I really like this show. The star comes across as likeable, humble, personable, compassionate and skillful. He's not afraid to admit when he's wrong. I like his little side anecdotes, especially about his farm animals and in particular his favorite chicken. :) The results are stunning, and anything but cookie cutter. He tries to preserve the historical features when practical, but I wouldn't say he's a purist - he does go modern with conveniences and finishes when appropriate. Season 2, please! As far as the boy band stuff, that doesn't matter one bit to me. I'm interested in renovations, not boy bands.