To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Fox8’s “Australia’s Next Top Model” is set to pull out all the stops to not only salute the past nine seasons of this hit modelling show, but to also showcase just why our local version of Tyra Banks model search competition is serving up some of the best winners in the world.
Returning to season ten is host Jennifer Hawkins, panel judge Alex Perry and model coach Cheyenne Tozzi who are joined this season by the addition of Megan Gale to the judging panel Gone is co-model coach and uber swoon-worthy Didier Cohen, now replaced with the Stenmark Twins, Jordan and Zack, who both seems a little ‘carboardy’ in the first two episodes given for preview.
In honor of this tenth season, a gaggle of well-known models from Elle ‘the body’ McPherson to Miranda Kerr and past contestants who have more than done well for themselves since their seasons ended including winner Montana Cox and Season 7’s Simone Holtznagel all make appearances throughout the season.
Also back this season is the terrible scoring system introduced back in season nine which has all the girls ranked on a scoring system with points coming from the weekly challenge and the weekly photo shoot and once again, has Alex Perry literally determining the fate of who stays and who goes home with his final score offering. The ‘blind’ scoring system used by Tyra Banks and co in the US version seems to be much more fairer (to the viewers) than the scoring system our Aussie version is using.
The top 13 girls this season all meet the brief of being young, gorgeous and tall, some with more potential than others and some who stand out right from the get-go as potential front runners and unlike last season, there’s no bogan-turned-international-runway-model. There is stunner Aleyna from NSW who shines in the Alex Perry branded runway show and NSW’s Daisy who has a little bit of the Chloe Moretz-Grace’s about her features but is way to cocky for her own good. Sofie from Tasmania is the girl who apparently complains about shoes that are too small (I didn’t see that happen) and gets the usual “I’ve put my size 17 feet into a size 2 shoe” quip from Cheyenne Tozzi and Summer from VIC has little to no control over her ‘dear in headlights’ eyes.
Tuesday’s first episode has Alex Perry kicking off this seasons first challenge – again, surprising the girls with an Alex Perry runway show in front of 400 industry power houses. One girl slays the runway while another has trouble dealing with critiques from the judges.
Australia’s Next Top Model – Season Ten starts Tuesday, Sept 20th at 7:30pm on FOX8
Anyone else like me and feeling a little ‘ripped off’ when top model hopeful and obvious final two choice, Alex, was sent packing in the pre-finale double elimination? I know more than a fair share echo my thoughts…
Wtf Alex should've stayed in the competition!! 👿💁🏻 #AusNTM
One interesting comment I came across regarding the elimination was how the final photo’s chosen in the Nigel Barker photo shoot differed from what we had seen the models do and what would happen if the models themselves were to chose their photo. Let’s take a look below:
Front runner Brittany was the weakest during this shoot and even when she ‘got it’ she was still quite stiff when compared to the other girls. She of course ended up with a stunning photo and rightfully nabbed her place in the final two.
It also too some time for Jess to warm up-to the outfit and platform sneakers but when you compare her chosen shot versus her actual shoot, you can clearly see a huge difference in the energy in the image.
Lucy came out guns blazing from the go for the shoot, but she also had the easiest of outfit’s to wear. Her chosen shot almost matched what we had seen her do during her shoot.
Last but not least is little Alex. The bulkiest of outfits, we saw this girl running and jumping and leaping and working that outfit for….this chosen shot on the right.
So we have our final two – tomboy truck driver Brittany from Victoria and sweet as pie teen Jess from QLD. The Aussie Top Model crew are changing it up this year by removing the live finale and the choice of winner based on public vote and in return, giving us a pre-taped finale with Top Model Mother Tyra Banks selecting the winner. The negative here….the winner has already been leaked.
Guess it means no one can stuff up the winners announcement.
Tell me your thoughts people – Lucy or Brittany? Who is Cycle 9’s Australia’s Next Top Model Winner?
Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 finale airs Thursday night, 7:30pm on FOX8
Without beating around the bush too much, The Strain (airing Wednesday July 30th on FOX8) resembles a horror movie that may have come out in the mid 1990’s – you know, the kind that went straight to DVD. I’m not saying it like it’s a bad thing, just that, here, The Strain is purely for scares and gore while only slightly relying on a deeper story-line.
