Cycle 9


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Have you seen Saliesha’s Seventeen Magazine cover yet?

She looks very cute.  But who has the best ever cover for the mag?  You can vote over at FabSugar, they’re running a poll between the likes of CariDee, Jaslene, and Saliesha.  I’ll give you a heads up and say that CariDee is winning, although personally I think Saliesha’s is the best.

What do you think?

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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!

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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Even Helen Mirren loves America’s Next Top Model. 

I came across an interesting article on BuddyTV about tonite’s ANTM finale.  In it, they talked about why this Cycle is the worst ever. 

Well, I don’t agree…but I do think when you’ve had so many of the Cycles you’re bound to get a little bored with it.  It is formumatic.  And while it’s fun to watch, you can literally put anyone in the model slots and run the same Cycle all over again.  So I get what they’re saying.

What do you think?  Are you bored with ANTM?  Pop on over to BuddyTV and take their quiz about Cycle 10.  (I did, of course.)  When I entered my opinion, here’s what came up:

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Bianca Golden tells Reality TV World:

“I think it was my time to go.  I honestly did,” said Golden.  “The girls there, they had really strong portfolios and they were ready.  Mentally, they were more ready than I was.  So, I wish them all the best of luck and I just felt it was my time to go.”

Is this the same Bianca we all saw and loved…. and sometimes didn’t love?

Aw, shucks.

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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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