Food Network personality Paula Deen, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' veteran Dina Manzo, talk show host Nate Berkus and Kathy Ireland will all stop by the judging panel during the design competition's sixth season. Thom Filicia and Robert and Cortney Novogratz will also serve as guest judges.
"This year's finalists are established designers at the top of their game," Kathleen Finch, general manager of HGTV, said in a statement. "We put them through rigorous design challenges in real homes, tested their on-camera presence, had seasoned industry experts evaluate their work and even asked them to execute a design demonstration on 'The Nate Berkus Show.' Viewers will find this season entertaining and compelling as they witness the emergence of the next 'HGTV Design Star.'"
Original 'HGTV Design Star' champ David Bromstad will mentor the finalists. Check out the complete list of contestants below.
'HGTV Design Star' Season 6 contestants include:
Alisha "J" Allen, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Meg Caswell, Chicago, Illinois
Kellie Clements, Edmond, Oklahoma
Mark Diaz, Miami, Florida
Leslie Ezelle, Dallas, Texas
Blanche Garcia, Montclair, New Jersey
Kevin Grace, Chicago, Illinois
Douglas Hines, Atlanta, Georgia
Cathy Hobbs, Brooklyn, New York
Bret Ritter, Brooklyn, New York
Karl Sponholtz, Chicago, Illinois
Tyler Wisler, South Orange, New Jersey