Design Star adds a host, guest judges, and mentor David Bromstad

Design Star is making changes for its sixth season, which hopefully will put it from the depths of awfulness it reached last summer thanks to its poor makeover. While the HGTV series is sticking with judges Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olson, and Vern Yip, who were insufferable last season, they will not be judging alone, nor will they be hosting.

In the best news, the show announced last week that it is adding first-season winner David Bromstad as a mentor to the contestants. It will include a number of guest judges, some of whom make sense (Thom Filicia, Nate Berkus, Kathy Ireland) and some who don’t (Paula Deen, Real Housewives of New Jersey Dina Manzo). And Tanika Ray has been hired as host; her TV experience includes hosting the reunion for For the Love of Ray J. 2 and working as a correspondent (and later weekend host) for Extra.

HGTV has revealed the contestants for the series, which debuts July 11.

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