In “The Stitch is Back,” last week’s “Project Runway” challenge inspired by Elton John, designer Tessa Clark landed in the judges’ bottom three for her too-subtle performance look. It was her first time getting a low score, which means there’s only one “Runway” contestant left who has yet to land in the bottom three: Sebastian Grey. Is he destined to ride his consistency all the way to the finale, or is he due for a misstep?
Grey was an early judges’ favorite, winning the second design challenge, “The Future is Here.” Then he was the runner-up in the very next challenge, “All the Rage.” But that’s it. While he hasn’t gotten a single low score from the judges this season, he hasn’t gotten another high score either. He has been safe for the last five challenges in a row, and he has gotten by far the fewest judges’ critiques — positive or negative — of any of the seven designers left in the competition.
I think he should have gotten a few more critiques, though. He struggled in “High Fashion to High Street,” when his interpretation of streetwear looked like “nightmare ‘Aladdin’,” according to Clark. He probably should have gotten a low score for that unfortunate look. But I also feel he deserved a couple more high scores that he didn’t get: his orchid interpretation in “Elegance is the New Black” and his “Blame it on Rio” swimsuit were the class of the field in those challenges, but he was merely declared safe for those looks.
So after his early successes this season I’m starting to worry that the judges are either taking him for granted or just not responding as strongly to his work as they did early on. So even though he’s the only designer with no low scores, one could still argue that he’s been underrated. And perhaps our readers think so too: after leading our season-long winner predictions for weeks, Grey was recently overtaken in our odds by Hester Sunshine, who has won three challenges. Those odds are calculated based on the combined predictions of fans who make their forecasts here in our predictions center, so jump in to let us know if you still think Grey is the man to beat after so many weeks flying under the radar.
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