Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Unfortunately, Raul Osorio was the one eliminated -- therefore this week's Q&A is with Raul.
Q: Since it was a team challenge, do you think it was fair that only one person was eliminated; do you think a double elimination would be more fair?
Raul: It’s a game, and you have to play it right. We both did 50/50 and one needed to go home. I don’t do dresses for the red carpet. I’m not hurt about the fact that I was the one going home – the situation is okay by me. It’s alright.
Q: If you could do it over, would you go in the direction of menswear or would you still pursue making a gown?
Raul: I would definitely do a suit. We [+Alicia] are very good with menswear. I wouldn’t have listened to Mila and changed the fabric. That was my mistake. There were too many cooks in the kitchen – everyone was making decisions for everyone. I don’t like team challenges, you have to compromise your design.
Q: Were there other designers you wanted to work with?
Raul: The first time I went on the show, I knew I wanted to work with Alicia so I was glad I got to work with her. She was my first choice; I just wish we ended up with something different.
Q: Out of the final designers, who do you think will make the final 3?
Raul: You know – its hard. Everyone is very talented. When I first met everyone, they have different styles and different aesthetics. I don’t have a favorite. The show is getting harder and everyone is getting nasty, this is just the beginning.
Q: How do you feel about other contestants dropping out from the show?
Raul: If people didn’t want to be in the competition, they shouldn’t have applied. If they don’t have the balls to take it then don’t enter. Don’t take all the people’s spots.
Q: If you could, which celebrity would you design for?
Raul: If I could go back in time - this might sound silly - but I would design for Johnny Cash. [...] But it’s all about personality and some people can’t carry your stuff.
Q: What’s next for you?
Raul: I would concentrate on my menswear. I would like to move. I’m currently in MN and moving to NY to look for other opportunities.
Q: Have there been any new opportunities for you after the show?
Raul: There have been a lot of interviews. For me, to find an opportunity is to move.
Q: If you weren’t in a team challenge, do you think you would still be eliminated?
Raul: If I had Mila, I would be safe. But I don’t identify with her. I have nothing bad to say about Alicia, it was a beautiful experience. I don’t like team challenges. Your design is always compromised.
Q: If you could choose out of all the former contestants on Project Runway, who would you choose?
Raul: Christian Siriano. I wish I had a guy. There’s guys and girls at the Emmys too. I just wish I had him.
Q: Who do you think is an intimidating judge?
Raul: None of the them are intimidating to me. Heidi was fun to interact with. I don't know, I’m not scared of them. I was not intimidated. That’s my answer I guess.
Q: The drama with Christopher and Andrea on the runway - can you tell us more about what it was like on the runway stage?
Raul: Christopher and I became great friends on the show. Seeing him break down on the runway, it was weird. He wants it so badly, we all did.
Q: Was the Chris and Gunnar love/hate relationship real?
Raul: That Christopher is 100% Chris; there is no acting there. As for Gunnar, I think people just get on the show just to be on a reality show. He’s extremely talented but I also think he was aggrevated that he was eliminated before and he’s going to get his 5 minutes of fame no matter what.
Q: Best piece of advice you received from judges?
Raul: Why didn’t you stick to what you know? I don’t have to change my aesthetic or what I do in order to please others. Clients will come if they can identify with my work.
Q: What did you like about being judged by Krysten Ritter?
Raul: To be honest, I had no idea who she was. I don’t really watch TV.
Q: Advice for future contestants?
Raul: Just stick to yourself. If you don’t have a personality – you better buy one or else you won’t get on the show.
The next Project Runway episode is tomorrow night at 9/8c on Lifetime! :)
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