Now that deeper story-line is either about ancient vampires coming to New York or lead character Dr. Ephraim Goodweather’s failing marriage…i’m not to sure as to which as we’re drowned with too much personal information about Ephraim, his distant wife and their son right off the bat.
So just like FX’s creepy disease based Helix, The Strain (also from FX) brings us another biological catastrophe involving the CDC and those affected by a mysterious disease, but unlike Helix where all the action takes place in the isolated Arctic, The Strain takes place in heavily populated New York City.
According to FX, The Strain is about “a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism” and is based on the series of books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Guillermo del Toro is also credited as the creator, writer and director) where the central character of no-good is, well, he’s the ancient king of Vampires named The Master.
Now the vampires here in The Strain are nothing like you have ever seen before. Gone are the tweenie glittery human loving creatures we’ve been saturated with of recent times and in their place, creepy hooded monsters that rely on blood seeking and sucking worms over fangs and del Toro (a master in the field of scares and gore) goes to lengths to create a dark and eerie visual that offers up some jump worthy scares.
The cast is pleasant enough to watch and while some of the acting is a bit kitsch and over the top, it fits perfectly into the theme of what we are being offered up….Lord of the Rings star (or Goonies star to me) Sean Astin is there along with Alias’s Mia Maestro and House of Cards actor Corey Stoll taking the lead as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather.
So in the end, Helix stands miles above what The Strain is, but as a show where you don’t really need to think too much and can get a few decent scares and some gross out gore then The Strain should sit nicely into your weekly viewing.
Just before season 5 begins (there’s now less than an hour to the premiere) ABC Family have given their crazily popular teen drama the networks first ever multi-season pick-up announcing that Pretty Little Liars will be back for a sixth and seventh season which will see the show on our screens in 2016.
The show, which stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse has been the networks number one series in total viewers and holds the record as the most-tweeted scripted series telecast of all time, it has generated the highest average number of tweets per episode (675,000) of any TV series during the 2013-2014 broadcast season.
Season 5 begins shortly (in the USA) and picks up right where season 4 left off with Ezra suffering a gun shot wound by A and Alison rejoining the girls while her mother was being buried alive.
Season 5 begins in Australia, Friday the 13th on FOX8.
When Pretty Little Liars returns for season 5 on June 10th (June 13th in Australia on FOX8) there’s some big things in store for our liars, especially the once-thought-to-be-dead Alison (Sasha Pieterse).
When we last saw Aria, Spencer and the rest of the gang, Alison was revealed to actually be alive, Ezra (Ian Harding) was shot and left bleeding to death in Arias (Lucy Hale) arms and Jessica DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker) was being buried alive by an unknown assailant – talk about drama!
In the sneak peek below, Alison will come face to face with the person she has been hiding from all this time – A!
So what else can we expect from this all new season? Some answers that we’ve been begging to be answered will finally been revealed!
The identity of A: Executive Producer Oliver Goldstick revealed during PaleyFest that we would discover the identity of A very soon but didn’t set a time-frame for this reveal. One can only hope that season 5 brings us this big answer!
Caleb is Back!: With the cancellation of Tyler Blackburns supernatural themed Ravenswood, it left his character Caleb Rivers open to return to Rosewood and possibly his ex girlfriend Hanna (Ashley Benson) but will the two re-unite romantically? Ever since Caleb left, Hanna has been playing flirty-eyes with Travis (Luke Kleintank)
Melissa’s Secret Whispers to Mr.Hastings: Wasn’t that one of the big what-the’s?! of the season four finale? Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) tells her father Peter Hastings (Nolan North) that Spencer didn’t kill the girl in Ali’s grave and then proceeds to continue the sentence as a whisper into her fathers ear. According to writer Joseph Dougherty, we will learn what Melissa actually whispered!
Will Ezra Survive His Shooting?: It’s highly unlikely the show will kill off one of it’s loved characters. Even when we were all led to believe Ezra was working with A, we all still loved him, so the odd’s of surviving the gun shot wound look good for Ezra, plus he’s got a lot of unfinished business to deal with regarding his book and Aria!
While a lot of the focus for season five seems to stem off from Alison not being dead, there’s still some issues that I think need to be addressed…
Will Ashley Marin Learn the Truth About A?: Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) seems to be the only parent in Rosewood who is switched on enough to know things are amiss, but seems to be missing out on that vital sign to clue her in to the existence of A. Plus where is her boyfriend Pastor Ted? It’s been a while since we saw him last.
