Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Sorry we are a little late with this. Leslie and I were both under the weather. I blame my stomach issue on the idea that I have to see the twins again. I can’t speak for Les. I was in bed last night by eight and when I went to watch this morning it hadn’t recorded. I had to watch online and it kept going back to the beginning and then showing me eight billion car commercials every time I tried to fast forward. So I have FINALLY finished it. Les told me there wasn’t as much going on as they promised in the previews (is there ever?) but that I had to watch it to the end. I’m just going to start with this….We LOVE Amy. Don’t mess with her. Period. The twins found this out the hard way. I won’t talk about the twits until I have to so, here we go…
The final five come out and Tim expresses how this season has been his favorite. He thinks that you couldn’t get a more different, diverse group of talented designers and he was so proud and delighted with all of them. He asks Kentaro how it felt to win and he says he is “humbly honored” and it could have been any of them. He would like to share it with all of them. He learned so much and did things he had never done before due to the show. He was especially grateful for his friendship with Brandon.
Tim asks Ayana how she feels coming in second and she says she felt she should have won but that Kentaro definitely deserved it.. Margarita was surprised because she thought it would be down between Brandon and Ayana, but Brandon is happy Kentaro won and also says he deserved it. They ask Kenya how she feels and she says they all suck and everyone laughs. She then says that great things will come out of this experience for everyone on the stage. She also says she is quite happy to take Kentaro up on his offer of sharing a percentage of his winnings and Ayana says she is down for that too. We love Kenya.
They show a montage of all of Kentaro’s funny moments and we had forgotten about the sauna/Salmon/Santa back and forth. He says he owns his “anal-ness”. We love Kentaro. Ayana says she has grown a lot and now she is able to learn to stand in her own power. She is very happy with all of the friendships that happened. We love Ayana. Brandon was happy that his style and aesthetic translated as well as it did and he was able to stay true to who he is as a designer. We love Brandon too. Tim asks him about the models having a crush on him and all the other designers gently tease him. He blushes as we get a montage.
Tim tells Margarita she had a knockout of a show and mentions the bathing suit reveal again. Everyone agrees it was awesome. He says she had a rollercoaster of a season and she agrees, but that she learned a lot from everyone else and it was great getting a different perspective. Tim is happy he saved her. We are good with Margarita too. Tim then asks Kenya how she felt getting eliminated in the end. Seriously? Do we have to put her through this??? She says she was heartbroken because she truly thought she was going to Fashion Week.
Tim brings up the diversity of the models this season and they come out on stage. Liris and Jazzmine are happy they drew attention to different shapes and sizes. We see a montage of some of the designers worrying about dressing them and using the wrong terms for plus size. (oh ChaCha) Kentaro says he worked to make it collaborative even though he struggled in the beginning, and Kenya loved dressing them because she is all curves herself. They show the twits complaining and the looks on ALL the models faces tell us everything we need to know about how they felt about Clawn. Tim announces that Nina has offered Jazzmine and Liris roles in a digital feature for Marie Claire. They happily accept.
The top ten designers are now on stage and Claire’s foot is broken. Tim says he’s amazed it didn’t happen in the workroom the way that they ran around like toddlers on meth. He didn’t say it like, that, I DID. There is mention of Margarita and Michael speaking Spanish to each other and Tim asks if they were saying snarky things, Margarita says no, Michael says yes. Margarita says it was from an insecure place and a way to get that out. Right. Michael says he was not shocked by getting cut, but happy he went out for something he was proud of- ah the bondage outfit. Forgot about that. Amy said it was a humbling experience as a teacher and made her a student again.
Tim turns to the twits and says “We have never had relatives on the show and this year we had sisters who are TWINS”. No Tim. You had stunt casting. We get a montage of all the running around and over-ennunciation and ridiculousness the other contestants and viewers had to put up with. Shawn says she is blessed to have had this experience and the ENTIRE couch gives her the side eye. He asks if the other designers think the twins had an advantage and Kenya is like, Hell, YES. Amy says no, it was an achilles heel for them because they never got to be individuals. They claim they have one brain and lots of designers work in teams. It is pointed out that this competition is about individual talent. They show the head to head twit challenge when Shawn concedes because she has no idea what the hell she’s doing. Tim asks if that was fair. Kenya says yes because the judges needed to see who could do what on their own. Margarita thought it was inhumane. Les thinks this is because Margarita has a strong sense of family. I think thats crap and Margarita doesn’t want to be seen as the bad guy. Amy then drops the hammer and brings up the cheating. Tim tells her that they will get to that. Amy is ready.
They show clips of the “brothers”. They ask them why they get along so well and neither of them can articulate why. One cause he’s Japanese and one cause he’s a straight dude. They don’t know why, they just click. Michael points out that they helped each other a lot and maybe that’s unfair that the twins were judged on this and they weren’t. Uh, NO Bitter Betty. They helped each other but didn’t do each others designs or work. Tim says they also didn’t want to court drama. They look at him like he’s crazy. Who would WANT to court drama? At this point drama personified rears it’s ugly head when Shawn demands to know why no one told them they were being annoying. There is a collective eye roll and Kudzanai shouts at the screen in the green room that THEY DID.
