She’s a fashion designer’s dream and good friends with Zac Posen. So, Kelsea Ballerini appearing as a guest judge on season 16 of “Project Runway” is a no brainer.
The show, hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, invites celebrity guest judges each week to help pick the next big designer. Ballerini will join Georgina Chapman and Zac Posen on Thursday night’s upcoming episode.
While the 22-year-old is a natural fit for the show, she’s not the first country act to appear. Ballerini follows in the footsteps of Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and Miranda Lambert, who all found themselves in the judges chair after the contestants were tasked with creating outfits for them.
To top it off, the Tennessee native has another connection to the show. The dress she wore in the “Legends” video was designed by Leanne Marshall, who won “Project Runway” in season 5.
Apparently there’s a lot riding on Ballerini’s decision. The winner of “Project Runway” receives $100,000 to launch their own line and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection.
You can watch Kelsea Ballerini on “Project Runway” when it airs tonight (Sept. 21) on Lifetime.