'Project Runway' season 9 designers unveiled for us to judge (based mostly on their headshots)

You better work! Lifetime has the 20 new designers for Project Runway season 9 up online, and it’s bothering me way more than it should that some of their Facebook “like” tallies are exponentially higher than the others. Is “Gunnar Deatherage” a) a real person and b) the most popular because he’s the only one wearing shades in his headshot? Should I be wearing my favorite big-ass mirrorball sunglasses while I blog? Should I start a campaign for everyone who reads this to log on and “like” Becky Ross right now? I’d feel so good about that, but also dishonest. She might be annoying. You guys. Facebook is crazy.

Fret not: In addition to their headshots and early popularity counts, Lifetime has home videos of the 20 designers and portfolios of their past work. My early standouts include Fallene Wells for design, Bryce Black for childhood overalls, and Joshua Christensen for potential to be a serial killer. What about you?

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  • BG

    PR started losing me when Christian won and completly lost me when Gretchen won last year. Bye-bye PR and hello Design Star on HGTV.

    • Aunt Sassy

      Yeah – I am on the Gretchen ruined the show band-wagon too. I honestly think that’s why they waited SO LONG to have another season – they wanted people to forget about that last horrific season.

  • MissHappy

    After last season, I vowed never to watch PR again. I think I am about to be sucked back in. :)

  • Sina

    Yeah when Gretchen won, I actually was upset because I wasted so many hours of my life watching that crap. I will give her ONE more chance, just one. But really it’s not about who is competing, the judges need to get their acts together. Granny panties, seriously Nina!?

    • tracy bluth

      Gretchen collection was almost as horrific as her bangs…almost.

    • Cher

      I agree .. I cannot even fathom Gretchen winning even today. I refuse to waste any further time on a show who 1000% disappointed me on many levels. I won’ be sucked back into that.

      • Chris

        I agree, Gretchen had the biggest ego and was so bossy. She should have been eliminated at least during the group challenge, with that awful line. It was all hers, and then to win. The way she kept bad mouthing Mike C was atrocious!

  • nykolus

    PR lost me when they moved to lifetime…

  • whatevs

    I’m obviously still bitter about the Gretchen thing, so I’m not sure I’ll be watching.

  • Daisy

    Oh Annie, how I’ve missed you! Your post cracked me up–especially the serial killer comment. Hilarious! If you’re going to recap this season, I’m in; otherwise, I have to say I agree with the other posters. Gretchen winning was a travesty of the highest proportions. Urg.

  • bmjuneau

    Had completely erased Gretchen from my mind, now having flashbacks.

    As for the newbies.. will wait to see them in action, however I will say that most look like mug shots and Anthony Ryan Auld could be a runner up on that “serial killer” idea and what’s up with the bangs on Rafael Cox?

  • YR

    That Anthony Ryan Auld guy sure is talented- designing clothes and playing Jesse on Breaking Bad? Wow.

    • tracy bluth

      Seriously, he could be Aaron Paul’s twin.

    • Nick

      Anthony is also double color blind. How confusing is Mood going to be for him?

      • FernLaPlante

        Does ‘double color blind’ mean he isn’t color blind? Like when people say “It wasn’t not funny!” which means it actually was.

  • DavidJ

    Used to love this show, but have no desire to watch again. I’ve just gotten too fed up with the judges and all their crazy, contradictory descisions.

    • Roland

      David, I think the producers have something to do with that. If you look at the disclaimer at the show’s closing credits you’ll see that the producers also have a say in who gets ‘auf’d’, which is why some of the decisions made absolutely no sense at all.

      • Sina

        Than if those producers made them make Gretchen the winner, they need to be fired. They know nothing about entertainment.

      • Roland

        Producers only care about one thing: ratings. They will purposefully manipulate the show to keep you watching. Why do you think villainess Wendy Pepper made it to Fashion Week in PR1? It wasn’t her designs. Producers wanted viewers to watch to see if she would win. As for last season, rumor was that since PR moved to Lifetime (a channel geared towards women), pressure was on to have a woman winner. True or not? Who can say?

  • Roland

    PR has a loooong road to redemption ahead after last season’s disaster. Still too early to tell if PR has officially jumped the shark but will be standing by with the repellant just in case…

    • marky Mark

      I watched The Fashion Show by chance a few weeks ago, and it is waaay better than PR. PR was good until season 4 and then took a nose dive in terms of quality. Fashion Show has some talented designers, and Iman is crazy nasty but hilarious to watch, and Issac is so much better than he was in season one. Plus the challenges are more interesting and the whole look of the show is better than PR

  • allie

    I thought season 9 was supposed to be an all-star season…. kind of confused. Still excited about PR coming back, but not what I thought was going to happen.

  • Catherine

    I’ve been watching episodes from Seasons 1, 2, and 3 on the Style network. Boy, I’m glad they stopped doing all that extraneous crap with the model choosing. The show is padded enough as it is.

  • Steve Markham

    I’ve started looking at the profiles. I love what Bert Keeter has to offer. I know him and he’s all about elegance!

  • MTC

    Ugh, 20 designers is just too many. They need to cut it back to a dozen or so. I end up not giving a rat’s patoot about any of them when there are so many to follow. That is the reason I gave up on the last few seasons. Guess they aren’t winning me back this year.

  • Julie

    I’m watching season 8 again and I dislike Gretchen even MORE! She’s horrible! Hope this season is better, no gretchens!

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