HGTV Is Rebooting Its Iconic Series "Design Star" and Jonathan Adler Will Serve as Head Judge

Kelly Corbett
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Photo credit: HGTV
Photo credit: HGTV

From House Beautiful

Remember HGTV's Design Star? The iconic reality TV competition series pitted aspiring designers against one another through a variety of interior design challenges. In the end, the last creative standing would win his or her own show on the network.

Not only was Design Star the most successful and highest-rated franchise in HGTV history (!!!), but it kickstarted the careers of some of our favorite designers, including David Bromstad, Emily Henderson, and Tiffany Brooks. That's why HGTV decided to bring it back, but with a little twist. The network recently greenlit production for Design Star: Next Gen, a new high-stakes competition series inspired by Design Star.

Slated to premiere in 2021, Design Star: Next Gen will be hosted by dancer and reality star alum Allison Holker Boss of So You Think You Can Dance fame. Throughout the six-episode series, eight contestants who are either talented designers, renovators or social media brand-builders go head-to-head in intense weekly challenges. Sitting on the judges panel will be head judge Jonathan Adler, designer Lauren Makk, and a rotating cast of celebrity experts. Contestants will be competing for a cash prize of $50,000 as well their very own HGTV show.

While the series sounds a lot like the original (although social media brand-builders does raise a brow?!), it won't be filmed inside a studio, as it was originally. As HGTV writes, the show will take place inside an "isolated design hub community" away from typical production locations. Contestants should be able to find everything they need inside this community — including a design center, a construction workshop, and a fully stocked furniture and styling warehouse. It's also here that competitors will be given their very own design lab, or "house-like space" that they'll be tasked to reimagine for each challenge.

"This series will be fun, fast and energetic," Loren Ruch, HGTV group senior vice president, programming and development, said in a press release. "The design labs will really force the designers out of their comfort zones and demand truly innovative and creative transformations," she continued.

We'll keep you updated as more details become available on Design Star: Next Gen!

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