BPR readers are simply brilliant. Honestly. Here's a letter I received this morning:
I love your blog, but had to take time out to ask you something. Why is there so little comment so far on Jay as a Judge for next week? I think his presence will have a tremendous impact.
Here is my “take” for Week 8: I must begin with Jay’s evolution. It can be argued that Jay was the only designer of PR1 to truly evolve on camera. Initially, I had a strong distaste for Jay and his too-far-left leaning ideas as expressed in his distinctly different clothes that would appeal to too narrow an audience. By the conclusion of the 30 Van Dam challenge, I had written him off as simply too mean and nasty to ever win anything. Then I watched, amazed, as he constructed his Chrysler Building dress. (Oh if only Mel Brooks or the costume designers for the most recent version of The Producers had consulted Jay, how much more lovely the Keep it Gay number in the film may have been!) By the time Jay delivered his “I’ve found my inner competitor” speech last season, I was thoroughly hooked and, teary-eyed, I knew he would win. We all watched and admired Jay’s winning display of shock, pride and heel-clicking enthusiasm on the runway. Then we watched it fade.
Jay has seemingly never held back any belief or comment in any situation. His behavior demonstrates that he possesses little in the way of political correctness, propriety or manners. To hear Santino’s bravado about eating judges will be as nothing to Jay who will consume several designers this Wednesday, at least one of them with nothing more than a withering glance or maybe a dismissive gesture or quite probably even just a wordless sound indicating unbridled boredom. It may be that in his past Jay was too harshly judged or too hurt to ever allow himself to drop the bitterness and rage that he seems to carry at the center of his very being which prevents him from dissembling, even when a little dissembling might work in his favor. Only he knows for sure. During the judging this week, Michael Kors may sling another arrow that will miss its mark but Jay will calmly express his outrageous opinions that will slam dead-center into the hearts of those such as Nick, Daniel, Chloe and Andre. Jay will also slaughter either Kara or Zulema (or anyone else he may perceive with a weak design) with just a few words, then leave their carcass untouched as such easy marks won’t interest him. No, Jay will focus his criticism on the destruction of the PR2 designer whom he views as a threat to his own work, and he will verbally feast upon that animal. The producers will love it.
And that will make all the difference.
I’d love to know if you agree.
I think AMG has made me really interested in what Jay will say and do!
What do the rest of you think?