07/15/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT
fans, Tim Gunn
has a message for you about the show's new season: Get ready to yell at your TV.
"It's a real roller coaster," says Gunn of Bravo's fifth installment of the design competition, which premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. ET). "Fans are going to get mad -- early! There are some big surprises: Favorites won't be there anymore, and I can only imagine how the blogs are going to explode over some of the challenge winners. We say that each season has a different DNA and boy, is that true." -- Rennie Dyball
Gunn gave PEOPLE a sneak peek of each contestant. Get to know them: Blayne, 23:
"The designers love him. His work is like his personality -- exuberant. Blayne is hard to miss."
"He's intense -- not the workroom jokester ... I called him 'the sweater.' As in perspiration."Korto, 33 (pictured right):
"Still waters run deep: She seems so quiet and reserved, almost reclusive. She's not. Korto is going to tantalize with her work."
"Emily is effervescent, very likable and a positive presence in the workroom. She's a sweetheart but she's serious about what she does."Jennifer, 27:
"She's very thoughtful, smart and she is driven by literature and classic films rather than the pop culture scene."
"He's very generous of spirit. And by that I mean he was frequently one of the first to finish and he would help other designers. And he's wonderfully funny."
"Jerry possesses an enormous amount of self-confidence. You can take that any way you want!"
"He's our one straight guy! He's a guy's guy and therefore he has a place on the show that's very unique. Joe is also a family man and talks about what his daughters would wear.
"Keith is all about innovation and experimentation. But you would never pick him out of a group as being a fashion designer -- you look at him and see high school football jock."Kelli, 27:
"She's our rock and roller and she embraces that role. Kelli is a little ball of fire."
"Kenley is our season five Project Runway
Bettie Page. And she's true to that role, let me tell you!"
"She's a conceptual designer. And when the audience gets to know her she's a person I think they're really going to be rooting for."
"Looks are deceiving with a lot of these designers. If I saw her in a dark alley I'd run -- but she's a sweetheart!"
Suede, 37 (pictured left):
"Suede is a good problem-solver. And he's current and contemporary in what he produces compared to, say, a Kenley who's a little more retro."
"I found her to be another excellent problem-solver. She knew how to make it work!"
"His designs are at the higher end of sophistication ... beautiful work but there's not a lot of risk-taking."