America's Next Top Model Episodes

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America's Next Top Model Season 8 episodes

May 16, 2007: America's Next Bilingual Model Season 8, Episode 12

It was a close contest among the final three competitors in this eighth cycle, because no one seemed to have the whole package this show requires: tall, young and (basically) skeletal for haute couture and runway; fresh, healthy and commercial for CoverGirl; and eloquent and spunky as a spokeswoman for TV commercials.Going into the final laps, Jaslene had the edgy visage, pencil frame and strong jaw that helped her with runways and go-sees. But she'd have to brush up on her speech and curb the drag queen look for the mass-market CoverGirl. Quick-study Natasha, ever positive and ever learning, had the lips and cheekbones for close-up beauty shots, but of course the ad-libbing and tongue-twisting lines were a huge obstacle.As for Renee, the first two challenges emphasized her strengths: an easy, articulate eloquence and a natural, girl-next-door look — perfect for both the "My Life as a CoverGirl" commercial and the beauty head shot. So at that point I was thinking Renee was a gi... read more

May 9, 2007: Playing Chicken Season 8, Episode 11

Renee, Jaslene and Dionne's attempt to band together against Natasha, prove she's the weakest contestant and get her ousted may have worked better had they actually addressed her modeling, instead of talking like some catty high-schoolers engaged in cafeteria politics, chiding her enigmatic persona and calling her perky personality fake. But they'd spent a recent evening in a bar seething because she wouldn't give them her life story and no one knew her husband's name. After tonight, Nata has convinced me that she isn't fake. Though her incessant "I'm so beautiful and talented" mantra is equal parts comical and egotistical, I have to admire her confidence and her refusal to let the others' negativity and jealousy get under her skin. It just doesn't faze her at all. (Seriously, the fact that she can essentially make out with and nuzzle her cell phone — ew — in front of the remaining ladies and millions of TV viewers while engrossed in more baby talk with her husband — ... read more

May 2, 2007: Bringing Sexy Back Season 8, Episode 10

As we enter the home stretch of this cycle, we faithful viewers were finally given quite an entertaining episode, with some unexpected twists, several "firsts" in ANTM history, and the beauty many thought would win instead made the fourth runner-up. It helps to give the girls challenges that are real to the modeling industry: first hawking themselves on go-sees, then a double photo shoot, one for a women's magazine (with Tyra herself as photographer) and one for a men's magazine. First off, who knew Brittany was such an airhead? The directionally challenged model wannabe was also bad at small talk, and her runway walk was a disaster. Suddenly the girl with the best pictures was garnering straight Fs from Sydney's fashion elite, who judged the five remaining contestants on their personality, portfolio and runway walk. On the other hand, Dionne was oozing charm. The bubbly beauty is surely the first in this show's history for whom the high-stress go-see challenge doubled as a shopping... read more

April 25, 2007: Living in Crazyland Season 8, Episode 9

An hour of ANTM without an elimination is always anticlimactic. It's worse than a Philimination-less leg of The Amazing Race, because at least that show provides entirely new footage. Tonight's episode was mostly a rehash of highlights and those ousted so far, with some Never! Before! Seen! Clips! from "living in Crazyland" (as said Sarah) thrown in. OK, it was good to be reminded of a few things in the recaps, like Jaslene's early arrogance, Sarah's "bits" on display at the high-school fashion show, and Jael's swift no-complaints recovery (I now realize) from her eight-hour weave-unweave ordeal. But I didn't appreciate being forced to sit through Brittany's hair crisis again, which was especially unbearable considering that all that pain and whining was later justified when it was discovered that her weave was basically eating away at her scalp. Can we put the dead-rat-on-her-head plotline to sleep, please?Regardless, in the new reels, those who've been central to the "plot" (such ... read more

April 18, 2007: Hop to It Season 8, Episode 8

So here's what I'm thinking: The producers moved the CoverGirl commercial challenge up in the cycle — as well as those "Aussie slang" street interviews with Sydney passersby — so that they could take full advantage of all six remaining contestants, i.e., three who struggle with American English (Jaslene, Jael and Natasha) let alone Aussie English, and one (Brittany) who struggles with memorization.Tonight's focus was all about "talking good," as Jaslene said, and moving the remainder of the competition to this year's chosen foreign hotspot: Sydney, Australia. Since many of these lovely ladies "haven't been nowhere else besides the hood and around the corner" (again, I quote Jaslene here, in attempt to emphasize her quest to speak well), the episode was chock-full of issues with the language and new surroundings.First, April Wilkner from Cycle 2, the one who struggled to embrace her half-Asian ethnicity and not be so self-critical, offered lessons in interviewing, now that ... read more

April 11, 2007: ANTM History 101 Season 8, Episode 7

This show is turning into a caricature of itself, aping its most dramatic moments, exaggerating their reenactments under the guise of a photo-shoot challenge, then at the last minute adding in some shoes and purses — because, you know, this is a modeling competition. There were TMs of yore aplenty, though not those who'd had the best pictures but those who in years past had offered up fleeting moments of entertainment, e.g., stolen granola bars, fainting during the judges panel, lesbian kisses, and "flesh-eating bacteria." "Top Model All-Stars" this was not, i.e., no previous winners were present, though there was a runner-up or two. (An A-plus goes to the student-viewer who really knows their ANTM history and can name the Cycle 1 model who first refused to do the nude shoot, after whom Shannon just followed suit.) Seeing the former wannabes got me thinking about my faves: Where's Mercedes? And Shandi — someone please tell me the Most Improved Player of ANTM didn't go ba... read more

