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Hell's Kitchen Chef Serves Up Some New Year's "Evil"

Ji, Hell's Kitchen

When Chef Ji-Hyun Cha signed up to compete in the upcoming season of Hell's Kitchen (premiering Jan. 29, on Fox), she was ready for anything. Likewise, she wants to make sure that you are properly prepared for New Year's Eve. After the jump, check out the recipe for Chef Ji's Sparkling Scarlet Sangria. read more

Top Model's Fatima Not Such a Haughty Hottie After All

Fatima Siad, America's Next Top Model

I went into my interview with America's Next Top Model second runner-up Fatima Siad expecting to dislike her. A lot. Correct me if I'm wrong (and I know you will), but she came off beautiful on the outside, snotty as hell on the inside. It was as if she could only see her housemates at all if she was looking down on them. But lo and behold, when I spoke with her, she didn't seem nearly so obnoxious. Outspoken, yes, but I like that. She was waaaay more articulate than your average ANTM contestant, and what she had to say made a lot of sense. So, while she isn't necessarily ever going to be a candidate for Miss Congeniality, she also isn't quite the snob she seemed to be. Read on — you're in for a surprise. Maybe two or three of 'em. Since Tyra and the judges bent over backwards to keep you even after you weren't able to participate in a photo shoot, were you s read more

Top Model Runner-Up to Scandalized Parents: Chillax!

Anya Kop, America's Next Top Model

Cynical as I am about America's Next Top Model, I have to admit that after speaking with this cycle's runner-up, Anya Kop, I think the show deserves props for casting her as the sweetheart. As far as I can tell, she's the real deal. She may be well-coached on what to say and what not to, but underneath her practiced replies, there seems to be a nice girl — dizzy, endearing and oddly huggable. But as always, you don't have to take my word for it. Below, you can judge for yourself as grills her on everything from getting naked for "noted fashion photographer" Nigel Barker to losing the title to her bosom buddy. I know you and Whitney were very close, but do you really think she deserved to win over you?
Anya Kop:
Definitely. I think she's an amazing person, and if I was going to see someone other than myself win, it would be Whitney. She's a beautiful model, and sh read more

Plus-Size Top Model Winner Dishes out Food for Thought

Whitney Thompson, winner of America's Next Top Model

 Are we at last at the end of the era of stick figures on the catwalk? If America's Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson has anything to say about it — and does she ever! — the answer is a resounding yes. But before the 20-year-old Floridian takes off to change the world, rang her up to discuss what's really important: her bitchy housemates, Tyra Banks' mind games and that questionable Anna Nicole Smith makeover. So pour yourself a diet soda — no, a regular soda — and enjoy! After being in the bottom two four times, how shocked were you when you won this thing?
Whitney Thompson:
[Laughs] Did you see my face? Pretty shocked! I never really thought that I would make it as far as I did. You tell yourself every week that you’re going to, and then when it actually happens, you think, “What? Are you sure?” It’s s read more

Xanadu Muse Brings "Magic" to Disney Classics

Kerry Butler

Any way you slice it, today is a big day for Kerry Butler. By the time you read this, she should already know that she's been nominated for her overdue first Tony, for her starmaking turn in the stage adaptation of the ‘80s bomb Xanadu. (If she doesn't get the nod, then there is simply no justice in the world.) But, perhaps to ward off the jitters, the onetime Belle in Beauty and the Beast prefers to focus on the fact that May 13 also marks the release of Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, her album of Disney cover songs. "It's hard not to get caught up in [Tony fever]," she admits to "But I don't think I'll even watch the nominations.

