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'Project Runway': and the winner is ...

Finally, finally, tonight we find out who wins Project Runway -- and whether Annapolis native Christian Siriano is going to take home the big prize.

Back to the show. The three finalists show off their designs to Tim Gunn, who gives them a little feedback, although at this point there isn't much they can do.

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Christian interviews that he thinks Jillian's collection is very innovative and that Rami's very talented and his work shows it, so it's messing with his head. This is a far cry from the usual, cocky Christian we've come to know.

Next up, the final three start model casting for the runway show. Christian says he needs "strong, confident and amazing girls." Jillian interviews that she's never done a casting, so everything is a new experience for her.

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Rami says some of the girls were great, some were OK and, "some were tragic."

The next morning, it's time to work out the makeup and do fittings. Christian interviews that he is over his nerves and totally excited.

They have two days to do the fittings, and the scene is total chaos.

Rami interviews that Christian's looks are all over the top and that he has a lot to learn about making clothes for women, not just for show.

Christian forces his models into some painful shoes, but he says if he could work them in his apartment, they can get over it. When they leave for the night, he tells them, "Look fabulous, be really skinny, don't eat."

Then Jillian starts second-guessing her choices of models. She has one she isn't sure about and she wants to swap.

Christian says she is just the most indecisive person ever and that it's her own fault for not casting with consistency in mind. Not to Jillian, of course.

The next day, Jillian continues to deal with her model issues, and the casting person tells her it's so last-minute, there isn't anything they can do. So she freaks out and complains and annoys everyone.

Then, hair consultations. And more fittings. And packing for the next day's show. Tim Gunn calls them together for "one last gather-round." He tells them the order is Jillian, Rami and Christian, and adds, "I am so proud of you, I don't have the words to express it. ... Just trust that you are superb, and you are, and you are an inspiration for me." Awww, I love Tim Gunn.

The next day, it's show time. In the early-morning darkness, the final three walk into the tents at Bryant Park and marvel at their luck. They group hug.

"It made me feel like I am officially part of the fashion industry," Jillian says.

Christian's models are running late and driving him crazy. Two of them are ridiculously late, then one finally shows. With seemingly minutes left, one model is still missing, and Christian is about to cry, literally. But she shows. WHEW!

Then, it's time for the show!

Jillian comes out and tells everyone this is her first collection. She adds that she was so inspired and hopes everyone else is inspired as well. She has these detailed, highly tailored pieces. She interviews how emotional it made her to watch her own show and see her own work on the runway. Toward the end, there are more dressy pieces, or rather, more dresses. It's so impressive to see what these guys can do when they actually have time.

Next, it's Rami's turn. He tells the audience that his collection "celebrates women," and thanks his family and closest friends. He has gorgeous pieces with lots of detailing, and you can tell he planned how each outfit would transition into the next during the show. There's quite a bit of black and pink toward the middle, but then it goes into browns and greens and golds. The pieces are lovely and a far cry from the constant draping he did during many of the challenges. I especially love the second to last piece, an intricate dress that I can't quite describe.

Christian is next. He thanks everyone for coming and thanks his family. "Ooh, everybody looks fierce," he can't help but blurt to the audience. He says he's so excited that Victoria Beckham is the guest judge because she is one of his fashion icons. He has lots of black, and lots of ruffle, and again, the amount of detailing is amazing. He has one dress that is feathers at the top and transitions into organza-ish ruffles toward the bottom. Crazy. He gets a standing o from Kit and Carmen, among others. (Here's some pics.)

In the interviews afterward, it's about a three-way split among the finalists. Everyone loves everyone's work! Poor judges.

Speaking of which, it's time for judging. They all seem pretty darned impressed. The finalists are called forward to talk about their lines. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia both tell them, "Bravo." Shout-out to the network?

Jillian talks about being inspired by the final challenge. Victoria Beckham praises her attention to detail. Michael Kors liked her knitwear and the feminine and modern look to everything. Heidi Klum liked the new shapes and designs. Nina says she took a chance, which was good, but that she maybe had too many influences and ended up with a disjointed line.

Christian says, "I wanted to create this kind of hard and soft effect, in a way." He's stumbling over his words, and Heidi asks if he his nervous. Victoria says she loved everything he did and that it was all her style. "Rather than fierce, I would say that you're 'major,'" she says. Michael Kors in particular praises the two-tone dress at the end that I attempted to describe above. He calls it "SPEC-tacular!" He says, though, that with that much black, it can get monotonous and can get lost. Nina also says it was a little repetitive. Victoria says he made her smile, "and I'm not easy to make smile." Christian tells her the ombre dress was for her.

Rami says he was inspired by Joan of Arc. Heidi says she loved the weaving he did, as does Michael Kors. Kors didn't love his "Brady Brunch colors," but he still showed every category of dress. Victoria says it was lovely and the detail was phenomenal. Nina says he has a strong point of view, and "that is fantastic." She says he tried to show some separates, but his strength is dresses.

The designers are kicked off the runway so the judges can dish.

The talk about Jillian's knitwear and her shapes, but Nina says she doesn't yet have an "identifiable signature." Nina says Christian "delivered constantly. It was a very well done show." Victoria loved it, but Nina calls him out for being overdesigned. Michael says Rami is "cerebral" and his clothes are great. Nina thinks he doesn't have the best taste in color.

The judges say they know who they think should win. So of course it's time for a break.

But now ...

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Jillian is out, so it's down to Rami and our Annapolis boy.

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And the winner is: Christian!

So what is next for our local guy? Stay tuned because we're supposed to talk to him in a few minutes. (Update: Read said interview with him here.)

Heidi Klum congratulates him and calls him "uber-fierce." Victoria says she would be honored to wear any of his clothing. He cries. Everyone smiles. It's so cute!

"Let me tell you, I am taking a VACAY. I need a breaky-break," he says.

(Photo by Monica Lopossay // Sun photographer)

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