Ya gotta feel for America's Next Top Model reject Coryn Woitel. On tomorrow's The Tyra Banks Show, the 19-year-old retail clerk has to shoot down 1) Internet rumors that she's really a he; 2) talk that before being eliminated, she clashed constantly with the reality romp's resident boozehound; and, to add insult to injury, 3) the judges' observation that she seemed sad. Well, duh! Who the heck wouldn't be?! Hoping to raise the Minneapolis native's spirits — and get her to dish the dirt on her rival — TVGuide.com tracked her down in anticipation of this week's episode (airing Wednesday at 8 pm/ET on UPN).
TVGuide.com: I was stunned that after taking such a gorgeous photo, you were given the boot.
Coryn Woitel: I wasn't really surprised. I felt as if it was my time to go.
TVGuide.com: You've got to be kidding.
Coryn: No. I lost a lot of weight during the show. The hair [color] wasn't working out because I looked like a guy with a wig on. There was some stuff I needed to do at home to get myself back together.
TVGuide.com: The judges seemed to think you were sad. Was it homesickness?
Coryn: No, not at all. It was just hard to deal with the constant criticism and not have any positive things said. You start saying, "They're all rooting against me," and you think nobody is on your side. It's tough.
TVGuide.com: That being the case, have you had any second thoughts about going into modeling?
Coryn: Not at all! I think this really helped me not to care what people think about me. That's what I really loved about the whole experience. But it didn't scare me off modeling at all.
TVGuide.com: How hard was it to hear the judges go on and on about how great Lisa, your rival, did?
Coryn: The last shoot that we did, she did do good, so that wasn't hard. But when it came to dressing up in the style that Jay [Manuel] gave you, then going out shopping for it... Lisa did her own style [and not the one she was assigned]. I was kind of upset about that, because we were supposed to go with what Jay said, not our own personal style. Other than that, I know that Lisa is very good at modeling. She's been doing it for a while, and it shows. She's good at commercials, print and runway.
TVGuide.com: It's big of you to be able to say that, because she really was a pain in your butt.
Coryn: [Laughs] Yeah. She was! At first, I was quiet about everything, because she was talking to the other girls [critiquing] them, and I wasn't going to stand up for them if they weren't going to stand up for themselves. But then she directed [her "suggestions"] toward me, and that's when I had to say something. I kept it cool for as long as I could, but she kept on bringing it up, so I just snapped.
TVGuide.com: She reminds me of a child who wants attention, even if it's negative.
Coryn: Yeah, she would tell Diane [Hernandez] that she needed to work on her facial expressions, but the judges would say that they were gorgeous. She says that she was trying to help, but I don't really see that.
TVGuide.com: You guys get enough criticism! You don't need her offering up more.
Coryn: Exactly, and that's what I was trying to get across to her. In the last episode, I told her, "You need to get a new dance move!" as a joke — and I told her it was a joke — but she took it to the next level and said, "You need to stop talking about me." And I said, "See? You don't like it, yet you go around and do it to all the other girls!" I gave her a taste of her own medicine, and she did not like it!
TVGuide.com: Why didn't you speak up during your chat with Tyra and tell her what a drunk Lisa is?
Coryn: She said she didn't drink to get drunk — right. She totally lied to Tyra's face, but I'm not one to rat anyone out. I knew Tyra would find out the real deal with Lisa.
TVGuide.com: Do you regret telling guest spokesmodel Iman that her products were icky?
Coryn: But they were! [The masks] felt weird and everything, but we did it anyway. But I still use those beauty secrets now! They really do work.