Monday, 13 April 2009

America's Next Top Model: Season 11 Episode 13 - It's The Final Countdown!..

Drum roll please.... it's the FINAL!

So following last week's welcome and slightly overdue departure of Marjorie, we were down to Mckey, Samantha and Analeigh.

The action started off with the shooting of the Cover Girl commercial. Where they had to deliver a line in Dutch. Obviously. Quite why they also have to do this one from memorised lines isn't clear. I'm pretty sure that's not how it works in Actual Real Life.

Samantha floundered a bit and looked quite uncomfortable which was surprising given that she was considered to be the most commercial out of the three.

I'm not sure what happened to Mckey's make up - it seemed too... brown? but seriously, her hair was a disaster. It highlighted her ears which are... masculine to say the least. Sometimes I don't understand how HHPOF! Miz Tyra's mind works when it comes to the makeovers but then that's all part of the charm!

Analeigh blanked out but looked the most Cover Girl like. Bad ads don't necessarily mean you don't win though especially as she pulled it out of the bag when she was directed.

When it came to the print ad, Tim De Jonker wasn't keen on Samantha and Analeigh but loved Mckey. Her face was good but the hair! my goodness, the hair...

First judging. The edited ad was alright and featured more of Analeigh and Mckey than Samantha. Was this a sign of who was going to finish third?

The judges were disappointed with Analeigh's performance, citing her first advert shoot - which was teleprompted - was great while this was meh. And then they didn't like her still shot which was a bit surprising to me as I thought it was pretty much spot on.

They were falling over themselves to heap praise on Mckey though. Then Miz J. hit the nail on the head comparing her to Lurch. It all makes sense now!

Despite the unfortunate resemblance, Lurch was the first name called.

I was continually distracted by HHPOF! Miz Tyra's hair. It was big and curly and did I mention it was big? I can only think she did it to make her face look thinner.

Tension, tension, tension then OMG!!! Samantha?!?!? REALLY?!?!?! Ahead of Analeigh?!?!?! I was not expecting that.

On to the Seventeen cover shoot then. Ann Shoket from Seventeen was diplomatically impressed with both of them, though this time I thought Samantha seemed most appropriate.

Then runway time. Mr Jay unveiled his pink hilly masterpiece. The girls looked scared and started to feel the nerves. Miz Tyra saw them backstage for some words of encouragement, wearing it has to be said a beautiful black and white dress. Then actual walking!

Miz J started it off to show how it should be done then Whitney came out. How she won last season is a mystery to me. She was all uber pouty and clunky walking.

Mckey is out first and seems ok-ish but is a bit stoopy and Lurch like. Samantha is a bit clunky and too slow backstage which is not a good thing. Time is money people!

Samantha also made the mistake of allowing her nerves to rule her face while Mckey followed Whitney's lead and uber pouted.

Then onto the final, final judging to find out Who. Will. Be. America's. Next. Top. Model.

HHPOF! Miz Tyra looked finger waggingly FIEEEEERRRRRRCCEEEEE!!!! It's like she was channelling Grace Jones with her shoulder pads and her poker straight hair.

Nigel pulled Mckey up on her clunkiness in walking while Miz Tyra noticed Samantha's nervousness via the interpretive medium of her down turned mouth. Also possibly because she did look like she might cry from actual nerves.

Then actual judging. They were fairly even in their praise for both of them but were slightly more in favour of Mckey which must mean that the winner of ANTM must be.....

Mckey!

And she was disappointingly tame about her celebration. Where was the crying and the screeching?

So as Mckey disappears into the annals of ANTM history, we move our sights closer to home and the start of Britain's Next Top Model. I don't think the right person has won any of them so we'll have to see what unfolds. What I can tell you is that there'll be a new home for the reviews so watch this space to find out where!

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