I do want to share a few things that have been on my mind. I hope you'll entertain me for a minute.
People seem to think Vern is being too hard on the designers this year. During the Twitter parties that happen during the show, viewers say he's being downright mean (sometimes the language may be more harsh).
When I watch, I find myself being thankful the judges' standards are getting higher. Vern is probably the most vocal of the judges and after judging the show since the first season, I think that's to be expected.
Every contestant on this year's show is working professionally in the field. Most of them are educated and some attended major art schools (if you look at the Design Stars in Social Media post I wrote a few weeks ago, you'll see Pratt and Parsons on the list of schools attended). This is not the Design Star of old, when an ex-hairstylist could try her hand at designing rooms. That's not a dig, it's a fact. There's a big difference between season two and season five.
The Twitter party is full of people making cracks about Vern's height. Genevieve Gorder, who participates in many of the chats, repeatedly answers questions about this and it drives me nuts that she has to do that. Genevieve and Candice Olson are tall women who also happen to wear pretty tall heels. Candice is a former volleyball player, for goodness sake! Did everyone forget that?
Take a look at this picture of the old group of judges with Clive Pearce. The other judges were Cynthia Rowley and Martha McCully who used to be with InStyle magazine.
Okay, I think I'm done. Lay off the judges. They're holding professional designers to professional standards. Those who say "let's see the judges do that" don't seem to realize that Vern and Genevieve have done what the contestants are doing when they were on Trading Spaces. If memory serves, Trading Spaces was about four person teams (two homeowners + a designer + a carpenter) redesigning rooms in two days on insanely small budgets. They can do it. They don't have to anymore. They get to judge. Right?