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India Hicks to host 'Top Design 2', Todd Oldham demoted to mentor


By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 04/15/2008 

Bravo has announced model and designer India Hicks will serve as the host for Top Design's second season when it premieres in the fall.

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Hicks will replace ridiculously wooden Top Design first-season host Todd Oldham, who will still remain with the show and serve as a Tim Gunn-like mentor to the Project Runway-like reality competition series' second-season cast.

In addition to Oldham's return, Bravo has also confirmed all of the show's first-season judges -- interior designer Jonathan Adler, Elle Decor magazine editor-in-chief Margaret Russell and interior designer Kelly Wearstler -- will return for Top Design's second season.

The show's second installment will follow a similar format to its first season last winter, with its contestants living together in a loft and competing in various design-themed challenges to claim the grand prize package of $100,000 and a four-page editorial showcase in Elle Decor.

Bravo renewed Top Design in December after the show's first-season debut was the network's highest rated series premiere ever.  Top Design averaged 1,152,000 total viewers throughout its broadcast run.

Magical Elves' Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz -- who serve as executive producers for Project Runway and Top Chef -- will serve as executive producers for Top Design's second season.

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