The fact that Emilio made it all the way to the final two only to be eliminated was utterly delightful. It almost made up for the undeserved auf'ing of exponentially-more-talented designers like Jonathan, Ben, and Amy.
What a nasty little man.
I am torn. On the one hand Emilio really did act like an arrogant jackass throughout most of the season. Watching again his gloating during the beginning of the Big Top challenge, is so gross. Talk about an ungracious winner. And while Emilio deserved to win for some challenges, he didn't for the neighborhoods or print one, so it was doubly annoying watching him gloat about all his wins. So watching him get to the end and lose and for a terrible collection at that, is very satisfying to me. But on the other hand, he looked so crushed that I can't enjoy that, and it's painful to watch.
I think the reason his collection was so far off the mark, and his being so crushed on his (rightly) losing, are both rooted in letting himself believe all his own hype. He was clearly arrogant and seeemed to believe that the judges would love anything he did, so perhaps he wasn't as thoughtful with his final collection, as he should have been because of that. So in classic Greek style, his hubris which was what made him so obnoxious, may have ultimately led to his losing.
I kind of doubt he cares, actually. I remember him saying in an interview that he knew going into the show that it was a reality show and a competition, and he was fine with however the producers wanted to edit him. He's incurred a lot of scorn from some, but he's also had a lot of supporters, so I suspect he's OK with how he was portrayed.
The man is talking about creating a brand, the ESosa brand, and that it will be worldwide. If he wants to brand, I'm sure he'll want that to be as positive as possible. And considering he is talking about putting his name over things, people will have to want to buy stuff with his name all over it, and if less people want to buy that, because they don't have postive conotations with that, than that's non-optimal. So after the show, as the non-winner and having to now work harder for than he probably anticpated, I think he's wisely trying to recraft his image from the show as he goes forward in trying to sell himself. Which I think is very smart of him.
Edited by WedgeOfSpite, May 3, 2010 @ 11:38 PM.