I just took a look at the competitors and only a few are designer "want-a bees", meaning they don't have any formal training.
Here's a rundown of contestants:
Trish Beaudet - Owner and Designer of Finishing Touches Interiors by Design, Inc.The winner will host their own show on HGTV. In addition, starting June 6th, viewers can begin entering for a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree to Sears or a $5,000 gift card from Lumber Liquidators.
D. Paul DeRouen - Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Profession: Architectural Designer
Matt Locke - Bachelor's degree in history from Princeton. Current Job: Designer
Michael Stribling - Interior design major from Wade College. Current Job: Interior Designer/Business Owner
Jennifer Bertrand - Bachelor of Arts in education with an emphasis in ceramics; master's degree in teaching and leadership from University of Kansas. Current Job: Interior Decorator/Owner of Bertrand Designs
Tracee Dore - Bachelor of Arts in interior design from the University of Kentucky. Current Job: Residential and Commercial Interior Designer and Builder/Renovator, Tracee Dore and Company
Jerome Scottie Miller - Master of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Current Job: Regional Property Manager at Charlotte/Mecklenburg County Schools.
Mikey Verdugo - High school diploma from Hialeah High School. Current Job: Police Officer
If you want to root for someone local, I'm afraid Matt Locke's home is the closest: Los Angeles, CA. Go Matt!
Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery