Host: Genevieve Gorder
What's the challenge? "What makes you feel like you're falling out of love with your home?"
Who watches it? Besotted young men
Enthusiasm scale: Over-smiling and over-posing
Hair and wardrobe: Wavy long hair and summery shifts
Stuff you can do, too? Each owner gets a gift, like best recipes from Mom.
Best idea: Same-size kitchen chairs in different finishes
Lamest idea: Chaises give the same amount of seating as sofas do.
Crazy quote: Owner, at the reveal: "Holy ----!
How long will the place stay like this? The decor may last longer than the program.
Host: Candice Olson
What's the challenge? Your ordinary needy room
Who watches it? Only HGTV addicts
Enthusiasm scale: Tomboy low-key
Hair and wardrobe: Perky blond bangs
Stuff you can do, too? Some clever rejiggering of spaces
Best idea: Chandelier over the bed (great for dining in bed)
Lamest idea: Chandelier over the bed (tricky for changing light bulbs)
Crazy quote: Owner: "I love that I can see the bathtub from the bed!"
How long will the place stay like this? It's not easy to change out a cast iron bathtub.
Host: Ty Pennington
What's the challenge? The neighbors of a deserving family raze, rebuild, and refurnish their falling-apart house.
Who watches it? Everyone with a soft heart
Enthusiasm scale: Lots of megaphones, screaming, hugging, and tears (mine, too)
Hair and wardrobe: On the hyper host, pointy hair and necklaces
Stuff you can do, too? Don't look for decorating tips. It's all about giving back.
Best idea: Using rainwater for the irrigation system
Lamest idea: That awful landscape mulch
Unforgettable moment: MOVE THAT BUS!!!
How long will the place stay like this? Forever, we hope
Host: Paige Davis
What's the challenge? Redecorate each other's rooms in two days
Who watches it? Anyone who hates their best friend's decor
Enthusiasm scale: Manic laughter, hi-fives, and ring-around-the-rosies
Hair and wardrobe: Perky hair on an over-caffeinated host
Stuff you can do, too? Those one-minute tips from Home Depot
Best udea: Free pianos on the Internet; spray-on glue; the gorgeous carpenter
Lamest idea: A "Frank Gehry ceiling installation" made from 250' of ribbony flashing
Crazy quote: "This is freaking awesome!!"
How long will the place stay like this? That ceiling will be gone the moment the cameras leave.
Host: Mike Holmes
What's the challenge?This New House needs something really major fixed
Who watches it? Home handymen. About as much fun for most women as preseason football.
Enthusiasm scale: Escalating indignation and salty language
Hair and wardrobe: Mr. Clean: with some hair, a diamond earring, and an undershirt
Sstuff you can do, too? "Poly the walls, cocoon it, and spray it," or reinsulate.
Best idea: If you have a magnesium chute for concrete, it just slides right down.
Lamest idea: Doing "a colonoscopy on a drain stack"
Unforgettable moment: The two attractive young women shoveling concrete
How long will the place stay like this? It wouldn't dare change.
Host: Angelo Surmelis
What's the challenge? Fix a design dilemma in a day
Who watches it? People who only take Sundays off
Enthusiasm scale: Low-key
Hair and wardrobe: Bald host in untucked shirt and jeans
Stuff you can do, too? Inexpensive ideas with plenty of room for mistakes
Best idea: Change your accessories so you don't feel married to the decor.
Lamest idea: After mirroring a brick fireplace surround (!), hide an unforeseen gap with broken mirror mosaic (!!).
Crazy quote: "This is a room Dean Martin would be happy with."
How long will the place stay like this? Until someone gives them a subscription to CQ.
Host: Kim Myles
What's the challenge? A single, problem room
Who watches it? Bargain-hunters (all of us, these days)
Enthusiasm scale: Perfect cheeriness and charm
Hair and wardrobe: Blonde Afro and wraparounds
Stuff you can do, too? Usable ideas with awful names like "Minimalism Maxed"
Best idea: Apply translucent fabric to a wall with liquid starch.
Lamest idea: Put desk necessities on shelves above, so you're forever getting up.
Crazy quote: Owner: "What is Eclectic Opulence? What is that?"
How long will the place stay like this? She's good — this should last till the kids grow up.
Host: Jane Lockhart
What's the challenge? Change "Kansas" into "Oz"
Who watches it? Timid do-it-yourselfers and renters
Enthusiasm scale: Pleasant and normal
Hair and wardrobe: Non-hairstylist, non-glam
Stuff you can do, too? Create your own colorwheel of your favorite things, e.g., in New York, bagels = beige, taxis = yellow, King Kong's fur (!) = brown
Best idea: "Dark woodwork looks stark and harsh against white walls."
Lamest idea: A tan-painted brick fireplace surround against powder-blue walls
Crazy quote: "They say home is where you lay your hat."
How long will the place stay like this? They'll be back to beige next year.
Host: Thom Filicia
What's the challenge? Creating sophisticated rooms and zingers in two to four days
Who watches it? Everyone who loved Thom Filicia in Queer Eye...
Enthusiasm scale: Low-key fun with upscale owners
Hair and wardrobe: Unbuttoned shirt, unbuttoned laugh
Stuff you can do, too? Riff on three pieces of fave clothing plus three fave objects
Best idea: Scout a room's flaws first.
Lamest idea: Telling owners their living room looks like a car showroom
Crazy quote: Too much "clean and simple" and "you guys"
How long will the place stay like this? Longer than some of those marriages
Host: Kenneth Brown
What's the challenge? "To live beautifully" (in the South)
Who watches it? Anyone who wants to know what it's like to work with a designer
Enthusiasm scale: Easygoing
Hair and wardrobe: Highlighted blond guy dresses down
Stuff you can do, too? To define a wall, hang a horizontal mirror over scrim.
Best idea: Low-arm furniture works best in small rooms.
Lamest idea: Insisting on a curtain to hide sports equipment even after it's gone!
Crazy quote: "Our wallpaper covering's been discontinued."
How long will the place stay like this?Just till the husband can tear that curtain down.
Host: Sarah Richardson
What's the challenge? Reality decorating (having your car towed, or wondering why they even need a decorator)
Who watches it? Cool young singles
Enthusiasm scale: Lots of "Awesome" and "The Coolest," but the decibel level is low.
Hair and wardrobe: Blonde hair extensions and a cute guy in a madras jacket
Budget $ - $$
Stuff you can do, too? Not much, but fun to watch
Best idea: Don't try to decorate a room around a giant TV.
Lamest idea: Kitchens should smell good because design isn't "just visual."
Crazy quote: "We're two women and a gay man trying to decide whether a color is masculine enough."
How long will the place stay like this? If the owners are smart, they'll never move.
Host: Brooke Channon
What's the challenge? Spend pennies, look gorgeous
Who watches it? Suggestible newlyweds — host picks room to copy.
Enthusiasm scale: A little flirty, a little over-rehearsed
Hair and wardrobe: Jeans, jewelry, and great makeup
Stuff you can do, too? If you're a good and dedicated shopper
Best idea: Short curtains should only be used in kitchens.
Lamest idea: Painting a ceramic garden stool
Crazy quote: At the reveal: "Where are the mints?"
How long will the place stay like this? Unless they hate hotel rooms, these are keepers.