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I’ve got the entire wrap up here, but in case you haven’t heard, Saliesha won America’s Next Top Model last night.  (As I predicted.)

I’ve heard rumblings around the web that Cycle 9 was one of the boring to watch.  I disagree.  Here’s why.

The final two contestants were both deserving.  For once.  There wasn’t ONE girl that clearly looked like she should win and ONE that made you stratch your head and think, “Why, Tyra.  WHY?”

No, with this Cycle the final two standing were strong women who didn’t resort to the catty bullshit other contestants were known for.  They didn’t spite each other.  They were confident in their own skin enough to respect the other girl, but at the same compete on an entirely new level. 

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Saliesha was one of the best natural models I had seen on that show in a long time.  She didn’t seem to need the coaching that other’s did.  And while Jenah took great pictures…

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… she also came off arrogant and bitchy with clients.  Remember the Go Sees where the clients said she needed to be more likable?  And that she look unkempt?

So Jenah had personal issues… and you know what?  I can relate to what she said.  I’ve been in the same position of having to “mother” someone when I was a kid.  But you get over it.  You deal with it.

Chantal, on the other hand, almost “had it.”  You know? She took some great shots….

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I have to say, I went back and forth between loving Chantal and not.  That whole, “I was born to do this” speech of hers was not cool.  But I loved the way she stood up for herself, loved the way she got in Bianca’s face, and loved how classy she handled things at the end.  When it came down to the runway, I knew Saliesha had it.  Chantal looked uncomfortable at times, that wasn’t even when the stilt guy tripped on her gown.

A side note here… was the fashion show totally FAKE?  Doesn’t it seem like the last couple have been fake?  They used to do a live show, didn’t they? 

Anyways… CONGRATS, Saliesha! 

Now we await Cycle 10!

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Who will win ANTM tonite? 

Predictions, anyone? 

It’s a tough one, but I’d have to say my pick is Saliesha.  She’s got a great look (even with that dorky haircut they gave her), she knows how to pose without coaching, and she has a great personality. 

Saliesha is my prediction to win!

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Can’t say I’m too suprised by the outcome of ANTM this week.  The last few weeks have each been pretty predictable.  I figured it would be either Bianca and Jenah… and hoped it would actually be Jenah.  The more we see of her personality, the more unattractive she seems to become. 

Did you guys see when Jenah was talking about Heather leaving last week, and she does her uppity little laugh and says Heather had trouble communicating?  Of course Heather had trouble, but you know what Jenah… SO DID YOU.  With all the mirrors in that model house you’d think she’d get to look in one at her own behavior.

And yeah… Bianca telling Jenah to go to the mall that apparently didn’t exist was lousy, but wasn’t Jenah laughing at Heather last week during Go Sees just as bad?  Didn’t she yap loudly in the background while Heather tried to model?  Didn’t Nigel have to tell her to shut the heck up?  How big is Jenah’s ego if she can’t see any of this?  And what’s with this sudden talk of “I just want to know who I am…..”

Bleck.

Next week is the finals and I have to say it’s GOTTA be down to Chantal and Saliesha.  I can’t imagine Jenah going any further, although now that she’s shown her “emotions” (meaning Tyra got her to cry) she might have a better chance.  For some reason they seem to like a girl much better once she starts bawling. 

This episode Twiggy really bugged me as well.  Her lack of adjectives is astounding.  EVERY SINGLE PICTURE is either “lovely” or “quite good” or “I see a model” no matter what they look like.  For example, I thought Jenah’s picture was AWFUL:

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What the heck is with her stupid leg?  And yet Twiggy says, “Your leg just goes on and on.  And your face is amazing.” 

Uh… Twigster?  That leg?  It looks like it doesn’t belong to the rest of her.  And the face?  NOT amazing. 

Ann Shoket said it looks like Jenah got lost in the costume.  I have to say I agree.

The judges said Bianca’s profile pose looked stiff and like she was mad:

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Now here’s the thing:  Bianca USUALLY photographs like she’s pissed off.  I actually think this will be her “thang” and get her lots of modeling jobs in the future.  And many times the mad look just doesn’t work.  But in this shot?  Where she’s supposed to a WARRIOR?  It works just fine. 

When she’s supposed to be rock climbing:

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Not so much.  I actually think one of Bianca’s prettiest shots was in the recycling photo shoot:

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Here she is surrounded by OIL and she manages to look soft and welcoming.  Hmm.

Anyways, I think Bianca will end up just fine.  She’s got a certain look and it can really work for her.  She should keep that short hair!  I know she bawled when it came time to let go off the weave but the short style really shows off her face.

And while Chantal’s shot was nice:

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I think Saliesha’s was FAR BETTER:

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You can’t keep your eyes off of her in this one.  If she doesn’t win… there’s got to be a problem.

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Like I said last week, ANTM is getting a bit predictable.  After all, who was surprised to see Lisa go home?  She’s had a couple poor showings and then that over-thinking thing was just too much.  When I saw her start to cry this week, I knew she was a goner. 

I also thought Tyra’s advice to her was AWFUL.  I mean, “If you feel as if you’re going to cry, just cry.”  What the heck kind of advice is that?  How about, “If you think you’re going to cry, get out of your head and act professional.” 

THAT’s better advice… courtesy of moi.  Thank you very much.

I also wasn’t surprised to see Heather in the bottom two.  For the last couple weeks they’ve really started to show her melting down more and flubbing up.  She’s having a hard time speaking, and if she continues you know she ain’t gonna be AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL. 

But she’ll be okay.  She takes a darn good picture.  This week I was very surprised at the one she took:

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And once again…. I’m back to liking Chantal.  Apparently I won’t be able to make up my mind about her until the end.  Some weeks she comes off super arrogant, and this week she came off okay.  I do like that she seems to stick up for people and also that she doesn’t take any shit.  It was awesome how she got Bianca and Jenah to share a bed so that Heather could have one.  Heather needs to just suck it up and not act like a ten year old, but at the same time the girls are so obnoxious with her. 

