'America's Next Top Model' - 'Drekitude' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 18th 2010 12:10AM
(S14E02) We continue 'America's Next Top Model' from last week's photoshoot cliffhanger. The nude photoshoot goes off without much of a hitch about religious morals or modesty. Either way, the shoot was borrowed from a challenge on 'Make Me a Supermodel' which had the same exact concept. The second photoshoot continues to stretch the definition of what a beauty shot is. Beauty shots should be zoomed in even closer than what we saw.
We saw the new and improved opening sequence; it's going to take me a while to get adjusted to it. It's still Tyra-centric and now with a 70s/funk vibe. This episode was also 90 minutes long, which threw off the tempo of the show. I was waiting for the show to end, but it just kept going. Speaking of editing choices, why isn't last season's winner Nicole in the CoverGirl lounge?
The first two episodes of 'ANTM' have become 'The Alasia Show.' The girl is the loudest contestant in a very long time, and other than her nice skin tone, I don't see the potential. I'm going to get upset if she becomes this season's villain. If it weren't for Andre Leon Talley, she would have been eliminated after the first photoshoot. If I saw someone wearing a vest or jacket backwards in an advertisement, I'd assume that it was supposed to be worn that way. If I was Custo Barcelona (the fashion designer who provided the accessories), I would be very upset on how my clothes were incorrectly used. Alasia is very raw. I laughed when somehow she made her angles look like she was pregnant, her model walk was sub-par, and her beauty shot looked really odd to me. Something about the heavy usage of eyeshadow on Alasia wasn't right. I really hope she either is eliminated soon, or out of nowhere transforms into a really good model.
All the other girls have been jockeying for position for editing. Angelea, who used to be really brash, has blended into the background. Her nude photo looked just like Isis from Cycle 11, both with a bit of a sleepy eye and that transsexual look. Her second photo had the hair in the face that wasn't fierce, unlike Reina's. Ren basically has self-destructed: instead of thinking that she's better than Alasia, she doubts her own place in the competition. I continue to question how they found Ren because Tyra would have loved some Tyra worshiping fan instead. I love the juxtaposition of Alexandra announcing how she's hyper-competitive and wants to win with her falling twice in the runway challenge. At least the whole pendulum challenge made for great television.
Judging is still the same as it's always been, with only a small adjustment to the prizes: the top photo also gets to take part in the challenge prize next week. Andre Leon Talley is the new permanent judge on panel taking the place of Miss J. After the first judging, I don't miss Miss J. Andre takes the show seriously, but his critiques are as crazy as Miss J's would have been. Both guest judges (Rachel Roy and Sally Hershberger) didn't bring much to the table. I loved when Rachel voiced her concern about how Brenda may not be a good photo model and will be part of Rachel's fall/winter collection online as the challenge winner.
We lost both Gabrielle and Naduah for opposite reasons: Gabrielle was not giving enough, while Naduah was giving too much. I haven't found favorites this season, so I don't mind either elimination. Both Jessica and Reina did a good job with the photoshoots, but overall, no one's impressed. Maybe more creative photoshoots will be in future episodes and will be more impressive. Reina's eyebrows still bother me because she looks like Liv Tyler.
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