Discuss the Winner!

November 28, 2008 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments

I, for one, was happy with the way this cycle turned out.  In all the 11 cycles, this was the first one where my favorite actually won.  Shocking, I know.

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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful

November 20, 2008 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 34 Comments

The Final Three — Discuss Here!!

November 17, 2008 at 3:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 31 Comments

I have to say, this is probably the best final three we’ve had in a really long time.  I could really see any of the three girls becoming ANTM, and — unlike many previous cycles — I’m probably not going to be horribly disappointed either way when we find out who the winner is.  All three girls have a lot of talent; all three are personable and not horribly obnoxious, and all three have shown improvement throughout the course of the show.

So, here’s your final chance to share your two cents before the finale episode.  Who do you want to win?  Who do you think will win?  (Click pics for larger version)

Analeigh – The sweet ice skater who was almost sold to a foreign prince has come a long way, from girl-next-door to fierce and modelesque.  She’s obviously the fan favorite, which makes me think she probably won’t win… after all, of the top three, isn’t the “sweet girl”/fan fave usually the runner-up, at least in recent cycles?  (a la Anya, Chantal & Natasha)  Either way, I think she’ll do just fine for herself, so maybe a runner-up spot won’t be that bad.

McKey – The tomboyish athlete started this competition a bit awkward and unsure of herself, but has morphed into a woman with real model potential.  She seems to be favored by the judges, but that doesn’t necessarily mean much (remember how much they loved Anya?).  For her, I’m predicting a third-place finish, probably for some really lame and bizarre reason, like having no personality (Jenah c9), or looking too old in photos (Renee c8).  Historically, the third place tends to go to the least likable personality left in the house, but the top three this cycle have all been quite friendly and amiable up until this point, so it’s a bit hard to tell what they’ll do now.

Samantha – So the ditzy blonde has made it to the final three.  This cycle has definitely been a surprise, since initially I pictured her taking the route of Kimberly & Mila.  However, she has won the judges over, at least to a certain extent, and their intense criticism of her in the past episode leads me to believe there will be a “plot twist” in here somewhere and she’ll end up with the win.  Plus, in the most recent cycles the winner has been someone who I had thought would be least likely (out of the top three) to win it all — picking Whitney over Fatima and Anya; picking Saleisha over Jenah and Chantal; picking Jaslene over Renee and Natasha… plus, of the three remaining, I think that Samantha would be the one to need ANTM the most, whereas the other two I think could get by just fine without the win.

So, there are my predictions.  I’d love to hear your predictions and theories as well!

Episode 12 Photos

November 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

As always, favorite to least favorite

Analeigh – Fierce!

McKey – Freaky!

Samantha – Fashion-forward!

Marjorie – Flop.

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Episode 12 Recap

November 15, 2008 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Hey everybody, Amy here. Once again, I’d like to give you guys the link to the spoiler thread link for anyone that wants to discuss them. I love love LOVE to read all of your comments, but any spoiler comments belong in the spoiler thread. Thank you very much.

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The Final Four! Seriously, this cycle just flew by. Only one more episode after this. I’m excited.

Sam excited over her “digital art” at home. She hopes that she’ll win. The girls note that Marj has finallly faced the bottom two and McKey has not. Marjorie is trying to calm down and be less twitchy. Good.

Tyra Mail! it is actually Tyra Post now apparently. “A model who knows how to sell makes the most sense. Love, Tyra”. Heh, clever. Analeigh and Marjorie kind of cue the challenge with a quiet discussion about hiding Marjorie’s twitchiness. She needs to be interesting, but not boring. Analeigh tells her it is just acting. Speaking of acting, the challenge! They meet with Paulina, who is in a room of curiously stocked tables of raw fish, toilet paper, and other random items. Paulina will teach them how to incorporate senses into selling things wordlessly. First they have to smell the nasty raw fish and pretend to be invigorated by the scent. Analeigh does it quickly. ” I hate fish.” Ha. McKey tells her that it smells like the beach. The girls look pretty hilarious smelling the fish. Next is the toilet paper table. They pose with it and generally look weird. They go to a table with a phone. Paulina says that McKey portrayed the senses in a modelesque way, where every movement was a pose. Marjorie’s emotions were very accessible, Analeigh was a very natural actress, but didn’t really make it modelly. Sam was just a clown, and did well with happy poses.

