Anthony Williams is starting to look unstoppable in season six of “Project Runway All Stars.” Based on the combined predictions of the “Runway” fans we poll every week, Williams gets leading odds of 21/20 to win the season. And since consistency is key in this design competition, it gives Williams a crucial leg up that he’s the last contestant remaining who hasn’t received a single low score from the judges.
Going into the most recent episode, “A Kick in the Astro,” Williams hadn’t designed a single look that put him in the judges’ bottom three, and neither had his rivals Joshua McKinley, Fabio Costa or Kimberly Goldson. But that avant garde challenge changed that completely. Goldson was eliminated, while McKinley and Costa joined her among the judges’ least favorite looks. And not only did Williams avoid the judges’ ire, he also got high marks for the challenge. That was his fourth time in the judges’ top three, which gives him more high scores than any other contestant so far.
Williams is clearly the judges’ pet, but does that mean it’s smooth sailing all the way to the finale? Not necessarily. One only has to rewind a few months to find a clear “Runway” front-runner upset by a less consistent rival. In season 16 of the original series Kentaro Kameyama won despite mixed performances during the individual weekly challenges. He beat two designers, Ayana Ife and Brandon Kee, who both won more design challenges than he did and never got a low score from the judges.
Fashion is fickle, so Williams won’t be able to rest on his laurels, especially because two designers, Costa and Stanley Hudson, have both won two challenges while Williams has still only won one, “Damsels in Distress.” As of this writing Costa remains Williams’s biggest threat for the title, ranked second in our predictions with 9/2 odds. Hudson ranks lower — sixth place with 28/1 odds — but we might be underestimating him too.
Who do you think will win “Project Runway All Stars”? And might Williams slip up for the first time in episode eight?
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