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America's Next Top Model Episode: "Take Me to the Jungle"

Season 12, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The four remaining models learn samba dancing and are judged on how well they perform. The challenge winner receives jewelry. Later, Tyra directs a jungle-themed photo shoot that requires the ladies to resemble exotic birds. At panel, one contestant is eliminated.
Original Air Date: May 6, 2009

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Top Model Episode Recap: "Take Me to the Jungle" Season 12, Episode 11

It's down to the final four, and the models are really getting anxious. They learn how to samba while still remaining aware of their faces, and two girls win $7,000 worth of jewelry. Later, Tyra directs a jungle-themed photo shoot where the models pose as exotic birds.

Nerves are kicking into high gear at the model house. The girls head out for their teaching session, and are faced with learning the samba. They pair off with male partners and individually take turns trying to dance while remaining aware of their face. Paulina says Celia's desperation to win is not becoming on her (her age has become a huge issue these days). Allison looks terrified — shocking, I know. Aminat is pretty graceful and manages to look sultry throughout. Teyona is a mess and stares at her feet most of the time.

For their challenge, the girls are each to dance the samba with a pro and the winner (plus a friend of her choice) will win over $7,000 of jewelry. Allison is, well Allison. Celia manages to relax and looks like she knows what she's doing. Aminat does really well too. Teyona was as awkward as she was during their teaching session. Celia wins, much to the shock of Aminat (and even Celia herself). Rather than picking the next best person, Aminat, Celia chooses Allison to share the jewelry prize.

The girls are awoken bright and early by their hair and makeup guys. They head out two hours into the jungle and come across a broken-down jeep. And guess who it is. Why, it's Tyra! Turns out she'll be the photog for the photo challenge. The girls get decked as jungle birds and all seem to be at ease with Tyra — even Allison (despite her nerdy "gosh your pretty" comment to Tyra as she left).

Come judging time, we get to see the final product. Allison's shot is pretty amazing and the judges are stunned by how it looks. Tyra was very proud she was able to pull it off after only six frames. But let's be serious, if anyone can pull off an amazing "owl" picture it's Allison and her saucer eyes. Teyona impresses some of the judges, but Nigel thinks her body looks boxy. Tyra agrees, but acknowledges she did have to deal with the challenge of losing the daylight during her shoot. Celia leaves most of the judges happy, but Ms. J has to throw in the comment that her face isn't fresh enough. Aminat wows some of the judges as well, and Tyra is very proud that she finally learned how to control her facial muscles by wiggling her ears.

Allison wins for best picture of the week, followed by Teyona who starts bawling because she thought she was going to be in the bottom two. This leaves Aminat and Celia in the bottom two. Tyra admits she enjoyed shooting both of them, but they both need to work on their face. Aminat has a face where it's hit-or-miss when its angles are hit by the light. Celia has a face that's too mature for the youth-obsessed world of modeling. And the one who stays is Aminat, for the sole reason that the lighting in her picture looks great. Celia heads out after Tyra assures her she has a future in fashion (she says nothing about modeling...just fashion).

What did you think of tonight's episode? Do you think Celia is too old looking to model? Should Aminat have been sent home? Who do you think will win it all during the finale? Discuss!

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It's down to the final four, and the models are really getting anxious. They learn how to samba while still remaining aware of their faces, and two girls win $7,000 worth of jewelry. Later, Tyra directs a jungle-themed photo shoot where the models pose as exotic birds. read more

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