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'CSI: Miami's' Emily Procter and David Bromstad help 'Design Star All Stars' get comfortable

Consider "American Idol" finalists and how anyone who ranks in the top few usually has a great voice. Then consider who won and how many you can name.After the first year, it sometimes becomes a trivia contest, but there are memorable contestants from each season. The lesson here is that runners-up generally make for good TV.HGTV applies that lesson with the six-episode "Design Star All Stars," premiering Tuesday, July 31. Drawing from its talent contest "Design Star," it features David Bromstad, the Season 1 winner, as host and mentor."It is one of those really fun type of shows taking the people who didn't win on the regular season of 'Design Star' and offer a personality that more people want to see," Bromstad tells Zap2it. "If you didn't get enough of Tom or Kellie, Sparkle is definitely hilarious."He refers to Tom Vecchione of Season 5, Kellie Clements of Season 6 and Sparkle Josh Johnson of Season... //

HGTV 'Design Star' winner: Did Danielle Colding or Britany Simon win Season 7?

Two very capable, very personable, very talented ladies were left standing in the latest season of HGTV's "Design Star." Danielle Colding and Britany Simon both created strong pilots for the finale, but which one impressed judges Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip and host/mentor David Bromstad the most? The winner is ... Danielle! Ultimately, Danielle's "Shop This Room" impressed the judges enough to order a new series, starting in August.Her pilot showed her putting together a creative, inspiring space for a young artistic family. Her perky attitude was evident and a pleasure to watch. As Genevieve said in her criticism, "You just seemed like this effortless communicator. You brought the viewer into your design." Brittany's "Picture Perfect Spaces" brought together a funky, personalized living room and dining room for her clients, complete with very sweet photos of their little boy. Genevieve loved her confidence, and Vern loved the fact that she created a design suited for TV.... //

Design Star Dish: Former Champ Meg Caswell on the Final Four

It's getting closer to the end of Design Star , and last night the remaining contestants faced someone familiar to fans of the show: last season's champ, Meg Caswell . Having braved a return to the series that put her on the HGTV map to judge a color-themed challenge that played out on the set of The Talk , the peppy host of Meg's Great Rooms gave us some great insight into the finalists...and which one she would love to go up against. //

Design Star Dish: The Kitchen Cousins Cook up Some Scoop!

Design Star 's remaining finalists get served Tuesday (9/8c, HGTV) when they are tasked with taking on a kitchen renovation...and it seems like some of them can't stand the heat. So we asked the episode's guest judges, Kitchen Cousins hosts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri , for their take on tonight's challenge, and grilled them about being named two of TV Guide Magazine 's hottest handymen...  //

Design Star Dish: Marg Helgenberger Does Some Party Scene Investigation

She may have shut off her black light, but former CSI star Marg Helgenberger is still a pro at giving rooms the once over. Last night, the woman who made DNA evidence sexy as Catherine Willows on CBS' hit drama popped in to inspect the work of Design Star 's remaining contestants as they created lavish party suites in honor of Hollywood's 125 th birthday. And even though they were a far cry from crime scenes, we still saw this as a grand chance to interrogate Helgenberger anyway! //

Design Star Dish: Kris Jenner's Office Overhaul

It's week three of HGTV's super-addictive Design Star , and tonight, the contestants are trying to keep with with guest judge Kris Jenner . So we tossed a few questions her way to see how the wannabes handled their assignment and if any of their designs could cut it in the Kardashian empire.  //

'Design Star' finale : Meg Caswell or Karl Sponholtz -- who won?

There's a new "Design Star" on HGTV.Meg Caswell was named the Season 6 winner in Monday's (Sept. 12) finale, beating out Karl Sponholtz. The two finalists each shot a pilot episode for their proposed series in the finale, as well as design a showcase room for New York City homeowners.Meg's work won out, and her show, "HGTV Great Rooms," will debut at 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Caswell, a former criminologist, will seek out "design crimes" and help people turn their kitchens and great rooms into more inviting spaces."Being chosen as the next HGTV Design Star is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me," the 34-year-old Caswell says. "I have won my life's dream!"What did you think of the finale? Did the right designer win?... //

"HGTV Design Star" Season Seven Now Casting

New York, N.Y. (For Immediate Release - August 15, 2011) Eager to participate in the ultimate design talent search? Think you have what it takes to host your own design show? HGTV is seeking a new crop of interior decorators or designers, design enthusiasts, builders, architects and artists to compete in exciting and creative design challenges for a chance to win their own show on HGTV. Beginning Sunday, August 21, open auditions for the seventh season of HGTV Design Star will get underway at various locations across the country. Visit for more details. The open casting calls for HGTV Design Star are scheduled as follows: //

HGTV 'Design Star' Premiere: Who's Your Favorite Designer?

On Monday's premiere of the sixth season of HGTV's 'Design Star,' the first challenge saw the designers pair up to decorate rooms in a ginormous New York apartment. It yielded some excellent results -- and more than a few disasters. Most importantly, we got to know the 12 finalists, who range from a Type-A former newscaster to a criminologist. After the jump, read my first impressions of the contestants and share your own in the comments. //

HGTV's 'Design Star': Judges Tease 5 Things to Know About the New Season

After five seasons, the formula for HGTV's 'Design Star' could get a little stale. Could being the operative word -- thank goodness it didn't! On tonight's Season 6 premiere (9PM ET on HGTV), you'll notice a few show shake-ups -- including a move to Monday nights -- before meeting a new crop of 12 ultra-talented and very diverse designers, including a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader/breast cancer survivor and a five-time Emmy-winning New York TV news reporter. The judging panel will look the same -- HGTV mainstays Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olson and Vern Yip are back -- but 'Design Star' has a brand new host and a weekly design mentor who happens to have a very familiar face. Tanika Ray ('HGTV'd') takes over hosting duties, while David Bromstad, the very first 'Design Star' winner, returns to mentor the current crop of contestants. Below, judges Gorder, Olson and Yip share five more things to know about the new season. //