‘Project Runway’ tug of war continues as Sebastian overtakes Hester again in our odds for who will win season 17

It’s looking more and more like “Project Runway” season 17 is going to come down to a head-to-head battle between Sebastian Grey and Hester Sunshine. Grey led our predictions for several weeks earlier in the season. But then Sunshine won three design challenges and took over the top spot for the last three weeks. Now Grey is back in the lead going into week 11 as the show nears the home stretch. What do you think? You can join other “Project Runway” fans who make their predictions every week here in our predictions center.

Grey takes back the top spot with leading odds of 8/5 as of this writing; those odds are based on the combined predictions of the “Runway” fans we’ve polled, and they change as more people make their predictions, so the exact numbers may be different by the time you read this. But he’s currently ahead of Sunshine by a wide margin; now Sunshine is in the runner-up position with 11/4 odds. What changed from last week to this week that changed our minds?

It probably comes down to the last challenge. In “What Do You Care About?” the designers were tasked with creating looks inspired by a cause they were passionate about. After six weeks of middling scores that didn’t get him positive or negative feedback from the judges, Grey ended up back in the top three for an innovative look that combined multiple shades of color to deliver a message about racial harmony. He has still never had a low score.

Meanwhile, Sunshine struggled with tulle (again) as she tried to create a bright, bold, celebratory look in support of LGBTQ equality. Sunshine thought she bombed the challenge, but the judges didn’t seem to have a problem with it as they sent her off with positive comments and a safe score. But that moment of self-doubt for Sunshine, combined with Grey’s return to the top of the heap, was enough to convince our readers to move Grey back up in their predictions.

But in fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out. So the balance of power could change yet again on Thursday night.

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