Heidi KlumHeidi Klum is in New York this week to shoot the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week grand finale of her hit show 'Project Runway.' Jessica Simpson presided as the surprise celebrity judge at the show, along with regulars Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, where other front-row celebrities included Tyson Beckford, Jordin Sparks and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

PopEater caught up with Klum on Thursday night, at a party in honor of her gracing the September cover of City magazine, just after she filmed the season eight reunion special (despite the season winner not yet being decided.) She told us about the personalities of the current contestants, some tips for getting selected for the show, and the perils of being a mom dropping your kids off to school in ultra-competitive Beverly Hills.

"We're down to the final three but today we had all 17 designers back for the reunion," she told us, sparking in a gold Philip Lim sequined dress. "And they're very emotional designers, they ask a lot from themselves. And I think that's why season eight has been very successful, because they reveal a lot of their feelings and people can connect more with that."

Klum seemed to show a flash of German steel when asked about the character of the current batch of contestants. "They're softies this season!" she said with a laugh. "And they get aggravated fast--they fight quite a bit and they show their emotions a lot. Today [at the reunion] one of them who [had been eliminated] wanted me to tell them why they had to leave. They didn't understand it! They said, 'People came to me and told me the other person's design was so much uglier,' why did I have to leave? It's so sad!"