Some of the juiciest tidbits come out of reality show confessionals — especially when Project Runway contestants trash-talk each other's work. But Season 7 finalist Emilio says he was so strapped for time during the challenges, that he would just blurt out his initial reaction in order to get back to work.

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"I was more focused on the challenges and winning the challenges," he tells TVguide.com." I wasn't really thinking about what I was going to say or how I was going to say it."

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