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How Does This Season of Project Runway Stack Up?

The big finale of Project Runway airs tonight, which means we're just hours from finding out whether Kenley, Leanne, or Korto takes home the top prize from this season. I can't wait to finally see the collections (I've been avoiding Fab's pictures) and find out who joins Jay McCarroll, Chloe Dao, Jeffrey Sebelia, and Christian Siriano on the list of Runway winners.

I know there's been some discontent about this season, but at the same time, now that the Lifetime deal is on hold, who knows when we'll get another one? So, I'm wondering: All things considered, where do you think this season of Project Runway stacks up? Anyone want to stand up and defend season five?

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Deidre Deidre 7 years
I think it was the worst season ever because the challenges are getting stale, and Bravo now reveals way too much about info the upcoming episodes. I hate that all the guest judges were announced in advance! The element of surprise was something that made this show fresh for four seasons. I don't think that the downturn was because of the contestants -- they were all really different/obnoxious, and ergo fun to watch. That said, I still think this season is about 80 times better than all the other reality programming out there.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
I think it was the worst season ever because the challenges are getting stale, and Bravo now reveals way too much about info the upcoming episodes. I hate that all the guest judges were announced in advance! The element of surprise was something that made this show fresh for four seasons. I don't think that the downturn was because of the contestants -- they were all really different/obnoxious, and ergo fun to watch.That said, I still think this season is about 80 times better than all the other reality programming out there.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I think it's funny that so many people liked last season so much - I remember it was very boring except for Christian Siriano (who got on my nerves a lot too). It's not like he originated the catchphrase "fierce" either - he took it from Tyra Banks :) Don't get me wrong, I LIKE Christian but I don't love him. I liked Rami and Jillian better as designers last year.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I was really bored with this season in the beginning, but it got gradually better over time. But there was still a lot of problems this season: 1.) Recycled challenges (2.) Boring challenges (3.) Most of the contestants had no personality (4.) The ones who do have "big personalities" were VERY, VERY annoying and tried way too hard to coin catchphrases and stuff (Blayne, Suede, Stella). My favorite season by far is Season 2, with Santino, Nick, Chloe, Daniel V, and Andrae. They had the best "characters" on that season, it was hilarious to watch, and they were all pretty talented and innovative. I really really liked Santino even though he had crazy designs, at least he had a "story" behind each of them and he wasn't as rude to Nina (who frankly deserves it sometimes) as Kenley was to Tim and the other judges. And I loved the songs and "What happened to Andrae?"
rc4480 rc4480 7 years
this season was SO terrible. the only reason it's hard to tell who's going to win is because they're all mediocre, with marginally better talents in certain areas than others. for example - korto uses color. she sews well. that is all you will see from her. leanne - she's overkilling that wave pattern. i get it, you want unity and continuity, but that doesn't mean different versions of the same thing! also, did you notice that the designers with the least talent had the most "personality" - and i don't say that as a good thing. suede, blayne, and stella come to mind. they felt they had to be characters just to keep going. i blame PR back when they kept ricky around (remember him!) even though he was TERRIBLE, simply because he wore that ridiculous net cop hat and cried every episode. although, i must say, i sort of miss stella saying "i do LEATHER. ROCK AND ROLL!" 18 million different ways. Korto all the way, though. She's shown the most consistent talent.
TsuKata TsuKata 7 years
The season hasn't been the best, but it doesn't stop the addiction. I'm really rooting for Korto. She seems to make designs with real women in mind instead of designing just for stick-models (I'm talking to YOU, Siriano!!). :)
JenniJams JenniJams 7 years
Kenley is going to win tonite - her collection is by far the best!
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
Ugh so bad. I love this show, but actually stopped watching. I'll catch up on a marathon one of these days. There isn't anyone appealing and worth watching.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 7 years
My fave season was the third with Laura, Uli, Jeffrey, Michael - so much talent & they all had very different styles. This season I'm pulling for Leanne, but otherwise it has been a rather mediocre season.
Cortney Cortney 7 years
I really love Leanne as a designer -- she's one of my favorites ever on the show. However, the challenges were ho-hum this season.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 7 years
I feel like the designers didn't get to be as creative as they should have been able to be. It constantly felt like they were asked to reign in their designs rather than be more creative. I know they said this was a diverse season, but they did not provide sufficient challenges for the designers - they were not allowed to shine.
MsHauteStylist MsHauteStylist 7 years
It's really not fair to say it was the worst season ever. I think that, as Tim stated in the beginning, this was the most diverse season ever. I feel like some people are looking for sooooo much personality out of these people. The one thing that I have always loved about PR is that even though it is a reality show & there are always going to be personalities, it's always been about designing clothes. I feel like if you want to watch a show for some personalities then watch the Real World or something like that. You can't blame the designers for the challenges sucking-they don't decide what the challenges are going to be!! They did exactly what they came to do-DESIGN CLOTHES. TEAM MOMOLU ALL DAY!!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I will say one thing for this season - at least there weren't as many ridiculous product placement challenges as there were last season.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years
I'm pulling for Leanne or Korto. But, the season overall have sucked. The challenges were not that creative, it really felt like something was missing.
ep24 ep24 7 years
there were no real stand-outs for most of the season and i wasn't rooting for any of the contestants. boring. never watched it live -- always tivo'd it so i could f-fwd thru the boring bits...
kaykayelle kaykayelle 7 years
This season is the worst, hands down. In order of most amazing: Season 2, Season 3 and Season 1 tie pretty much (although 3 is a bit better), then Season 4, and then Season 5 lags way behind. Boring people, boring challenges, boring everything.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I honestly have liked this season more than others on the simple fact that no one has been so absolutely gonna win as in past seasons. I mean, as much as I wanted the curly haired girl from last season to win, I KNEW Christian would win. This year, any of them could win, but I want Leanne to win.
jettagirl3 jettagirl3 7 years
Definitely not the best season. But I still enjoyed it. However the fact that Kenley made it fashion week bothers me to no end. She is annoying.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
This has been the most boring season of PR, it cannot compare to the last season. As new seasons come along the designers' attitudes get nastier and with the supposed experience the desingers have the work is terrible. I understand that drama is also part of the show but I do expect real talent to make it a true competition.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
It was so freakin' boring! None of the designers have the talent that was so clear in the past seasons, and as for the final three - Kenley is annoying, Korto's just alright, and LeAnn is boring. I realize you can't pick people just for the drama, but there is so little personality going on.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
Nope can't defend it. While I think there's a little bit of talent there, I'm not as bowled over or wowed as I have been in previous seasons. Yes, there have been some beautiful work, but nothing so spectacular I actually wished I could own it as has happened previously. To me it has the feeling that it was purposely sabotaged so that they'd lose the viewers when it made the move to Lifetime. Now they may have lost viewers regardless, since the move is up in the air.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i actually stopped watching it part way through since i wasn't getting into the challenges. i feel like there are too many things that they've already done that it's not always surprising to see what the challenges are. i have them all on DVR though so i know that i'll catch up on them.
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