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Going, going, gown.. JUDGES' TEMPERS FLARE IN STYLE WARS EVICTION ROW.

Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY

TV3'S Style Wars lived up to its name last night as judges Caprice Bourret and Peter O'Brien had a huge bust up over who to send through to next week's final.

The pair were fighting over newlyejected contestant Paul Keeley in the judging room with Peter sticking up for the designer.

Peter lashed out at Caprice and Ian Galvin for saying Paul was a bit "flat".

He said: "You can't blame a designer for not being good at talking - I just don't think it is fair to judge him just because he hasn't a great televisual personality."

Caprice hit back saying: "Honey, this is a competition we have to judge him."

But the normally mildmannered Peter slammed: "We're not hiring the lead in the f****g Lion King, we're looking for a designer."

No nonsense Caprice told him: "This is a contest, we have to eliminate two people, are you getting it?" But in the end 38-year-old Paul and Dee Farrell, 41, were told to hit the road.

And yesterday both said they were glad they had gone on the show, in spite of not making it to the final.

Controversial character Dee said being on Style Wars had given her loads of confidence. And she's hoping being on the show will help her to continue a career in fashion.

She said: "It's still a bit crazy wondering what will happen from here on in.

"Being on the show was challenging - I wouldn't have put myself down as the most confident person before I went in.

"But Style Wars actually brought my confidence up - I was out of my comfort zone because I entered and never expected to get on the show."

Dee said her two girls Bonnie, 11 and Charlotte, eight, and her boyfriend Des had been really supportive since the show kicked off.

And in spite of all the arguments with younger contestants, Dee has no regrets. She said: "I am open to suggestions now - I would like to do something that would be beneficial to me and the family."

Paul had previously run a label designing men's shirts which he put on hold while doing the show.

But he said his men's shirts are now back in business at www.paulalexander.ie.

He added: "Being on the programme really confirmed my passion for menswear.

"I wore lots of my shirts on the show and now I am looking for investors.

"The clothes will be slick and contemporary but will also reference my working-class background."

Now David Greene, 24 from Dublin, Grace Mangan, 25, from Meath, and Holly Shortall, 21, from Dublin will face each other in the final next Tuesday.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 28, 2010
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