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  1. C'mon. I don't care for her either, but you've got to admit that she has slimmed down since last season. My guess is because that was the main thing all the viewers and folks here picked up on. She was way heavier and softer than other girls they got rid of for weight reasons. Kelli can claim we don't see enough of the rehearsals to know for sure about the dancing or her behavior with the rest of the girls, but her weight, when they actually allowed you to see her whole body, was a very obvious no no. Like I said, I'm giving her credit for taking it off and besides being slimmer, she does (in this picture) look more toned. Now we just have to wait and see what happens when she opens her mouth, and if her dancing has improved. But, as someone else here said, even if she appears to be perfect this season, it will still be difficult to like her because of how she behaved last season and the obvious favoritism she received. I really wish she hadn't made it to finals. I'd rather find someone new to be this season's annoying TCC.
  2. Well, she definitely looks slimmer, I'll give her that. I know first hand, as many of us do, how quickly weight comes on and how difficult and what a slow process it is to get it off. But I still hope she doesn't make it. She has more flaws than a jiggly stomach and thighs that make her inappropriate for the team. Of course I will come back here and admit I was wrong if she truly has matured and improved on all those other areas as well.
  3. I thought she was cute as a button. Great personality and work ethic and a good dancer. She wasn't heavy. They just didn't like the way her butt looked in the uniform. But to me she didn't look overweight at all. I guess they admitted that she wasn't overweight, but thought she didn't look good in the uniform. But she had a very tiny waist and she wasn't jiggly at all, unlike some of the others they have taken. I was really mad/sad they got rid of her.
  4. After the crap she pulled with Jinelle last season, I wouldn't be surprised if VK thinks she doesn't need mentoring. On the other hand, she loves hogging the camera time so maybe she'd go along with it. Or maybe they'd suck Melissa into the whole routine of making comments only that show how great VK is, like she'd say, "You're doing great!! You already look like a DCC. Just don't get inside your head too much." I think that would tick me off even more.
  5. I think too often Kelli picks girls for looks over ability, like Kathryn Dunn or that Loni in season 2, I think, who couldn't kick at all but even was put in front of the squad photo. There was something really fishy about that. There was a really strong dancer maybe 2 years ago (?) from Louisiana I think and they didn't take her because they didn't like her looks. She wasn't homely. Looks could have been improved with a makeover. And I also hate the way they edit the show so that you can't see what's really happening. We hardly saw any closeups or extended shots of VKs dancing last year but we heard Kelli and Kitty say she deserved to be on the team. Just like in previous seasons when Judi says someone is getting stuff wrong but you rarely see them getting it wrong. The girl seems to be in step with everyone around her when we see the dances. You only have Judi's word that she's screwing up. They try to manipulate the viewers with their dialogue but they don't give us visual proof to back up their statements.
  6. SSAHotchner

    S17.E03: All the Rage

    I didn't care for Hester's design, but I thought since the judges seemed to love it, they gave her the win because this might be the only challenge she has any chance of winning. Sebastian's was far superior to everything else out there, but it looks like we can continue to expect stellar work from him. Not that I think that's the right thing for the judges to do. It just crossed my mind that they wanted to give Hester her chance. I can't believe they raved over it as they did. It looked like a beginning Home Ec project to me. I also couldn't believe the raves for Kovid. He's so darned cheerful that I feel terrible for saying this, but he bugs the hell out of me. And I don't care what your sob story is. This is about your design and construction, not what a hard life you've had. But I guess I'd rather hear his cheerful, exuberant comments than all the bitchiness of PRAS. Also, even though I thought Nadine's behavior was awful, I would have sent that plaid houndstooth nightmare home.
  7. SSAHotchner

    S17.E03: All the Rage

    Yes! I guess they're all too young to know the difference. I actually wore a garter belt and stockings before pantyhose were invented. Now I don't wear either. If a groom tossed a garter belt instead of a garter at a wedding reception, there could be some serious injuries. 😄
  8. SSAHotchner

    S07.E10: Climate Quick Change

    I'm so tired of seeing them boot off the international contestants when their looks are not bad. Dmitry should have gone home if you ask me. His dress was hideous and so was the coat. I would have given Irina the win. I thought Christina's outfit was lovely, and she seems to be a really nice person as well as talented. I didn't hate Michelle's but I'm so sick of her that it colors my opinion of whatever she makes.
  9. SSAHotchner

    S07.E08: Penneys from Heaven

    Hey, judges, perhaps the reason none of the "designs" looked like evening wear was because the clothes they were given to use as fabric were ugly to begin with. I used to love to shop at Penney's. Were these the best clothes they had to display that season? This episode was embarrassing for both PR and J.C. Penney. I felt sorry for the designers having to come up with evening wear from that assortment of garbage.
  10. SSAHotchner

    S07.E06: Pedal to the Metal

    C'mon! He's a big designer. I believe I've seen his stuff on QVC. 😃 I liked that pink and gold one, too. I don't feel that the international designers are getting enough respect from the judges.
  11. SSAHotchner

    S07.E04: Of Corsets Fashion

    That drives me crazy too. I wonder if Alyssa's over and strange enunciation are due to learning to get rid of her original NY accent? I find it really annoying but at least you can understand her. Still don't know what qualifies her to be a host/judge on this show, though. She's never been one who was associated with fashion (inn a good way.)
  12. SSAHotchner

    S07.E04: Of Corsets Fashion

    Really. I've noticed how she is barely shown, never talks about her "design" or even gets much in the way of a critique from the "mentor." She never should have made it to the finale of the season of regular PR she was on much less won. There's something funny going on with her. And now they have all of these other interesting international designers and they're getting rid of them and leaving her here. They should be forced to make something one week that proves how incapable she is of constructing a garment, like a snow suit or a coat. I know she'd pull out the "we don't wear coats where I come from" excuse but they need to get back to calling her out from her lack of creativity to her poor construction. I can't remember if they ever closely examined the looks on the models on All Stars they way they now do on regular PR, but I"m sure they're not doing it this season because it would be too obvious that her stuff is falling apart. For me it's the scene in Gone With the Wind where Scarlett is trying to get into her clothes after having a baby, "Mammy, you've just got to make it 18 again."
  13. SSAHotchner

    S07.02: Top of the Class

    I loved the color and the full skirt, but it definitely needed to be longer. I disliked the halter top, not just because it didn't cover her breasts, but because it was cheap and easy looking. When she first was working on the garment, wasn't there a short top with lace on it? It just seemed like Irina put so much time into the skirt and then ignored the top and on top of everything the skirt wasn't long enough to cover the model's hoohah. Very disappointing. And why the heck wasn't Anya called out for making the same dress again only putting shorts under it? Her outfit looked like it was made for a pool party and not a graduation party. I don't care where you're from. If you only know how to make one thing, you've got no business being on this show.
  14. SSAHotchner

    S07.E01: All Stars Goes Global

    Why do they continue to bend over backward not to eliminate her? She is a one note. I always felt they gave her the win because she was different from the rest of the contestants by being from the Caribbean. But her clothes were so boring and poorly made. And after 9 years she has proven that she's incapable of coming up with anything else. Send her packing. I love the Canadian guy, but I could see why Dimitri's dress won. I also really liked Seth's.
  15. You're right. There are a lot of factors we're not privy to. Again, I didn't care that Hannah was cut. It just felt abrupt. I swear I didn't notice weight on Abigail. She was so darned gorgeous that she'd have to be pretty fat before you'd notice or care.