CBS to find the next designing Diva

MUMBAI: CBS has announced that television journalist Joan Lunden will host its upcoming reality series Finding The Next Designing Diva.

The series will pit 12 people with a creative knack for the finer things in life in a no-holds-barred competition to crown the country's new authority on at-home living. The contestants will compete in different areas of beautifying the home and entertaining, including gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, crafts, floral arranging and decorating.

In addition to chronicling relationships that develop amongst the participants, each week a contestant will be eliminated from the series when they are judged on their flair for elegant living, party planning and expertise in homemaking.

Lunden added, "I have worked side by side with some of the best chefs and lifestyle experts for years on morning television. Now I can bring that experience, as well as my hosting skills, to a show that is certain to take 'domestic arts' to a new level of excitement,"

Lunden co-hosted Good Morning America from 1980 till 1997. During her tenure, she reported from 26 countries, covered four presidents, five Olympics and two royal weddings. Lunden also hosts and executive produces Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden.

In the show Lunden has been allowed access to the inner workings of places few have ever seen, including flying at 65,000 feet in a U2 Reconnaissance aircraft, survival training with Army's Special Forces, the Culinary Institute of America.

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