February 19, 2019
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Biddeford in the running to be featured on main street makeover TV show

Casey Rodgers | AP
Casey Rodgers | AP
TV personality Ty Pennington, right, and float rider Mary Kimball help volunteers decorate Miracle-Gro's 2018 Rose Parade float at Fiesta Parade Floats in California in this AP file photo. Pennington, famous for the show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now co-hosts the downtown makeover show "Small Business Revolution -- Main Street." A team from the show is in Biddeford Monday scouting the city as a possibility to be featured on the program.

Celebrity businesswoman Amanda Brinkman and her team are visiting Biddeford Monday as they consider the city to be featured in the next season of the television program “Small Business Revolution — Main Street.”

In the show, Brinkman and co-host Ty Pennington — perhaps most famous as host of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” — pour $500,000 into making over six downtown businesses.

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Brinkman’s program is broadcast on the streaming television service Hulu and is considering locations to be featured on its fourth season, according to the local group Heart of Biddeford.

“I have watched the first three seasons and their approach is a completely respectful one that tries to help a business develop its own goals,” Delilah Poupore, executive director of Heart of Biddeford, told the Portland Press Herald. “If we win, we’ll see six businesses rise to a whole new level of success.”

[Reality TV has long turned the spotlight on Maine, its people]

In October, Biddeford placed third in a nationwide online voting contest to win $150,000 in historic preservation grant money to help restore the 124-year-old City Hall’s clock tower.

There are 10 communities being considered for the fourth season of “Small Business Revolution — Main Street,” with the final five being announced in mid-February, the Press Herald reported. About a week of online voting will determine the winning city to be featured on season four, which will be filmed between March and June.

Ty Pennington is no stranger to Maine. Maine homes were featured at least twice on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and in 2013, his HLN show “American Journey” featured lobstermen from the state.

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