Kim Myles wins HGTV’s Design Star 2; show will debut in March

Kim Myles, the 34-year-old New York hairstylist, is HGTV’s newest Design Star. She defeated 35-year-old Todd Davis and won the show’s second season after “viewers cast more than 900,000 votes,” according to an HGTV press release.

Kim, who was cleared of a possible conflict of interest last week, said, “All of this is so surreal. This is something I’ve wanted since I was a little girl, and I can’t believe my life-long dream has come true. I feel like Cinderella!” In a statement, HGTV VP James Bolosh said, “Kim is a very gifted designer and we know she will bring her talent, creativity and poise to her new role as a television host.”

During the finale, the two finalists received cars (they’ll pick out a Mercury Mariner or Mercury Mariner Hybrid), and both Will and Lisa received $5,000 after their fellow designers voted for them.

HGTV said Kim’s “new show is expected to premiere on the network in March 2008.” The series was recently renewed, as was season one winner David Bromstad’s series.

Design Star [HGTV]
America’s Vote Makes Kim Myles HGTV’s Newest Design Star [HGTV press release]

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