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America's Next Top Model Review: Making Like MJ

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Well, it’s about time!Tonight’s episode, "LaToya Jackson," gave us some good old-fashioned ANTM meltdowns and the sort of drama that got me hooked on the show in the first place.

For some unknown reason, Shannon the Christian felt attacked by Bianca the Villain, setting the stage for a huge fight that somehow ended up involving the whole house.In the middle of it all was, of course, Lisa the Clown.   

LaToya Jackson on America's Next Top Model 

Bianca’s supreme confidence coupled with the other girls aligning against her put her at odds with the judges and everyone but Bre.Yes, Bianca, you are 6 ft tall, 120 lbs. and beautiful.Now make up your mind on whether you want to be on ANTM because you can’t seem to stop whining! 

The girls modeled for the Kardashian Kollection for their runway on a carousel challenge.Sisters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney all showed up to support the models and in a gesture of intense generosity, gifted the winners with... clothes from their Sears kollection.For a trio that pulls in millions of dollars, that seems like a small gesture, but you could tell the girls were instructed to look excited.

The photoshoot was a tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.The contestants all portrayed the cultural icon by modeling some of his most famous outfits and eras.The guest judge was his very sweet sister, LaToya Jackson, who not only encouraged the girls, but also gave them modeling tips.

Thank God the girls weren’t in blackface because ANTM is notorious for getting backlash for changing the color of the models’s faces.All of the girls were surprisingly good at channeling Jackson’s moves and expressions. Of course, it helped that they were wearing authentic Jackson pieces with his signature waves.

Laura, Dominique, and Bre posed especially well, while Lisa pulled off some of Jackson’s signature dance gyrations and Allison got a Jackson 5 pose tailor-made for her doll face.

At judging, Andre Leon Talley was shell-shocked by Lisa’s dreck outfit, although Tyra defended it, calling it Lisa's “signature style."He was similarly dumbfounded by her inadvertent signature splits pose.It did not bode well for Lisa.

In a move that seemed like a bigger gesture (because Tyra is a control freak) than it actually was, LaToya was allowed to choose top photo and which girl should go home.She loved Laura’s energy and vibe, giving the sweet Southern girl her first call-out of the season.

Lisa and Angelea ended up in the bottom, but in a moving speech, La Toya explained that all the girls channeled her brother’s spirit brilliantly and no one should go home that week.So there you have it, the models now have Michael Jackson to thank for hanging on for another week! A bit weird, no?

What did you think of the Michael Jackson tribute? While it could have been corny, I thought LaToya's lovely presence lended a nice touch to the episode. 

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Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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that fight was the weirdest thing ever. lisa is really obnoxious! like, bianca is annoying too, but she was right- 20 minutes in 90 minutes isn't enough for 10 people. shannon is WAY too sensitive

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donna you're an idiot. ANTM is a pre-recorded show. the winner is already chosen DUMBASS

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read comment above. Ms.Banks Thank you.

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Please,Please,Ms.Banks,
I have been watching AMTM since season 1,and boy, have you had your hands
full with all the cat fights, I know how that goes i have seen it in person,but,i never was the butt,of it all,i kept neutral with everyone,kept,
my opions to myself, and listened to my coaches. You, are one of my Favorites, I respect the way you handle situations with those ladies, and, season 17,WOW!! it was a great idea, but, my favorties are and i am sure you do too. LAURA & ALLISON.They have shown to me, how a model should act,they never got in fights and they finished in the top 2 and 3 i am so PROUD with those two ladies,,they, give your name & ANTM a good name, and those ladies,fit the bill,what a good rep. they could be,so do you think it would
possible to have TWO WINNERS this season? ALLISON AND LAURA can bring so much to young girls and to you as well.Even AnnaLieh,what a sweetheart she is.I used to compete with her when i was and ice skater,i loved her genuine kindness,and i see it in ALLISON AND ALSO IN LAURA.they show&speak GOODNESS AND WE NEED MORE OF THEM. so, think about it. Sincereley, Donna Gerhard