Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia Preview the 'Project Runway' Premiere (VIDEO)
by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 25th 2011 1:20PM
Season nine of 'Project Runway' kicks off Thursday with a big elimination that will send four of the 20 semi-finalists packing. Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors spoke about the first episode, and one semi-finalist in particular, Monday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC).
The contestant in question was former Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Anya Ayoung-Chee. "We were a little skeptical when we saw Anya's rack," said Garcia. "Her what?" asked 'GMA' anchor Lara Spencer. "Her rack of clothes," clarified Garcia.
According to Klum and Kors, Ayoung-Chee just learned to sew four months prior to the competition. That caused a fight amongst the judges. "They wanted to kick her out immediately," said Klum. "I fought for her. I'm like, no, she has such a great sense of style and let's give her a chance, because you never know. First challenge if she can't sew, she'll be out."
Klum, Kors, and Garcia declined to reveal whether Ayoung-Chee made it past the first round of cuts, but unless contestants were allowed to duct tape their dresses together, she may have a difficult time staying on the show for long.