Thursday, January 5, 2012

'Project Runway All Stars' Premieres Tonight

It's been a few months since Anya's shocking (but, let's be honest, not really) victory in the Project Runway Season 9 finale, so we've all had a little bit of time to calm down, recoup, and forget that the past two seasons have given us laughable champions after episodes more concerned with drama than talent. Can't you tell I've moved on...?

In any case, tonight is the premiere of Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime, 9/8c)! I'm willing to put aside all of my frustrations with this show because these are some of my favorite designers and I'm just happy to reunite with them.

After the jump, a promo for the season a few thoughts before tonight's premiere...

So, obviously the "star" going into this season is Austin Scarlett. He's the breakout personality from the first season, in which he shockingly did not make it to that finale, and kind of set the tone for the kind of insanity we expect from our Project Runway designers. Other pre-season frontrunners include Mondo, Rami and Mila, and don't be surprised when Anthony Williams gets a ton of sound-bite-laden screen time (not that I'm complaining). Of course, as Top Chef All-Stars taught us, just because someone was successful previously does not guarantee them success here. I'm fully expecting one of our frontrunners to crash and burn swiftly by the second or third episode. The first elimination most likely belongs to a designer that perhaps doesn't really match the title "All Star".... but after that all bets are off.

The big "question mark" going into tonight is how the show will do without our usual lineup of Heidi, Nina, Michael and Tim. Will newcomers Georgina Chapman, Isaac Mizrahi, Angela Lindvall and Joanna Coles be able to step up to the plate and deliver? I'm most nervous about Mizrahi after being underwhelmed with him on The Fashion Show, but hopefully he will pleasantly surprise us all.

Are you excited for tonight's premiere? Who are you rooting for and who do you think will be the first All Star eliminated? And don't forget to follow @PWYJudges on Twitter during tonight's show for some live tweeting!

In case you missed it earlier, click here for the full cast list for this season.

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