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Is it just me, or are the eliminations on this cycle of America’s Next Top Model actually making sense? Thus far, I can’t really argue with any of the contestants who’ve gotten the boot: Looking at Kathy, Kari, Gina, Mollie Sue, and, of course, this week’s reject Leslie, you pretty much knew none of them had a chance to win, and unlike crazy Jade, they didn’t even bring the drama. (Not to mention, Leslie showed up for this week’s evaluation looking ashen and defeated.)

That said, I’m not getting why Tyra and the judges got so excited about this week’s PayLess/krumping photo shoots from bitter rivals Nnenna (pictured, at left) and Brooke. The latter’s explosive new curls certainly kicked her fierce factor up a notch, but look at her awkward posture: Do you need any additional proof she knows zilch about working it for the camera? Nnenna, meanwhile, resembled a member of Tommy the Clown’s posse, what with all the makeup caked on her face, and that vacant smile of hers reminded me of Cycle 5 winner Nicole. (Anyone who caught the latter’s ”My Life as a Cover Girl” ad this week knows I don’t mean that as a compliment.)

I was far more impressed by Joanie (pictured, at right) and Danielle’s best shots. Sure, I’m probably biased toward this season’s two most delightful personalities, but that said, Joanie effortlessly injected her picture with a playful sexuality missing from all of her competitors’ shoots. And as for Danielle, her pose, her expression, and her rockin’ abs were so intense, I barely noticed she was surrounded by scary clowns.

Oh, and speaking of scary clowns, let’s get back to Brooke for a second. I know she probably didn’t intend for her catty remark about Nnenna — ”go back to Africa if it’s so damn great!” — to sound quite as, um, controversial as it did, but that, coupled with consistently lousy photos and her tendency to weep at a moment’s notice, have kind of made her dead to me for the rest of the season — even if Nnenna is, in fact, a long-distance hog. (I loved Danielle’s assessment of PhoneGate 2006: ”You see the sun rise, you see it set. You see the Eiffel Tower, you see the crows cock. All that goes on, and Nnenna’s still on the phone.”)

On the flip side, is it me, or is Jade becoming maybe just a wee bit likable (despite her tendency to refer to herself in the third person)? I know she had the best outfit for working the ”Aswirl Twin” method, but damned if she didn’t execute more turns than Sasha Cohen as she burned up the church fashion-show runway. You better work! That said, I think Mr. Jay probably sealed poor Jade’s future elimination when he referred to her water-bottle antics during the photo shoot as ”classic Tyra.” Yes, our host with the most knows from good television, but I don’t see her tolerating any All About Eve vibeology.

Am I right, or do you think Jade has a chance to make the final three? Whose photo shoot impressed you most this week? And are you as terrified-excited as me to see Joanie’s painful dental work next week?

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