HGTV Design Star (season 4)

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The fourth season of HGTV Design Star premiered on July 19, 2009. The series was filmed in Los Angeles, California for the first time. Vern Yip returned as a judge, and was joined by newcomers Genevieve Gorder and Candice Olson. Clive Pearse returned as host, and this was his final season hosting the show. A major change this season was that the judges decided the winner, instead of having a public vote. The winner was Antonio Ballatore, whose show The Antonio Treatment debuted in March 2010.

Designers[edit]

  • Amy Sklar
  • Antonio Ballatore
  • Dan Vickery
  • Jany Lee
  • Jason Champion
  • Jen Guerin
  • Lonni Paul
  • NataLee Callahan
  • Nathan Galui
  • Tashica Morgan
  • Torie Halbert

Contestant progress[edit]

Place Contestant 1 2 3 41 5 6 7 8 9 Comments
1 Antonio HIGH HIGH IN HIGH HIGH HIGH IN IN WINNER Winner of Design Star season 4
2 Dan HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW LOW IN RUNNER-UP Elimin: Season 4 Finale
3 Lonni HIGH IN LOW IN IN HIGH HIGH OUT Elimin: Celebrity Homes
4 Torie IN IN HIGH IN HIGH LOW OUT Elimin: The Longest Yard
5 Jason LOW IN LOW IN LOW OUT Elimin: Kids as Clients
6 Nathan HIGH LOW HIGH LOW OUT Elimin: Homes of the Brave
7 Jany IN IN IN OUT Elimin: Think Inside The Box
8 Tashica LOW LOW IN OUT Elimin: Think Inside The Box
9 Jen LOW LOW OUT Elimin: White Room Challenge
10 Amy HIGH OUT Elimin: Dueling Kitchens
11 NataLee OUT Elimin: Design Your Hollywood Home
     (WINNER) The designer won the competition.
     (RUNNER-UP) The designer received second place.
     (WIN) The designer was selected as the winner of the episode's Elimination Challenge.
     (HIGH) The designer was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
     (IN) The designer was not selected as either top entry or bottom entry in the Elimination Challenge, and advanced to the next challenge.
     (LOW) The designer was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not deemed the worst of the designers who advanced in that particular week.
     (LOW) The designer was selected as one of the bottom two entries in the Elimination Challenge, and was deemed the worst of the designers who advanced in that particular week.
     (OUT) The designer was eliminated from the competition.
     (OUT) The designer was eliminated from the competition before the judges deliberated.
  • 1 In a Design Star first, Tashica was eliminated before the judges' deliberation. This was due to her underwhelming performance in the competition, constant excuses, and lack of ability to have her design ideas expressed in a team situation. It reached the ultimatum in the fourth episode, and Vern Yip questioned why he and the other two judges kept bringing her back week after week. While she continued giving more excuses, he and the judges quickly decided to eliminate her. As the elimination in the episode was a double elimination, this change did not affect anything else, and Jany was eliminated normally.

The first season the winner never was in bottom 3 or 2