Ellen's Design Challenge: A First Look

Ellen DeGeneres puts six designers to the test in a competition where they fashion amazing furniture creations. Go behind the scenes and get a first glimpse before the contest begins.

Photo By: Nino Munoz

Photo By: Nino Munoz

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Photo By: Nino Munoz

Photo By: Nino Munoz

Ellen's Design Challenge Premieres January 26 on HGTV

TV icon, comedian, author and multiple Emmy-Award winner Ellen DeGeneres strikes out in a new direction in her HGTV show Ellen's Design Challenge, a six-part competition series featuring talented furniture designers.

Ellen's Design Challenge

The brand new series premieres Sunday, January 26 at 9pm/8c on HGTV.

Ellen's Design Challenge

In this all-new HGTV series, Ellen presents six top-notch furniture designers with a variety of novel challenges to complete in a limited time frame. Each is assisted by a 'lead carpenter' -- one of HGTV's or DIY Network's show-hosts with expertise in building and design. The last designer standing in this heated competition takes home a $100,000 cash prize.

Surprise Appearances

Portia de Rossi pays a surprise visit to the set of Ellen's Design Challenge.

Not For Amateurs

One of the designers, with identity concealed here by a welder's mask, does some serious work in the metal shop as part of a design challenge. Contestants are provided with raw materials, a well-equipped workshop and the assistance of a lead carpenter, but must come up with their own original and unique designs.

What Exactly is in Those Crates?

For their first challenge, each designer must create a unique piece of furniture from the raw materials contained in one of six identical crates.

Ellen on HGTV

Ellen DeGeneres of HGTV's Ellen's Design Challenge

Ellen on HGTV

Ellen's new series premieres January 26. Keep watching HGTV and visiting the new HGTV.com for details.