In the beginning of the fifth episode, Jack had to pull out — he had gotten a staph infection and had to withdraw from the competition to take care of his health. He's all better now, thank goodness. For more on the infection and decision, see Jack's interview.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and that meant that previously-eliminated Chris (whose first dress was quite gorgeous) returned to take his place. In a time crunch to complete the challenge, he fell once again into the trap of making his outfit too "costumey", but I have quite the soft spot for him, and I'm glad he's back.
But, on with the challenge. The challenge for this episode was as follows: regular, everyday women who had lost extraordinary amounts of weight, all more than 40lbs., brought in their favorite outfits from their heavier days and the designers had to create new looks from them to suit their new bodies. They each also had $10 to spend on additional fabric.
Some did well, some faltered. In the end the top two and bottom two were pretty clear-cut: Kevin and Christian (Top), Elisa and Steven (Not).
The judges picked Christian as the winner. I would have picked Kevin — he made that out of a blazer!
The judges told Elisa her outfit looked like her, not like something her model would wear and that the layers and waist chopped up her body too much. To Steven they said his outfit looked like a) she was going to a funeral (Nina Garcia) b) French maid (Michael Kors) c) A French Maid at a Funeral (Michael Kors). What made it even worse was that the garment he had been given was a wedding dress — while not the easiest task, couldn't he have made, say, a cute white beaded skirt out of it, with a clean cut black top? They Auf'd Steven. While I agree, for this particular challenge, I so wish they had sent home Elisa because her clothing always looks poorly made and, let's face it, more cuckoos inside her head than in a Swiss wall clock. I just get the feeling she's being kept around for entertainment value (if you look at the credits, it clearly states that Bravo has a say in who gets eliminated, who does not).
This season is still not really gelling for me. Hoping it gets more pizazz soon. What are your thoughts?
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