Margaret Russell

How do the judges decide who goes home? Margaret Russell explains.

on Feb 21, 2007

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Would you like a behind-the-scenes look at Top Design's fourth episode? First of all, the judging was taped on a Sunday evening at the same time as a boisterous bar mitzvah was going on one floor below at Wolfgang Puck's WP restaurant at the Pacific Design Center. The music was pounding, we couldn't hear ourselves think, and at one point production was shut down because the band's rendition of "It's Raining Men" was drowning out anything going on in the White Room. It was beastly hot, as the air-conditioning had to be turned off whenever the cameras were rolling, and our stylish-but-stiff "Dating Game" barstools seemed more unforgiving than usual. (Kelly and I had microphone packs attached inside the backs of our dresses and we had to either sit ramrod straight or we found ourselves slumping over to avoid the discomfort.)