I wasn’t surprised when I learned ABC‘s The Revolution was being cancelled. In fact, I think I did a little happy dance. Why? Because of my disastrous firsthand experience as one of the show’s makeover guests.
Like many TV viewers, I’ve always felt a little envious watching before and after makeovers on shows like Today, Rachael Ray, etc. What, I wondered, would it be like to get a whole new look created by superstar stylists? So when I heard The Revolution was looking for guests to appear on the show’s “Timtervention” segment with Tim Gunn, I jumped at the opportunity. Especially since the theme was dating again. It seemed like a perfect fit, as I was in the middle of my Nominate A Date adventure.
As part of the interview process, I spoke with one of the producer’s several times. She asked me detailed questions about my fashion questions and concerns. I, meanwhile, couldn’t wait to discuss them with Tim Gunn. Visions of a revamped wardrobe danced in my head. How could they not when you’re thinking about meeting one of today’s top style gurus?
So at last, the day of taping arrives. I get to the studio around 12:30. I end up waiting a good half an hour before being brought inside — my first clue that this was going to be a long day. A friendly but frazzled associate producer (AP) finally escorts me up to one of the dressing rooms.
Within minutes, I hear Tim Gunn’s distinctive voice chatting with another guest before he comes to say hello. He greets me with a warm hug and kiss on both cheeks, and starts asking me about my style in such a curious, engaged way that I feel like I’m talking to an old friend.
When I admit that I’m not at my ideal weight, Tim happily commiserates. Waving his hand sympathetically, he quips–
“Oh girl, I was wearing two layers of Spanx underneath my tuxedo at the Oscars!”
We quickly talk through a few ideas before Tim is whisked away. Little did I know then that the day would pretty much be downhill from there…
The AP then takes me down a flight of stairs to meet with the show’s wardrobe director — only to discover once we get there that she’s not ready for us yet. So we walk back up to the dressing room as the former TV producer in me starts thinking, this show seems a little disorganized.
I soon discover that I’m not alone in this line of thought. As Tim and I rehearse the segment on set, he expresses exasperation at poor planning and resulting production delays. I resist the urge to agree out loud before returning to my dressing room.
Up next…why I ended up telling very few people I was on The Revolution, and the most shocking part of my Timtervention.