Guest Judge

Liz Lange on her stint as guest judge.

Feb 7, 2007

It's interesting to me now, today, as a viewer again to watch the show and to know a little bit more about the contestants and what they were dealing with. As a judge, I had no idea about any of it. It was refreshing to see that the judges can vote off anyone they want. Nothing is controlled by the producers; it's very real. At the beginning because there are a lot of contestants and a lot of rooms -- I tried to write down a lot of notes as we were walking. I wasn't familiar with the contestants so I wanted to write things down that would help me remember. Specifically, I was looking for certain things: Who followed the assignment; What rooms really did look like they were intended for a child; Who had an understanding of color and space and proportion? For Liz Lange's bio, click here.

Seeing the room only told half the story. Asking the contestants later why they chose a certain color or why they chose this object allow ed me to understand them much better. And frankly, this conversation can change your mind. Maybe they were assigned this color, or there were no other color chips left. I liken it, personally, to my own business. I look at my store sales every day, but if I don't speak to my customers, that information isn't useful. So I ask the sales people if a certain dress isn't selling. "Is it a dog or what?" And sometimes they say, "Oh, no. It's a short sleeve and everyone wants a long sleeve." So I think, "Oh, okay, so I won't drop that dress next season, I'll change it." As a guest judge, I thought the final decisions were pretty easy. What was difficult was the fact that people's careers are at stake. We took that fact very seriously. But we were in a fair amount of agreement on the decisions. For Liz Lange's bio, click here.