Normally, I am the last person on earth to believe in a conspiracy theory. Honestly, though, I do wonder about this show. I don't think Gretchen was necessarily pegged from the beginning, but I sure think that she was pegged to go to FW after the last challenge, at the very least. What other reason could there be for her being there?
She hasn't had great designs, especially this week...even if the judges didn't know about her backstage personality, she sure showed them enough on the runway to make them question her attitude ("I'm tired of doing these challenges, I don't like being forced to do things outside of my comfort zone." Er, then why did you try out for a REALITY show? ). Just call it feminine instinct, but I knew after last week that they weren't going to pick Michael. That was only confirmed when I heard Nina suddenly spouting Christian's line about how Michael really wasn't talented, after all, it was just an accident he made that lovely dress. That sure sounded like a politician revving up the excuses.
The only reasons I can think why they kept her are the obvious, that she was the token female and that since she's a "villain" she drives up the ratings by keeping her round. That's disgusting. As I said way back in the beginning of this season, I don't know if it's the producers or Lifetime or both, but one of my favorite shows has been cheapened into a common reality show, and I'm not going to stick around if they're going to keep it that way.