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Season 7

"HGTV Design Star 2012" is an interior design reality competition series in its seventh season.

Celebrity judges, showbiz-inspired design challenges and an impressive exhibition of creativity await viewers of "HGTV Design Star 7." The seventh season highlights talented interior designers, stylists and artists as they compete to win their own HGTV show. David Bromstad, the network's charismatic and original winner of the popular reality competition, is back for a second season as mentor — this time also assuming the host role. Each week, HGTV designers Genevieve Gorder and Vern Yip are joined by special guest judges including Kardashian mom Kris Jenner; entrepreneur and TV personality Daisy Fuentes; "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" star and Emmy award-winning actress Marg Helgenberger; "Entertainment Tonight" host Mark Steines; and multi-platinum recording artist and home remodeling expert, DIY Network's Vanilla Ice. The series also features appearances by other HGTV hosts, including Sabrina Soto ("The High Low Project"), John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino ("Kitchen Cousins"), and reigning "HGTV Design Star," Meg Caswell ("Great Rooms").

The 12 competitors, who must create inventive designs and display their star quality on-camera to avoid elimination, include Jordan Cappella, Venice, Calif.; Danielle Colding, Queens, N.Y.; Bex Hale, Abilene, Texas; Rachel Kate, Minneapolis, Minn.; Miera Melba, Delray Beach, Fla.; Yuki Northington, Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Luca Paganico, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Stanley Palmieri, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Britany Simon, Phoenix, Ariz.; Kris Swift, Austin, Texas; Mikel Welch, New York City, N.Y.; and Hilari Younger, Dallas, Texas.

Shot on location in Los Angeles, the series follows the finalists as they tackle dazzling design challenges such as transforming a chiropractor's office into the new Jenner Communications headquarters for the Kardashian clan and creating a Tinsel town-themed lounge for the 125th Anniversary of Hollywood. With guidance and advice from Bromstad, they test their on-camera skills in hosting challenges, such as an appearance on CBS' nationally syndicated show The Talk with Julie Chen and Aisha Tyler.

"HGTV Design Star" Season 7 is produced by 495 Productions.

Season 6

"HGTV Design Star 6" adds a star-studded panel of guest judges, including designers Thom Filicia, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, Nate Berkus and Kathy Ireland, as well as Food Network's Paula Deen and Dina Manzo, event planner and former cast member of "Real Housewives of New Jersey." The series' celebrated line-up of stars includes HGTV's own returning judges Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olson and Vern Yip, as well as a guest appearance on the panel by John Gidding. David Bromstad, the first "HGTV Design Star" champion, will mentor the finalists as they compete for a chance to win their own show on HGTV. The series is hosted by Tanika Ray.

The finalists, who include professional interior designers, retail merchandisers, stylists and artists, must impress the judges with their ingenious designs and sharp on-camera skills to avoid elimination. The "Design Star 2011" contestants include Alisha J Allen, Meg Caswell, Kellie Clements, Mark Diaz, Leslie Ezelle, Blanche Garcia, Kevin Grace, Douglas Hines, Cathy Hobbs, Bret Ritter, Karl Sponholtz and Tyler Wisler.

The judges will visit the location of each design challenge to complete in-person evaluations of the finalists' work. The finalists also must successfully complete tests of their on-camera hosting skills, which range from providing simple design tips to executing a full design demonstration on a national talk show. Along the way, David will offer the finalists his helpful design insights and hosting advice.

Season 4

"HGTV Design Star" goes Hollywood for season 4. In the first episode, viewers will meet 10 fiercely competitive and creative finalists who have designs on winning their own show on HGTV.

The "HGTV Design Star" Season 4 contestants include Antonio Ballatore, Los Angeles; NataLee Callahan, Salt Lake City; Jason Champion, Sarasota, Florida; Nathan Galui, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Jen Guerin, San Diego; Jany Lee, Dallas; Tashica Morgan, Bowie, Maryland; Lonni Paul, Los Angeles; Amy Sklar, Los Angeles; and Dan Vickery, Portland, Oregon. In addition, for the first time in the history of "HGTV Design Star," the 10 competitors will decide which one of three semifinalists will join the competition.

All of the "HGTV Design Star 4" finalists have enjoyed successful design careers and range in experience from interior designers and home stagers to architects and artists. Under the guidance of host Clive Pearse, each one is ready to dazzle the new judging panel of interior design luminaries featuring Genevieve Gorder ("Dear Genevieve"), Candice Olson ("Divine Design") and returning judge Vern Yip ("Deserving Design").

Season 2

High stakes meets high style when "HGTV Design Star" returns for a second season — this time in the entertainment capital of the world, fabulous Las Vegas! The "HGTV Design Star" competition heats up this summer as 11 aspiring designers once again risk it all for a chance to win the ultimate prize: their own show on HGTV! Each week on "HGTV Design Star" the drama mounts as our competitors face design challenges that will put their expertise, creativity and sanity to the test! With their destiny in the hands of three judges and ultimately America's vote, it's going to take a lot of hard work, a lot of talent and maybe just a little bit of luck for one contestant to enter the spotlight and become the next "HGTV Design Star." Winner takes all!

Season 8


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