Last night was a sad night for me. I watched on with the rest of America while nervously predicting who Tyra Banks was going to send home during cycle 14, episode 2, of America's Next Top Model.
Last week when the cycle's premier began I was so sure that Gabrielle
and Naduah would be battling out on the final runway towards becoming
the winner of the entire season. Sadly for me, my 2 favorites were both
sent packing last night.
So, how'd they end up saying goodbye?
The premiere episode we were left off on the understanding that the
girl's very first photo-shoot would be in the buff. That;s right, in
their baby suits, stark naked, shake what your momma gave yah!
In episode 2 we take off right where we left off. Jay lets the girls
know however that they are allowed to choose 1 article of clothing that
was displayed on a mannequin stand.
We watch as the girls push, shove, and battle their way to the jacket,
which seemed to be the only article that would not be as revealing.
Unfortunately all of the models make it for yet another round, sadly
for Gabrielle, she is eliminated for looking too awkward and
uncomfortable in her photograph. Apparently I do not have an eye for
modeling, because I liked her picture more than anyone else's. Due to
her awkward pose, and loss of her neck by sitting in a crunched down
manner, Gabrielle is sent packing.
Oh well, I said to myself. My lovely Sinead O'Connor look alike, Naduah, would take the gold.
After this entire ordeal, (and me feeling slightly sad that I would no longer get to see the lovely Gabrielle on my tube every week) we are taken back to the house where all of the potential next top models are living together.
The next challenge the girls are thrown into is an articulated runway,
where they had to walk the runway, while avoiding getting hit by large
swinging pendulums. The idea was to teach the girls about timing their
They do however get a little training on timing their runway walk
before the big show. Each of the girls are sent out to the streets of
NY, where they have to walk across the road, while strutting their
stuff, before the light changed to red, for cars to pass.
I really enjoyed this part, because if you look at those who are
common people waling on the streets, some of the girls managed to grab
in a few head turns by both men and women; while others, like Ren just
looked bow legged and awkward.
After this comes the real live runway show.
A few of the girls got smacked in the rear end with the large swinging
pendulum. Those who were slightly smacked with the pendulum though were
able to pull it back together, and move on in front of the audience.
One girl however blew it so badly, that you could not help but feel
sorry for her... oh and then laugh of course.
Poor Alexandra blows it the moment she makes her appearance. Instead
of a graceful walk down the small flight of stairs, she comes flopping
down like a dead fish. Clearly she was angry and upset about the
incident, while she quickly huffs down the runway to strike a pose
before heading back.
While heading back though, the very last pendulum swings down right
into her side, and throws her off of the stage. The crowd makes a huge
'oh my god' sigh, and Alexandra picks herself back up on to the stage,
and goes behind stage where the tears start flowing.
At that very moment, I was pretty positive she'd be the one packing it up and heading home.
After the show is over, the most impressive model Brenda wins the
challenge for doing the best timed runway walk. Her prize is the gown,
and a feature on the website.
Once the winner is chosen, we are taken back to the house.
Now when I first got a glimpse of the outsider addition Ren, I really
loved her plain Jane, rocking roll style. She had this glow about her,
that mysterious spark that not many women possess. Unfortunately her
rock and roll style is smothered by her drab, melancholy 'real life
Daria' vibe. Her cool factor went from 100 to 0 in less than 60 seconds
when she purposely calls out Alasia due to the fact that Alasia is a
little loud, obnoxious and bubbly. Not once though was she ever rude, or
mean. Ren on the other hand is just a bitter person, with a foul 'I'm
too cool and smart for this place' attitude.
After the little melt down in the house, the girls are on to their
next shoot, where they are taken to a run down building in NY. On the
roof top the girls get into wardrobe and makeup.
The idea was to try and model, while being sprayed in the face with
water, wind, and some sort of purple dye. I believe t was to represent a
perfume ad? I did not really get the whole theme, but it looked
challenging and fun enough.
I enjoyed watching all of the girls struggle to keep things looking
pretty. Some nailed it, and others not only disappointed Jay, but they
also made me worry; especially my fair lady Naduah. When she went up in
front of the cameras, she looked as if she was trying to pull of
ballerina moves, and even I was able to recognize how awkward the entire
After the shoot is over though, she feels confident. I on the other
hand, worried. After Ren's meltdown though, and wishing she was home, I
was hoping the judges would do her a favor and end her misery.
Unfortunately while she sat neck and neck with Naduah in the bottom
two, Ren gets to stay behind for another shot at becoming America's Next
My weekly favorite this week, was the girl I could not stand last
week. Angelea. I adored her pose in both photo-shoots, and think she
should have won best photo of the week. Next week I'll probably hate her
And there we have it folks, episode 2 in a nutshell.