It was only a matter of time.
Atlanta’s delightfully fun Anthony Williams had already been in the bottom three three times so when he landed there again last night for a fourth time, the judges finally gave him the boot.
His problem: not taking enough risks. He didn’t show enough imagination and kept using similar cocktail-dress style silhouettes. And the judges got tired of listening to him making excuses.
The challenge: create a dress out of their very own textile design. Jonathan last night took a bigger risk and failed with his print that Michael Kors dubbed a “dirty tablecloth.” But judges this season seem to prefer high risk over safe.
So Anthony finished a respectable seventh and he actually did win the most prominent challenge: the dress that landed on the cover of Marie Claire.
He was eminently likable. The other contestants generally found his perpetual workroom patter amusing, not annoying. “Project” gave a sampling of his ramblings last night. “I don’t even think he tries to be funny,” Jay said. “I love that about him.”
Anthony agreed: “Even when I’m being somber, people laugh at me for some reason.”
Mila, of all people, questioned Anthony’s taste during last night’s show: “I can’t imagine him making a collection for Bryant Park.”
Early on in the episode, Anthony acknowledged his underdog status: “I am closer to Bryant Park than anybody expected in this competition. I just have to keep my eye on the prize.”
Who will be in the final four? Among the final six, it looks fairly obvious that Seth Aaron, Jay, Emilio and Maya will make it there, with Mila and Jonathan on borrowed time. Emilio and Jay have won three competitions each.
Below, Anthony poses with his sewing machine he dubs “Bertha.”
And here is a video of my visit last Friday to his showroom. This is part one of the tour.