Tyra Mail! I mean Tyra Post! “Your delivery better be on the Mark. Love, Tyra” The girls all interview and confess about how they want to do well. They go to a building, where they meet Paulina at Amsterdam Worldwide, an ad agency, The creative director, Richard Gorodecky, explains the idea of the commercial that they are “auditioning” for. By the way, does it bother anyone else that names are never capitalized when they introduce people? Proper nouns people! Anyways, the idea for the commercial is that they are exercising and running on a sidewalk when they notice a cute guy in a taxi beside them. They have to silently flirt with gestures to the man. The taxi stops, and the guy gets out. The girls have to run up and plant a big fat kiss on the guy and then get in the taxi and drive away. All of this is done without speaking. The guy that they are kissing is supermodel Mark Vanderloo. Sam is weirded out by the idea of kissing a supermodel. The winner of the challenge gets a $10,000 shopping spree at G-Star, which is famous for its denim. Sweet.

Sam is up first. She wonders to the girls whether she’s supposed to kiss with tongue or without. Analeigh just kind of wags her head around in excitement. The girls do the “running” on a treadmill. Sam’s was nice and bubbly, but was a little bit too exaggerated and over the top. She kisses him extremely enthusiastically. They ask Mark how she did. “Very convincing”. Ha. Mark is both fairly attractive and has a sense of humor. Cool points! Sam tells the girls that she loved it. Ha.

Analeigh is up next. She does a cute double take at the beginning, and then looks really cute on the treadmill. She does very well. The judges like it. “His lips were quite soft and voluptuous and I enjoyed it rather a lot.” She tells the girls that he is an excellent kisser. Sam agrees.

McKey looks really weird on the treadmill. I just noticed how tiny that treadmill was. Her acting wasn’t as good. Hers was ok.

Marjorie looks so awkward flirting with him, its really funny. She gets off the treadmill and seriously lunges at this guy like he’s food and she’s starving. She twitches and nervously giggles afterwards. It’s actually kind of cute and endearing. Usually her twitchiness can be a bit irritating. Marjorie is happy.

Paulina says that Sam was a little bit over the top and hammy, Analeigh did very well and is a good actress, McKey looked like she was acting, and Marjorie was scary sometimes but was very original. Marjorie wins! Wow, I expected Analeigh to win. Marjorie shares her prize with Analeigh anyways. They go to G-Star and split the money evenly. Aw that’s really nice. Marjorie and Analeigh seem to be winning all of the lucrative challenges. Extremely expensive Diamond necklaces, $16,000 worth of designer clothing which I’m sure got shared between the two, and now this shopping spree. They must have one heck of a new wardrobe. Marjorie tells us that she and Analeigh are best buds. Aw, I love Marjaleigh.

