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You don't dump the ringer! Come on, now.

By Gina Carbone


I wasn’t even planning to write about “The Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection” anymore, but I just saw Eduardo de las Casas — aka the only real talent on the show — get cut so the producers can milk Calvin Tran’s drama for another two weeks.

The poster boy for reality TV contestants who stick around for dramatic effect.

Granted, Eduardo did too many ruffles, which is what he always does. He really did need to take a risk, but he did make pants, as Isaac Mizrahi suggested. And Dominique Pearl David made a freakin’ pig coat and a humpback dress! And Calvin threw something together in five minutes that made me snore.

I can take “risks” and make a cheap pig coat, too. It takes talent to make classy, standout designs. And there’s no denying that’s what Eduardo does. He has a signature style … that happens to include ruffles every week.

So what? I’d buy everything he makes. If I had more than $100 to my name.

Jeffrey Williams won the eccentric accessories challenge on Episode 8 and Isaac said the white dress he made to showcase the chandelier earrings was the best look they’ve seen all season.

I think Jeffrey is up there with Eduardo and Dominique. Cesar Gallindo is hit or miss and this week he was OK. No one was really “eccentric,” in my opinion, but the judges actually liked everyone’s looks.

Jeffrey and Dominique. I predict those two in the finale.

They didn’t want to send someone home, and considering they sent the best guy home, they should’ve stuck to their original plan.

In my opinion, it was obvious Calvin should’ve been eliminated … weeks ago. He’s the drama boy and they sold out Eduardo for it.

Sorry, Bravo, but I don’t even know if I can watch what happens next.

Catch up on my (only two) “Fashion Show” stories in this archive.

Real Housewives of Orange County vs. New Jersey goes to ... Eduardo!

It’s painfully obvious that Eduardo de las Casas is a ringer. He’s too good for “The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection.”

The “Real Housewives” make-under episode, “Reel to Genteel,” saw the Jersey girls easily beating out the Orange County ditzes, even though Calvin Tran got into fights with both Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo.

(Of course diva Calvin got table-flipping Teresa! And of course he out-diva-ed her!)

Here's Eduardo's winning look for Dina Manzo on Episode 5.

Here's Eduardo's winning dress from Episode 3.

Dominique Pearl David spent most of Episode 5 sobbing because she thought David Caldwell was going to go home. Which pretty much guaranteed their House of Nami was going to win over House of Emerald.

Emerald went with boring flesh tones and made the dresses too short, too tight, badly balanced or just amateurish in general. That horrible Tara curtains dress that Lauri Waring’s daughter Ashley got was appalling. So unflattering.

Having said that, David’s original dress for Caroline might’ve sent him home. He really did turn her into Peter Pan in that awful green … thing. Dominique was right to cry for her crush.

Who came to David’s rescue? Not David. Not Dominique. And not Calvin, that’s for sure. Quietly (over)talented Eduardo stepped in and gave David his chiffon, creating a dress that made the top two. The other top dress? Eduardo’s navy stunner for Dina Manzo.

So it came down to Eduardo vs. Eduardo and, inexplicably, the judges took Eduardo to task. They said his winning dress looked a lot like one of his other two winning dresses. They asked if he could do anything else and he said “Yes.”

Well … yeah! Did you see the other dress? He did that one too. Don’t insult the one talent you have!

Eduardo has won three of the five challenges so far. He almost (and should’ve) won the first challenge, but was just safe in the fourth episode. Still, he is far and away the best guy there. When Calvin and David were bickering, I just wanted to scream for Eduardo to step in and for everyone to just listen to the one guy who knows what he’s talking about.

I do like how Caroline's dress turned out (and how they did her hair!), but I don't think David deserves credit.

Here's Eduardo's winning dress from Episode 2.

It’s almost like the show is hiding him. They focused on the drama between indecisive Teresa and diva Calvin, the budding romance between Dominique and David and the hip vagina Golnessa Farmanara created for Gretchen Rossi in Emerald city. (Bye Golnessa!)

Is it inevitable that Eduardo will win? Is it too obvious he should? Will the show pull a Mondo Guerra/Gretchen Jones and surprise us, just to create drama? Or will the show pull an Ann Ward and give it to the person who was always going to win no matter what?

Real my recap of “The Fashion Show” premiere here.

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