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'Project Runway' Exit Q&A: Sweet P

The latest cut talks about competing with Christian, going through with her Bryant Park show even though she knew she was out of the running, and who she thinks is going to win

Project Runway, Project Runway (Season 4 -- Episode 13: Finale Part 1) | SWEET P ''Part of it was the guest judge. If the judge had been Prada, I would have been in like Flynn''
SWEET P ''Part of it was the guest judge. If the judge had been Prada, I would have been in like Flynn''

As soon as we saw Christian's and Chris' over-the-top adaptations of Metropolitan Museum of Art paintings, we knew Sweet P, with her subdued peacock-inspired dress, wasn't long for Project Runway. She knew it too. But one week after her Bryant Park show (she had to present a collection to keep the secret that she'd already been kicked off), Sweet P called in to talk about who she thinks will win the whole shebang.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Sweet P, did you watch last night?
SWEET P: I watched it twice. First with my sister and my cousin and then with about 20 people at a friend's house. I cried both times. It was just weird.

Considering you and Rami were the only ones who got criticized, did you know it was coming?
I pretty much thought Rami and I were going home. I thought, ''I can't believe they're going to let him go.'' He's a great designer. I feel like he's more skilled than me, technically.

But didn't you want to tell him to stop with the draping already?
A little bit, but then again, I thought that challenge was about us being inspired by art and doing who we are. It never said to be over the top or avant-garde. They just said, ''Be inspired by art.'' That's what a lot of Rami's stuff is. I did a commercial, really sellable dress. We both got knocked for doing what we do.

And then Chris March, whom I normally love, made a dress we'd already seen this season, and got such praise!
Part of it was the guest judge. If the judge had been Prada, I would have been in like Flynn. Last night people I was watching it with said, ''Your dress is so Prada.'' [Guest judge] Roberto Cavalli is more over the top, a little more out there in a way, and not really my aesthetic. We never know who the guest judge is going to be.

Cavalli loooooved Chris' dress.
Well, Chris did interpret his art piece. I did think it was similar to his last dress with Christian. I wasn't trying to scream something, and I think maybe Chris was. Maybe Christian was. I don't see people wearing theirs as much as mine or Rami's, to be honest with you.

All along, it's seemed like Christian is being set up to win. Were you all intimidated by him?
We had a joke that we have to get rid of this kid. At one point during the [challenge] last night, either me or Jillian said, ''What? Are you making a whole collection?'' He made like five garments. I love Christian and I think he's super-talented. I feel like he kind of does the same look over and over and over again as well. He just doesn't get reamed for it like Rami does. Christian does not get in trouble for the ruffled big blouse and skinny pants over and over again.

How is it possible you got this far without winning any challenges?
The prom dress I really thought I was going to win, and the Levi's one. It's on display at the Levi's store, though. They e-mailed me to say, ''Yours is in the front because it's everybody's favorite.''

NEXT PAGE: ''I was actually in China on a job and I got this e-mail from the producers saying, 'Where's your contract for the 12 pieces?' I freaked out.''

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