Tyra Post! “Tomorrow, you’ll be going Dutch but you’ll have to give 100%.” Marjorie decides to call some boys over. She calls the boys that brought them around in boats to go-sees and asks them to come over. “I need Pinot Noir!” For being only 19 or 20, I don’t think Marjorie should be so into alcohol. The guys come over with food and a lot of alcohol. McKey notes that she, Sam. and Analeigh all do not drink. Marjorie is getting drunk. The girls start off the evening with charades. How exciting. Analeigh tells us that she and Marjorie were putting heels on one of the drunk boys and making him do runway, McKey was full out wrestling with one of the guys (headlocks and all), and Sam was doing magic tricks. Wow. Then, they started drinking. They play truth or dare, and Marjorie has to kiss a guy for 10 seconds. They keep going. Analeigh interviews that the boys and Marjorie start drinking more. Analeigh takes her eyes off of Marjorie for 2 seconds and turns around only to find that Marjorie is now in the bathtub fully clothed with one of the guys. Good lord. The guy, whose name is Bernard, tells Marjorie “C’mon, lets get married.” Whoa, this is getting really weird. Analeigh tries to help out Marj, but then the other two guys try convincing her that it’s not a big deal. Analeigh tells one of the guys that tries pulling her away that Marjorie is not making good choices and that Analeigh is trying to keep Marj from making an ass out of herself. The guy tries to tell her that it’s not her responsibility, but Analeigh assertively yet kindly tells him that it kind of is. Analeigh confesses that she’s looking out for her best friend even though it’s a competition. Analeigh is truly an angel. I wish she was my best friend. Marjorie is still in the tub with the half-naked Bernard. She quite hilariously does a campy sigh, rolls her eyes, and says “Alright alright…embrace me.” HA! I feel like this is the watered down version of Shandi’s “YOU HAD SEX?!?!” ala Cycle two. This time, Analeigh is April with the whole “Ding! Hold on Shandi, you have a boyfriend!” thing. With a little bit of prodding, Analeigh gets Sam and McKey to help kick out the boys. The situation starts getting sloppy. McKey threatens to pull the guys out by his trousers. Eventually they all stumble out of the house and the girls help Marjorie dry off.

The next morning, Marjorie admits that she knew she could depend on the girls when she got drunk because they were sober. They head off to the countryside, where they have a photoshoot with a windmill in the background. Highlights-

Analeigh does very well. She has a rake for a prop. Jay says that she tried a lot and was dynamic. At the end, Analeigh asks if she’s aloud to jump. Jay loves it.

Marjorie doesn’t get any props, which is not fair. Jay says that she looked drunk. She kind of titters and laughs. Jay is not impressed with her.

Sam is wearing a clear plastic jacket. It’s really weird. Sam also doesn’t really get any props until the end. Sam’s clogs were hurting her feet and the pain showed on her face. she does not do well. She cries to Sutan that she didn’t do well. I love Sutan. They need to have more of him on the show.

McKey gets a windmill, a chain, and a ton of other props to work with. That is not fair. She gets to hang off of the windmill, swing the chain, and hang off of walls. She does well and uses her unfair prop advantage to her benefit.

Sam and Marjorie both interview about how nervous they are. Marjorie drinks wine.

Judging. Prizes, judges. Ann Shoket of 17 Magazine is the guest judges.

McKey- McKey looks kind of like Elvis in person. Her photo gets raves.

Marjorie- Her photo has a very alienesque, haunting, editorial photo. It’s a bit creepy, and the judges think that she’s being boring this week because she’s not being twitchy. She totally called it earlier in the episode.

Sam- Her photo has the whole broken down doll look. Her film was ok and Tyra loves her down turned mouth.

Analeigh- She’s wearing suspenders, which I love. Analeigh’s photo is one her jumping photos. The judges love it a lot. Ann Shoket clearly loves Analeigh.

During panel, the judges love Analeigh. However, Miss Jay doesn’t think that she’s taken too many good pictures. This next part confuses me. Tyra has seemed to dislike Analeigh since the start, and yet she tells Miss Jay that she takes great pictures. That’s not weird, but the way she, Paulina and Nigel stand up for her looks incredibly incredibly fake, like they are acting. I think that because Ann Shoket likes her, they like her.Sam has consistently done well, but her film wasn’t good. Marjorie has a special something, but has lost her charm. Ann says that Marjorie is condescending. What?! That’s like calling Analeigh a slut. They like McKey, and Tyra notes that McKey has Joker lips. YES.

Call out order-

Analeigh

McKey

Sam

Marjorie

This was definitely one of the saddest eliminations ever. Marjaleigh was broken apart, and seeing Analeigh sob is so upsetting. It was nice that McKey and Sam gave them a little moment to mourn their separation. As they show all of Marjorie’s pictures, it’s nice to see how stunning her photos were.

So now we’re left with Analeigh, McKey, and Sam. What do you guys think about our final three? Personally, I’m pretty satisfied with this finale. It’s been a great cycle and I think the final 3 are all pretty deserving. Analeigh for the win!

