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HGTV Design Star Crowns A Winner

September 13, 2009 08:20 PM by DA Southern


HGTV Design Star ends tonight with one of the most ambitions make-over’s to date as Antonio and Dan each tackle a complete home makeover to decide the winner of this season’s HGTV Design Star. Admittedly, I am a huge Antonio fan as I think he has the chops to handle a show on HGTV week after week. He is so totally different than the talent currently on HGTV, which is why he is a natural to get his own show. It all comes down to who does the best at the task in the finale and if the judges deem Antonio’s totally different style a fit on HGTV.

Host Clive Pearse greeted the two finalists and told them what was in store for them. Clive announced that they each had $50,000 budget, a team of carpenters and 4 days to finish a complete home makeover.


Antonio met the Starr family and Dan met the Goldberg family and each designer set about to determine the style of each of the families. Both houses were similar in styling and any improvements would be a blessing at this point.

Antonio was all about tearing out walls and it looked as Dan was all about a color pallet, although Dan was doing some wall work himself. Both kitchens were small and looked to be the bane of the design project for each of them and Antonio and Dan set their crews into action as they shopped at Sears.

Dan looked as if he had a bit more personal touches with pictures and other little touches but Antonio was doing some additional work by redoing a bathroom that was not in the original task set forth by Clive. A big risk for sure by Antonio, but it will either bite him in the butt or get him his own show on HGTV by the end of the show.


Dan had a pretty decent cabinet built to hide the TV over the fireplace and Antonio was not happy with his paint choices as he saw it up on the wall by the end of Day 3.

Day 4 – Final Day

Dan’s rooms were not as finished as Antonio’s seemed to be and Dan was having some issues with fitting the Washer and Dryer to fit in the space. Antonio had a funky cabinet that would either be a favorite of the judges or it will be hated, it was one of those kinds of pieces.  Both designers finished with no real problems as far as projects being left undone.

Judges Elimination

Dan was first to profile his design. His design was clean and contemporary and flowed nicely. His hosting skills have improved immensely and the judges were in total agreement. Candice loved the personal touches and Genevieve was not as crazy about all of the purple in the house. Vern said that he was not usually a fan of covering a window but that it worked in this case. The Goldbergs loved the design and Dan was a big hit.


Antonio’s design was problematic in many ways from the judge’s standpoint and yet, he had some bold statements in his design overall. On top of that, his hosting style is so easy going and likeable. Candice was a huge fan of the way Antonio blended colors and it seemed that Vern was the one who complained the most about his space planning and what he did overall. Vern finally loved the space planning he did in the bedroom and the way he closed off the bathroom. The Starr family was ecstatic with the design and even Antonio was crying when he saw their reactions and judge, Candice Olson called it the best reveal ever.

Judges Pow-Wow

Not only did the judges take into account the current design challenge but they had to consider all of the challenges for the season. It was clear that Antonio’s creativity was a main draw for the entire season and that Dan trends towards a more design-school ethic, which is not necessarily a bad thing.


In the end, Host Clive Pearse introduced the HGTV Chairman, Jim Samples, who announced that Antonio Ballatore was the next HGTV Design Star, confirming that I was right all along.


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3 Responses to “HGTV Design Star Crowns A Winner”

  1. HGtvFan Says:
    September 13th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Very dissapointed with the winner of Design Star this season. I am a big fan of HG TV and watch only that channel most of the day. I look forward to, and have loved to watch Design Star the last 4 years. I loved the first 3 seasons, and could not wait for the new Designer’s shows to start. I was very dissapointed that last years winner Jennifer never got to have a show. I thought she was great. I kept waiting and watching for the start of her new show. I saw only 2 shows that she did, then never saw any thing again. Never saw her show promoted or even mentioned on HG TV. I just happened to find the 2 shows. This season was good, but I am very dissapointed with the choice of winner. Antonio never got along with the others, and could care less what anyone else thought. Not someone I would want to work with, and not someone I want to watch argue with, and put down others on his own show. David, Kim, and Jennifer are all friendly, fun, and full of energy. That is what I want to see when I turn on HG TV. I could not wait to see their new shows, I pre-record them, and I enjoy watching them. I have no desire to watch Antonio, and do not plan to watch his new show. If I wanted to watch someone with that type of attitude, I would turn on the network channels. I think the house he did on the last show was horrible, I did not like any of the rooms. The homeowners were surprised, but did not seem as happy as Dan’s. Dan’s house was beautiful, and it showed in the home owners response. Dan got along with everyone, and reminded me more of your first winner, David. I think you would not have gone wrong with Dan. He had a lot of great ideas, was friendly, has a great smile, and much more enjoyable to watch. I love Candice, but I think she went goo goo over Antonio. I could see that he could do no wrong in her eyes, and knew that he was her favorite for several weeks, not surprising since she works will all males on her show, and she likes them to be goofy. I would have looked forward to watching any of the other contestents new shows if they would have won. I will not tune into the new show in the spring, but look forward to the next season of Design Star.

  2. ziggy7 Says:
    September 13th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I have to say I did not agree with the judges on this one. I thought Dan’s spaces in the home he designed had more of a natural flow. His previous projects – the baby’s room and the room with apples were awesome. I thought his presentation was very pleasant in the final challenge.
    Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion.

  3. Susan Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I think Antonio is a slob and fake. He is intolerably controlling and I wish ANYONE but him would’ve won. I will NOT be watching his ‘show’. Obviously David Bromstads “Color Splash” is the ONLY real ‘Design Star’ worth watching.


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