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Also known as HGTV Design Star
(seasons 1–7)
Presented by Clive Pearse (2006-2009)
Vern Yip (2010)
Tanika Ray (2011)
David Bromstad (2012-2013)
Judges Vern Yip
Genevieve Gorder (2009-2013)
Sabrina Soto (2013)
Candice Olson
Cynthia Rowley (2006-08)
Martha McCully (2006-08)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 63
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) 495 Productions
Original network HGTV
Original release July 23, 2006 (2006-07-23) – July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21)
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HGTV Star, named HGTV Design Star for the first seven seasons, is an American reality competition show airing on the cable television network HGTV. It premiered July 23, 2006,[1] and has completed seven seasons.

Clive Pearse served as host for Seasons 1-4. Vern Yip (Deserving Design), Genevieve Gorder (Dear Genevieve), and Sabrina Soto (The High/Low Project) currently serve as the show's three judges. Candice Olson ("Divine Design", "Candice Tells All") served as a judge for seasons 5 and 6; starting with season 7, a third rotating judge was brought in to fill the spot left by Olson. Previous judges include Cynthia Rowley, a designer of fashion and home accessories; Martha McCully, Executive Editor of InStyle magazine; and Mary Jo Wardle.

The contestants compete for their own design show on HGTV, which follows the format of The Next Food Network Star on sister channel Food Network. Each week, the judges decide whom to eliminate; and, in Seasons 1-4, Clive Pearse would tell the contestant(s) who had been eliminated, "Your show has been cancelled...please exit the studio."

Each week, the remaining contestants participate in an interior design challenge such as designing a living space with a specific purpose (bedroom, livingroom, garage) or creating a space in an empty room, using unconventional items from a pet store, mechanics store, or a discount store. The designers are given a specified amount of time and cash to create their designs, sometimes working alone and sometimes in teams.



Presenters Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Clive Pearse
Vern Yip
Tanika Ray
David Bromstad


Judges Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Vern Yip
Genevieve Gorder
Sabrina Soto
Cynthia Rowley
Martha McCully
Candice Olson


Season No. of
Location      Winner Winner's Show      Runner-up      Third Place
1 - 2006 10 July 23 September 10 New York City David Bromstad Color Splash Alice Fakier Tym De Santo
2 - 2007 11 July 29 September 16 Las Vegas Kim Myles Myles of Style Todd Davis Will Smith
3 - 2008 9 June 8 August 3 Nashville Jennifer Bertrand Paint-Over! Matt Locke Trish Beaudet
4 - 2009 11 July 19 September 13 Los Angeles Antonio Ballatore The Antonio Treatment Dan Vickery Lonni Paul
5 - 2010 12 June 13 August 22 New York City Emily Henderson Secrets from A Stylist Michael Moeller Casey Noble
6 - 2011 12 July 11 September 12 New York City Meg Caswell Meg's Great Rooms Karl Sponholtz Mark Diaz
7 - 2012 12 May 29 July 24 Los Angeles Danielle Colding Shop This Room Brittany Simon Hilari Younger
All Stars - 2012 6 July 31 August 28 Los Angeles Leslie Ezelle N/A Hilari Younger Tom Vecchione
8 - 2013 10 June 9 July 21 Los Angeles Tiffany Brooks The Most Embarrassing Rooms in America Brooks Atwood
Jeribai Tascoe
Anne Rue

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Season 4[edit]

This was Clive Pearse's final season as host, and two new judges (Olson and Gorder) joined the panel.

Season 5[edit]

Season 5 featured a new producer and a new format. Prop stylist Emily Henderson won the competition; and her show, Secrets from a Stylist, premiered August 29, 2010.

Season 6[edit]

This season features Tanika Ray as host and David Bromstad as mentor. It premiered July 11, 2011.

Season 7[edit]

This season features David Bromstad as host and mentor. It premiered May 29, 2012.

All Stars[edit]

This season features David Bromstad as host and mentor. It premiered July 31, 2012.

Season 8[edit]

This season features David Bromstad as the host and mentor. It premiered June 9, 2013.


  1. ^ Steve Rogers (2006-07-08). "HGTV reveals the identities of its ten 'HGTV Design Star' contestants". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 

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