Austin Scarlett loses, as Wendy joins Kara Saun, Jay McCarroll in the final three.

Austin Scarlett loses, as Wendy joins Kara Saun, Jay McCarroll in the final three.
In the most surprising upset since Freddy and Kendra won The Amazing Race 7, Wendy Pepper defeated Austin Scarlett, and will join Kara Saun and Jay McCarroll at Fashion Week. For weeks now it’s seemed clear that Wendy’s dramatic, TV-friendly personality, not her underwhelming designs, have kept her on Project Runway, so she was destined to be eliminated on this episode. But for the final challenge, she designed a dress that Nancy O’Dell selected to wear at the Grammy Awards. (We’ll see how much of that dress remains when she wears it this Sunday.) Wendy said it for us all: “Never in a million years did I think that I would make it to the final three.” Kara Saun said, “We were shocked.” As usual, Jay delivered the best reaction, saying, “I was grossed out when Wendy came behind the thing. … Uh, I hate Wendy, I’m sorry.” In a dubbed voice-over, Heidi Klum told Austin, “We wish you would have broken out of your couture mold a little more. We think you are amazingly talented, and that you will go far.” Next week’s episode is a highlight show–and a dramatic cast reunion/bitch session.

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Ben Folds

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