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Michaels craft expert lends talents to TLC

IRVING, Texas — Michaels Stores creative expert Jo Pearson will serve as one of three judges on TLC's new competition series, "Craft Wars." The show, hosted and executive produced by celebrity crafter Tori Spelling, premieres June 26 at 10 p.m. Eastern (9 p.m. Central time).

"If you can't glue it, don't do it! That was my mantra," said Pearson, an author and host of Michaels.com how-to webisodes. "It was the experience of a lifetime, working with Tori and the other judges. And the contestants were awesome, so it made filming a great experience."

Each week, the show pits three contestants against each other to design and complete a project in just one hour. Pearson and her fellow judges Erica Domesek (author of the DIY book "P.S. -- I Made This") and Stephen Brown (author and founder of the gift and holiday decor company Glitterville Studios) evaluate the crafts and eliminate one contestant during each show. The last two crafters standing compete in the week's Master Craft challenge, with a $10,000 grand prize on the line.