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After eight seasons, Project Runway's Nina Garcia says judging the upcoming finale (part one airing tonight at 9/8c on Lifetime) was her most difficult by far. "I voted to have two winners," she confides.

Among the final four designers is edgy Hawaii native Andy South — "an excellent contender," Garcia says. "Great with texture, great with innovation. His aesthetic is very modern. Andy's biggest problem is time management."

Confidence is no problem for eco-friendly Gretchen Jones. "She thinks she knows it all," Garcia chuckles. "She's great at making cool, relatable pieces, but I don't think she's used to hearing criticism."

Californian Michael Costello has gotten a critical earful — from his peers. "They think he's not skilled from a sewing standpoint, but his forte is the draping," Garcia explains. "He's probably the most classic of the bunch." 

Garcia deems quirky Mondo Guerra, 32, a true original. "He's bold and extremely creative," she praises, though admits he can get "costume-y" at times. Recalling Mondo's revelation of his HIV-positive status in a recent episode, Garcia says, "It took a lot of courage. This was the first time in Project Runway history that we were so moved."

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