Columbus fam­ily to star in next episode of HGTV re­al­ity se­ries ‘House Hunters’

Ledger-Enquirer - - Local - BY MARK RICE [email protected]­

The next episode of the HGTV re­al­ity se­ries “House Hunters” will fea­ture folks fa­mil­iar to Columbus area view­ers.

Premier­ing at 9 p.m. EST Tues­day, the “Light­ing Up the Hol­i­days” episode will star 1995 Carver High School grad­u­ate Al­ida Ab­dul­lah and her hus­band, Sha­keer, as they search for a home to ac­com­mo­date them and their four chil­dren, ages 4-12. They moved from Min­nesota to the At­lanta sub­urb of Fair­burn.

Al­ida’s fa­ther is re­tired Carver foot­ball and track coach Wal­lace Davis, a Chat­ta­hoochee Val­ley Sports Hall of Fame mem­ber. Davis and his wife, Ann, also ap­pear in the episode, which in­cludes scenes shot at the Davis home in Columbus.

“We had a re­ally good


time pre­par­ing for the show,” Ann told the Ledger-En­quirer in a phone in­ter­view Fri­day. “It was a lot of fun, but it was a lot dif­fer­ent than we thought it was go­ing to be.”

For ex­am­ple, Ann said, the film crew ar­rived in an SUV in­stead of an 18wheeler.

“They had only one cam­era­man and two or

three other peo­ple co­or­di­nat­ing ev­ery­thing, telling us what to do, where to stand,” she said.

Also un­usual, Ann said, they had to wear sweaters and jack­ets in the Ge­or­gia heat be­cause HGTV filmed this Christ­mas-themed episode dur­ing the sum­mer.

Sha­keer, who was the as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent for eq­uity and diver­sity at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota, be­came the vice pres­i­dent for stu­dent af­fairs at Clay­ton State Univer­sity in July. He and Al­ida stayed with Coach Davis and Ann while Sha­keer in­ter­viewed for the job in May. And that’s when he also ap­plied to be on the show.

“HGTV was look­ing for cou­ples mov­ing to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions,” Ann said.

She hopes to watch the premier with fam­ily mem­bers Tues­day night. Re­gard­less, she added, they will tape it so they can watch it dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Here’s how HGTV de­scribes the episode:

“A fam­ily of six is mov­ing to At­lanta, GA, where they hope to find a home large enough to host lots of rel­a­tives in time for Christ­mas and Kwan­zaa. She wants some­thing move-in ready with an open con­cept kitchen, but he’s happy with a fixer-up­per as long as it has a three-car garage and a bar­gain price tag.”

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