After 12 weeks and 11 fallen stilettoed comrades, America's Next Top Model will determine which of its three finalists — Lisa D'Amato, Allison Harvard or Angelea Preston — will win Cycle 17 (Wednesday, 9/8c, The CW).
At stake: the All-Stars crown, a spread in Vogue Italia, the cover of and a spread in Beauty in Vogue, a blog on Vogue.it, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl, an Express fashion campaign, becoming the face of ANTM perfume and a chance to be a correspondent on Extra.
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Let's take a look at the finalists:
Why she could win: Her branding word is "Daring," and there's no doubt that this wild child has embraced that risk-taking attitude. She's high energy, incredibly physical and the consummate performer. She can even rap! With two reward challenges and three first call-outs at judging, Lisa is a strong contender.
Why she could lose: Lisa can be a bit too wild at time, losing the "model" in her performances. When she loses her cool, she also fails to deliver. Take for example when she landed in the Bottom Two for the Express campaign (as "The Cool Chick") and the Michael Jackson impersonation shoot — both of which would have fit her brand easily.
Why she could win: By far the most committed to her branding word, "Unique," Allison's Puss-in-Boots-like saucer eyes, kewpie-doll mouth, obvious intelligence and ability to bring weird and modelly together in one fabulously Frankensteinish package has charmed viewers, the audience — even guest-judge The Game. She's been consistently strong throughout, winning two reward challenges and two first call-outs. Also, her music video for "Underwater" still haunts us.
Why she could lose: She only recently fell into the Bottom Two, and it was for her strange eyes that water uncontrollably in bright sunlight. And although she's articulate in person, she doesn't exactly have a firecracker personality.
Why she could win: "Persistence" is her branding word, which could serve her well. She has a "new money" kind of appeal, performed competently in the CSI challenge, won the reward challenge for her Greek blog post and earned a first call-out for her Express campaign as "The Socialite."
Why she could lose: Her belligerent nature stems from her low self-esteem, which has time and time again undermined her performances. Of the finalists, she's been in the Bottom Two in these challenges: stilts, Michael Jackson impersonation, music video and Olympic sport.