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The big surprise at the Project Runway fall show in Bryant Park this morning was not which contestants were showing but who was sitting on the other side of the judges’ table. The guest judge for the finale is… Jennifer Lopez! Not! Actually,foakleys, Heidi Klum took to the runway to inform us, J-Lo canceled at the last minute because of “a foot injury.”
Did I detect a note of skepticism in Heidi’s voice? Also, isn’t the work of a judge pretty much done entirely while sitting? Ah,fake oakleys, whatever—the last-minute replacement,fake oakleys, introduced to the wild cheers of the crowd,fake oakleys, was… Tim Gunn,fake oakleys, who has never served as a judge in his five seasons as mentor and seemed a little sheepish about his emergency drafting.
The theme of the opening remarks at this year’s show were the awkward-for-Bravo reminders that this would be the show’s last episode before going to Lifetime. (Which I suppose means that,foakleys, instead of Top Chef judges and Rachel Zoe milling about the runway next year,foakleys, we’ll see the Army Wives and Carson Kressley.)