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America’s Next Top Model, C17 E13, Season Finale

If you follow this show at all, you there was some chatter leading up to this last episode. They said someone was going to be disqualified, but they didn’t say who or why. Well, I can settle that right now. Angelea was disqualified by the producers because of something she disclosed. They didn’t say what or why. And then they just moved on with judging. This is after Angelea went through the entire competition, all the way up to the final runway.

I wonder what it was. Was she pregnant? Did she sleep with a cameraman? Did she get paid by some advertising company to do something? Who knows. And at what point was it disclosed? If you find out, let me know. Now on to the episode.

I’m not going to go too in-depth, just the highlights. Like every finale episode, they did a Cover Girl shoot and commercial that would become a national print ad for the winner. This time, they also added in a Vogue Italia shoot that would become the spread in Vogue Italia for the winner. All three girls did good on the Cover Girl shoot and the Vogue Italia shoot. It made sense that they were the top three cause they were all good, really good.

The other thing they do in the finale is a final runway show. They worked with designer Michael Cinco a handful of episodes ago on dresses for the final runway. The girls who made it to the final three (Angelea, Allison, and Lisa) all got to wear the dress they gave him design inspiration for. They also brought back Dominique, Self-Righteous Barbie aka Shannon, and Laura.

The runway show itself had a fantastic premise. The girls would walk up to a stage and down into a pool. Then they swam to the other side and walked out. This represented their transformation into a goddess. They entered a ring of fabric which raised up and when it lowered, they were standing there, dried off and looking fierce. They were lifted through the air to a runway where they walked.

The top three girls walked to their songs that they wrote in an earlier episode. The whole thing was really very spectacular. Lisa messed up on the swimming across the pond thing. She tried to flip around in the water, but she had her eyes closed, so she turned right instead of going straight. It was pretty funny.

Moving on to panel. It was at panel that they gave their announcement about Angelea. They wished her well (not literally her, she wasn’t there), and then they moved on. They compared and contrasted Lisa and Allison, then they debated. I figured since Allison was in the bottom two the week before, there was no way it would be her.

They showed the second half of the motion editorial and the final seconds of it revealed who America’s Next Top Model All-Star would be. It was Lisa. Yay for her or whatever. There are several girls I would have preferred over her, but she is the whole package. She definitely draws attention to herself, but I won’t be tuning in to watch her scream “Whooooo!” loudly into the camera every 5 seconds on E!

Tyra said something about Lisa being the first All Star. That makes me wonder if Cycle 18 will be another All Star Cycle. They should do an all plus size cycle. That’d be something.

America’s Next Top Model, C17 E12

I skipped episode 11 because it was just highlights from the season. I’ve been watching and re-capping the whole season, so I am not even going to cover it.

They started off this episode with Angelea talking about how she was attacked the previous week. Lisa saw her vulnerability and felt that she had a better chance because Angelea couldn’t handle the pressures of this life. I wonder how the judges feel about Angelea’s volatility.

Their challenge was to write a blog for Vogue Italia. Being a blog writer is one of the prizes, so doing good on this challenge was a great way to show they would do well with winning the competition. They were to pick out an outfit, and go to a location, take photos, and write about being in Crete for a couple weeks. Each girl had an angle that fit who they were and their brand. Nigel came back to collect their blogs and he and Franca Sozzani went over them and chose a winner. They were to reveal the winners the next evening.

Tyra wrote a book. It’s called Modelland. She decided to make a motion editorial for it. It’s like an editorial picture, except on film. She goes through the whole things as if it’s a small movie, and it would take two days to shoot. They will show the finished product over two weeks of judging. This week they’ll show the beginning and choose the top three. Next week, they’ll show the finish and the editorial will show who wins this Cycle.

The shoot itself was pretty interesting to watch, but there’s not much to recap without going into the plot of the book. If you care about that, buy the book. Lisa did really well in the shoot. I feel like they set Laura up not to do well. She had a scene where she had to pour endless amounts of whipped cream into her mouth. How can anyone do that and not appear overtly sexy? Angelea had an emotional moment, but it worked for her scene. Allison was having trouble with her eyes, but she also did well.

After the day’s shooting, Nigel came by to see the girls while they were having dinner. Did I mention I hate the way Lisa chews? Yuck. Allison’s blog was too high-fallutin’. Laura had a good blog, but it didn’t fit her brand. Lisa’s blog was good, but they wanted more fashion talk. Angelea’s blog was good. She talked about fashion, compared the land to where she was from, and exhibited a certain amount of class. They picked Angelea to win. It was her first challenge win and she won a trip back to Greece for 7 days for 2 people. Good for her. I like when she proves to herself and others that she’s got what it takes.

The second day of shooting was cool too. Also, Tyson Beckford is the guy in this editorial. He’s the world’s best known male supermodel. Angelea of course had a fit when he walked in. He ended up being the guest judge that week. Not much else to mention, so I’ll move on.

