HGTV Design Star

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  • TV-G
  • 2006
  • 8 Seasons
  • 6.6  (296)

HGTV Design Star was a popular reality competition show that aired on HGTV from 2006 until 2013. The show followed ten talented and up-and-coming interior designers as they competed against each other in a series of design challenges, with the ultimate goal of winning their own HGTV show.

Each episode of HGTV Design Star would feature a different design challenge, such as redecorating a living room or designing a bedroom for a celebrity client. The designers were given a limited budget and time frame to complete the challenge, and were often tasked with designing around specific themes or color palettes.

The contestants were judged on their creativity, originality, and ability to create a cohesive and functional space. The judges included Vern Yip, an interior designer and television personality; Clive Pearse, a British interior designer and television host; and Cynthia Rowley, a fashion designer and television personality.

Throughout the competition, the designers were given feedback from the judges and were often critiqued for their design choices and execution. They also received guidance and mentorship from the judges, who shared their expertise and insights on the design industry.

In addition to the judges, each episode featured guest judges who were experts in various design fields, including architecture, landscaping, and furniture design. These experts provided additional feedback and insights, and often challenged the designers to think outside the box and explore new ideas.

At the end of each episode, one designer was eliminated from the competition, leaving the remaining contestants one step closer to their dream of hosting their own HGTV show. The final challenge featured the remaining designers creating a pilot episode for their own show, and the winner was chosen by a panel of industry experts and viewer votes.

HGTV Design Star was a popular and successful show that gave viewers an inside look at the world of interior design and showcased the talents of up-and-coming designers. The judges and guest judges provided valuable insights and feedback, and the challenges were both fun and challenging, making for a compelling and engaging viewing experience.

HGTV Design Star is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (70 episodes). The series first aired on July 23, 2006.

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Palm Springs Finale
7. Palm Springs Finale
July 21, 2013
Jeribai, Tiffany and Brooks head to Palm Springs, Calif. in the season finale where each will design a brand new suite at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.
School Bus Makeovers
6. School Bus Makeovers
July 14, 2013
The final four Designers face their most ambitious challenges yet. For their Design Challenge, they must each transform the inside of an old school bus! The sky is the limit, as they can turn the bus into any sort of space they want. This week's Camera Challenge is also the biggest yet for the Designers. They must appear on the national daytime show, The Talk. Each of them must present an unconventional design tip to the viewers, while interacting with hosts Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood. The pressure is intense, as the Designers attempt to complete both challenges successfully. The performances on The Talk and the bus designs are evaluated by the Panel, Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto. When Evaluation is complete, only three Designers remain in the competition for their own show on HGTV. David Bromstad serves as Host and Mentor.
Sorority vs. Fraternity
5. Sorority vs. Fraternity
July 7, 2013
It's men vs. women when the five remaining designers work in teams to renovate rooms in a fraternity and a sorority house.
Real People, Real Kitchens
4. Real People, Real Kitchens
June 30, 2013
The six remaining Designers must transform the kitchens and dining rooms in two neighboring homes, in just three days from start to finish. This is a historically difficult challenge, and in all the years of this competition it has never been one hundred percent completed, so the stakes are extremely high. The Designers divide into teams and meet with the homeowners to find out their tastes and desires. Each team must help demolish the existing kitchen cabinetry, and make decisions about every aspect of the spaces. Host and Mentor David Bromstad checks in with each of the Designers, and also oversees camera challenges, which test their hosting skills. This week, each Designer must give a tip about one of three aspects of kitchen design: flooring, cabinet hardware, or backsplashes. The Designers race to complete the kitchens and dining rooms, and to satisfy their clients. Their finished work is evaluated by the Panel: Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto. One Designer is chosen as the winner of this week's challenge, and one Designer is eliminated from the search for the next HGTV Star.
One Client, Four Apartments
3. One Client, Four Apartments
June 23, 2013
Host and Mentor David Bromstad informs the eight remaining contenders that they must work in pairs to transform four identical new apartments, all for the same young married couple. Each team has a short meeting with their clients to learn about their tastes and desires, in hopes of designing the one apartment that the clients will want to move into. Some Designers ask thoughtful questions; others aren't nearly as prepared. With only two days to complete this challenge, tension on the teams runs high. There is added pressure, because at the end, two Designers will be eliminated. On the morning of day two, HGTV Magazine Editor-in-Chief Sara Peterson arrives to add a major incentive: the winning design will be featured in HGTV Magazine! The Designers' work is evaluated by the Panel, Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and Sabrina Soto. The winning apartment is announced, and two Designers are eliminated, leaving only six to compete for the grand prize: their own show on HGTV.
Livable Loft
2. Livable Loft
June 16, 2013
For their second challenge, the nine remaining Designers must transform an old industrial warehouse loft into a multi-functional space for living, eating, sleeping and working. The Designers break into teams
1. Branding
June 9, 2013
In the HGTV Star season opener, hopefuls must showcase a style or brand.
Where to Watch HGTV Design Star
HGTV Design Star is available for streaming on the HGTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch HGTV Design Star on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, FuboTV, Sling and Google Play.
  • Premiere Date
    July 23, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (296)