It’s always hard to tell whom to root for in the beginning of a reality competition like “Project Runway” considering there are so many contestants in the mix that it’s hard to keep them all straight. That was especially evident in the “Project Runway” Season 10 premiere episode, when it seemed like practically half of the designers weren’t even mentioned until their models walked down the runway in the Times Square fashion show.
To be fair, that was probably because their designs were totally adequate and they had no real dramatic problems during their first challenge — but it would’ve been nice to see a little more from people like Alicia Hardesty and Nathan McDonald, whose outfits seemed perfectly lovely coming down the catwalk. But there’ll be time for them — the show had plenty of drama queens to profile during its first episode.
PHOTOS: “Project Runway” Season 10 designers
There are two ways to look at someone like Gunnar Deatherage, who seemed to arbitrarily choose someone to feud with immediately and definitely likes to be the center of attention (this could be the understatement of the year). One, he’ll cause lots of trouble and flame out quickly, or two — and the more likely option, since his designs were quite nice — we’re stuck with him for a while.
Other standouts, personality-wise, were Buffi Jashanmal, who was a ray of sunshine but seems like a middle-of-the-pack designer, Dmitry Sholokhov, who might rub people the wrong way if he ever talks loudly enough for other people to hear his bitchy comments, and Kooan Kosuke, whose bright personality was directly transposed to his ultra-busy outfit.
Judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and guest judges Patricia Field and Lauren Graham appreciated his kookiness but maybe not his outfit, but gave him another shot at wowing them. They also weren’t too keen on Lantie Foster‘s designs, but she’ll be back again too.
Rightfully earning the top three spots with some gorgeous designs were challenge winner Christopher Palu, who seems like he’s a few nights of terrible sleep away from cracking under pressure, slightly cocky but totally talented Ven Budhu and cool rocker chick Melissa Fleis.
Unfortunately, the poor designer who had the dishonor of going home first was Beatrice Guapo, whose knit dresses weren’t so great but also weren’t terrible. Anyone could’ve gone home, and she should know that she didn’t actually embarrass herself on national TV.
Should she have gone home?
And, now that we’ve met everyone, who do you think are the two designers who quit the contest?!