Chantal did well this week.  But it was a Cover Girl shoot, which means you have to be super cute.  Chantal can do CUTE… almost to the point of puking.  I’ve liked her shots better the last two weeks, and didn’t as much this week:

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I think Miss J hit the nail on the head when he said, “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”  Compare this to last week with the whole “I’m ethereal” outfit and then stomping ahead like she was pissed. 

And WHAT the heck was the deal with Bianca and her “trust issue.”  Come on… seriously…. BIANCA was afraid of heights.  I predict Bianca will be voted off soon, but for now… she makes good TV. 

I also loved that Nigel said Jenah “lacked charm.”  I think she does, too!  She looks like she just crawled out of bed and rammed a cigarette in her mouth.  This “I’m a tough rocker chick” attitude is so yesterday…. and it doesn’t suit her.  She looked completely out of place in the Cover Girl commercial, and even though the judges seemed to like her picture, how would they realistically be able to use it as a print ad:

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They wouldn’t.  Nigel also said she wasn’t showing “any beauty from within.”  WOW!  He meant business this week.  Anyways, next week should be fun because it’s the go’sees episode…. can’t wait.

It’s just after 2p.m. here in the Midwest, and I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a new episode of ANTM.  Especially after the recap show.

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Tyra’s already been on the local channels talking about the episode, which consists of the models wearing nude body stockings and pretending that they are part of “Bodyville.”  In addition to body image it looks like Tyra is trying to teach them to be sexy.  (There’s a preview on the CW site if you’re interested.) 

After that, they go on the set for a music video with Enrique Iglesias video where apparently one girl will pass out. 

Let’s see… girls that are living together, bugging each other, not eating, and then…. gasp… one of them actually passes out?  I can’t imagine.  (She said snarkily.)  I am interested in seeing how well some of the girls do, and am even going to make some predictions:

  • Ambreal will be able to pull out of her funk since she’s got the dance background.
  • Chantal has probably been in front of her bedroom mirror pretending to be in music videos since she was ten, so I’ll bet she does okay. 
  • Heather has the awkwardness with her body so she might struggle.
  • Saleisha is a wild-card these days… but I think she’ll pull it out.  She do her model thang and be good.
  • Sarah will work her ever-shrinking bod and look great doing it.
  • Jenah’s odd little face will not work in a video format, she’ll be in the bottom two for the first time.
  • Bianca will struggle.  She’ll end up looking like she’s ready to rumble rather than dance.
  • Lisa will over-think everything and look stiff and awkward.

Still, just because a model bombs at the music video challenge doesn’t mean she’ll get booted off.  (Remember Yoanna in Cycle 2?  She went ass over teakettle right on camera but still won the cycle.)  In the end, I predict Lisa will go home.  What do you think?

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At first I thought I was going to be bored to tears by this episode recap tonite.  But it was interesting to see the girls in the earlier scenes now that we’ve come to know them more and more each week.

It was surprising to me that Victoria seemed even more “prickly” than before.  I thought perhaps it was a recent thing right before she got booted off the show… but no.  How did you like her stripping down on the boat to beg Tyra to let her be on the show?  Pathetic?  Ridiculous?  And then the whole fainting deal before panel?  Yikes. 

I’d forgotten that Janet demonstrated the whole bikini wax thing on Tyra.  Hilarious!  I mean, she actually put her hands on TyTy’s buttocks in order to properly show how it’s done, and then spanked her on the ass!  Too much.  I’ll say it again, that Liza haircut did her in… plain and simple.

And Ebony… what the heck happened to Ebony?  Now that we got to see her again in the beginning and how she was smack talking and telling people she was a “fierce bitch”…. whoa.  Compare that to the sniveling woman who begged to go home.  I actually think Tyra might be right, she didn’t like the critique and criticism that comes with modeling.

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I’m surprised to see how many cameos Dani(or Danielle, as she was known in Cycle 6) is making this round.  Tyra must really like her.  I have to say she’s one of my favorites, too.  I couldn’t believe it when she said the first thing they told her was to lose weight!  What is wrong with these people! 

On a separate note, it was hilarious/disturbing/ridiculous/fascinating to see Bianca’s series of confrontations.  That girl has got into it with everyone in the house, and for no other apparent reason than to mix it up.  Did you see her skip in front of Heather to use the phone?  Why?  How old are we? 

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The BIGGEST surprise of the night came when Chantalgot up in Bianca’s face for a change!  I have to say I have a new-found respect for Chantal now.

I guess Bianca got hers when she ran at full speed into a glass door.  I mean, she even had the eye prints on the glass!  That must have hurt like a mo-fo. 

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Looks like this week’s ANTM will be a “recap of the season” episode, with “never-before-seen footage.”  According to the Top Model website, clips will include Bianca’s confrontations with Chantal and Ebony, and a scene where Jenah chips her tooth.  “Later, Tyra talks to the girls about body image and Bianca runs into a glass door and hurts her lip. This episode recaps the process that the eight remaining girls have survived in hopes of becoming America’s Next Top Model.”

But I’m sure they’ll be enough to chat about after.

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On a seperate note, I finally caught a few of the Cycle 7 episodes and was very surprised to see the Caridee bitchiness and Melrose drama.  I hate that two gals gaining up on one thing, and think Melrose was probably very misunderstood.  Caridee’s personality is a lot to be desired.  Perhaps it’s all editing, but I felt bad for Melrose.  I think the only thing she was guilty of was WANTING IT. 

Here’s a video clip I found on Melrose.

Enjoy.

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