Re: ALL AMERICAN HANDYMAN
A new competition show started Sunday, 9-5 at 10PM. The premise is to find a Handyman with all around skills. As Mike Holmes stated it - know something about everything without being a master of one.
The permanent judges are Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property). The competition is hosted by Molly Culver. The series is presented by Sears and their products will be used and featured throughout the competition. The prizes are a shopping spree at Sears and a development deal with HGTV.
Twenty hopefuls show up to be greeted by Molly, Mike and Scott, but only ten will remain after the first challenge.
For the first challenge they are each given two pieces of plywood and told to build whatever they want using the displayed Sears products as inspiration. They have 90 minutes.
The twenty dive right in with the tools and create mostly wine racks with a couple of dog houses, a couple of tables, a couple of lounge chairs and one set of regular chairs. The projects are numbered and Mike and Scott tour, test and pull them apart. When they have deliberated, the contestants are called in groups of five. If they passed they are told to hang up their toolbelt on a stand created for that purpose.
The lucky ten return to their hotel in NYC only to return to the old warehouse site used as backdrop for the show in the morning.
After Molly greets them, she explains the that day's challenge. They are to meet individually with Mike, Scott and Bill Kiss, a tool expert from Sears. Each judge has a test for them. Scott's test is to use a piece of plywood to perfectly overlay two shapes glued to another piece of plywood. He tells us it involves hands and mind in coordination. With 15 minutes to correctly cut out the shapes, only one contestant made the perfect cuts.
Mike started his test off with questions about construction every handyman should know. Only one person answered 14 of 18 correctly, which to Mike was very good as he thought most would get less than 50%. Next he asked them to point out the errors in a framed wall. Once again, one contestant stood out.
Bill Kiss showed them a collection of tools from ancient to the latest and greatest. He asked them to identify them. The older tools stumped the majority, but all were thrilled with the new items.
After discussion the judges cut from ten to eight. Molly gave a wrap-up and a preview for next week where Carmen will be judging an interior finishing challenge.
I like the show. It moved very fast...a little too fast to get to know the contestants yet. I didn't name names as by the end of the hour they were down to eight. Maybe next week the cream will start to rise and their names will make an impression.