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I’m a little Project Runway-ed out, seeing as we’ve had a new episode every week for the last eight months, but here’s a wish list for the inevitable All-Stars season 3.
Daniel Vosovic (season 2)
Laura Bennett (season 3)
Chris March (season 4)
Korto Momolu (season 5)
Carol Hannah Whitifield (season 6)
Maya Luz (season 7)
Jonathan Peters (season 7)
Jay Nicolas Sario (season 7)
Valerie Mayen (season 8)
Viktor Luna (season 9)
Melissa Fleis (season 10)
Christopher Palu (season 10)
Daniel Esquivel (season 11)
Patricia Michaels (season 11)
I take back everything I said: this is going to be an amazing season.
First some comments on the Team format. Thank god this is not some RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race shit. One person goes home at a time and just prevent others from winning. Lifetime (and apparently Heidi) clearly wanted extra drama with these teams while Tim gave his blessing, seeing as this is how fashion actually works. From the previews, it looks like everything is going to backfire and drama is unavoidable, but minimal while the designers actually do elevate one another.
The other reason I’m excited is this shitload of talent. Samantha, Tu, Patricia, Daniel, Michelle, and Benjamin all had amazingly strong designs and tons of talent. I see villains forming, but I can survive as long as there is talent to back it up.
I also want to cheer for Cindy. Yes, her dress was hideous, but her previous work and personality tell me there’s more in her.
Now for my picks. I’ve prided myself on my calls just on the first episode. Mondo was my #1 in season 8, Viktor my #1 in season 9 and Dmitry my #2 for season 10. I don’t have a #1 yet, but my bets are on Samantha and Tu. We’ll see.
Lifetime is kicking it into overdrive with Project Runway, releasing Season 11 in two weeks, a mere week after the finale of All Stars Season 2. Which premiered a mere week after Season 10. Yes, that’s right: except for holidays, we’ve had a new episode of Project Runway every week since July. While I, already a rabid fan am already getting worn out, I look forward to what another 12 weeks of fashion will bring.
I don’t want to turn this into a Lifetime vs. Bravo meltdown. Too many people romanticize the Bravo years, who too churned out multiple seasons in less than a year. I also believe that some of the best seasons have been on Lifetime, such as 7 or 10. Bravo did challenges including dressing a doll and a dog, so get off your high horses.
That’s right, this last season was fantastic. A broad cast, good personalities and challenges and one of the best winners. So despite this turd we call All-Stars, Project Runway has been in good hands.
Here’s the twist of season 11: every challenge is a team challenge. Fuck. I think I speak for most people when I say I hate the fucking team challenges. Drama starts to eclipse the designs and when RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race tried the team angle, it fell to a massive pile of shit FAST. Lifetime just wants ratings and drama.
This is the point that will make or break this season: how many people go home per episode. If only one person goes home, people can’t be dragged down by their partners and the deserving SHOULD stay alive.
That said, this is actually quite a nice cast. After doing some research, I see some talent (Cindy and Tu look promising), some personalities (Benjamin and Patricia) and some crazy experimental wackos with zero taste level (looking at you, Joseph Aaron).
It disappoints me that after a shit season of recycled veterans, Project Runway wastes its new meat on this experiment. I also pity those poor designers who think they have signed up for regular season and may have their chances at exposure undone by a poor partner and a gimmicky attempt at ratings.
Project Runway can do better. This is a desperate attempt for attention after a very solid 10th season. All I can do is wait, home for the best, enjoy Heidi and Tim, look forward to a bigger pool for the inevitable All Stars Season 3 and be happy that it’s better than no season at all.
Don’t fuck this one up.
I am massively unhappy. None of these people placed terribly well and don’t deserve another chance. WTF, LIFETIME!? I GAVE YOU A PERFECT LIST THAT YOU COMPLETELY IGNORED!!!!!!!
Wendy Pepper (season 1)
Andre Gonzalo (season 2)
Kayne Gillaspie (season 3)
Uli Herzner (season 3)
Suede (season 5)
Althea Harper (season 6)
Emilio Sosa (season 7)
Ivy Higa (season 8)
Peach Carr (season 8)
Casanova (season 8)
Laura Kathleen (season 9)
Joshua McKinley (season 9)
Anthony Ryan Auld (season 9)
I get the whole Heroes v. Villains vibe going on, but seriously? All season they’ve been teasing us with the return of Valerie Mayen or Laura Bennett. Where’s the classic talent of Chris March or Santino Rice? And if you’re going to pull so many names from the Lifetime era, why not at least pull the talented ones? Where’s Jay Sario or Viktor Luna? Come on!
EDIT: This was MY list made last year.
Wendy Pepper (Season 1) - Token VIllain: the first and the best
Diana Eng (Season 2)- Kicked Out Way Too Early (ex-med student, used biological inspirations)
Santino Rice (Season 2)- Star Power
Daniel Vosovic (Season 2)- You Know You Want Him
Laura Bennett (Season 3)- If you need drama, why not make it talented?
Chris March (Season 4)- Star Power
Stella Zotis (Season 5)- Token Nutball (AKA, Leatha Mama)
Korto Momolu (Season 5) - Robbed, I tell you!
Maya Luz (Season 7)- Talented, dropped out. She could have taken the whole thing.
Jonathan Peters (Season 7)- I LIKED MY UBER HIPSTER, OKAY!?!?!?
Jay Nicholas Sario (Season 7)- Kicked out for being TOO innovative? C’mon.
Anthony Ryan Auld (Season 9)- Kicked out too early. Besides, we need more adorable, smart, sassy southerners.
Viktor Luna (Season 9)- ROBBED!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to replace my pick for Stella Zotis with Kayne Gillaspie or Valerie Mayen.
Everyone’s forgot about the fan favorite competition!
-Elena’s in first?
-Ven’s in sixth?
-Raul’s beating Dmitry?
FIX THIS! IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE, VOTE!!!!!
(Tumblr loves Dmitry. Show it.)
Another productive episode. My love for Dmitry continues to grow as he sums up Ven in the best line of the season: “A One-Way Monkey.” I don’t care if you have different idioms in Belarus, you rock.
Alicia. You can’t make pants. You need to stand with your legs apart so they won’t bunch and bundle. Sorry, lesbians-who-think-she’s-hot, but the woman can’t make menswear without making her model look like she has man parts.
Raul. Welcome to the “What Crawled Up Your Ass and Died?” List. Elena, Gunnar and Ven continue to excel.
Favorites: Dmitry, Christopher, Sonjia, Melissa
Please Leave: Alicia, Fabio