After a grueling season of taking on interior design projects with a twist, Design Star
finally ends with a fierce two-way competition to become the next HGTV Design Star. The field has been narrowed down to artist and designer Jennifer Bertrand from Olathe, Kansas, and interiors, furniture, and lighting designer Matt Lock from Los Angeles, California.
Voting is only open until today, Wednesday, at 10am ET. Design Star
fans can cast one vote per day at HGTV.com/DesignStar or up to five votes through text message to 44881 (HGTV1). All they have to do is text the letter A for Jennifer or B for Matt. The votes will determine the winner and will be announced during the highly anticipated finale on Sunday, August 3, at 9pm ET/PT. It is perhaps interesting to note that HGTV Design Star
has become the network's highest-rated primetime show in its history since its June 8 debut attracting some 32 million viewers before the finale.
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To refresh your memory, the final challenge had Jen and Matt visiting New Orleans to help two neighboring families rebuild their lives after their houses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Both designers had $20,000 and 36 hours to complete the family's new kitchen, dining room, and living room areas, while complying with the homeowner's specifications.
As for their output, Matt came up with a contemporary design with some touches of sparkling glamour to suit the Olega family's preference for clean lines and earth tones. On the other hand, Jennifer upped the intensity by using bold colors and dramatic design elements, bringing life to the family's home. Both families were happy with the results.
"Jennifer and Matt are fantastic designers and proved their skills as television hosts during the show's intense design challenges," said James Bolosh, HGTV's vice president of event programming. "HGTV would be pleased to have either designer join our roster of network talent," in reference to Design Star's top prize: their own show on the network.
-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Futon Critic
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