Reality Check: Tale of two 'Burghers on 'Design Star'
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It was the best of times and the worst of times for Pittsburghers on HGTV's "Design Star." Tasked with creating a new office and showroom for Kris Jenner, matriarch of the Kardashian clan, the interior designers were randomly paired up.
After creating a blah video the previous week, Hampton High School grad Stanley Boyd Palmieri wowed the judges. He and teammate Rachel Kate whipped up an "old Hollywood" glam office, where focal points included Mr. Palmieri's waterfall desk and a "tennis bracelet" mirror.
Ms. Jenner was a happy client.
But there was no joy for Penn Hills native Luca Paganico. From the start, he and teammate Bex Hale bickered about everything from time management to accessories in their showroom project.
"You're treating me like I work for you. I do not work for you," Mr. Paganico said, prompting her response: "No kidding, 'cause you'd be fired."
They were both eliminated at judges' panel.
• Chartiers Valley grad Allison DeBona had to deal with drama of her own on "Breaking Pointe" (CW, Thursdays). Casting for solos gave her the semi-spotlight when she wasn't chosen to dance for the critics on the opening night of "Paquita." Later, she helped a company member find a date in a bar, which was an "awwww" moment.
• On "Dance Moms" (Lifetime, Tuesdays), everyone cried at some point in the episode. Or it just seemed that way. Paige finally got a solo, but Abby wasn't exactly encouraging, telling her she will either make a fool out of herself or win. At one point, Paige's mom was also crying and took her girls out of the Penn Hills studio.
But then they came back again. Again. (This happens among the Dance Moms. A lot).
The girls rocked a zombie-themed dance and won their division in a competition in Chicago. Life is good, until next week.
• Original Productions, creators of shows such as "Storage Wars" and "Deadliest Catch," is seeking property owners in casting a new reality program, "Money Barn."
Owners of barns will have the contents auctioned off, all the better if the contents have great stories behind them. The company hopes to shoot in Pennsylvania or within 75 miles of its borders.
For more information, go to www.moneybarnshow.com.
First Published June 16, 2012 12:00 am