Surprise in Store for Ellen's Design Challenge

Surprise in Store for Ellen's Design Challenge

The finale of Ellen’s Design Challenge, scheduled to air on HGTV,Monday, March 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT,promises a surprise from television icon Ellen DeGeneres that viewers will have to see to believe. The stakes in the popular furniture design series are high as the last two competitors -- Tim McClellan of Durango, Colo. and Katie Stout of Brooklyn, N.Y. -- go head-to-head to win a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of Wayfair.com and a feature in HGTV Magazine. However, neither finalist could ever imagine what’s to come in the last minutes of the competition.

“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for and it includes some curveballs that will make the final episode unforgettable.”

“The pieces I’ve seen from the designers have been insanely creative, so of course the finale will be very exciting,” said Ellen. “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for and it includes some curveballs that will make the final episode unforgettable.”

The six-episode series, Ellen’s first on cable television, features six competitors as they tackle ingenious challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture. Produced by Ellen’s production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures, Ellen’s Design Challenge requires contestants to create inventive furniture designs to avoid elimination. Television personality Jay Montepare serves as the series’ host, while Amanda Dameron, editor-in-chief of Dwell, and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair.com, participate as judges in the competition.

Executive producers for Ellen’s Design Challenge include Ellen, who first conceptualized the series, along with Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production, and Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Tim Eagan of A. Smith & Co.