The Magical Elves (the team behind Project Runway, Top Chef) are sprinkling their fairy dust on the new season of Bravo's Top Design (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET) to shake things up — including Todd Oldham's move to his new Tim Gunn-esque mentoring role. We caught up with the design guru to get his take on Season 2 changes, contestants clashing and the new "hottie" host, fashion model India Hicks.
TVGuide.com: What made you switch from your hosting gig in Season 1 to solely mentoring in Season 2?Oldham: It was just about the only room my schedule would allow! I was excited it worked out, and that I was able to do my very favorite part, which is mentoring. It was really fun to show up and help wherever I could — or leave them alone, because that can be just as helpful. TVGuide.com: How was it doling advice ou
"See ya later, decorator!" It may sound corny, but when interior designers on Bravo's Top Design (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET) hear Jonathan Adler utter that dreaded line, they know it's time to pack their paint swatches and leave. Over the last seven weeks, Adler and his team of take-no-prisoners tastemakers have whittled 12 hopefuls down to a minimalist five. Here's a look at the ambitious finalists who are still hoping to ace the ultimate DIY test.
GOIL AMORNVIVAT, age 33Job: Teacher, Parsons School of Design Style: UltramodernFavorite room color: A combo of off-whites Why the judges always heart him: "I think they liked that I'm a problem solver. Todd [Oldham] would give us a proble
Todd Oldham is one of those Renaissance men you want to hate out of envy, but can't help but adore the second he opens his mouth. The fashion/interior/product designer, photographer, writer and TV personality is now the host of Bravo's Top Design (premiering tonight at 11 pm/ET), an interior-design spin-off of the Project Runway/Top Chef family. (How ironic is it that he has his own La-Z-Boy furniture line?) Oldham is so excited about the show and his role as mentor and referee to its eclectic cast of characters that he stepped out of the ticket line at the Sundance Film Festival last week just to tell TVGuide.com all about it.
TVGuide.com: Hi, Todd! What are you seeing at Sundance?
Ready, set, create something fabulous!
That in a glitzy nutshell is the gist, and the appeal, of a new wave of skill-based reality-competition shows that I have become completely addicted to on Bravo. They may be rigidly formulaic — from over-the-top casting to the soul-crushing (if not career-crushing) judging — but why mess with success?
It all started with the wildly entertaining and Emmy-nominated fashion-design contest Project Runway and continued into the kitchen with the succulent Top Chef, whose second-season finale this Wednesday will be followed by the newest promising contender: Top Design (premiering Jan. 31 at 11 pm/ET). This one pits interior designers against each other. Watch the fur,and paint, fly.
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