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Mondo Guerra, runner-up of Project Runway Season 8 in 2010, is back for another stab at winning the popular fashion design contest - and he is feeling the weight of many viewers' expectations.
Viewers were angered when the Season 8 title went to Gretchen Jones, who was seen as egotistical and a backstabber. Fans of the reality TV series had wanted Guerra, who came across as sweet and genuine, to win instead.
This is why he is all nerves now that he is in Project Runway: All Stars, a special edition of the contest that features memorable contestants from previous seasons. Speaking to Life! over the telephone from his home in Denver, Colorado, Guerra, 34, says: "For All Stars, there is definitely a lot of pressure, especially because of the outcome of Season 8 and me being the runner-up then and so many people voicing their opinion about the judges' decision.
"When I first went to Season 8, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into, so there wasn't as much pressure. I think that was more fear than pressure."