We won't know until Wednesday night which of the four remaining Project Runway 5
designers – Korto Momolu
, Jerell Scott
, Leanne Marshall
, and Kenley Collins
– will make it to the final competition. But one thing is certain: many viewers felt that the judges' non-decision decision last week was a cop-out.
Despite Jerell's win and Leanne's coming in second, they are both back on the hot seat along with Korto and Kenley to compete for one of the spots in the finale runway show. What could happen on this episode of Project Runway 5
It's possible that Korto or Leanne might choke, but having seen their work throughout the season, and the finale collection that I assume will be at least part of what the judges are looking at to pick who moves on, I just cannot imagine these two talented women won't be part of the final three. So that leaves Jerell vs. Kenley in my mind.
Many viewers feel that Kenley should have been eliminated for her erratic design and poor attitude, but I have to say I'm not sure attitude should be taken into consideration. Sure, if you are going to be in the public eye, your life would be a lot more pleasant if you learn to take criticism graciously, but the examples of successful creative people who do not are legion. Arguing with your critics may make you look foolish, but if people still like your work – take recording artist Kanye West, for example – it doesn't seem to ultimately matter that much.
So the real question with Kenley is: will people still like her work? She can produce a cute and wearable vintage inspired dress. She can also create cartoonish and tacky outfits as she did in the last episode and with her giant-sleeved astrological dress.
However, even her worst outfits look finished and well-made, which might give her a slight advantage over Jerell, who can occasionally look a little sloppy. She also might appeal to the judges, as one commenter noted, because her cartoonish and tacky edge might mean a better runway “show” (from a theatrical perspective) if not better overall fashion.
I'm sure I have said this before, but Jerell continues to be a wild card to me. His work shows some real beauty when he is also a bit more restrained, but his excesses can veer into a messy hodge podge. The judges are annoyed by Kenley, but if his runway look this episode looks unfinished or sloppy, they might appreciate her craftsmanship over his aesthetic.
We'll see what happens on this episode, the first part of the two-part finale of Project Runway.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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