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A Merging of My Favorite Shows

November 13, 2008 at 12:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

If you missed it, go watch it NOW.

Episode 11 Recap

November 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments

To start this recap off, I would first like to sincerely apologize for not being able to give you a recap for the last episode. My life has been more hectic than ever, and thus why I’m able to get this recap early in the morning, because I’m taking a day off for myself. But, anyway, enough of that. Don’t forget that if you have any spoilers or speculation, you post it HERE: https://antm11.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/spoiler-discussions/#comments

Please don’t let me catch you posting any “spoilers” you have outside of there.

So! We’re in Amsterdam, and Analeigh talks about how she’s improving but the girls see her as just some pretty girl rather than competition, but she makes the most fundamental but wonderful comment made this cycle: “But at the end of the day, it’s not what they think, it’s what panel thinks.” Why couldn’t the girls in the past cycles get that? Anyway, Elina briefly complains about being criticized for being stiff, and Marjorie points out that Elina thinks she has everything it takes, and doesn’t try.

We’re back at home, with Sporty Sam going on about how happy she is, and Moping Marj saying she doesn’t understand how everyone could be so comfortable with everything. I know every ANTM fan will go on about how annoyed they are with her low self-esteem, but I honestly could not care less. I would book this girl based on look alone, and absolutely anytime for print after seeing her portfolio.

TYRA MAIL! “You have to be more than good looking if you want your first booking… Love, Tyra.” Crafty. The mail is really a lot less annoying this cycle around, isn’t it? I certainly like it. So the girls get to their challenge destination, or at least where they’re told of it, by Frederick Koster (who speaks like a monotone serial killer, just a little bit intimidating, even with his pink flower-decorated shirt), and a really pretty black woman whose name is Pearl Macnack, and she looks like the great version of Saleisha. Okay, as per usual, the models will be judged on portfolios, runway walks, general appearances, and personalities. They’ll be traveling by boat since it’s a city of water (to which the girls say, “Oh my gosh,” and Frederick responds, with his accent “Oh my gosh, yeh!”). Haha, amazing.

The girls embark on their journey of go-sees, and as they’re slowly going through boats, Marjorie interviews that she’s really nervous because she has a bad sense of direction and gets frazzled really easily, and that go-sees freak her out. Again, I love you, Marj, but what are you doing in the modeling industry if go-sees freak you out?! Anyway, Sam is shown making it to her go-see first (who is the designer Marlies Dekkers), and kisses her three times in the check because she studied the culture (surprisingly…cool point for Sam! Way to get ahead!). Marlies would not book Samantha for a campaign (I wouldn’t blame her, her walk is less horrible than when we still saw it, but still bad), and she thinks she is too commercial. Next, McKey is shown making it to her first go-see, designer Monique Collignon, who was impressed by her face, as I was impressed by her design. McKey looked STUNNING in the dresses while she was walking. I’m not even a huge McKey fan, but she truly has one of the most high-fashion looks in the history of the show. Sam and Marjorie are lost, and then this tragedy by Sam happens. “The street names of Amsterdam are so unpronounceable, I don’t even know how the Dutch people pronounce it, it’s like, ‘Pogenlogensmogenspagaburg.” I had to replay it just to get what she said right, and I was going to take half of her cool point away, but it’s just…no. She’s gone down to 0 for the day. At least when Analeigh was lost and tried to do the same thing, she understood that people have different tongues, and her butchering was not anywhere near as bad, but sounded more German. Marjorie keeps asking people for help (one woman seemed not to know English or didn’t want to help, one guy had no idea where it was, and one woman simply walked right past her in the rudest manner possible). Ugh, my poor high-fashion Quasimodo.