"Back when there was a lot of talk that I'd get one for Hairspray, I watched them, and right after I found out I didn't get it, I had to go to a rehearsal and wound up fighting back tears the whole time," she continues. "Even recently, I found myself getting stressed out during Xanadu becaus read more

Top Model's Dominique Accepts the "Tranny" Label

Dominique Reighard, America's Next Top Model

They gave her what was probably the worst hairdo since Saleisha's Tootie cut. They picked on her clothes so mercilessly, a lesser woman might've taken a match to her closet. And, in the end, they decided she was too transvestite-looking to win America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, the CW). But no matter what Tyra Banks and her fellow judges said or did, indefatigable Dominique Reighard just kept plugging away, defying the odds and taking kickass pictures. She's so chill about the whole thing that we can't even hold it against her that she went weeks referring to herself in third person. Read on and see if you don't decide to let that go, too. I think the judges gave you a much harder time than anyone else this season.
Dominique Reighard: I hate to say I agree, but I do! [Laughs] It's OK, though. When you sign up to be on a reality show or in this industry, read more

"Kat"-ty Top Model Reject Calls the Competition "Clueless"

Katarzyna Dolinska, America's Next Top Model

Tyra Banks cut Katarzyna Dolinska from America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, the CW) because she wasn't Miss Personality. And when caught up with the 22-year-old New Yorker…well, she wasn't quite as vivacious as she is photogenic. But she did seem bright and pleasant enough. And her candid comments about her rivals definitely made the call worth the quarter. Did Miss Tyra ever learn the correct pronunciation of your name?
Katarzyna Dolinska: [Laughs] I don't remember, which means if she did, it was very rare. It's alright. It's an unusual name to remember how to say. But I guess after that number of times, you would hope that they'd get it! Were you surprised when the panel kept plus-sized Whitney instead of you?
Katarzyna: Sort of. Whitney had been in th read more

Top Model's Lauren Stumbles Off Into the Sunset

Lauren Utter, America's Next Top Model

Let's review, shall we? Pretty as she is, she posed like an action figure. She walked like she was wearing cement shoes. And she was about as likely to be chosen as a faux-perky CoverGirl as Courtney Love is to be cast as Pollyanna. Yet week after week, self-proclaimed "punk girl" Lauren Utter remained in the running on America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, the CW). How did she do it? Why did she do it? In the wake of the New York artist's elimination, rang her up to find out. Given that the judges were basically on you every week, were you surprised when you finally were eliminated?
Lauren Utter: I'm kind of hardcore, if you can't tell. [But their judgments were] completely different for me, because I'm not used to all the attention being on my looks. That was weird. But I had a feeling I wo read more

Top Model's Stacy-Ann Calls Elimination "Unfair!"

Stacy-Ann Fequiere, America's Top Model

Being cut from America's Next Top Model (Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, CW) hurts. But being cut so that the show can keep a contestant who didn't even participate in the photo challenge? That's off-the-charts painful! That's exactly what happened last week to perky Stacy-Ann Fequiere. Snottier-than-thou Fatima took a day off to get her travel papers in order and missed the jet-set shoot. But it was still Stacy-Ann who got the boot. What gives? To find out, rang up the 22-year-old student at home in Miami. How did it feel to be beaten by "the invisible woman," Fatima?
Stacy-Ann Fequiere: I was pissed and devastated at the same time. It was freezing cold, so I was really struggling, and Fatima didn't have to do it! Since she didn't have her paperwork, of course we had been sympathizing with her. But then she had to take time out to do her own thing, and that s read more

Top Model Castoff Claire: Don't Blame Me, I Was Drunk!

Claire Unabia, America's Next Top Model

For weeks, I'd thought of America's Next Top Model (Wednesday at 8 pm/ET, the CW) knockout Claire Unabia not only as the one to beat, but also as a pretty hip chick, a poised earth-mother type who even managed to rock a Susan Powter hairdon't. And since she kept winning CoverGirl of the Week, it seemed that you guys were right there with me. But then came her out-of-nowhere refusal to let shy Aimee shower in private, followed by her tit-for-tat retaliation against obnoxious Dominique. What the...!? Needless to say, when rang up the 24-year-old, that was exactly the question we couldn't wait to ask! Given the fact that you hadn't taken a bad picture, were you surprised that the judges instead kept Lauren?
Claire Unabia:
I wasn't because she'd had such good pictures, and the panel really loves her. Though the possibility read more

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