"Project Runway All Stars" returns for its third season tonight with a brand new host, Alyssa Milano, and the most talented crop of former contestants to date.
For the first time ever, former winners are invited back, including Season 4's Jeffrey Sebelia, Season 6's Irina Shabayeva and Season 7's Seth Aaron Henderson.
Other notable alums include Season 3 finalist Mychael Knight, Season 10's tempermental Elena Slivnyak, and Season 8's Ari South, now living as a woman named Andi South.
toofab's Lawrence Yee chatted with Alyssa Milano about joining the popular reality TV competition.
Some fans of the show have questioned Alyssa's participation given her acting background. But Alyssa actually has her own clothing line, Touch By Alyssa Milano, and is a longtime lover of fashion ... and "Project Runway."
"My mom was a fashion designer when I was a little girl. And she was sold in Bloomingdales and then she had a store in Brooklyn called Me and We."
While fellow judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman have the couture chops, Alyssa brings a different perspective.
"I do not want to come across like I am trying to be a fashion expert, but really I want to be the voice of that audience member that might love fashion, but that isn't an insider," Alyssa explained. "It's so outside of my wheelhouse ... but I loved it."
But don't expect it to be a love fest with the judges.
"I would say most of the time I agreed with Georgina, but I can honestly say that most of the time I did not agree with Isaac."
"The deliberations were very long, very lengthy and very, very difficult. And you know, sometimes it came down to who just didn't get the challenge at all."
The decisions weighed heavily on Alyssa. "There were nights that I went home and I couldn't sleep because of who went home. I did not expect that to be part of my experience," Alyssa told Lawrence Yee. When you send someone home you are basically shattering their dreams. We never ever, ever took that lightly."
As a longtime fan of the show, Alyssa had her favorites going in.
"I loved Jeffrey Sebelia. So I had to go into this it was a clean slate and try to put what he had done in the past. I wasn't judging him from 'Project Runway.' This was a whole new experience that I had to judge him on. I was a huge fan of Seth Aaron. I loved Korto [Momolu]."
To see how Alyssa's favorites and the rest of the desingers fare, be sure to watch the premiere of "Project Runway All Stars" tonight on Lifetime at 9/8c, featuring guest judge Debbie Harry!
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