” factor.
“He brings something unique to the table,” Yip