I loved Tyra’s outfit in the judging panel. I love suspenders and capes, I never thought they could go together. I want that outfit, but not that color. My wedding dress is the only taupe thing I like wearing. I hated what Allison was wearing. Electric green pants? Really? Sigh. The motion editorial was… interesting. I get the concept of how it’s supposed to be, but it’s not… my kind of art. But I found it interesting to be sure… I was tickled because after they showed it, Tyra kept asking the girl, “how was that for you?’

The top two were: Lisa D’Amato and Angelea Preston. The bottom two were Allison Harvard and Laura Kirkpatrick. They were worried that Laura’s bubbly personality wasn’t enough. They were worried that Allison’s introverted personality wasn’t enough. Ultimately, they went with Allison. She is the better model, but she’s also more unique and that’s was prevailed. Tyra told her she really had to shine in terms of personality in the next week. We’ll see who wins.

If I had to pick now, I’d say, Lisa is most likely to win, but I’d prefer Angelea to win.

America’s Next Top Model, C17 E10

Dominique got best photo last week, and her photo displayed in the house really did look beautiful. Her underwear looked like a bathing suit and it didn’t seem at all weird that she was laying in a bowl of oversized Greek salad. The main joy I got from seeing her picture is knowing that I won’t have to hear Shannon equivocating anymore. “I won’t wear underwear.” Whatevs, good riddance.

They keep showing Angelea giving her opinions about Dominique. She thinks she’s a better model than Dominique and she’s seriously confused as to why the judges think Dominique’s picture was better than hers. I wonder if there is something brewing that they’ve been building up to these last couple episodes or if they’re just trying to find some drama because there isn’t any in the house anymore. But perhaps they just wanted to start a story about Angelea’s insecurities. She does have a lot of those.

For the challenge, the girls had to evaluate each other with constructive criticism, whether positive or negative. It’s as if it was a casting, but for each girl the judge is all the other girls still in the competition. Laura was up first, then Lisa, then Allison, and then the others. Right away, there was a mix of good and bad comments. None of them were really wrong, but they definitely weren’t all constructive.

As part of the challenge, they had each girl say who didn’t deserve to win. Laura, Lisa, and Allison all wouldn’t pick one person. But Dominique, now my girl, she definitely did! She picked Angelea because of her lack of confidence. Wasn’t expecting that one from Ms. Positive, but I liked it. And oooh did she open up a can of worms! Each girl tried to explain to Angelea that she had a wall up and always took things negatively and could use more confidence. She walked out and said the girls could kiss her ass. Way to prove exactly what they were saying. You took it negatively, put your wall up, and walked out and retreated instead of discussing it like an adult. I like Angelea, but damn that girl could use a look in the mirror.

For their photo shoot, they’re shooting on a cliff with a beautiful view. The shoot is for ancient Greece, especially the Olympics. They’re using fashion accessories that re-create some of the ancient Olympic sports. The photographer is Nigel Barker, one of the judges. I love when he’s the photographer. Dominique was up first. Her shoot went well, but Nigel found himself wondering who she was. They interspersed that with shots of Angelea calling Dominique boring. I know from previous cycles that once Nigel determines your personality can’t be sussed out, you’re screwed until you step it up.

Allison was worried about her shoot since she was voted the girl with the least potential during the challenge. She didn’t really get it when Nigel explained how she should be using the discus. She was awkward, but then got better as the shoot went on. Lisa was doing hurdles, and I wonder how it’s going to go. Nigel criticized her for jumping previously, so she was playing it safe. He fussed at her and got her back on track. She did so amazing after that, at least according to Nigel and Mr. Jay. I couldn’t tell the shots because she was jumping.

Laura did archery. She also had a birdcage type veil mask thing over her face. I hope she can push through that veil. It’s been many a girl’s downfall in previous cycles. Nigel and Mr. Jay were loving her shots. Angelea was the shotput. Nigel felt that she didn’t really get the idea and then was very awkward. I can’t imagine how her best shot is going to look.

The girl’s photos in panel looked all pretty good. No one really bombed, but that’s pretty much expected from these girls. The top photos were: Laura Kirkpatrick, Allison Harvard, and Lisa D’Amato. The bottom two were Angelea Preston and Dominique Reighard. Dominique’s problem was that she wasn’t memorable. Angelea is memorable, but her pictures weren’t as good as Dominique’s. Also, the judges worried that she breaks under pressure.

They picked Angelea to stay. Memorable wins the day. Tyra really encouraged her to find her strength because they next stages of the competition are not going to be like previous cycles. Poor Dominique will probably develop a phobia about photographing with Nigel Barker now. On both of her cycles, she’s gone home the week Nigel was the photographer. Anyway, I’m excited to see what will be coming up in these episodes leading up to the final.

