HGTV is one of the few networks taking a risk by debuting a new series during the Olympics, but at least it’s an offshoot of an existing hit: “HGTV Design Star All Stars.”
But it’s an oddly modest effort. It only features six past contestants and debuts a week after the finale of season seven. Why only six and why so soon after the regular “HGTV Design Star” just ended?
In an interview last week, Atlanta interior designer and HGTV judge Vern Yip didn’t have an answer for either question because these were decisions made above him. And the winner doesn’t get a very big prize: $25,000 and a guest spot on another HGTV show. There are no guarantees of their own show like the winners of “HGTV Design Star” – just publicity to perhaps boost their own interior design businesses.
Here are Yip’s thoughts on the six contestants:
Hilari Younger (season seven, third place): Wait — didn’t we just see her? Yes. In