Ellen DeGeneres to Produce HGTV Design CompetitionBy: Heather Vecchioni - April 23, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres can add another job to her resume: design competition series producer.
The comedienne is planning to partner up with HGTV to produce a six-episode design competition that features six contestants who face challenges to sketch, design, and build furniture in just 24 hours. In order to win, contestants must impress a panel of judges by showcasing their creativity and versatility.
If you didn’t already know, DeGeneres has a passion for furniture and house design, which is likely one of the reasons the successful TV host has signed up for the project.
“I’m so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture,” she stated in an interview. “One time I found a beautiful one-of-a-kind armoire that spoke to me in a way I’d never experienced. It turned out there was a drifter living inside of it, but that’s a story for another time.”
On Ellen’s Design Challenge, contestants will be paired with an expert carpenter to help them complete each challenge. Not only will the designers compete against themselves, but they will also play against the clock too. The last competitor standing will win a cash prize.
A six-part online companion series will allow viewers to play in another aspect of the competition that lets them to get to know the competitors even better.
“There has been a lot of dancing in our halls since we shared that we will be collaborating with Ellen,” said Kathleen Finch, the president of HGTV and DIY Network. “When she talked to us about her love of buying and renovating homes, her personal passion for the creative process of furniture design emerged as something that she wanted to explore more. Since HGTV is the ultimate forum in this space, and since no other network can deliver an audience who is as enthusiastic as she is about the creative process, we just had to make it happen.”
The series is scheduled to air in 2015.
Image via Ellen DeGeneres, Twitter