Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars
America's Next Top Model
I honestly agree this must have been a tough choice for the judges. At the top of the hour, we had two very photogenic girls and one telegenic one. Despite surviving the bottom two for four times in a row, I think Bre knew she wasn't going to make it to the second half of the episode. But for a second there, it looked like Nicole was going to sabotage herself, with her whiny "the lights are blinding me, kinda" meltdown. It was pretty unfair that they were judged on unedited footage of the ads. Especially considering how many times Tyra's words are so obviously overdubbed, not to mention Jay's own embarrassing commercials two cycles ago. Still, Bre's photographs were never as good as Nik's and Nicole's. How sad was it when Bre took off her high heels and put on her glasses in defeat? On to part two, in which we got to meet world-renowned photographer Gilles Bensimon, and we learned that Tyra's about 6 inches taller than Nik and Nicole. Fame and glory aside, I'm wondering if being America's Next Top Model makes your beauty fade somehow: Naima and Eva looked kind of sickly and odd compared to the two finalists, who looked, to borrow a phrase, rather fierce at the show, even with the double sets of eyebrows. Tyra even did her best to shake them, offering a final heart-to-heart after they'd already had their makeup done. During the panel, did anyone else see a similarity to last cycle's final two? It was the edgy, possibly biracial girl versus the all-American sweetheart. I wish they hadn't edited out the argument that must have taken place between Miss J. and Nigel — unless Tyra settled that one with the wave of her hand. Congrats to Nicole; you can now have all the Chapstick and Red Bull you've ever wanted.