From a media release:
HGTV CANADA ANNOUNCES JILLIAN HARRIS AS HOST OF CANADA’S HANDYMAN CHALLENGE
- Former Star of The Bachelorette and Designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Will Join HGTV Celebrity Judges to Discover Canada’s Best Handyman
Canada’s Handyman Challenge is adding a feminine edge to the brand new series featuring top HGTV Canada talent Mike Holmes, Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray as judges. Jillian Harris – best known as the first Canadian to star on The Bachelorette and designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition – is taking on the job as host of the exciting new series. Jillian, a talented and much-loved interior designer with ten years of experience in the field, will join Canada’s Handyman Challenge travelling cross-country this summer to find construction enthusiasts that will compete for the title of Canada’s Best Handyman.
“Jillian Harris will add fun and flair to the competition,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “Her critically acclaimed design skills and proven aptitude for television make her an ideal match to the incredible talent already committed to this show.”
Jillian Harris hails from Peace River, Alberta, and first became known to the world as a contestant on ABC’S 13th season of The Bachelor, where she was the second runner-up. She then became the first Canadian to star on The Bachelorette in its fifth season. Since then, Jillian has worked her design magic on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She has collaborated on design interiors for Cactus Club Café and Browns Restaurant & Bar, and led the design for former bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and most recently the rail car interiors for the Rocky Mountaineer train.
“It is a dream come true to host Canada’s Handyman Challenge,” said Jillian Harris, host, Canada’s Handyman Challenge. “I love that I will be able to combine my love of design while working alongside the expert HGTV judges and get to witness the talent that this country has to offer will be an incredibly fun journey.”
For more information on Canada’s Handyman Challenge or to pre-register for the casting call in Vancouver, Halifax, or Toronto visit www.hgtv.ca/castingcall.