Why are the bloggers who panned Top Design falling all over Sheer Genius? Frankly, I don’t get it. The Assistant, Top Design Stooge
Out of all the bloggers in the universe, why are you asking fabulous me? Ms. Place
Dear Ms. Place,
Because you only called me a dork. Compared to the names the other bloggers gave me, you showed some respect. The Assistant.
My mistake! To answer your question, however, here are some of the reasons why Shear Genius is, well, Marty Scorsesean in scope compared to the Ed Woodian dregs that was Top Design.
1) The short cut challenges (similar to Top Chef’s quickfire challenges) judge the stylists on technical know how and pit them individually against each other. Bravo should have offered Top Design’s talented designers a similar Design Whirl challenge that measured their technical know how, showcased their individual personalities, and provided us with two challenges per show.
2) Because we see less of the Shear Genius judges, their quirks aren’t so readily apparent. I suspect they won’t grate on us nearly as much as Jonathan, Margaret, and Kelly did.
3) When Paul Jean was eliminated, we were able to judge him on two individual challenges. Top Design started out with a thud. We never got to see Lisa or Heather compete individually and they were eliminated before we got to know them. Big mistake.
4) Few can beat Tabatha or Dr. Boogie in the “Over the Top Character” department. (Dr. Boogie’s not gay? Is my gaydar scope off or what?) However, I must admit that Top Design's Mikey (Adams) was in a stratosphere all his own, and few reality t.v. spats can beat the deliciously watchable John/Mikey and Mikey/Carisa feuds.
5) About 3.2 viewers could relate to the Pacific Design Center. I like to stroll through Harrod’s when I’m in London, but I KNOW their furniture is not designed for my budget. Same with Pacific Design Center. Plus the designers were not given enough time to scour its showrooms for furniture. The challenges were prohibitively difficult.
6) Paul Jean sighing like a spoiled teen over the lack of closet space sealed my delight in Episode One. Even though he lasted only one show, he was memorable.