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America's Next Top Model Review: Sorry, Wanda Sykes...

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In the penultimate episode of the season, the girls were treated to the obligatory go-see challenge, which always leads to late contestants and angry agencies.  You’d think after 14 cycles, the ladies would know not to be on time, but that certainly wasn’t the case this time around.

Since America's Next Top Model is more “serious” in Cycle 15, Tyra’s also been a lot more involved with the girls and the photoshoots. And I’m happy to see that she’s toned down the theatrics and general obnoxiousness. Tyra actually dispensed genuine, helpful advice this week, a refreshing change from her typical campiness.

Like a Statue

The Challenge:
The go-see challenge is one of the most drama filled of the season, with girls trying to see as many designers as possible, but getting lost (and late) in the process. Although Cycle 15 has been less melodramatic (it’s because it’s serious, y’all!) than previous cycles, the girls also did significantly worse than usual. 

They only had four go sees (including Versace!) but most only managed to see one AND Kayla and Ann were late AND all the girls got lost!

Chelsey, who’s established herself as the most knowledgeable of the girls, won a Versace jacket, and as Kayla said, it “looks real.”  No kidding.

The Photoshoot:
The shoot was right on picturesque Lake Como with a Pygmalion theme.  It was nice to see that ANTM’s classed it up with the photoshoots again; definitely a welcome change from shoots like the memorable “meat dress” one of previous seasons. And, of course, the gorgeous male model was included in the package. 

The girls as statues were pretty cool I must say, they really do looked like marble Greek statues come to life.

Statue-Like

The Judging:
The judges were universally annoyed by the girls only making it to one go-see and not even booking that one go-see.  All the girls were lectured on the unprofessionalism of not making to their appointments. 

I’m growing fonder of Kayla, and I agreed with her getting best photo of the week. Jane breaking down during judging, and in front of Nigel during the shoot, probably saved her, because the judges love bursts of emotion. Since I find Chris’ personality to be pretty obnoxious anyway - while she also had the weakest photo - I think it was the natural choice for her to go home.

Other Notes:

  • The male model looked like he’s clutching Chelsey’s breasts in the picture.
  • Andre Leon Talley referred Chris as "Wanda Sykes."  Was that meant to be an insult?
  • And Ann!  She’s honestly annoying me more and more.  I wish she wouldn’t look so crazy and wobbly lipped when she talks. She always looks like someone’s going to chop her down.  And I’m backlashing from all the praises from the judges and designers, it’s like she can do no wrong, they don’t even call her out on the white paint in her hair or her general straggly appearance during judging!  Other girls have certainly been called out for much less.  Very frustrating. 

Any bets on who will win next week? I’m crossing my fingers for Kayla or Jane. Can't wait to find out!

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I agree with Whipped-By-Damon, Ann and Kayla will make the final two and Ann has the look that the high fashion magazines want which is why she is getting away with being so shy!Chelsy does come across as cocky at times which has put me off her. I do hope as a result of ANTM, Ann believes in herself more and that the competition gave her self esteem a much needed (and deserved boost!) Also, hopefully the next cycle will also be a high fashion based one and that elusive combination that Tyra is forever searching for of dynamite personality and looks will be found! BTW - not to gang up on luh but the whole reason for reading TV fanatic is to read different opinions and whilst everyone is welcome to disagree (and we the readers have the comments to make our views known)I would much rather read something "biased" and react to it than read a bland by numbers summary (which as ALT would say, would be total dreckitude!)

Mooncake

@luh I'm the person who writes reviews for ANTM and I'm sorry you feel that way.  But as a review and not a recap, I try to input as much opinion as possible and I'm just pointing out some things that I saw in the episode.   I'm trying to improve my format and my reviews and input different facets of the show on Tv Fanatic, so if my reviews were more "one dimensional" before, I really hope that it gets better.   As for "bias," yes they are "biased" in that I'm not being impartial about every character, but that's exactly what I don't want to do.  As a reality show, I prefer some contestants to others and I'm just asserting my opinions. Â

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I liked Kayla from the start, and I hope she wins the competition over Ann. I feel like the judges let Ann get away with murder, so her mistakes aren't getting as much attention as the other competitors' issues. I don't like her as much, because Ann gets away with so much and her winning 5 TIMES in a row was just ridiculous. There were other pictures from some of the other girls that I thought were better than hers, like Kayla's angel picture with the black wings. I have also liked some of Chelsea's pictures before. Ann hasn't changed like the other girls have in the competition. She's the same as she was when she started the competition: as the girl who takes good photos. And that's it! She hasn't grown more confident in challenges, she hasn't been trying to make her runway walk better, she's not trying as hard to bring something new to the table and she's pretty boring. I do think she takes some good pictures, but right now that's all that she's got going for her. The winner needs to be versatile and be able to do all sorts of things, not just take good photos. And as the weeks go by, I find those traits in Kayla more than any of the other girls, especially Ann.

