HGTV Design Star: Fallen Star Robb Mariani

HGTV Design Star: Fallen Star Robb Mariani

Patrick H.
Sep 11, 2007

Naughty boys
need love too.

Part Bulldog from Frasier, part Anthony Maritino, the Mario Cantone character from Sex & the City (the wedding-producing, passionate Italian part), Robb Mariani from HGTV's Design Star talked (quickly!) about his on-air antics, and explains why what didn't make the cut just might have changed your mind about this truck-lovin' Creative Design Consultant from Orlando, Florida.

We wondered from Challenge 1 whether Robb was a design firecracker or just a timebomb waiting to go off. While we're still not entirely sure, we discovered Robb has much more of a sense of humor than in the bad-boy picture the show's producers painted...

Maybe if the judges had seen a bit more of Robb's softer side, he'd still be duking it out on the show.

What does Robb have in common with Rocky Balboa? What did a guy who wears a "Diesel Power" trucker's cap do (or want to do) with the diamonds he won in Challenge 4? Why don't sarcasm and editors mix? Who does he think is the granddaddy of design TV? Robb reveals all.

We get the impression that Robb's ideas come faster than he is sometimes ready for, but that undoubtedly helped him in this show that tested even his tolerances of timeā€¦ and he seems perpetually on fast forward.

We'll miss the drama this di stijl-loving (the aesthetic movement, not the White Stripes album) diesel-powered designer brought to the //,,HGTV_22056_63147,00.html">cast. And we hope this fireplug of a designer keeps on truckin'. Maybe he'll get his own show, anyhow. Something like "Pimp my Semi." Or at least a cameo on the next season of Ice Road Truckers.

But you can keep up with Robb on his myspace page, or his brand spankin' new web site, which like Neeraja's tiling job from Challenge 2, might not be quite finished yet.

And hear all about the show direct from the HGTV VP, Event Programming, James Bolosh, in the interview that kicked off the season of this HGTV ratings powerhouse exclusively for AT readers.

Past Interviews:
Fallen Star: Josh Johnson
Fallen Star:
Christina Ray
Fallen Star: Adriana Nussbaumer
Fallen Star: Scott Corridan
Fallen Star: Neeraja Lockart
Fallen Star: Josh Foss
Fallen Star: Lisa Millard

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