‘Project Runway’ Finale Part 1 recap: Four become three

| October 21, 2010 at 11:00 PM EST

“Project Runway” revealed Thursday the final three who will compete at Fashion Week and, I must say, there was a bit of a surprise.

The judges picked Mondo Guerra, Gretchen Jones and Andy South, sending Michael Costello packing. I made predictions earlier Thursday that said Andy would go home instead of Michael. I was wrong and I thought I’d be happy about that, but I’m not. I was actually more impressed by Michael’s work than Andy’s. Go figure. The one time I think Michael deserves to be there the judges don’t. Typical.

Rewind to the beginning of the episode, Tim Gunn heads off to Hawaii to visit with Andy and check in on his collection. Andy scares Tim with his catfish farm and with the fact that’s he’s made basically none of his collection despite having only two weeks left. Andy’s visit is pretty boring, so Tim leaves.

Tim’s next stop is Palm Springs to check in with Michael. We get to meet Michael’s partner Richard (who looks just like him — creepy) and see his son again. He also get to see his collection. It seems he’s, as usual, making too many pieces. Tim throws around some advice and they have dinner. During dinner, we find out a lot about Michael’s life.

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‘Project Runway’ Finale Part 1 preview and predictions: Who will it be?

| October 21, 2010 at 11:20 AM EST

Tonight’s “Project Runway” decides which three of the final four will compete at Fashion Week for the title of Season 8 winner. Who will be in and who will be out? The judges have been so unpredictable this season that it’s anyone’s guess. But if I had to be pinned down to make a prediction, here’s what I’d say:

Michael Costello will be in. Michael C. is the only thing the judges have been consistent on this season. Even when he’s in the bottom they act like he’s a secret relative or a lost puppy. So I have a feeling they’ll never get rid of him. Ever. He’ll even be there for Season 9. Plus someone has to be there to be accused of cheating or using illegal shoes or accessories or something. Right?

Mondo Guerra will be in. At least he should be. Of the four, he’s the only one who I think 100 percent deserves to be in the finale. He’s had his downs, but he’s had more ups than anybody. His talent, I believe, compares to no one else’s in the show’s history. His ability to mix patterns successfully and think editorially astound me. I predict Mondo to win the whole thing. But that’s probably too obvious for this season.

Gretchen Jones will be in. I know, I know. I don’t like her either. But without her, there will be no drama. Unfortunately, reality TV sometimes doesn’t do the right thing. So, whether or not her collection is amazing is beyond me. But I think she’ll make it either on her own merits or for the simple fact that she’s kind of hated by people and will offer some drama.

Andy South will be out. I’m probably going to be wrong, but I had to make some predictions. I think Andy is sort of the weakest link. He’s good at making cargo pants, but unless he shows the judges something different tonight, I think they might be over him. He won a huge challenge this season when he got to design some looks for Heidi Klum’s line. So that may end up being his parting gift.

Please keep in mind, these are my predictions. Not my wishes. What are your predictions and wishes for the finale?

Check out Lifetime’s preview for tonight’s episode:

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‘Top Chef Just Desserts’ Episode 6 recap: Nothing is as it seems

| October 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM EST

America’s meanest and craziest pastry chefs were pretty tame this week. Morgan displayed hints of homophobia and Heather C. accused Morgan of stealing her rice crispy treats, but other than that, it was a pretty quiet episode.

For the quickfire, Gail Simmons and random guest judge of the week tell them they have to make a savory dessert using only one pot. During the frantic running around and not cooking, Morgan apparently elbows Heather in the mouth, setting the tone for the rest of the episode for her. She whines a bit but later proves she was just warming up.

Everyone makes a bunch of stuff I’d never eat (I like to keep my sweets and savories as far apart as possible) and Eric, Heather and Danielle end up on the bottom. On top are Morgan, Zac and Yigit. Zac wins. He is given immunity, but Gail offers to trade it for $5,000.¬† He accepts. Which could end up being¬† a very bad idea.

Gail then drops the next elimination challenge on them. They’re instructed to make a black and white dessert that will be served at a party for the Los Angeles Times’ 128 anniversary. The chefs freak out a little bit because desserts tend to be more colorful than black and white.

So the challenge begins and Heather loses some rice crispy treats. She’s convinced Morgan stole her treats and is trying to sabotage her and Team Diva (herself, Zac and Yigit). Morgan does express his annoyance of the three, particularly Zac, but I doubt he stole anything.

“Top Chef” does what it does best and never resolves the accusation so we’re left to wonder. Which translates into: Heather found the rice crispy treats back at the kitchen and production thought that would be too boring.

Almost none of the chefs actually make anything that’s really “black” and that’s annoying. Judge Johnny Iuzzini calls a couple of them on it during his mentor session. None of them listen. Gail, Johnny, and the other unimportant judges sample the dishes. They seem to not hate or love anyone’s. Gail is very impressed with Eric’s plating, however. She compliments him and they even play the victory music.

Cut to the stew room. Gail calls out the girls first, making it look like they’re the top three. The boys are not happy. It turns out Heather, Danielle and Erika are really the worst three. From the critiques it certainly sounds like Danielle will finally go (has she made anything they’ve liked?).

Before the cut, the men are called in and are shocked to learn they are on top. It really sounds like Eric is going to win, but it’s actually Yigit, which is his elimination challenge win.

So next we prepare for Danielle to go. But Gail sends Erika home instead. What? Why? OK.

What are your thoughts? We really can’t judge the food, but what do you think about personalities and attitudes?


New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast compiled through various leaks

| October 16, 2010 at 1:18 PM EST

The cast of next season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” has been leaking all week and we think it’s finally done and actually close to being official. Various news outlets are reporting the following contestants as fact:

NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”); Star Jones (formerly “The View”); former “Survivor” Richard Hatch; musicians Meatloaf, Dionne Warrick, Mark McGrath, John Rich, David Cassidy and LaToya Jackson; rapper Lil John; super model Niki Taylor; Playboy model Hope Dworaczyk; actors Lisa Rinna (“Days of Our Lives”), Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) and Gary Busey; and baseball player Jose Canseco.

That’s quite a cast. There are a lot of musicians and several people already pretty used to reality television.

Keep in mind, this cast isn’t 100 percent confirmed, but I think we can believe it.

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Listen to Lee DeWyze’s first single ‘Sweet Serendipity’

| October 15, 2010 at 1:10 AM EST

The reigning “American Idol” champion Lee DeWyze’s first album “Live it Up” is set to drop Nov. 16, but the first single from the album is creating a buzz already. Listen to the new song below and let us know what you think. It kind of surprised me (not in a good way). It just doesn’t sound like the same artist I heard last season on “Idol.” Kind of odd. Maybe it’ll grow on me. Songs have a way of doing that.


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