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I think that picture of Kayla is one of the most gorgeous I've ever seen on ANTM. It reminds me of that amazing shot of Jenah by the burning car. Just electrifying. (but I wonder if, without knowing the 'backstory' of the shoot, a reader turning to this shot would know the male model was supposed to be the sculptor and not just a very odd passerby? grin) I really liked the premise of this shoot--really gorgeous set up. Kayla and Ann and Chelsey really produced beautiful, beautiful pictures. What's with the go-see rule that they can't take a taxi? I know cabs are pricey. I do. But seriously. In real life are models actually forbidden from driving or taking a cab? This just seems to be a tv set up that guarantees all of the sweaty, ditzy frustration and needless drama. Are the judges really all that disappointed when they don't get to many appointments and/or don't end up making a good impression? Or is it something they've intentionally architected into the process specifically for artificial drama? I have to say it seems like a long foregone conclusion that Ann will win this despite all of her issues simply because everyone--judges and outsiders--who looks at her and at her photos immediately locks in on something special. And maybe they think that you can teach her to walk and build up her confidence and personality but you just can't teach in that height and face or that amazing way of transforming before the camera. But I do LOVE Kayla...though the Versace guy just kind of dismissed her despite loving her face (too short? he never really said what about "the fit" didn't work for him. Jane is gorgeous and Chelsey is a workhorse, but it just doesn't seem like they're strong enough or special enough to top all of the built in potential that Ann brings? They all seem to be genuinely nice/kind women, and that's a refreshing change from so many previous cycles (Bianca. Renee. etc) so I'd be pleased to see any of these women win.

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I love how Kayla is become more and more confident among the male model in this episode, this is what matter, doing the progression. Ann in other way is still set herself back and because the judges all love her, they seem can't see that she's not that good. In real modeling world, she have to work with many other photographers and models, and maybe being ambassador of some products, and doubtingly she able to do that. I even feel Jane personality is bubblier than her.

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I love Ann and Kayla but I agree with you about Ann that she is annoying. I just hope she has more confident. I like Ann because I understand how she feels. When you grow up with everyone or almost everyone made fun of you, it is hard to be hold you head up high and say I look so good. She spend almost 20 yrs. with life like that and how long she has been in this show? So it all takes time. I think people always use themselves as a standard never put themselves on other people shoes. Maybe we have so much problem kids these days. Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.- Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420

Whipped-by-damon

Looks like I am the only person who doesn't dislike Ann, I do actually like Kayla as well but I dislike Chelsey and I couldn't care less about Jane! I believe it will be Ann and Kayla as the top two and who are we kidding...they(the industry) do not really care about personality, it's about look and pictures! I know ANTM likes the models to be the whole package but Ann is the one who looks like those high fashion models that the fancy labels love- so do they care that she is shy with no self confidence..nope! Look what happened at Versace, Ann is by all definitions of the word skinny and the guy said she had the perfect body, it says more about the industry than is does about Ann!

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I enjoy ALL the 'TV Fanatic' reviews, whether I agree or disagree with what's written!!
As for ANTM: I think they should've been allowed to use cabs.. 4 go sees around a foreign city, with traffic & all, in 4 hrs. still would've been a challenge. & the marble greek statues foto session was fabulous! :)

Matt-richenthal

@luh: I am the editor-in-chief of TV Fanatic and would love for you to explain what you mean by "biased." Do you understand the concept of a review? It's the opinion of the person writing it. As a site administrator, I endorse as much favoritism and opinions as possible in our reviews. If you'd like a straight forward, point-by-point recap of what happened, I suggest you visit The CW site and read a boring rundown there.

Xoxodanielle

It sounds like ann didn't do a good job. I don't understand what is so appealing about her. There are other models who look like her that are so much talented. She lacks the confidence the judges always claim they want from a model. This season of antm kind of sucked. I didn't enjoy it ad much as the previous season this year. I can't believe the girls did so awful at the go sees that's pathethic.

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