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Ellen DeGeneres’ ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ Renewed for Season 2 by HGTV

Season 1 ended with an apparent cheating scandal

Ellen DeGeneres‘ hit HGTV show “Ellen’s Design Challenge” is set for Season 2, which will premiere in January 2016.

“I’m so excited to be doing Season 2 of ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge,'” DeGeneres (pictured above) said. “We have a new motto this season: Watch ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge,’ where the furniture stays together longer than any couple from ‘The Bachelor.'”

“Ellen has unparalleled star power and universal appeal, so it was a thrill for us welcome her to HGTV in 2015,” added Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. “With the resounding success of Season 1 behind us, we are pleased to bring Ellen back to our air and our teams are completely focused on making Season 2 even better. Additional episodes, big, fun surprises and the special look behind-the-curtain are only a few of the elements that will have America buzzing about season two of ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge.'”

Executive producers for “Ellen’s Design Challenge” include DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production, and Arthur Smith and Kent Weed of A. Smith & Co. Additionally, Telepictures also helps produce the HGTV show.

“Ellen’s Design Challenge” carries a $100,000 cash prize. The winner also has the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine.

The sophomore season will see additional competitors and episodes (nine versus six), including a fun, 60-minute special that captures humorous behind-the-scenes moments. During its first season run on HGTV, “Ellen’s Design Challenge” consistently ranked as a Top 10-rated cable program for the Monday 9 p.m. timeslot among adults 25-54.

In March, the Season 1 finale ended in controversial fashion. Within a week of designer Tim McLellan being crowned champion, producers discovered that his seemingly unique sliding and hideaway table design already existed by European designer Simon Schacht.

As a result, McLellan was disqualified and fellow finalist Katie Stout took the title and spoils. All of this played out abruptly over the final few minutes of the lengthy finale.