Hildi says she “was given a gift.”

Hildi says she “was given a gift.”
Trading Spaces designer Hilda Santo-Tomas, renowned for her obliviousness and uncanny ability to permanently attach hundreds of ugly things to walls, says she exposes people to her brilliance because it was given to her at birth. Seriously. “The reason I do this show is I was given a gift when I was born,” she tells The Arizona Republic. That gift, surprisingly enough, was not crap smeared on her walls. “My gift is creativity. I’m not afraid to try anything.” Justifying her past designs, she presents some false dichotomies: “Putting flowers on the wall: Is that design or is it gardening? Putting baseball cards on a wall: Is that design or collecting?” Hildi Santo-Tomas: Lunatic or sadist?

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.