Thursday, October 04, 2007

"Don't let the red hair fool you, bitches! I can be very high fashion, okay?": America's Next Top Model

Andy: Because I missed last week's episode I spent the majority of episode 3 getting trying to get to know the models.

I say trying because it was nearly impossible to do so what with all the catty drama going on in the house. Of course, I'm talking about the fight between Saleisha, the self-proclaimed "experienced" model, and Bianca, the 18 year-old who obviously has something to prove.

The fight itself, despite the amount of airtime it consumed, was a nonevent. In fact, I can't even tell you what it was about except that there was a lot boasting involved and a couple of middle fingers here and there.

I was way more interested in seeing what the other models were up to in the little screentime they were given. Like Heather. I didn't like her in the premiere. Call me cruel, but the whole Asperger's angle had me cringing in my seat. This is America's Next Top Model, not Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

But last night's episode had me rooting for Team Heather. It's kind of hard not to like someone who can be really pretty and still not have any idea how to put together an outfit. Plus: her illness has yet to be exploited. Let's hope the producers keep it that way because Heather has potential to be a really interesting character on her own.

Speaking of which, I was also really intrigued by Victoria. I didn't expect her to make it past the first round, so the fact that she's still here makes me wonder if she has something I don't quite see yet. Right now, all I'm seeing is awkward, but maybe things will get better after the makeover episode; assuming she gets that far, anyway.

Sadly, season nine is still in its early stages, so it's hard to get a good read on the rest of the contestants. But I will say that I was glad to see Kimberly go. Not that she was ugly or anything, but her whole "Omigosh, I'm so new to all this!" persona served no real purpose on the show. Something tells me she'll be completely forgotten about in the coming weeks.

Also - and this might be a question for Libby to answer - how come Tyra didn't show up until the latter half of the show? That has to be some type of record, right? Is she spending too much time over at her other show? Or does she already know that cycle 9 kinda, sorta sucks?

Libby: I'm so embarassed by how much I enjoy this show, though never, never when Tyra Banks is on this screen. As for her showing up late in this show, that seems to happen occasionally throughout the season and when it does happen, we should be greatful. *nods*

This week's episode was mostly good, outside of that overblown fight. I was so pleased by Bianca's near elimination, as I thought that the show finally decided to be proactive and eliminate the inappropriate mega-bitch from the get-go, but of course, despite the big stupid speech Typrah gave about "I was the only person who liked your picture; being a top model is about more than pleasing one person" it IS her show and she'll keep whoever she wants, y'all. Ugh.

Heather continues to be my far and away favorite, illness or no, the girl photographs like a dream. Victoria rocks awkward like it's never been rocked before, though her straightforwardness seems to be continually misinterpreted at panel. Additionally, Sarah makes "real-sized" crazy-hot and illustrates why skeletal should stop being interpreted as the gold standard.

Less impressive for me this week, were Bianca, the out-and-out bitch, who's photo this week looked like a man in a dress rappelling down a wall. Also, I don't get the love for Chantal, who looks like a washed up 70's porn star or Ebony, who's bangs obscure for the rest of us whatever it is the judges appear to see in her.

Next week is everyone's favorite: MAKEOVERS! Word. There's going to be some hardcore drama and it sounds like SOMEone is going bald ... AWESOME! Okay, that's a lot of capital letters. My apologies.

I have some theories as to how all this is going to shake out (Lisa to win, Heather to place, Saleisha to show) but I don't think I wanna lock in those picks until after I see how the remade models present themselves next week. Until then ...

1 comment:

Bianca Reagan said...

So I was skimming through this site, looking for a review of The Office, and this caught my eye:

Less impressive for me this week, were Bianca, the out-and-out bitch, who's photo this week looked like a man in a dress rappelling down a wall.

I thought I was going to have to cut somebody. Then I realized the comment was about ANTM, so everything is cool. For now . . . :)