Where the heck is Lucas?: Lucas (Brendan Robinson) played such an integral part in season 3 (it was revealed he was part of the A team and that he was the one that gave Emily the massage back in season 2) yet after choosing to be home schooled, we never saw him in season 4.
Mona! Mona! Mona!: So upon Ali’s not being dead reveal, Ali also let it be known that Mona (Janel Parrish) was the one to convince her to fake her own death and keep it hidden from her closest friends. One has to wonder if Mona will face some fallout from this revelation!
Pretty Little Liars Season 5 premieres Wednesday June 10th on ABCFamily and Friday June 13th on FOX8 in Australia.
Looks like we’ll never get to really find out what happens to Carrie Bradshaw in those years between high school and her column in The New York Starr as the CW network finally announced they have pulled the pin on the Sex and the City prequel series.
The series which debuted two years ago followed a young Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) in her teen years, struggling to find a balance between home life, romance and her aspirations of a successful writing career in New York. The show never really reached the ratings highs the network had hoped for nor caught the interest of fans of the original series and most were genuinely surprised when the show was renewed for a second season.
The sad part is, the show was cancelled just as opportunities arose to really develop Carrie’s Manhattan back story with season two closing out with Carrie saying goodbye to home life in Connecticut to embark on a new life in New York.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a model flying through the air for a campaign shoot for the new Lexus CT 200h!
Starting off, Team Naomi are reveling in the fact that their weak link Brittaney is no more, making them once again the strongest of the two remaining teams. They ‘feel bad’ that Britt is gone but don’t really mean it. Bitches.
Team Cheyenne are..wait….who’s that chick?
I don’t remember seeing her before. There’s Nikolina and NSFW Olivia and Yaya….where’s Yaya and her glorious head of blonde weave?
What? That’s Yaya?
Her weave is now gone allowing us to “see her brain structure more” and leaving us with a completely different looking model. While NSFW Olivia and Nikolina both love the look they now see Yaya as a massive threat to them making the final.
So Georges – who’s still looking delish in all his salt and pepper wonderment, talks to the girls and informs them they are the last six girls remaining – who knew? – before asking them who they think is their biggest threat in the competition. There’s no head-scratching here, Sarah and Yaya are picked by most before NSFW Olivia chooses Nikolina.
Yep. I’d have chosen Nikolina too if the question were “who’s least likely to win”.
So this final test shoot challenge is all about acting, well portraying various emotions in-front of a camera and clearly Ruth already has ‘OMG’ and ‘NO WAY’ down…
As per the norm, Nicole Trunfio shows them all how it’s done..
So after Nicole and Georges make magic together, it’s time for the girls to make emotions as called out by Nicole who also informs them all, she’ll also be reporting back to Cheyenne and Naomi about how they all perform. They mess up, they act up, they behave like bitchy school girls….their mentors will be told!
Naturally, this sits well with ‘Unpleasant Chantal’..
So who does well?
Ruth should have had it won with her ‘cool’ emotion. Her resulting photo screamed 90’s Calvin Klein. Unfortunately though ‘OMG’ and ‘No way!’ were not emotions called out for Ruth.
And during Ruth’s shoot, Georges lets all all know how to look sexy while taking photos “Say A, E, I, O, U under your breath” you know i’m going to try that next time!
NSFW Olivia was asked to be…well….NSFW, so of course, she rocked it.
Yaya was going through so many emotions I’m convinced there was a form of schizophrenia beginning to emerge. She looked amazing doing it, and we get a first glimpse as to her potential now she’s weave-less..
Who did not so good? Ugh..Chantal. Had Nicole yelled out “Unpleasant” as an emotion, then Chantal would have had this down to a tee. I think Georges nailed it when he said “This is really bad Chantal, get angry!” It’s ok Georges, i’m doing all the angry for both me and Chantal.
Nikolina. Oh bless her cotton socks. When asked to be ecstatic, all she could muster up was something akin to “i’m on a heavy flow, but because of my libra fleurs, I can ride a horse!”
And of course, the golden child, Sarah. She underplayed almost every emotion. Surprised became scared, confused became confusing which made Sarah confused about acting confused.
Now i’m confused.
So shock horror, NSFW Olivia wins the test shoot!
Final campaign shoot time! Now, I don’t blame any of the girls for being thrown for a curve ball here. The way it’s explained, this campaign shoot will see the girls being suspended from a harness above the new Lexus CT 200h, where they will have 20 minutes to pose and get photographs.