America’s Next Top Model, C17 E9

This week they started off with the girls congratulating Angelea for sticking around after she and Alexandria were in the bottom two. I think this is the first season where all the people who were causing drama and contention in the house get gone soon. Bianca is gone and Alexandria is gone. Lisa doesn’t seem to bother anyone else as much as she bothers me, so she’s still around.

And of course, the show had to stir up some drama. There are only 6 girls left, so what could there possibly be? Well, it turns out that Angelea isn’t really a fan of Dominique. She wants to like her, but she just doesn’t. She thinks Dominique isn’t being genuine. I can understand that. She loves her, but she’s not in love with her.

I knew the international trip was coming up, and I was excited to see how it would be introduced. My favorite introductions so far is anytime they go to Asia. This season…. they’re going to Greece! It was introduced by two men walking into the girls’ house behind Andre Leon Talley and ending up smashing stacks of plates on the floor. It wasn’t exactly and Opa! moment, but it got the point across once it was explained. Then a Greece banner unfolded. They danced around a bit, then went and packed for the flight.

When they land in Athens, Greece, they are greeted by Miss J and the host of America’s Next Top Model Greece. She tells them they have a challenge they have to do. They are taking  a short flight to Crete and they will have to do a press conference when they get there, complete with Greek words. It’s a challenge and the winner gets a piece of jewelry from one of Greece’s most exclusive jewelers.

Lisa went first, and she made them laugh and seemed appealing enough until she invited them all, “let’s rock and roll!!!”. Allison said a ton of Greek words and Miss J really liked her. Shannon got up on her soap box and you could hear the crickets. Dominique has terrible pronunciation of Greek words; just God-awful (great dress though). Poor dyslexic Laura got lost as soon as she said, “I’m Laura,” but at least she’s adorable. Angelea continues to impress me with how much class she can exude, that is until she asks for the bathroom.

Angelea would have won the challenge had she not asked for the bathroom. Allison ended up winning and she got a gorgeous piece of bling. The next morning, they brought in Michael Cinco to design a gown for them to wear in the final runway show. Only the top two girls walk in the show, so that’s some intrigue for coming weeks. I’m looking forward to see who’s dress comes to life.

For their photo shoot, the girls are shooting in a Greek salad modelling in underwear. Shannon has decided she doesn’t do underwear years and years ago. Too bad it wasn’t a bikini shoot, because she’d do a damn string bikini, but not boy shorts. Whatever. The photographer is Nikos Papadopoulos, who shoots for Greece’s Vogue.

The stylist for the shoot told Shannon it was easier to change the model than the prototype. I was cracking up because she started her statement with, “no offense.” Shannon decided not to do the shoot. Maybe self-righteous Barbie can finally go home. Dominique did really well on her shoot, and I’m glad for her that she’s managed to bring out her sexy and feminine side. Angelea also did well, at least once she laid down. Not that many people would look that good pouring olive oil on themselves in a huge bowl of Greek salad.

Laura was feeling well, and I was really hoping it wouldn’t affect her shoot. Allison didn’t do so well because the sun was too bright and when she opened her eyes they teared up. Luckily for her, Shannon is probably guaranteeing the safety of all the girls this week. Lisa walks on set and immediately irritated me again. Do you know the difference between good and well? When you should use well, good, better, etc.? Yeah, Lisa doesn’t know the difference. I used gooder in a blog post title on purpose. She used the word well when she should have used the word good. She might as well have said irregardless or mixed up when to use I versus me. That type of ignorance just drives me up a wall. It’s one thing to not know, it’s another to behave as if you’re well learned on the subject and just be dead wrong. Yuck.

But on another note, Lisa’s shoot possibly went well. They didn’t actually show any reaction of the other girls or Mr. Jay or the photographer. Whatever. Laura got in the bowl and it went well for her, but it’s wasn’t amazing. Shannon was hoping that because she stuck true to her brand, she wouldn’t get penalized for not doing the shoot. Here’s hoping she was dead wrong.

They launched right into the photo analysis at panel and the girls photos were all pretty good. The look on Nigel’s face when Shannon walked up was priceless. He was just over it. He mentioned how all the other girls looked like they were wearing bikinis and not underwear. If I were a producer of this show, I would’ve picked that shoot too, if only to try and show Shannon how ridiculous she was being. Moving on. The rest of the photos were good too. There wasn’t one bad photo in the bunch.

The top photos were: Dominique Reighard, Allison Harvard, Angelea Preston, and Lisa D’Amato.

The bottom two were Laura Kirkpatrick and Shannon Stewart. They think Laura isn’t really sticking with her brand of being lovable and adorable from week to week. They think Shannon is sticking to her brand in a way that’s confusing.

The girl who stayed was: Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra told her she had to embrace her brand a little better. They said bye to Shannon and wished her well on her journey. Good riddance Self-Righteous Barbie.