This cycle on America’s Next Top Model has a brand new twist, fourteen former contestants have returned for the all-star round! Tyra went back through all the past sixteen cycles and picked out the fan favorites and some of the most outrageous characters. Its tougher this cycle because not only will the judges be looking for modeling potential, they will be watching and waiting for these ladies to show their true star power. The prizes this cycle are even more spiced up than before: Not only do these hopefuls get a second chance at the coveted title of America’s Next Top Model, the winner receives a contract with Covergirl Cosmetics, a spread in Vogue Italia, a guest corespondent on Extra, and an Express Fashion Campaign. Wednesday’s episode in particular had the first ever living judging panel and Nicki Minaj as the guest judge. The fabulous allstars themselves are Shannon (Cycle 1), Camille (Cycle 2), Brittany (Cycle 4), Lisa (Cycle 5), Bre (Cycle 5), Bianca (Cycle 9), Dominique (Cycle 10), Isis (Cycle 11), Sheena (Cycle 11), Allison (Cycle 12), Laura (Cycle 13), Angelea (Cycle 14), Kayla (Cycle 15), and Alexandria (Cycle 16).
The girls arrived at their new ANTM mansion one by one, making plenty of comments as each arrived. Kayla thought Allison would be here because she was quirky and memorable; while not many were excited to see Bianca who was known for being a diva. The first Tyra-mail in the new house was find your beds! After that scramble, Mister Jay showed up to greet the girls, and let them know that their first photo-shoot was going to be right there, right now in their backyard. They were going to be portraying as larger than life versions of their personas during their original seasons of ANTM, they are looking for someone who can make it in the celebrity world of modeling.
Bianca, already showing her Diva colors, was hating her red hair for this shoot, (Which were really only strands of clip-on extensions) but she wanted to be a lady who was loud and sassy, unfortunately the photographer wasn’t feeling a model vibe. Allison played the quirky, porcelain doll. The photographer wanted to play up her huge doe eyes, but it turned out to be a little awkward for her since after her season, she had become a behind-the-camera girl rather than in front of one. So getting back into the swing of modeling was tough for her. Bre was ghetto fabulous, Dominique was a combination of masculine and feminine, and Camille was, well, a diva. Kayla knew her outfit the moment she saw the rainbow dress, she was proud lesbian all through her cycle and it made her a fan favorite for sure. Brittany was the party girl, Laura was the county cutie, while Alex was the tough CA girl. Isis was confidence, Sheena was harlem but not hoochie, while Angelea was the girl from the hood. Lisa was the wild child, and Shannon was angelic. Shannon’s outfit had a set of wings, as well as a bikini bottom with a lace shorts cover, but she refused to wear the lace. The lace shorts actually showed less than just the bikini bottom she opted for, but to her, lace meant underwear and underwear is what she would never wear. The judges and Mr. Jay seemed put off by that.
After their photo-shoot the girls were told that they would experience panel for the first time live, with real fans, and would be judged on their photos at the Nokia Plaza. The guest judge was Nicki Manij who impressed Tyra with her ability to critique a photo.
Live at the Nokia, with what appeared to be thousands of fans gathered, Jay announced Tyra who would then bring out the girls to their fans one by one. The fabulous new judges were then introduced: Andre Leon Tally, Nigel Barker WITH HAIR (I hope you guys saw that, if you didn’t, google it since it appears he will be shaved next episode), and guest judge Nicki Manij. Jay then announced the girls as they made their way down the cat walk, cheered by fans, and then given comments by the judges. Lisa was first, bringing all her personality with her. Nicki didn’t like her shoulders in the photo but otherwise thought she rocked it. Allison was greeted warmly by the crowd, was praised for her original presentation of personal style (Andre referring to her dress of the evening), photogenic, and Nicki said her picture would make her stop in a magazine. Angelea’s outfit of choice for the evening was loved, and her photo looked “Beverly hood.” Shannon had confidence and innocence, but Nicki said she looked like she was holding something back. Camille was called “divalicious” by Andre, and the judges could see a softer side to the diva because it appeared she was almost hiding behind the pillar, also, amazing legs. Dominique was sexy but much more feminine than masculine. Sheena dressed in a jumpsuit and Andre and the judges loved it, but her picture was said to be amateur. Tyra said she needed to bring her amazingness to her photos. Alex from last season then came to the cat walk, and some dude started shouting at her, calling her a bitch. She also received some “boos” from the crowd. It seemed no one else heard, and the judges continued critiquing her, telling her the photo did nothing for them. Isis was the new mermaid said Andre, and Nicki said her pose was impressive. Brittany was told she nailed it, but that she should have extended her legs further. Bianca was told she looked stunning, but they questioned that her photo was too vintage. Kayla was up and they loved her face, dress, legs, shoes, the only thing Nicki didn’t like was that her hand was in a fist. Bre was described as clique, with sleek hair, and ‘dope’ looking. Laura was country, but high fashion and totally rocked it. As the last girl left the stage, they were given a surprise-they were also going to be judged on their personality, if the fans think they have extra special potential.
The judging was continued in private, like all deliberations before it, the judges also asked fans questions. Allison was seen as the whole package, an all time favorite; Angelea had more control than before; Camille has the right amount of wrong; Sheena had a great presentation; Kayla is miss photogenic; Bre is wonderful live; there is a market for Laura; Alex got booed; Dominique was a rolemodel; Isis was a real star, people loved her; Lisa was remembered as extreme; Shannon had commercial potential but seemed confused; Bianca had authority, and Brittany didn’t have many fan comments. Before long, the judges had made a decision. Best photo went to Isis, second: Allison, and third: Camille. Then Tyra called Lisa, Angelea, Laura, Bre, Bianca, Shannon, Dominique, Sheena, Kayla (why was she called so late?), leaving the bottom two as Alex and Brittany.[singlepic id=640 w=320 h=240 float=left]Tyra heard that Alex got booed and was afraid she made a mistake in bringing her back, and Brittany was somewhat or not at all remembered. Brittany ended up going home again, because just because Alex was hated doesn’t mean she wasn’t a star. Hate and love is polarity and that makes you a star, what doesn’t make you a star is indifference; and that’s why Brittany went home. Tyra told her that she had a business and a career and that she should not give up. She was shocked, but there was nothing she could do.
Next week is-yes! Makeovers! And apparently some drama.. and the police? Stay tuned!
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