Which Star Helps Heidi Klum Pick Project Runway‘s 16 Designers?
07/13/2010 AT 12:00 AM EDT
"We've been wanting to have Selma Blair on Project Runway for a while," executive producer Jane Cha says. "She is so chic and has great individual style."
And Blair will help make a crucial decision for the show. With 17 designers, instead of the typical 16, the first challenge of season 8 will serve as the final part of the show's audition process. Contestants will have five hours to design a garment, using a signature piece from a competitor's luggage.
"Blair ended up being a perfect guest judge for our first challenge -- super knowledgeable about fashion and the show, because she's a fan," Cha continues. "She had some hilarious observations, including a comparison to Romy and Michelle shopping buddies!"
Project Runway's new season kicks off July 29 at a new time (9 p.m. EST) on Lifetime. Lifetime