E: Last night I actually wrote and then scraped a post on the Emmy nominations, and my guesses and wishes about who might be nominated this morning. It won’t be any surprise to regular readers that the nominations themselves are as ever a mixed bag for me. There’s a pleasantly surprising amount of nods that make me happy. There are a few omissions that shock me, and some that I hoped would happen, but weren’t expecting. Here’s the big stuff:
E: Woohoo! Cat Deeley and So You Think You Can Dance! YES! That pretty much made my morning, y’all. Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance…This looks something like the Snoopy dance, if you’re wondering.
E: Here it is, boys and girls. They’re back!
Follow after the jump for a spoiler and some ranting. If you saw the show, I’m sure you’re ready for a good rant yourself.*
E: Emilio, Mila and Seth Aaron collectively knock the judges socks off in the last ever Bryant Park Project Runway show. There’s very little pre-show drama, and despite 3 models not showing up for Bryant Park, we don’t focus on that at all either. We just focus on the clothes.
Nina says that this is one of the best groups of designers they’ve ever had. I don’t think I would go there, not at all, but I’m happier with this season than the last one.
E: Can I get something off my chest? Because there’s something about Project Runway that really, really bugs me.
Two words: decoy collections.
When the tents go up at Bryant Park, we’re only midway through the Project Runway season. The producers would like to keep a little mystery going on. Not only do they not want you to know who won, they don’t want the names of the finalists widely reported out here on the internet. And so, there are the so called decoy collections. What does that mean, at least as I know it? The first season, it meant that Austin Scarlett got to show as well, although he was apparently too despondent to create a full collection, so it was very clear who was really a finalist. The next second, fourth place finisher Kara Janx gave a show and blew away the press, which may have helped the judges put have 4 finalists straight through in Season 3 instead of 3. The judges were so underwhelmed by Michael Knight’s collection once they saw it that they now reserve the right to see the bits of the final collection before deciding who should show. (Fine, I don’t know if that’s why, but it seems likely.)
Since season five, more and more designers get taken along as decoys. Guess how many people showed at Bryant Park this year? 10. Not even the top ten finishers (out of 16), because Maya didn’t make a collection. Yep. 10. Almost every contestant on this season got to have a show at Bryant Park. This is a little bit like George Bush and the
So when Jay and Mila cry about how important it is that they win the final challenge and be the one who goes to Bryant Park, I just cannot feel the drama. It undermines the whole show for me. How can it mean anything if everyone gets to show? I don’t know when people get told they’re going to show anyway – clearly the other 6 designers must have been told soon after their auffing or they wouldn’t have been able to complete collections – but still, it sucks the tension right out of the competition. I think it has to stop. The prize should matter, damn it!