She was nearly as perky as Ms. Davis, but she was much more voluptuous. Plus, she would occasionally wear a thong, and when she bent over to lay the carpet or stroke the paint brush, the thong would peek over the top of her jeans and everything just seemed so right with the world.
Genevieve Gorder potting some plants on Trading Spaces She was a fun designer to watch.
Today, Ms. Gorder is the host of a new program on HGTV called "Battle on the Block." The basic premise is that three neighbors have three days to redesign one room in their own home. They're given something like $10,000 for merchandise and then another $5,000 on top of that, and the use of contractors who work eight-hour days. At the end of it all, the rooms are judged by an "impartial" group of realtors or other "experts," and the couple that's declared the winner gets $10,000.
The show is flawed from the premise, because if I get $15,000 just for showing up, I'm going to drop maybe $1,000 on some lawn furniture at ikea and spend the rest on comic books. While the other couples are spending their time redoing the grout or whatever the hell it is that they do in home "renos," my idea of "home improvement" is to watch a couple of HGTV shows and call it a night. I'm pretty lazy and I suspect I'm not alone in this. That $10,000 prize isn't much incentive when you've already won $15,000.
But even worse than that is Ms. Gorder. What a shock to see her now, as opposed to then. And no, it's not just that she's older. Whoever is doing her hair, makeup, and wardrobe hates her. With her hair teased up and bleached, her tight pants and knee-high boots and her tight black shirts she looks like a heroin-addicted groupie from 1984, who slept with the bass player the night before, forgot she had a show to film that day and rolled out of bed, had a breakfast of coffee and barbiturates, and headed straight to the filming site.
Really terrible. My memories of her are ruined.
Interestingly, I think someone at HGTV recognizes that she looks terrible, because I just did a google search to try to find some pics of her on the show today and I couldn't. All I could find was the official HGTV promotional pic:
She looks pretty good here. This picture was probably taken three years ago. She looks far less healthy now; thinner, with more wiry, sallow hair that looks as if it's been sprayed with some kind of industrial chemical to keep it in place and teased too high, and terrible mismatched clothes.
HGTV, if you know she looks terrible, why are you allowing her to appear on television like that? Wouldn't it be much easier to have her change her wardrobe than to scrub the internet of any photos of her now?
UPDATE 5/9/2010 @7:15 AM PST:
Per "Anonymous" in the comments, I was alerted to Ms. Gorder's facebook page, which displays this photograph, of a shorter-haired Genevieve:
This photo was added November 11, 2009. According to this article on the HGTV website, the show was filming in December 2009.
Do you have a knack for home design? Is there no one on your street that can match your curb appeal? Are you ready, willing and able to compete against your neighbors to see which family on your block can outshine and out-design the other? If so, we're looking for you and your neighbors to compete in the ultimate home design renovation showdown on HGTV's news series, Battle On The Block.This means that when filming started, Ms. Gorder had the short, perky, "cute" haircut. Clearly, HGTV forced her to wear hair extensions! And bad ones, at that.
We're looking for families living in the New York City Tri-State area or Florida who are available for filming starting in December 2009.
I have a theory about this, and it's pure speculation but that's what a blog is for. First of all, check out a photo of the very cute and perky host of Ms. Gorder's previous television show, "Trading Spaces"-- Paige Davis:
Notice anything? I mean besides the fact that she's cute and perky and you just want to smother her in kisses?
That's right-- she's got short hair.
As I've previously noted (above), "Battle on the Block" shares a lot in common with "Trading Spaces." There is the element of design, of competition, of hard work over night to transform one room in each family's space. And then there's the presence of Ms. Gorder.
Ms. Gorder, of the long blond hair. It was Ms. Davis who had the short hair.
HGTV is ruining Genevieve Gorder's life and reputation and making her physically unattractive all to ensure that she's not mistaken for Paige Davis her former co-star on another television show with a remarkable similar premise!
To that I say: Grow up, HGTV! Leave Ms. Gorder's hair alone!
Creepy Genevieve Gorder cleavage pics source (probably NSFW).
"Current" Genevieve Gorder pic source.