April 4, 2007: Mean Girls Season 8, Episode 6

Maybe Lost could take a cue from ANTM. I know, I know, two entirely different shows. But several aching queries were answered tonight: Dionne — is she any good? What's going on with Brit's weave? What is Jael saying? Is Renee the villain of Cycle 8? What does Whitney's future hold? Answers to these questions and more tonight!In this episode, some of the girls who've lately been given a backseat by the editing room returned to the center of the action. Renee was back with her bitchy commentary; Sarah's cockiness resurfaced; even Cycle 7's Mel "Don't Need That 'Issa'" Rose was there, to inspire them to create supernames (sic) to go with their burgeoning supermodel careers (sic). This segued nicely into the question of Dionne, aka "Wholahay," or "Who-la-who?" as Nigel said. My sentiments exactly. I mean, who the hell does Wholahay think she is, anyway, by week after week causing such division among these blog threads, with commentors either expecting her to win or thinking she's t... read more

March 28, 2007: Man in the Mirror Season 8, Episode 5

When Whitney talked about getting a "distorted perception of reality" from the models' living situation, I couldn't help but think the CW was foreshadowing. Sure enough, I can't imagine that tonight's plot points are a realistic representation of the world of supermodeling: Russian mail-order bride channels rapper; two full-figured gals must battle each other to be the remaining token plus-size among a bevy of beanpoles; and all the ladies pose as dudes, paired with dudes… dressed in drag. It was more like "America's Next Soap Opera." First off, we're privy to some Natasha gossip (wait, she has a baby with this 43-year-old?) and her laugh-out-loud attempt at sexy banter over the phone line, complete with purrs and meows. Natasha continues to reinterpret criticism with that perky, plastic smile. But at least she's studying poses in magazines and practicing facial expressions. Evidently she's actually retaining something and following the judges' advice, which is more than can be... read more

March 21, 2007: Death Becomes Her Season 8, Episode 4

Since much of tonight's episode featured Felicia and Whitney, I feared for their future. As is often the case with this and other reality shows, devoting so much screen time to a particular contestant merely foreshadows their ensuing demise. To wit: Felicia taught Jael a dance to get her mind off her dead friend (which was then short-lived — sorry, no pun intended — with the "dead-victim" photo shoot); and bonded with Whitney over "fierce" facial expressions (Fierce Count: 6). Sure enough, Tyra's mini-me was sent home. But not before her dance moves came in handy during the first challenge. The ladies' Mission (which proved Impossible for only Renee) was to slink, twist and writhe through a maze of lasers, stopping along the way to pose — or as Benny Ninja instructed — to "vogue." (People still use that word? It's so 1990.) Oh sorry, back to the challenge. So Benny arrived wearing a gold spandex onesie, also circa 1990, and judged them on their "vogueing," awardi... read more

March 14, 2007: Candy-coated Pain Season 8, Episode 3

Should I be counting the number of times someone cries or screams on this show? Jeez, things have only just begun. Save the tears for something drastic. Jael is a good example. Valid reasons to cry: first, sitting eight hours for a complicated, painful weave, only to have it undone and replaced with Mia Farrow's Rosemary's Baby miniscule 'do. Second, a good friend dies of an overdose. Invalid reasons to cry (and cry and cry and cry, Brittany): your weave itches, the ice cream is cold, your head hurts. Your head is not the only one pounding — from all the screaming and temper tantrums, that is. And Miss J. and Tyra don't help the situation, staging their own mock makeovers and fake freak-outs. Such poor acting belonged back in last week's high-school gymnasium.Well, at least tonight brought us the ladies' much-needed makeovers and shed some light on more of the contestants. (Sarah seems to have curbed her ego, and Jaslene was pretty quiet.) We saw that Whitney and Cassandra are ... read more

The Girls Who Go to Prom Season 8, Episode 2

The 12 remaining models get tips on how to walk a runway and participate in a prom-themed fashion show. Later, the women pose as high-school clichés in a photo shoot, before their number is reduced to 11 by the judges. read more

The Girl Who Won't Stop Talking Season 8, Episode 1

The eighth season begins with 32 competitors taking part in a model boot camp. Next, they check into a Century City hotel where their number is reduced to 20 and then 13. The lucky 13 then move into a Hollywood Hills mansion and participate in a controversial photo shoot with Nigel Barker in which they must strike poses for political causes. read more

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Premiered: September 20, 2006, on CW
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Premise: Aspiring models compete for a chance to break into the business in this runaway hit. Created and executive-produced by supermodel Tyra Banks, its formula of beautiful women plus unappealing behavior make it enormously popular and one of the more intriguing reality shows, with its wannabe cover girls living together in a house and, between catfights, going out on photo shoots while they vie for a modeling contract.

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