Analeigh makes it to Hans Ubbink, her first go-see, and he loved her. Elina makes it to Mart Visser, her first go-see, and she starts sort of running over there, which he notices when he puts on her dress, saying her sweat would go on his expensive clothes. I’d think he’s touchy, but if you put yourself in the designer’s shoes, you’d understand. Anyway, she looked gorgeous in the dress, and walked well. However, he absolutely ticked me off when he said he wouldn’t book her because “she’s playing a model when she isn’t a model.” Have you heard of good taste, Mart? Look at her face. She doesn’t have the body of a typical model, but that could easily be altered, but the face. She ISN’T a model? Ha. McKey and Analeigh make it to other go-sees, Marjorie is still lost (with no go-sees so far), Elina makes it to her second go-see (which is Hans Ubbink, and from the looks of it, although inaudible, he seemed to like her), Samantha goes to Monique Collignon, and Monique’s dress is freaking awesome. It doesn’t suit Sam perfectly, but it can make any girl look really nice. Marjorie is still lost, cries while walking (which tore me, by the way), and goes to her boat to say she’s just going to go to another designer. She beats herself up, but then eventually makes it to Marlies Dekkers, and from the beginning, I was already losing hope (Marjorie had to mention her name twice, great presentation). Marjorie looks AMAZING in the swimsuits, but Marlies didn’t seem to like the hunched back while she was walking, and Marlies actually friendly tells her in the end of their meeting, “Don’t get too nervous” while patting her back. That’s a little…ouch. Elina was waiting outside, and this scene had me up the wall. She walked in, and after seeing her in a swimsuit, seemed to not like the tattoos. She could not work with them, so go-see wasted. McKey went to Mart Visser and he seemed to be stunned by her from the beginning, saying that he wanted her in his show. McKey is so happy, and has a beautiful smile, expressing how glad she is, and how she’s losing track of time and keeps forgetting what time it is since she’s so distracted by the environment.

Elina makes it to Monique Collignon, and Analeigh comes right after while Elina’s still in. Monique thought Elina was terrific, and she also says that Analeigh has a style she’d appreciate for her show, and very obviously sees potential in her. Monique is the best designer I’ve seen on the show. If I were a girl, I would buy Analeigh’s dress in an instant. Alright, so Marjorie makes it to Hans Ubbink, and as she’s walking, he says, “I think we’ve seen enough.” OUUUUUCH! Marjorie’s such a sadist upon herself too, she seemed to be amused by how he reacted, and agreed. I haven’t seen her laugh like that the entire cycle. She decides to go back to the challenge origin (where they were supposed to be back at, like every other cycle, sorry for forgetting to mention that), and is still amused. I love this girl and her realism, I really do. She seems the calmest she ever has been while she’s sitting, and Analeigh makes it second, Elina third, and Sam fourth. Oh, where’s McKey? She was too distracted, and is trying to make it back in time. The girls seem to be frantic while looking at the clock, which horribly amused me. I know they were feeling sorry for her, but also so glad that she’d be disqualified, because she has such a strong look. “No, no, no, no, no!” Analeigh was yelling while smiling, and Marjorie was jumping. I’m laughing just writing this part, haha. McKey did not make it on time, and Frederick Koster (remember, Mr. Serial Killer…so many good Dutch names), expresses his disappointment in a very morbid way, shaking and nodding his head, like he’s thinking about how to execute her. Geez. Naturally, she’s disqualified, and she’s let known that all of the designers loved her and all of them would have loved to hire her, and she would have been the winner of the challenge. I’ve said it multiple times, and I’ll say it again: OUUUUUUUCH! Sam was deemed to commercial, and Frederick said something to her I can’t seem to make out, and in the end, said, “That’s a pity,” with this uber-serious look on his face. Holy crap, chill out. Elina is deemed a good runway model, but that she has too many tattoos. Marjorie is told she was VERY nervous (really? Really?), and the designers loved Analeigh, but some seemed to think she was trying too hard. For the first time on the show, all the designers pitched in prizes, and altogether it’s $18,000-worth of their items. So who wins? Analeigh! Yay, her.

They’re back home, Analeigh’s dresses and gifts are waiting for her at the table, and McKey’s a little bitter, whereas Elina is very bitter. “I don’t think Analeigh should’ve won, I think it should’ve went to me or McKey.” I also love Elina, but what a baby.

