First, I just have to say, love your user name and pic. Corgis RULE!!!!!!!! Now that that is out of my system...
I agree. In the intro when Amy is all "but it isn't about the cash prize" I instantly think, then why have one? The show you knocked off doesn't have one. They just give away a cool glass cake plate. I do like that they all end up on the porch playing their instruments. That is all that is needed to give the "nice" vibe.
I pretty much zone out once the "judges" start talking because they really say nothing interesting or useful. They just heap tons of not always earned praise making the times someone does do something praise worth basically meaningless. "You glued two piece of paper together! OMG That's the most amazing thing ever!!!!" "You built an entire house including insulation and hardware in under an hour! OMG That's the most amazing thing ever!!!!" There should probably be a difference in the reaction to those two accomplishments.
When they ever pointed out Rebecca wrapping a vase in contact paper like it was something amazing, all I could think was they should come to my house. My back splash is contact papered. I have a contact paper library wall, I contacted papered my hideous bathroom vanity. They would die of shock at how amazing it is!!!!! Or how cheap I am and determined to make my new home my own in the quickest and cheapest way possible. I never think doing this stuff is amazing. It's just obvious to me.
I do love the show. I think it's nice. Not really great, or must see TV, but nice. I enjoy Amy and Nick, though I can't decide if it's that they are doing more bits or that the bits they are doing feel more and more scripted, but it is very hit or miss for me.
Also, I wish we got more info on how they are choosing their winners and losers because I have gotten it wrong every episode so far. I have begun to suspect that Etsy makes the actual decision because Rebecca's cubicle, and that triangle wreath thing she got a win for, are about the most Etsy things I've seen. For me she has been the least interesting or inspiring because I feel like I could find most of her ideas on Etsy already. (and I may have said Etsy about half as much in this post as Etsy lady manages to say it on the show. lol)