HGTV's reality show "Design Star" first premiered on the network on July 23, 2006. The show is hosted by Clive Pearse, who is also the host of "Designed to Sell" and "HGTV Dream Home 2007." The show takes interior design contestants through challenges, just like Top Chef or Project Runway until they are down to the final two contestants. America then has the chance to decide who is HGTV's Design Star, receiving his or her own design show on HGTV.
The interior design challenges the contestants must face each week can include anything from redecorating an apartment using a particular color to redecorating a living room using supplies found from a certain type of store, such as a pet store or an auto parts shop. Contestants are judged on their technique and each week, one contestant is eliminated.
The three judges on the show are Vern Yip, Cynthia Rowley, and Martha McCully. Vern periodically appeared on TLC's "Trading Spaces" and now he is also hosting his own show on HGTV, "Deserving Design." Cynthia is a well-respected fashion designer with her own collection that is sold internationally. Martha has held the position of executive editor at In Style magazine since 2002. She was also the founding editor and beauty director of Allure magazine for 17 years before taking the position at In Style.
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Design Star Recaps
Jennifer Bertrand wins season 3 of HGTV’s Design Star
Posted: 3 Aug 2008
Tonight was the season finale for season 3 of Design Star with the announcement of the designer who will get their own show on HGTV – Jennifer Bertrand or Matt Locke. As with all reunion shows all of the contestants were trotted out onto the stage – all of them, that is, except for Mikey [...]
Matt and Jennifer compete in the final challenge on HGTV’s Design Star
Posted: 27 Jul 2008
This week was the final challenge for Matt and Jennifer on Design Star before America can vote to decide the winner. I think that for the most part people have their minds made up already and this challenge is just for show, but that’s my opinion. There’s nothing that I saw tonight in terms of [...]
Trish is eliminated on HGTV’s Design Star
Posted: 20 Jul 2008
Three contestants are left on HGTV’s Design Star, and this week was the final week that they would be judged by the panel of experts. The final two designers will compete in one more challenge next week, and then the viewers will select the winner of the show. The challenge for the designers this week was [...]
Tracee and Mikey V. are eliminated on HGTV’s Design Star
Posted: 13 Jul 2008
Watching the previews of HGTV’s Design Star this week you would think that the “dramatic” double elimination was a surprise to the contestants. In fact it was not. Clive tells them right at the beginning of the challenge that two people will be eliminated. You’ve just got to love the drama that these shows try [...]
Season 2 of the show was set in Las Vegas. The contestants for Season 2 were:
- Lisa Millard
- Scott Corridan
- Todd Davis
- Josh Foss
- Josh Johnson
- Neeraja Lockart
- Robb Mariani
- Kim Myles
- Adriana Nussbaumer
- Christina Ray
- Will Smith
Among the challenges the designers faced was designing a Las Vegas penthouse, doing a kitchen make over, and purchasing items at a 99 cent to decorate an empty room.
The winning designer of Season 2 was Kim Myles. She now hosts the HGTV show "Myles of Style," which shows viewers how to redo their rooms from drab to fab on a budget.
- Ramona Jan
- Joseph Kennard
- Teman Evans
- Vanessa De Leon
- Teran Evans
- Donna Moss
- Temple McDowell
- Tym De Santo
- Alice Fakier
- David Bromstad
The winner was David Bronstad. His series "Color Splash with David Bromstad" premiered on March 19, 2007. "Color Splash with David Bromstad," which focuses on using color to dramatically change the looks of a room, has been picked up for a second season. David also appeared as a guest judge on Season 2 of "Design Star" and he writes a weekly blog at HGTV.com. Tym De Santo is currently hosting the show "Style File" for World Market Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.