TFS: Team Merlin
“A lot of people ask me, ‘Is Merlin is your real name?”
Of all the possible questions that come into mind upon encountering Merlin, we can’t imagine THAT one would get asked all that much.
Oh, and by the way…38? Honey. How stupid do we look? Next thing you’ll be telling us about your wife and kids back home.
On the one hand, he’s witty and colorful and definitely among the top in terms of talent.
On the other hand, tiny little feathered queens with compensation issues have a VERY short lifespan before we need to resist the urge to clip their little wings. We’ll see how long we can go before screaming at our TV. It’ll be like an endurance test! Like waterboarding, except more painful.
Merlin, Lidia, Daniella, James-Paul, Angel — together, they fight crime!
It’s weird what these teams came up with as “must haves.” A bolero jacket is such a specific look that only looks good paired with a limited number of items on a limited number of body types. Still, it at least made more sense than Hammer pants and tube skirts.
As for the tiny Honduran peacock, he may just have been one of the worst team leaders we’ve ever seen on a reality competition, but loathe as we are to admit it, he was right.
Although THAT was way out of line. At lease Daniella got a killer comeback out of it. “Male? Where?”
But she should probably quit while she’s ahead, because even though she looks like she could be an entertaining bitch, there’s just no winning going up against a masterful shade-throwing queen. We look forward to a season of these two baring their claws at each other.
Thing is, like we said, Merlin was right. Those boleros looked TIRED.
Sure, he could have been a little more diplomatic about it but let’s face it: it’s all about camera time.
And she’s playing the game just as much as he is. He may have been too nasty to her but she was wrong and he was right.
Although we’re not sure it’s such a hot idea to criticize her dress sense when he’s running around in one of Pat Nixon’s old coats paired with one of Hedda Hopper’s old hats.
Let’s check out the results, shall we?
The blouse is okay, if a little out of proportion to the jacket. The skirt looks interesting from a conceptual POV, but it doesn’t look all that well executed. Overall, it’s kinda blah.
Credit where it’s due: this is a little more youthful than the other looks and it’s styled well. The pants could have been executed better, though. The fit is pretty bad.
And for all his drama and nastiness, he left no doubt that he’s definitely among the better designers in the group. We’re not a fan of bubble skirts, let alone pleated ones, but the look is pretty damn fab. Love the detail at the collar. The flower might just be a bit much, though.
How anyone can stand there in a chicken costume and call a perfectly fine dress “eccentric” is beyond us, but El Pollo Loco here managed to do it with a, you’ll pardon the term, “straight” face.
“And how can anyone hate me? Look at me! I am an outrageous, fabulous, chicken diva!”
Oh, honey. You went up against a vicious, birdlike queen who knows how to pull the spotlight on herself and lost. Let that be a life lesson for you.
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