Project Runway’s new cast has us starstruck! Lifetime announced the new contestants (and completely new judges panel) for Project Runway All Stars today. Here’s your first look into what’s bound to be a delightfully dramatic and tear-filled season.
Let’s start with the judges: say auf wiedersehen to Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia. Their snarkiness, chemistry, and style will be missed. Filling their shoes will be Isaac Mizrahi, Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles, and designer Georgina Chapman.
Also, the rumors are true: model Angela Lindvall will take Heidi’s place as host. An impressive and interesting lineup, but will it really be the same without Tim Gunn giving out his often pointless pointers to time-pressed designers? We will have to see.
Even more exciting than the judging panel? The contestants. Drape-crazy Rami Kashou from season four will be competing, as will tattooed biker-chick Sweet P. Bringing the drama: creepy wax-figure look-a-like Austin Scarlett from season one and cat-hurling Kenley Collins. Feared by season five contestants and viewers alike, Kenley will surely bring her retro style and heaps of controversy.
Also joining the cast of characters is spacy Elisa Jimenez who is probably the weakest link because of her too-weird designs, the amazingly talented Jerell Scott of season five, as well as season seven enemies Anthony Williams and Mila Hermanovski.
And season eight’s teary-eyed runner up will inevitably be the favorite to win. Yes thats right, Mando Guerra will be stealing hearts and going through an absurd amount of tissues, along with the equally dramatic Michael Costello .
The winner will recieve a Neiman Marcus boutique (both in-store and online), $100,000 of “technology and office space” from hp and Intel, $100,000 from L’oreal Paris, a Marie Claire spread (Thanks Joanna!), a one year stint as a guest editor at Marie Claire, and a studio by Brother International. Pretty high stakes for the still aspiring designers.
Even without our favorite judges, we have a feeling All Stars will make it work just fine. The cast alone will bring the talent — and drama — needed to make this 12-episode series a success.