The following is the HGTV Press Release on Design Star Season 3!
FINALISTS REVEALED FOR THIRD SEASON OF ‘HGTV DESIGN STAR'
A sizzling summer of thrilling competition kicks off, this time in Nashville, when HGTV’s top-rated series, HGTV Design Star, returns for a third season on Sunday, June 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and runs through Sunday, August 3. In the premiere episode, viewers will meet eight talented finalists who are ready to win the coveted prize – his or her own show on HGTV. The premiere episode also will reveal the identity of a ninth finalist who online visitors selected via vote at HGTV.com.
The finalists, many of whom run their own successful interior design businesses, include architects, a former elementary school art teacher, a furniture designer and a police officer who patrols by day and designs by night. The HGTV Design Star season three finalists are Jennifer Bertrand, Olathe, Kan.; Tricia Beaudet, Shelby Township, Mich.; Dwayne Paul DeRouen, Lafayette, La.; Tracee Dore, Louisville, Ky.; Matt Locke, Los Angeles, Calif.; Jerome Scott Miller, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Michael Stribling, College Station, Texas; Michael Verdugo, Hollywood, Fla.; and the additional finalist selected by online users.
Each week viewers will watch the drama unfold as the finalists size up their competition, navigate the compelling design challenges and attempt to impress the judges with their ingenious design skills. The series is hosted by popular HGTV host Clive Pearse who will be joined by the returning panel of judges: architect and interior designer Vern Yip, designer and author Cynthia Rowley and In Style magazine’s executive editor, Martha McCully.
“The skill level of this season’s HGTV Design Star finalists is at its highest yet,” said James Bolosh, vice president, event programming, HGTV. “Each finalist has extensive practical design experience and a competitive personality. We’ve already found extraordinary talent in our previous winners, David Bromstad and Kim Myles, so there is no doubt another superstar is in our midst, waiting to emerge victoriously as the next HGTV Design Star.”
HGTV Design Star also will invite viewers to extend their viewing experience at HGTV.com/designstar. Once the judges have narrowed the competition to two finalists, viewers will vote for their favorite designer online or via cell phone. The virtual polls to select the winner will open at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 27, immediately after the eighth episode, and will close at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 30. Viewers can vote once per day online and up to five times per day via cell phone text message to HGTV1 or 44881. Viewers also will have chances to win fantastic prizes throughout the series.
Meet the HGTV Design Star Finalists: