Delvin McCray has emerged as early ‘Project Runway’ front-runner, lab coat and all

Delvin McCray didn’t win “Blast Off,” the first “Project Runway” challenge of season 18 — he and his teammate for the challenge, Tyler Neasloney, were declared safe, but didn’t have the judges’ top looks. However, “Runway” fans think he’ll come out on top in the end. That’s according to the official predictions of viewers who have made their forecasts here in our predictions center.

McCray stood out in the season premiere episode by donning a lab coat in the work room, a uniform he adopted from French ateliers. It was an affectation that proved he meant business, but did it also make him a little cocky? Perhaps, but he did have one of the stronger designs in the season premiere episode even if he didn’t end up winning the challenge. And he and Neasloney had a harmonious collaboration, unlike other designers who couldn’t mesh their aesthetics. So he has certainly earned that lab coat so far and gets leading odds of 9/5 to win the competition as of this writing.

But we’ve only seen the designers tackle one challenge so far, so no one can rest on their laurels — except maybe Brittany Allen, who won the season premiere challenge and thus has immunity in week two. Though McCray has the most support from the “Runway” fans we’ve polled, they’re split six other ways when predicting this season’s ultimate champ. But the next strongest contenders to win according to our odds may surprise you.

Alan Gonzalez ranks second in our forecasts with 39/10 odds, followed by Dayoung Kim with 4/1 odds. Those two teamed up in “Blast Off,” but they were actually one of the bottom two teams. The judges decided pretty quickly that they deserved to stay in the competition while they eliminated both Asma Bibi and Jenn Charkow instead, and it seems our readers have even more faith in them than that. Do you agree that they’re in it to win it too despite their rough start? Make or update your own predictions here every week before the show airs on Thursday nights.

Be sure to make your predictions so that the contestants can see how they’re faring in our racetrack odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before the next episode airs every Thursday on Bravo. You’ll compete to win a spot on our leaderboard and eternal bragging rights. See our contest rules and sound off with other fans in our reality TV forum. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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