Wowch. Were you paying attention last night? If you listened very closely, you could hear the gorgeous sound of exploding egos as Project Runway‘s fifth season contestants were notified that they aren’t quite as fabulous as they thought.
In the last season before the show makes its much-publicized jump from Bravo to Lifetime, and in the first episode since last season’s stellar roster of talent showed at Bryant Park in Manhattan, just a handful of contestants showed the outrageousness or creativity that has made the show such fun. Which should cause a slight amount of concern, since the first challenge last night was one contestants have seen before: creating a look from $75 worth of products from low-grade supermarket chain Gristedes, a repeat of the very first, and one of the most beloved, Project Runway challenges ever. This really should have been cake.