Also, "taking risks" must be code talk for "making ugly crap". Because 100% of Nina's work was elegant and interesting, whereas Brian had a lot of stuff, throughout the whole season, which looked like it was made for Wilma Flintstone. But no... Wilma had better taste. Seriously, this dude would just sit down and make a misshappen lump of ugly resin and call it an accessory? And that shit WINS the show? Pu-leeze. Having this guy win season 1 was a nice way to shoot this series in the foot right away.
That ending sucked and I have mixed feelings about the season. It seemed that Brian won based on James' shoes. So, how is that Brian's win?
In a way I think Nina probably lost for the WORST of Reality TV show reasons. She was SO normal. A sweet, well spoken, non-dramatic hard working NORMAL girl. The bane of reality shows apparently. I think the producers probably would have ditched her LONG before the final 3 if her work hadn't been so good. So they use their designated little goon, Ariel Foxman, as their agent---he's the only one who really cut on Nina, and I bet he was Brian's champion as well.