In realty, the girls were going to be unexpectedly flung across the room at warp speed and ‘hope’ to finish out with a decent image of them posing mid-fling above the car.
This ain’t an easy one.
Before the shoot takes place, it’s time for Naomi and Cheyenne to check in with their teams and talk about Nicole’s notes she had taken earlier during the test shoot. Now Brittaney’s no longer around, Naomi needs a new whipping horse and who better to take the role than Chantal.
She deserves it though. She flatly throws out Nicole’s critiques and as being wrong but Naomi isn’t having any part of it “you’re not giving a full 100%. You need to fix this or else you’re not going any further.” It’s not the harshest we’ve seen Naomi, but it’s about time she decides to stop sweeping her stinking attitude under the carpet and deflecting to someone else.
Shoot time! It’s fun to watch the girls experience the flinging bungee for the very first time. Unsure of what exactly is going to happen, they quickly discover they have little to no control over what is happening to them.
Ruth has incredible trouble trying to remain feminine and glamorous while surging 300 miles an hour through the air.
by the end…no one even really knows if she even managed to snag one usable shot.
Sarah looked amazing and had on this glorious black gown with thigh high split, she was zooming through the air giving ‘great posture’ but couldn’t match it with her dead face.
Chantal decided the easiest approach to modelling while being thrown across the room was to point and go with a peter pan type pose. Naomi is having none of it though…oh, I forgot to mention, Naomi has a whip.
Yes, a whip.
She’s gone from mourning mamma last week to dominatrix mamma this week. Nicole at least seems to be impressed with Naomi’s newest accessory this week.
Both Chantal and Sarah did manage to come out with a couple of shots to work with while we’re still unsure about Ruth.
Time for Team Cheyenne to step in and take flight. Yaya, with her newly visible brain structure (or haircut as its commonly known) is looking all space mod for her shoot. Like previous attempts by Yaya to be graceful in the air (remember the trampoline test shoot?) Yaya is once again all legs askew and not doing too well.
By the end, she’s decided to go with a weird ‘forehead salute’ type of pose that sort of works well with her outfit.
NSFW Olivia. Damn girl looks amazing. I think she’s beginning to warm on me. While she looks stunning, her dress is so full and voluminous it’s hiding her legs while she’s zooming through the air making her look like a legless floating beautiful ghost.
Nikolina. I’m still blessing her cotton socks. She’s trying to be confident, trying to be the little train that could, but we’re not buying it and if anyone was going to injure themselves during the shoot, of course it’s going to be the girl who’s showing the most fear.
Thankfully though the injury wasn’t that bad, but on the flip side, a scraped knee can hurt like a sonofabitch and after a few quick words of support from Cheyenne (you just know if this was Ruth, Naomi would be saying ‘nut up champ’) Nikolina gets back up and flies away.
Now it’s time to score each individual photo giving a total team score with the team with the lowest score hitting the elimination room. Judging by the photos, Team Cheyenne should have this easily right?
Ruth received an 8 for this…
Either Yalande Waldock (the Lexus brand ambassador) is totally blind or I know crap all about campaign shoots. The score of 8 for Ruth’s photo was shocking in itself and see’s team Naomi win AGAIN and even Naomi is shocked with her win.
Considering NSFW Olivia won the campaign shoot for her individual photo, Yaya and Nikolina are headed to face Miss Whiplash in elimination. The standard of previous eliminations has seen both girls fight it out verbally in front of either Naomi or Cheyenne before a decision is made, but this elimination….I didn’t think it was that boring, but according to Naomi, she’d much prefer to pick up a book and guzzle a glass of wine.
You think Yaya is impressed with that? Nostrils flaring, steam beginning to explode out of her ears….if it was appropriate for the models to strike a judge, you just know Yaya would have laid the smackdown on Naomi – and she did, well sort of…
She fought back against Naomi, even telling her that she’s talking a load of bull (well in nicer words) and eventually, Yaya’s bite back wins her victory.
Nikolina cries. Naomi pretends to be upset.
So we now have our final five girls and what’s this? Next week is the finale? So soon? Well next week sees an awkward presentation from Ruth, Naomi acting like a spoiled child who’s not being given enough attention, a photo shoot, a catwalk for a very well known designer and finally, a winner crowned!
