What to expect on ‘Project Runway’ tonight? It depends on which you watch

trds_101rc_05152104_bq-1080The finale of the current season of Project Runway is tonight, and I have no idea who will win (though I’m pulling for Sean and will plotz if Char wins), but there’s more to fashion tonight than just the main show; immediately following the finale will be the premiere of Project Runway; Threads. It’s a great companion series to Toddlers & Tiaras: The show focusses on teens and tweens who are fashion designers, assisted by their parents in executing their designs. The premiere features three contestants, including very gayish 13-year-old Alabaman Bradley; Christian Soriano serves as chief judge.

Maybe I don’t understand the trends in reality television, but I just don’t find watching children put into pressure-cooker situations to make for good TV. I mean, American Idol already has teenagers being judged harshly, but the show feels dumbed-down, especially with host Vanessa Simmons’ condescending narration. (She brings one 12-year-old to tears within the first half hour.)

Next week, Project Runway: All Stars returns with seasoned (adult) contestants preceding this show. I think I’ll change channels once All Stars ends — if I wanna see kids cry, I’ll watch videos of Neverland Ranch.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

SPOILER: ‘Project Runway’ finale

For those (like me) who sat on tenterhooks during the final innings of a heartbreaking Game 6 last night, there was another series finale of interest to the gay community last night: The Project Runway results.

In a season with more gays than usual, including a final four than included two gay men, the winner ended up being Anya, the Trinidadian designer who entered the show with only four month experience sewing.

Anya was a favorite of mine throughout the season, although when you consider what the series is supposed to be, picking a novice who probably hadn’t even seen the show a year ago seems slightly insulting to those who have labored for years honing their skills … sort of like how illiterate fitness gurus like Denise Austin get paid boatloads for “writing” exercise books while most professional writers eat soup. And gay boy Josh certain had an eye, even if he was sometime a pill. But Anya really did have a stellar season, and if a gay guy couldn’t win, well, she was a nice spoiler.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones