Bravo’s Top Design found Felicia Bushman ousted for using a crocheted afghan in a room designed for a twenty-something design student. Andrea Keller, our pal, commented on the challenge, One Man’s Trash:
AK: Felicia going was a huge shocker, we thought she would be around for a long time. She’s very elegant, has lots of experience etc.. you never know what will go on in that judging room! I think part of the bottom line was that the client didn’t like the room and was vehement about it, that made a big impression. we had to do so much so quickly, it’s really a 2-day panic of running around with paint and materials, and hard to balance what you think you know about the client with what materials you have available, how much time is left, how your building projects are going, what the judges may or may not think.. and all the while there are cameras on you.. So we were doing the best we could, no way to know where it would fall.
(Joe Stewart, the guest judge, had worked on Shop Til You Drop, and he designed the “White Room” which is neither white nor a room.)
FBLA: Is the show what you thought it would be?
AK: The scary thing was that obviously we had never seen the show before, it hadn’t been done, so we didn’t know what we were in for, and diving in on-camera. Someone told me that I had to have guts to do the show (he used another word) – and I realized that when I was doing it I was just trying to do my best and was consumed by the tasks at hand, which leaves me now needing guts retroactively which is odd and kind of impossible.
FBLA: How was Felicia in the team situation? How do you work with people, knowing someone is leaving?
AK: Felicia is lovely–always so warm, and when it came to working with her she wasn’t just gunning for herself, she was amazing to work with in a team. With Felicia gone, that left Carisa and I alone in the house – 4 challenges down and 4 girls eliminated, makes you sleep not so well.
FBLA thinks being alone with Carisa is enough to give anyone nightmares. Project Yawnur seems to agree.
(Pink Navy sees an plot against women of a certain age.)
AK: It suddenly hit me that we would be dropping like flies (I should have known that, have seen every project runway ever, hello) but it was happening and I was in the middle of it. Funny thing in watching episode 4 was that you can see that we are starting to fray a little bit–lots of energy drinks and almost no sleep, trying harder than ever to figure out the game and keep up. It’s also the point where you realize that you can adore people and still want them sent home, it becomes a question of math.