Love the description! I hated that design, too.
I felt sorry for the second team last night. I mean, how many designers were in the first group? Weren't there 9 (seven chosen, one eliminated, one saved after crying)? What if the mentors had liked every designer in that group? What if they had all gotten chosen? Then a whole bunch of designers would have had to be eliminated from the second group. That was totally unfair.
And the same thing goes in reverse. Good designers were let go in order to keep spots open. That's one of the reasons why I stopped watching The Voice. Too often the judges on that show were passing on perfectly good singers because they were afraid a mega-talented one would show up later. This whole format just stinks all around.
Did anybody else feel sorry for Nick? As somebody who grew up a nerd, I totally felt his pain at being excluded. It was even worse because I think he nailed it on the head: the designers see Mondo and Anya as cool, hip young things and so want to be associated with them. I love you, Nick! I would have chosen you!
If I were Nick, I would have done the following. Each time Mondo and Anya nominated somebody, I would have passed so they could fight it out between themselves. That way they would fill their spots quicker. When it was my time to pick somebody, I would have gambled and picked somebody I didn't really want, on the hopes the designer would pick one of the others. Then when all the dust settled, I would have my choice among all the remaining designers.