Jenn's 'Project Runway' Afterthoughts: We Can't Believe April Was Voted Off! Do YOU Think The Judges Got It Wrong?

Thu, October 14, 2010 11:18pm EST by 5 Comments

What an intense week! The closer we get to the finale, the more nerve-racking this show is!

The final five contestants got an awesome surprise on the Oct. 14 episode of Project Runway: A mini vaca in a huge presidential suite in NYC — complete with champagne and all! But the spoils didn’t last for long, as the competition is getting tougher!

Mayor Bloomberg was this week’s surprise guest, serving as the ambassador for the challenge. The task: Make a design inspired by NYC. Seems simple enough, right? Nope! With so many possible inspirations, from the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge to taxi cabs and a million skyscrapers, it’s impossible to pick just one to draw inspiration from and turn into a dress; now that’s a challenge!

Guide Tim Gunn isn’t holding anything back this late in the game, as he dropped remarks like “Be careful that it doesn’t go slutty and she doesn’t look like one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey” to remaining contestant Andy South. Now that one was a zinger!

In the end, the contestants showed off their designs on the runway. Here’s where the final five drew their inspirations:

Michael Costello: Statue of Liberty
Mondo Guerra:
Brooklyn Bridge
Gretchen Jones: Lower East Side
Andy: Central Park
April Johnston: Brooklyn Bridge

The judges called upon Mondo first, and they were thrilled with his creation. But not all of the judges loved Andy’s creation: In the words of Michael Kors, the dress was more “warrior woman” than Central Park. Still, the judges overall agreed it was very well constructed. Then, Gretchen had to justify her confusing Lower East Side inspiration, prompting Nina Garcia to ask: “What happened?” and Gretchen to have a break down. “I’m sick of the challenges,” she cried. “The challenges are crazy!” April also prodced some water works when Michael related her piece to a “pregnant witch.” Now that’s harsh!

Michael Costello may not have gotten misty, but he was probably crying for joy behind his smile. Not one judge had a single negative comment about his dress — and the one that came out of their mouths were: “L-O-V-E it!”

Now, only four are left standing: Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra, Andy South and Gretchen Jones. April Johnston, 21, the youngest of the group didn’t make the cut and was sent home. We can’t wait to see what the last few will bring — and who will take home the big surprise. Until next week… make it work, BFFs!

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Posted at 9:01 PM on October 21, 2010  

The Statue of Liberty isn’t even in NY. The Statue of Liberty is located in New Jersey. So the winner wasn’t inspired by New York

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Posted at 8:24 PM on October 19, 2010  

WRONG WRONG WRONG! I can’t believe April was sent home. I love her work. And Loved Christian’s comment about Michael accidentally making the dress… michael didn’t even know the fabric’s name.

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Posted at 12:06 PM on October 15, 2010  

April was finished in the PR contest by about week 5. That’s when she got stuck on Black Nighties for Every Occasion!! and didn’t have the skills to a) recognize she was stuck and, b)get herself going in another direction.

Also, her using her age and her parents divorce as fodder for her pity parties was getting old. If she received heavy criticism, it was, “Well, I don’t have that much experience with criticsm of my work because I’M ONLY 21, YOU KNOW. If she won a challenge or received praise, it was, “Pretty good for someone WHO IS ONLY 21, I showed them SOMEONE 21 CAN DO IT.”

Hello, April? Your mistakes and your successes have little to do with how old you are. Andy is 23, and I didn’t know that until I looked at his profile because HE NEVER MENTIONED IT.

And her parents’ divorce…she shamefully pimped that for pity. Her flat affect and lack of creativity outside of black–her parents’ divorce caused it. Her textile challenge–the impact of her parents’ divorce.

Hello, April? Believe it or not, your parents aren’t the only ones who have divorced. You are an adult now. Get over it and move on.

The worst, however, was how, once she won one challenge, she turned into Gretchen’s toady. All of a sudden, she’s in with the in crowd, and she becomes one of the nastiest scapegoaters of MichaelC. It was pathetic, and it gave some insight into the kind of cruel and nasty she is on the inside.

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Posted at 1:00 AM on October 15, 2010  

Dammit, why is Gretchen still on the show? Her ego needs to go the way of Poison Ivy: out the door. Go Mondo!!

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Myra Brooks

Posted at 1:39 AM on October 15, 2010  

My sentiments exactly, jezoebel. I was hoping to celebrate her departure tonight. The champagne will have to wait. Surely the judges will open their eyes eventually and see that her crap garments went out of style in 1979. Poor attitude, poor taste, mediocre talent. Mondo, definitely!

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