‘Project Runway’ episode 9 recap: Did you correctly predict who was eliminated in ‘Life Is Full of Surprises’?

Did you correctly predict who the judges would eliminate in Episode 9 of “Project Runway” Thursday night? Based on our readers’ predictions for “Life Is Full of Surprises,” Dexter Simmons had the best odds (21/10) of being eliminated, followed by Mah-Jing Wong in second place with odds of 9/4. After reading our recap below, hurry and make your “Project Runway” predictions for a chance to top our famous leaderboards. It’s fun and easy, so start now by predicting who will be out next.

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In what fittingly became a surprise for many of our predictors, Jenni Riccetti was cut from the competition despite being fourth place in our predictions with 11/1 odds of being eliminated. Instead our marks were on Dexter and Mah-Jing who had in recent weeks failed to leave a positive impression with the judges. Mah-Jing, the competition’s poorest scoring designer so far having not notched a high score all season, wound up as one of the top designs of the week for the first time. His Japanese street style and hip hop-inspired jacket for his mother finally impressed the judges after weeks of indifference. Dexter’s design was considered safe. Ultimately, neither faced elimination.

Instead, it was Jenni, Erin Robertson and Nathalia JMag that were in danger. In a shocking turn of events, Erin scored in the bottom three for the fourth straight week after beginning the season as one of the competition’s best performing. Nathalia came in second from the bottom for the second time this season, making her the only designer left to have been in the bottom two twice. But in the end it was Jenni’s unprofessional, but admittedly quirky design for her mother, a pre-school director, that sent her home.

Rik Villa and Roberi Parra continued to make their case as two of the strongest designers in the competition, becoming the week’s top two ahead of Mah-Jing. Both designed dresses — Rik for his mother and Roberi for his friend — that the judges found to be of perfect proportion and versatile for many events in the women’s lives. Rik was announced as the winner, making him the third designer to get a second win this season along with Erin and Laurence Basse.

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Congratulations to our reader Cinemateo21 who scored a perfect 100% predicting “Life Is Full of Surprises.” He did the best at predicting the answers to this week’s contest questions: that Jenni would be eliminated, that Rik would win the challenge, and that Nathalia would be in the bottom two. See where YOU place on our “Project Runway” Episode 9 leaderboard.

Get a closer look at the designers for Season 15 by clicking through our photo gallery. In our “Project Runway” predictions center, you get to answer the following questions before each episode airs on Lifetime every Thursday at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.:

Who will win ‘Project Runway’?

Who will be eliminated?

Who will be in bottom 2, but safe?

Who will win the challenge?

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Gold Derby readers 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 forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on this season of “Project Runway” in our reality TV forum.

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