Design Star Exclusive Scoop

As all you HGTV Design Star fans out there know, we're back underway with the third season of the reality show where you crown the next HGTV star.

But, before we talk about this season's Design Star, here's some scoop on what two former Design Star contestants are up to:

You know Eric Stromer's HGTV show, Over Your Head? Well, production on the seventh and eigth seasons begins on July 7, and they will feature none other than last year's Design Star runner-up, Todd Davis, as the new carpenter/contractor. Want to appear on the show? Head over to

And, check out this exclusive dish: Sparkle Josh Johnson will be a judge on HGTV's new show Summer Showdown, in which HGTV designers (like Vern Yip and Cynthia Rowley) go head-to-head in design competitions. The four-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 3 at 10 p.m. (immediately following the Design Star finale). Subsequent episodes will air Sundays at 9 p.m. on HGTV.

Okay, back to the current season stars... last week I spent a few hours in New York City's Greeley Park where the nine Design Star finalists—Trish, Jennifer, Stephanie, D. Paul, Tracee, Scottie, Matt Locke, Michael and Mikey V.—participated in a mini-Design Star challenge.

The designers were split into two teams and were given twenty-five minutes to decorate either the living room or bedroom of a fake version of Sarah Evans' tour bus.

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