Ellen DeGeneres has combined her passion for interiors (with the launch of her furniture line) and TV (The Ellen Show) with the production of a six-episode design competition series for HGTV, Ellen’s Design Challenge. Produced by DeGeneres’ production company, A Very Good Production, the show will feature six competitors as they tackle challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture in 24 hours.
“I’m so excited about this show because I love finding really special pieces of furniture,” said DeGeneres. “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.”
Throughout the series, the contestants must showcase their creativity and versatility to impress a panel of judges. They will face design challenges that will keep them on their toes and, since the clock will be ticking, they will be paired with an expert carpenter to help them complete the task at hand. The last one standing will win a cash prize.
In addition, there will be a six-part online companion series that will invite visitors to participate in another side of the competition and get to know the designers 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, president, 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 which is as enthusiastic as she is about the creative process, we just had to make it happen."