Consider “American Idol” finalists and how anyone who ranks in the top few usually has a great voice. Then consider who won and how many you can name.
After the first year, it sometimes becomes a trivia contest, but there are memorable contestants from each season. The lesson here is that runners-up generally make for good TV.
HGTV applies that lesson with the six-episode “Design Star All Stars,” airing at 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Drawing from its talent contest “Design Star,” the show features David Bromstad, the Season 1 winner, as host and mentor.
“It is one of those really fun type of shows taking the people who didn't win on the regular season of ‘Design Star' and offer a personality that more people want to see,” Bromstad says. “If you didn't get enough of Tom or Kellie, Sparkle is definitely hilarious.”
He refers to Tom Vecchione of Season 5, Kellie Clements of Season 6 and Sparkle Josh Johnson of Season 2. They're competing against Dan Vickery of Season 4, Leslie Ezell of Season 6 and current “Design Star” competitor Hilari Younger.