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The Wait Is Over! Project Runway Returns With Heidi Klum, LiLo

Aug. 17 2009, Published 4:02 a.m. ET

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Who says you have to wait till September for your favorite shows to crank up again?  The sixth season of Project Runway, the cutthroat competition between aspiring designers, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum and fashion guru Tim Gunn, returns to the air this week.

Like the ever-changing world of fashion, you might notice a few changes this season: The show has a new home network, Lifetime, and has moved across the country, from New York to Los Angeles.

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To commemorate the start of the show's sixth season, the show has recruited a celebrity judge that knows a thing or two about being a fashion plate for the cameras: paparazzi magnet Lindsay Lohan (other big names slated to appear as guest judges include songstress Christina Aguilera and iconic designer Bob Mackie).

And, if you're watching for some good old fashioned drama -- i.e. personality clashes, power struggles and screaming matches -- Klum said this season's competition is underscored by sizzling tension between the 17 designers, all aiming to win the show's career-making grand prize: a spread in Marie Claire magazine, a Parisian getaway and $100,000 to start a fashion line.


"We film the show in a matter of six weeks. It's really a major pressure cooker," Klum said. "What other big designers do in 10 days or two weeks, like make a haute couture gown, they have to do it in one or two days."

Project Runway airs Thursday on Lifetime at 10 p.m.



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