‘Project Runway’ analysis: 3 WORST designers are Blake, Joseph, Merline

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Now that “Project Runway” has premiered Season 14 on Lifetime, it’s naturally time to start predicting who’s in and who’s out. Below, I’ve assessed the three WORST designers from the premiere episode. (Also read my take on the three BEST designers.) Hurry — make your own predictions and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will be out next.

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Blake Patterson
When Blake first started talking about his design aesthetic and we got to see some of his pre-show sketches and designs, I thought we had someone to look forward to making it deep into the season. Then he pulled the ugliest fabric from the bleachers and matched it with the second ugliest fabric and overworked them into a hideous and boring dress. Gold Derby odds to win: 100/1

Joseph Charles Poli
Aside from little to no screen time, you know what Joseph was able to give us in the premiere? A floral flared crop top and a faded lavender pencil skirt. Cool. Congrats. You nailed it. I’m glad producers found the designer most capable of pulling in the “I love the ‘PR’ intern look” demographic. Easter Sunday realness has never looked better. Am I right? No, Joseph, you’re not. You’re very wrong. Gold Derby odds to win: 100/1

Merline Labissiere
I’m with all the designers that thought the three that showed up to the set without their own design kits should have been eliminated immediately. If that had happened we wouldn’t have had to sit through the judges trying to convince us that Merline’s ill-fitting, impotent-wing looking orange “I want so badly to do a better monk look than Hanmiao” design was worthy of its top three placement. Merline is going to be around for a while because she’s annoying all the other designers, but that schtick just gives us a foil for drama, never a winner. Gold Derby odds to win: 14/1

In our “Project Runway” predictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:

Which designer will be eliminated?

Who will be in the bottom two, but not out?

Which designer will win the challenge?

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At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it’s beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.

Making your predictions is fun and easy. Just log into your Gold Derby account, or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google.

After logging in, click on the “Predictions” button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby — everything from the Emmys and Television Critics Association Awards to “Big Brother” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Click on any box and then scroll down to start making your predictions. For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode.

If you click on the “Project Runway” button, you’ll see something like this:

To vote for who you think will be out next, drag your chosen designers over from the left to the right and arrange them in your predicted order.

Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated. If the majority of users think Gabrielle will be out, that means she’ll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the contestants who don’t receive many predictions have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.

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Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean answering that week’s questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a longshot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points, so don’t take them for granted.

Average Gold Derby users just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your predictions throughout the week, just click “Save Predictions” when you’ve settled on your choice.

Get started by making your prediction as to which designer will be eliminated next. And be sure to sound off on the current season of “Project Runway” in Gold Derby’s reality TV forum.

Photo Credit: Lifetime


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