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Project Runway Preview: Same Show, Different Location

By   |   August 20, 2009   |   Entertainment
Hot new designers! <br> credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

Hot new designers! credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

Better late than never!

The TV DivaGal and other fans of Project Runway have been waiting a long time for our beloved design competition series to return, due to that whole from Bravo-to-Lifetime legality thing. (And even longer for me. I just got my screener this morning!)

So was it worth the wait? But of course!

The show has made some changes: The competition has moved from the streets of NYC to the freeways of L.A. It’s evident the show was shot quite nearly a year ago as the first challenge is introduced on the carpet of last year’s primetime Emmy awards.

But like a classic Chanel suit, many things have stayed the same. There are the determined designers, the lyrical critiques of Mr. Tim Gunn, hottie hostess Heidi Klum, and of course drama behind the seams.

There are designers whose stories instantly draw you in, like Johnny Sakalis. He’s auditioned for PR twice before, but didn’t make the cut because of his raging crystal meth addiction. He’s clean now, but taking on the first challenge almost breaks him. Will it become a problem as the competition grows more fierce? Only time will tell.

Then there’s Ari Fish, who’s going to be the quirky one of the bunch. I saw shades of season five contestant Kenley coming forth as Ari brushed off Tim’s first critique.

There doesn’t seem to be any clashes with contestants in tonight’s episode. In fact, the contestants are cautiously supportive of one another. But it’s only the first week. Give ’em time to find that one someone who needles their nerves!

Even though the show is no longer in the Big Apple, TV DivaGal’s hometown is represented with five designers: Nicolas Putvinski, Qristyl Frazier, Malvin Vien, Epperson and Irina Shabayeva. Show Los Angeles how it’s done, fellow NYC-ers!

Lifetime chose not to show who gets eliminated tonight in the screener, so TV DivaGal will find out with the rest of you tonight, when Project Runway premieres Thursday, Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.

Then stick around and find out what the models really thought of their first interactions with the designers on Lifetime’s new series Models of the Runway at 11 p.m.

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