Second season of 'HGTV Design Star' to premiere on July 22
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 04/25/2007
HGTV has announced the premiere of the second season of HGTV Design Star, a reality competition series that pits designers from all walks of life against one another and rewards the winner with his or her own HGTV television show.
HGTV Design Star will begin its nine-week broadcast run with HGTVDesign Star Casting Special, a one-hour special that will air on Sunday, July 22 at 10PM ET/PT. Beginning the following week, HGTV Design Star will air weekly in its Sundays at 9PM ET/PT regular time period. Its finale is scheduled to air on Sunday, September 16.
HGTV Design Star's second season will feature a cast of 11 interior designers, artists, architects and craftsmen living in Las Vegas and competing in a series of challenges that test their creativity, ingenuity and skills. In addition, several of the finalists will also learn about the hard work and demands needed to create a weekly-television show.
"Las Vegas is a perfect, visually-stunning backdrop to shoot this new crop of creative talent," said James Bolosh, vice president of event programming for HGTV. "Viewers will find more twists, more turns, fun surprises, fresh ideas and takeaways on the show this season. The finalists are driven and determined to make it to the finish line for a shot at their own show, but they will find that we have raised the stakes on the challenges. This competition isn't for the faint of heart."
HGTV Design Star's second season finalists will be critiqued by the the same judges as the show's first season's finalists -- former Trading Spaces designer Vern Yip, renowned designer Cynthia Rowley, and In Style executive editor Martha McCully. Similar to last summer's HGTV Design Star edition, the judges will whittle the cast down to two finalists during first seven weeks of the competition, after which the show's home viewers will vote and determine which of the two remaining finalists will receive their own HGTV show.
"HGTV Design Star ended its first season as the highest-rated series in the network's history, so we are sure that viewers will embrace this new opportunity to weigh in on who should win their own show on HGTV," said Bolosh. "Last year we discovered David Bromstad - that one special talent who had the potential to be a 'break out' star. He's a star. We're ready to do it again."
Bromstad defeated 10 others during HGTVDesign Star'sfirst season -- which marked HGTV's first foray into the reality competition show genre -- and his Color Splash with David Bromstad series premiered on Monday, March 19.