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Designers get ready to rock on 'Runway'

Well, after Thursday night, we have just seven designers -- but I have to admit, I'm still seeing plenty of taste-challenged designers left in the game. I'm hoping that "PR" will cut back on the goofy challenges and really allow us to see what these guys are capable of doing. While yes, I readily admit there is something to be said for someone who's creative enough to design a dress based on a boyfriend or husband's description of what their significant other likes (as they did last week), the results seem to be more about luck than about true talent. But, judging from what I've seen of this week's episode, we've got another oddball challenge before us that will do nothing more than exhaust the contestants and give the judges ample opportunity to come up with witty insults. But let's get to it, shall we? 

Heidi informs the final eight that they will be going to Rockwood Music Hall. Oh, and she hints that image is everything. Anthony Ryan thinks they'll be inspired by old, retro rockers. Oh, if only it was so easy, Anthony Ryan. Instead, Tim tells them that fashion and music are linked, and Rolling Stone and Garnier have partnered to present an unsigned band on the cover of the magazine.  That band is... The Sheepdogs. The designers must create outfits for the band -- and they'll be working in two teams of four. ANOTHER team challenge. Anya is annoyed, and honestly, so am I. Just let 'em do their own thing!

No one gets to pick teams this time, probably because it was starting to make Bert feel like the fat kid on the playground. Olivier, Viktor, Kimberly and Josh M. are one team, while the other is Bert, Laura, Anthony Ryan and Anya. Oh my, Bert, Laura and Anthony Ryan together again? This could be bad. Anya must be sweating bullets.   

We meet the Sheepdogs. Who look like Sheepdogs. Sheepdogs that have never been groomed. They all look like extras from "Almost Famous," but not that attractive. Ew, ew, ew. The band starts playing and Olivier wants to faint. It's too loud! Worse than that, it's not very good. Who was their competition? A homeless guy beating on a box?   

The musicians talk about what they like. The drummer loves his daishiki. One guy wants red jeans. Let's just ignore what these guys want. You know what would help? A shave and a shower. Possibly eating some vegetables. These guys look like they live in a van and eat pizza week in, week out.   

The teams get together and start hammering away at ideas. Anya dubs her team Team Harmony, her big, broad hint that her teammates better behave themselves. Shockingly, Team Harmony really does seem pretty harmonious -- for now.  

Team Untitled is not as harmonious, because Josh M. is on the team. Olivier is upset because he got the"big" lead singer, and you KNOW how much Olivier hates anything big. Now might be the time to point out that the lead singer is not a candidate for stomach stapling, he's just tall and sturdy looking. There's nothing wrong with him. But Olivier is just BESIDE himself. How does he keep getting stuck with these people who don't have the bodies of 12-year-old boys? Why, oh why is he being tortured so?

Read the full recap at HitFix.com.

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