TYRA MAIL! “You’ve never been exposed like this before, but you’ll be amazed after. Love, Tyra.” This is the most ambiguous one of all, but the girls seem to think it’s leading on to a nude shoot. “I don’t want to be naked.” Well, if you don’t want to be naked, don’t let that get in the way, because you’re going to need to be comfortable with sexuality to make it into the modeling world. Marjorie goes to the bathroom to take a bath to relax herself, and Analeigh is comforting her, saying she just wants to wake her up and let her know she’s a great model. At first, I really liked Analeigh, but thought she was going home early, and every week, I predicted that she’d be going home, but I want her to stay. Do I think she has the material to win? Let’s wait until the last episode to determine that, but she’s most definitely talented.

Okay, this is getting a little too long due to the episode events, so I’ll just short-hand how everything went from hereon. We’re at the photoshoot challenge, and here are the highlights:

-Tyra Banks is the photographer.

-It’s two photos being produced, one that represents a casting call and is simple and fresh, while the other is dramatic.

-Sam looks awesome in her natural, simple shot, but looked really gothic Miss Piggy in her dramatic one. She’s not a girl for make-up, I’ll just say that. The stylists did some wrong with her. She performed well in both of her shoots, though.

-Marjorie’s first shot was good, but the rest of the film didn’t seem to follow. She was jumping around to get rid of her nerves, which was cute, but Tyra nor Mr. Jay seemed awed. Marjorie looked amazing in her second shoot, very Mollie Sue-esque (especially since they gave her a more Mollie Sue haircut before the shoot). Everything about the shoot was amazing, and Tyra seems to know a lot more than I though.

-Analeigh is a very fresh and natural girl, and seeing her simple shot made me know she had a good shot with her. Mr. Jay seemed to like her shoot. The dramatic one, she had nice make-up, and the clothes showed her legs. Analeigh’s legs are to die for. She had a lot of shape, and her shoot was lovely.

-Elina initially got warned for her nice nails, since they’re too glamour-y. She looked really stiff and pose-y, which was disappointing me. Her last shot was profile, and I just knew that one would be used. While she was being styled, I was jumping up and down. That was the best make-up I’ve ever seen on ANTM, I’m ready to say that. She didn’t seem as stiff in her second shoot to me, because she looked so amazing just standing. She was obviously struggling, though I saw so many good shots.

-McKey’s simplistic shot looked a little…sloppy to me. I mean, it’s one thing to be a little feathered up, but to look like you just woke up in the morning, no thanks. After they styled her, I did not see McKey, I saw Cycle 9 Heather. She looked absolutely gorgeous. I thought she had weird shapes on her second shoot, though.

Panel highlights:

-Sam’s simplistic shot was awesome, and the judges loved it. The dramatic shot, I did not like, at all. The judges seemed to, though.

-Nigel seemed to dislike Analeigh’s photo compared to Sam’s. The judges loved the dramatic shot, though.

-Marjorie’s simplistic photo was disappointing to the judges, and she was notified that she didn’t book any of the two jobs she went for. Her dramatic shot was loved, naturally.

-Elina looked like a businesswoman, and they told her to fix herself up to look more like a model. Mr. Jay (who was the guest judge) commented that her performance during the simplistic shot was stiff, but the result was good. Her dramatic shot was amazing to me, and it seemed that they chose it just to prove that when she’s told to go crazy, she goes another way. She says she doesn’t know what to do when she’s told to go crazy, and when Mr. Jay says, “You’re 18, right? You don’t have time to think about letting go…” and Tyra just rudely interrupts him, lays her hands across the table, and says, “Elina…YOU’RE 18?” This woman is startled, and some pretty solemn background music is playing. These judges are telling her to go out of control like it’s the last moment of her life, and she screamed at the judges, like she said she would. Not as controversial as I thought it’d be, thankfully.

-McKey’s simplistic shot was pretty. She seemed a bit dead to me in the eyes, and her second shot was the second-most amateur of the week, next to Sam’s.

Here are the shots, starting with the simplistic and then dramatic, respectively, from favorite to least-favorite:

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Sam.  This is the most model-esque I’ve seen her, besides last week’s pirate photo.  This easily falls under Calvin Klein, and she doesn’t look like she’s carrying as much weight for a model as she usually appears to do.

