Project Runway All Stars premieres tonight and while the judges, host and mentor might not be the same as a usual season, the types of challenges and the drama are sure to be the same.
Probably the hardest pill to swallow about this special season of the hit show is no mentor Tim Gunn. His role will be filled by Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. And while she’s showed up on Project Runway proper several times, fans will still likely miss Gunn. And Coles gets that.
“It’s extremely daunting,” she said. “I felt the enormous weight of Tim Gunn’s brilliance on my shoulders.”
“What’s fun about this show for the viewer is they already know all the contestants,” she added. “But the other judges and I are new, and the presenter is new, so it’s like a reverse of the usual.”
The first episode airs tonight on Lifetime.
The contestants are Austin Scarlett, Kara Janx, Elisa Jimenez, Rami Kashou, Sweet P/Kathleen Vaugh, Jerell Scott, Kenley Collins, Gordana Gelhausen, Anthony Williams, Mila Hermanovski, April Johnson, Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra.
Stay tuned for our first recap of Project Runway All Stars early Friday morning.