The reality TV brilliance of Interior Design Masters’ Paul

This article contains spoilers for the seventh episode of Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr, which aired April 20, 2022.

“I would classify myself as a creative genius. I interviewed for a job once and came across as a guru.”

That’s what Paul Andrews said in his sensational first interview on this year’s series Master of Interior Design at Alan Carr.

In the initial flurry of attendees, who modestly claimed they were “pretty confident” or “excited to try it,” with the kind of apologetic, lipless smile you give someone whose path you’ve found at the grocery store, was Pauls the best talking head moment that made me sit up and laugh straight away.

By meaning every episode like David Brent would if he were a Lancashire visual merchandiser, Paul gave me exactly what I want from a hilarious low-stakes competition program about people cleaning up stores: over-the-top drama.

Between his charged looks at the camera and the occasion on which he volunteered to go in place of eliminated contestant Molly, Paul – now sadly leaving the show after his renovated luxury vacation home wasn’t quite up to par – left a very respectable impression third place – has been my favorite reality TV contestant for ages simply because he’s so good at it.

Paul further Interior design master (Photo: Darlow Smithson Productions / BBC)

On the whole, Interior design master is a nice show with nice people who are very happy for each other – even when they are sent home – and where the worst fate one can suffer is sitting on a sofa.

That’s a good thing, because watching it makes me feel like I’m giving my brain a bath — but to be successful, any decent reality show needs a bit of spice, which often comes from great casting.

We often celebrate reality TV personalities for being “normal” or “relatable,” when, frankly, that’s not what makes a good TV.

where would Sell ​​sunset without Christine Quinn being a slut while heavily pregnant? Or the early years of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills without Lisa Vanderpump carting around her bald chihuahua Giggy (RIP)? In fact, the question is whether we would have enjoyed this year Interior design master so much so if Paul, who is known for his love of ‘Heritage’ style, wasn’t so confident in proclaiming himself the Michelangelo of the Pelmets for most of the season? The answer – obvious, obvious, painful – is no.

It’s true that Interior design master attracts a fun, artsy bunch. Even this year’s Shoo-In winner, Australian goat farmer Banjo, has more than a little eccentricity about it, with his insistence on inventing a character that he envisions will inhabit each of his designs; My favorite was Florence Llewelyn-Bowen, guest judge Lawrence’s fictional twin sister.

Still, Paul was the only one who really seemed to be fighting back. In episode one he was portrayed as a bit of a villain for bulldozing Amy’s ideas for their shared office, but when your own wall is the result of divine inspiration, it’s impossible to admit (Amy’s fine – she’s going to banjo in the finals next week).

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Paul often referred to his innovations as “brilliant,” and even if you didn’t agree with him, you had to kind of admire his determination from Lady Gaga. As the great woman has said many times, “There can be 100 people in a room and it only takes one to believe in you” – with Paul it was often himself, much to my constant delight.

On Wednesday night’s episode, Paul had some time to speak seriously about his life and inspirations, and like all greats he displayed amazing confidence beneath the swagger (he knows saying he’s a “creative genius” (but that’s what it feels like when he designs).

And while he didn’t take away the crown this time around – and by the way, if any BBC executive is reading I’d watch any home renovation program he hosts, ideally at 10 minutes an episode praising his own vision – he always comes out number one be in my heart After all, being the main character is hard work – but Paul did a wonderful job.

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