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Elina.  Her profile is just, wow.  No, she does not have typical proportions for a model, but her face is so stunning, that it compensates for that.  Thankfully, one good shot was taken from that bad photo shoot.

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Analeigh’s face is wonderful.  The way she contorts her body in photo shoots is nice, and the way she looks so proportionate in this photograph is enough to make me place her third on my favorite.

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Marjorie. I like the mopey attitude in this shot.  It actually says something to me.  And her arms are so long and skinny, they seem to go on forever (just like Analeigh’s legs).

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McKey. It’s really not bad, it’s just a little too lopsided for me.  It’s pretty, but it’s just…not enough.  A little typical of McKey.

Second photo shoot:

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Marjorie.  This photo of her is stellar.  One of the best of the cycle, in my opinion.  Everything works here, except for the black spot on top that’s a little distracting, but I can only blame the photographer for that (I’m looking at you, Tyra).  Other than that, this photo is…perfect.

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Analeigh.  Her legs are so long and great, her look is wonderful, her expression is stunning, and her shape is interesting.  Again, one of the best photos this cycle, as well as photo shoots.

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Elina.  I also really love this shot.  This girl is still spectacular in my eyes, and this is just a hint of what she’s capable of.  I just wish she wasn’t clutching to one bar with  both hands while still in the same position.

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McKey.  I really don’t like this photo, at all.  There’s absolutely nothing special about it.  The clothes are nice, but she fades.

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Sam.  This is a joke, right?  I mean, the photography is beautiful, but the stylist didn’t complement her, her body shape is just plain awkward, and her face is too round.  This photo could have been very good, but it just wasn’t.

Call-out order:

1. Samantha – well-deserved with that first photo, but that second photo…eh…

2. McKey – the photos were pretty bad altogether for me, but her performance at the go-sees easily made her deserve a high call-out number.

3. Analeigh – she’s just amazing.  Has anyone noticed that this is the latest she’s been called in 5 weeks?  What does that say about her progress?

4. Marjorie – my favorite from the absolute beginning, before the show started.  The first time she’s been in the bottom two, but I thought she’d get “Unlucky #5,” and thankfully she has yet one more week to redeem herself.  Which of course, means…

5. …Elina was eliminated.  She is one of my favorite ANTM contestants of all time, but it was truly her time to go.  It could not have been more timely, and I’m glad she made it to the Top 5.

So now we’re down to Marjorie, Analeigh, McKey, and Samantha.  Who will be America’s Next Top Model?  Well, don’t tell us here.  Tell us at the speculation and spoiler thread posted at the top.

-Dorian

Episode (Whatever Episode Number This Is) Photos

November 7, 2008 at 2:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

(Favorite to least favorite, which was really hard, because Sam’s, McKey’s, and Analeigh’s were all so good!)

Set 1

Samantha

McKey

Analeigh

Elina

Marjorie

Set 2

McKey (who totally reminds me of Heather c9 here)

Katarzyna… I mean, Analeigh (seriously, doesn’t this remind you of Kat’s newest editorial shots?)

Sam

Marjorie

Elina

If Tyra Chose the President…

November 5, 2008 at 2:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Tyra: We are down to the final two, and it is now time for the judges to deliberate, looking at your entire portfolio as a whole, in order to determine the winner.  When we return, we will have our final elimination.

Week 1 Theme: At the Office

Obama-
Tyra would criticize him for not smiling with his eyes.
Nigel would gush about how much he loved the lighting.
Miss Jay would comment on how he makes politics look goooooooood.
And Paulina would pipe in that it’s a fine picture, but she doesn’t know if he has what it takes.

McCain –
Tyra would wrinkle up her nose and talk about how stiff he looks, then proceed to do the robot.
Nigel would lament how he didn’t do more to fill the frame and make his shape interesting.
Miss Jay would comment on the facial expression and how it looked like he just smelled something bad.
And Paulina would go back and forth about what a bad picture it is, but how he has so much potential.
Week 2 Theme: In the Spotlight

Obama –
Tyra would demonstrate how to make move his head so that his jaw and nose didn’t look so big.
Nigel would complain about how he doesn’t really seem to be making contact with the camera.
Miss Jay would say the pose looks like some sort of funky dance move… and then demonstrate.
And Paulina would express how much she hates what he’s doing with is “claw-hands.”