The rest of the designers are now there and there is a cute moment where everyone celebrates Aaron’s quirkiness. Ayana says she loves that he’s not afraid to be an individual. Kenya is also celebrated for her tailoring, her singing and basically for just being a joy to be around.
And NOW…… The CHEATING SCANDAL. They bring it up and Claire is shaking her head. She Trumps it and says that now it never really happened. Tim explains the rules and that having pens and paper or a measuring tape of any kind outside of the workroom is cheating. She now says she brought it home by accident and never used it. Amy is NOT having it. Professor Amy comes out and she demands to know why she confessed then. Claire says it all a blur, she misunderstood what Tim was asking. Amy tells her you either tell the truth or you don’t. Shawn tries to jump in but she is no match for Amy who reminds she also mentioned it in her closing statements and if she’s taking it back she basically has no integrity. Tim flat out asks if she had the tape, she says by accident at “some point”. He asked if she used it. She says no. He reminds her she confessed. She says AGAIN she didn’t understand at the time to what she was confessing. No one is buying it. Michael apologizes for calling it out on stage. Tim uses the word “Egregious” and Sentell tells her now is the time to show some integrity and come clean. She won’t. Everyone is done and someone says that this is turning into the Claire and Shawn show and that there is no point. They agree to stop talking about it as Claire has all of the integrity of a politician or a Real Housewife. I.e. None.
Tim asks how they feel about the up close looks and they agree that while it is nerve wracking, the judges get to see the detail work. You also can’t fake anything. They show the judges looking at winning and losing looks. He then asks what the best challenge was and the Avant Garde Shoppies challenge was a favorite. Amy loved the dancers. Shawns pipes up and says she loved the “model off duty” challenge (the one where she basically copied the model’s existing outfit) and Samantha agrees, even though she got sent home that challenge. She says it is more important to design for the client than the judges.
There is a montage of the best and worst looks and Tim compliments Ayana for taking “modest” fashion to new heights. Everyone compliments Ayana and we are reminded again of how nice and gracious this cast was (for the most part). They all love her. Aaron says he will fight anyone who ever messes with her, and if a gender-fluid dude in a dress feels love this strong for a Muslim woman it makes me feel there is hope for this country after all.
They show the snarky bitchy interviews and afterwards Kenya mentions that certain people’s insecurities (guess who) speak volumes. Shawn says that they are all in a pressure cooker and again no one is buying it. She tells Kenya that she was talking behind their backs about them running around like idiots and Kenya looks her dead in the eye and says it’s because it was true. Shawn argues it’s subjective and Kenya basically tells her it’s not. Samantha points out that Shawn trashed her on a regular basis and Shawn apologizes. Other than Margarita and Michael being occasionally snarky the commentary has been pretty mild. I don’t count the twins because they don’t count.
Demi Lovato and Carly Chaikin are picked as the two toughest judges. Tim asked who was the most underestimated designer. The majority pick Amy (Les and I as well) and they all admire her amazing skills. Ayana says she was surprised she wasn’t on the top. Brandon thinks Kudzanai’s work is amazing and that the show didn’t lend itself time wise to the detail work he does on a regular basis. Kenya agrees. Shawn mentions Chacha. Shut-up Shawn.
Tim asks about social media (HI TIM!) and tells them to stay away from the comments. Ayana says she has gotten positive feedback from Muslims all over the world and doesn’t read the negative. We are then shown a reel of “Tim-isms” reinforcing my desire to never see Tim in workout clothing or shaking his booty. Ever.
Kudzanai sums up the experience for them all saying how he made so many friends and didn’t realize how wonderful that was until he was back home. It was a great experience and there were learning experiences for everyone. (almost everyone). Tim says it will be very hard to top this season. I watch to the bitter end (as Les has ordered me to) when everyone hugs each other. Most everyone. Margarita is the only one who gives the twins a big hug. Hmmm.
Thank you for reading us this season! I read Tamara because I like to laugh and I can’t handle watching a lot “reality shows” like housewives or teen mom, so I just read her awesome posts. I watch this show because I like to see real people with real talent do their thing. I’m just happy Top Chef is starting. I had a friend who worked at Bravo and she told me that the first season they tried to hire “personalities” as well as real chefs and the people who didn’t know what they were doing were quickly sent packing because you can’t fake being a chef. I know because I was one. So Lifetime? We have enough gimmicky drama out there….no more stunt casting. Please. Hopefully we will see you all in the comments for All-Stars! Best- CJ and Les. Xoxoxo.
Note from TT: My head cold has gone to a chest cold and I woke up about the time this was post was submitted. We are all sick here in the ATL. THANKS SO MUCH TO CJ and Les for the FANTASTIC recaps this season. This is a very time consuming show to recap.