This Tuesday NBC will throw its hat into the reality fashion competition ring when it debuts "Fashion Star." Hosted by supermodel Elle Macpherson, NBC is probably hoping to create the same kind of magic that "Project Runway" did when it premiered in 2004. Some cynical viewers may dismiss the show as merely a clone, however, there are some reasons to give it a chance. Here are the top three.
The Looks Might Be for the Average Person
The big twist of "Fashion Star" is that the winning looks will be available the next day for sale after the show has aired (they will be prerecorded) in such stores as Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and H&M. No one is questioning the contestants of "Project Runway" and their abilities to create great outfits, however sometimes some contestants seem to only want to work with model size clients. Because "Fashion Star" contestants are designing for a wider audience, it is hopeful that they will produce more looks that people of all different shapes and sizes can enjoy.
More Than One Mentor Could Add Some Drama
Part of "Project Runway's" success can be attributed to the wonderful Tim Gunn, the catch-phrase firing machine who gives each designer thoughtful advice which they hopefully take. In "Fashion Star," the contestants will now have three mentors to choose from: Singer Jessica Simpson, reality star Nicole Richie and men's wear designer John Varvatos. As valuable as Tim Gunn is, perhaps having three mentors as opposed to one might create some sparks that seems to be missing from the aging "Runway." All will definitely have their own opinions, and it might not necessarily be the best one, which would certainly be interesting to watch.
The Judges Won't Be Toothless
One of the biggest criticisms that people have of reality shows is that sometimes it seems that the judges are too afraid to tell someone when they performed poorly ("Runway" does not have that issue, though some could argue that the judges idea of "good" and "bad" sometimes can be questioned.) For example, "American Idol's" Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler seem to repeat the same tired phrases over and over again, instead of telling the hopefuls what they need to hear. In the first episode of "Fashion Star," half of the designers reportedly will not get offers from the stores, and will also receive harsh criticisms from the judges. Though no one wants to see anyone torn apart, they also do not want to have them get a pass simply because the judges could not bring themselves to say what is on their minds.
Will you watch "Fashion Star?"
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- Project Runway
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- Saks Fifth Avenue