McCain-
Tyra would say he has a “crazy eye” and then demonstrate how to change the position of your face so that your eyes look the same size.
Nigel would comment on the enthusiastic attitude shown at the photo shoot.
Miss Jay would scoff at the outdated and amateur pose, calling it “Modeling 101.”
And Paulina would say, “Well I kind of like it; it’s charming,” and leave it at that.
Week 3 Theme: “Beauty” Shot

Obama-
Tyra would feel touched by the emotion in this photo, and rave about how he’s smiling with his eyes.
Nigel would like this photo, and then give some vague reason about why.
Miss Jay would call it fierce.
And Paulina would shrug and admit that it’s pretty good.

Tyra would tell him that he needs to learn how to puff out his lips so they look more full and shapely.
Nigel would say he just didn’t like it, and give some vague reason why not.
Miss Jay would comment on how old it makes him look, and how no one wants to look older than they actually are.
And Paulina would admit that it’s not his best shot, but how she thinks it shows a vulnerable side to him.

WHO will be eliminated NEXT?

Episode 10 Photos

October 31, 2008 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments

Every once in a while, I like to take a look at the photos from an episode BEFORE actually watching the episode, so that I can form opinions about the shots without being influenced by Tyra, Jay, or how the girls actually acted in front of the camera.  For some reason, it seems to make it more authentic to me, since when you’d see a model in a magazine or ad, that’s all you have to go off of anyways.

So, since I missed the episode Wednesday night, I figured I’d hold off on reading any spoilers until after I was able to check out the pics for myself.  I must say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with a lot of the photo shoots this cycle… they look more like actual ads than the catastrophes of some of the previous cycles.

So, in order of my favorite to least favorite…
(And on a side note, as a photographer, I hate, hate, HATE how the horizon is tilted on these photos… like, I can hardly look at them without cringing and pulling up my editing software to fix it for them.)

McKey –
I’m not a fan of her outfit, but I’m a huge fan of how she looks in it in this photo.  The face is fierce, the pose makes her legs look ridiculously long (in a good way), and I want those shoes (though I doubt I’d be able to walk in them).  I’m not a fan of the flare, but that has more to do with the photographer than the model, so I can’t really fault her for that.  But, at least the horizon is fairly straight.  Whew.   Overall: FIERCE!

Marjorie –
Lovely.  Simply lovely.  In her dark, hunchbacked way, Marjorie pulled this one off looking fierce and fashionable.  It makes me want to buy this outfit… and go sailing… well, maybe not.  Overall: LOVELY!

Samantha –
She looks good here… not phenomenal, but good.  The way she’s holding the dress seems a bit awkward (in a bad way), but other than that, I have no complaints… she even kind of has one of those ugly-pretty frowns on her face.  Overall: NICE

Analeigh
The face isn’t doing anything for me, it doesn’t seem like she’s really showing off the clothing, but it isn’t the worst thing in the world, either.  The pose is interesting, though I think that the outfit isn’t very flattering to her, which is probably part of the problem.  Overall: OK


Elina
I can picture it now… “Elina, for your next pose, I’d like you to swing your arms and legs and pretend to be a marionette doing an Irish jig.”  The scary thing is, knowing ANTM, that might have been exactly what happened.  Regardless, her face is really pretty.  Overall: TOO POSEY

Sheena –
Not a fan.  She’s gone from dull to just plain bor-ing.  Nothing about this photo intrigues me, interests me, or excites me.  She looks like she’s struggling to keep her balance (which isn’t a surprise, seeing how horribly they’ve skewed the photo.  Overall: LAME

For giggles and grins, I actually did go back and straighten the horizons on these… obviously, the cropping’s messed up now, but at least the pics don’t make me seasick now.






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