posted on Oct, 14 2016 @ 06:57 PM
As some of you may know, Project Runway is one of this household's guilty pleasures. I am by know means a fashionista or a clothes horse
either one, but I honestly enjoy watching the show and its challenges and the competition between people who do actually have some skill at their
craft. It's kind of fun.
Anyhow. last night I saw something happen that I NEVER thought I would witness on that show. Honestly, the contestants mostly seem to be pretty catty
and sort of shallow and selfish for the most part, not all, but there is a good percentage of it and lots of drama queens. So when the inevitable team
challenge or challenges come around, you always cringe because you know that so and so won't work well with someone else, someone will be off in a
room crying or two people will b*itch, moan and complain about someone else's crappy skills or designs or sense of taste, etc. And then the main
event happens, the models walk, most of the contestants are ticked at each other, and the judging comes around.
And they set the judging up to be as crappy as possible to exploit the inevitable cattiness and bad feelings. The bring out the teams and group judge.
So everyone in a team knows what the judges liked or not and they all know who did or did not do what. Then the winning team, one by one, gets asked
"Who do you think should win?" And usually at least one person or more claim they should and talk up why they were so great - selfish. Occasionally,
they also throw in why they were also better than someone, or someones, else while they are at it.
On the losing side, the same thing happens only everyone is asked "Who should go home?" This is when it gets ugly because almost always it's a rush
to throw someone, usually everyone's least favorite person, under the bus, and they usually explain their decision in the least tactful way
The rub is that the judge's decision is the final one, and they don't always consider the contestants' responses very much. So you can end up with
people who have been thrown under the bus still in the game with people they know threw them there. DRAMA!
But last night ... Wow!
From the outset both teams gelled and got along. They all worked together very well, no one was petty or catty about things. People worked on every
project unselfishly. One team member on one team sacrificed making his own personal piece in favor of going and helping everyone else wherever he
could in whatever way he could and because he did that his personal touch was the unifying element to the team's mini collection. It kept them
cohesive without anyone else losing their personal style to their own pieces.
That team won. And at the end, not a single person nominated themselves to win. Every one of them spoke up for someone else to win. Two spoke up for
the roamer guy, and that guy nominated another gal. In the end, the guy who didn't make his own piece but kept the group together by helping them all
On the losing side, it was just as dramatic. All of them save one nominated themselves to go home, and the only reason the guy who didn't nominate
himself didn't do it was because the judges had outright said his piece was one of their favorites of the night, so he kind of couldn't very well.
In the end, he stood there in tears sputtering, not knowing what to do until the team mate who had pitched the collection in the first place came up
to him and said - pick me, and he agreed but said, "I'm only doing this because the judges said if our pitch had been different we would have won
and because you said to and I don't want to!" And then he broke down like a baby. They all did for the whole segment honestly. I've seen some cry,
but not like that. And the pitch guy said, "It was my pitch that got us here. I misread our collection. I take accountability. I deserve to go.
Don't send them home for my mistake."
And he was the one who went.
I've just never seen anything like that happen on that show. It was stunning. There are honest people left in the world.