My team? Well Sarah’s my last standing member, but after seeing how NSFW Olivia performed today, i’m claiming her as an unofficial team Anthobuzz member!
I knew it. I gosh well darn knew it. I knew if I let on that Brittaney was my favorite to win then, with my previous luck, she’d be going home sooner than later and dammit…I need to keep my mouth shut!
So getting back to the start, It’s Team Naomi versus Team Cheyenne and the girls are still reeling after Anoushka’s departure, the demolition of Team Nicole and the confrontation between Naomi and Nicole at the end of last weeks episode.
Chantal proves once again why she’s the least likable of Team Naomi…
While talking about world domination, Brittaney then chimes in with the thought of “Imagine if we all ended up as top 4 – Team Naomi – top 4!” to which Sarah replies “I’ve always said Top 4” – but without you Brittaney. They continue to gloat over their numerous wins while over at Team Cheyenne, the music is a bit more sombre and sad.
Nikolina is convinced that someone from Team Naomi needs to go next and that they, as a team, need to unite to beat them, though NSFW Olivia feels she is the one to take Team Cheyenne to ‘the next level’
It’s Test Shoot Time! Ruth has no idea what they could be in for next because apparently, they have done everything there ever was to do in the entire world already in these test shoots…well except for bring world peace…..and a lingerie shoot with a half naked male model.
So the girls will be modeling lingerie by burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese and it’s hard to tell if Ruth is excited about the challenge or surprised that there really is something that they haven’t done yet in these test shoots…
Olivia is just plain relieved she can finally just be herself…
Sadly, Dita isn’t on hand to help publicize her brand as she’s still smarting after her confrontation with the legendary Rhonda Burchmore at last years Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival but thankfully, now that Nicole Trunfio has no team left to focus on, she’s kindly stepped in to show the girls how to model in lingerie – being sexy witout being trashy…they have to think more Vogue and less Zoo Weekly Magazine.
While Nicole is talking away, it seems YaYa (who’s snuck around the back of the group) is having some issues with the task ahead….and by issues I mean “please Jesus forgive me for modelling in lingerie” as it turns out our girl YaYa is rather conservative and religious.
Now, YaYa is not the first girl with religious beliefs to appear on a modeling competition, but serisouly, these girls all seem shocked that they find themselves in a situation where they would have to pose either in lingerie or naked while participating in such a competition.
Now if YaYa wasn’t having enough issues with the challenge, Georges decides to throw in an extra kicker – they have to do the modelling with a half naked male model!
The girls start to get a bit flustered when Nicole jumps in and shows them the proper way to model lingerie without looking like a rank slapper…
So who did good? Well Sarah was back in fine form after last weeks test shoot disaster. She was grabbing hair and flaying herself about the male model and it worked.
And shock horror – YaYa comes out guns (or cans) blazing. She’s got the do it or die attitude and do it she does!
Who did not so good? Nikolina, poor lass looked like a deer caught in headlights. She somehow managed to suck any form of sexuality from the scene which resulted in the following..
NSFW Olivia should have nailed this. As YaYa states “Olivia wakes up and she just looks sexy”. This test shoot was basically tailor made for Olivia but when it came time to shoot….
YaYa – praise the lord, wins the test shoot and a whole bunch of lingerie from the Dita Von Teese collection that will never see the light of day.
Back to the industrial loft, and the split in Team Naomi is massive. No matter how many times we’re shown images of Chantal and Sarah playing nice with Brittaney, we all know those girls just ain’t getting along at all.
Brittaney is off with YaYa, confiding in her that Chantal is continuing to be distant and just a big ole ‘bitch and that it had gotten to the point where Britt had no choice but to confide in Naomi all the evil that Chantal had been diddling in. Smart move? We’ll soon enough find out.
Campaign Shoot Time!
The girls are off to shoot a look book for ‘iconic’ sunglasses brand Le’ Specs. Usually known for high end and very fashionable sunglasses, this particular collection is ‘By Craig and Karl for Le Specs’ and feature the most ghastly and unwearable sunglasses ever made.
But before I get into the shoot itself, I need to talk about the elephant….or potato sack in the room. You guessed it, what in the eff is Nicole Trunfio wearing?
Is this over sized and shapeless sack punishment for seeing Nicole work her magic in lingerie during the test shoot? Either way, I am aghast and disappointed in this dress (if it is indeed a dress).
Okay now I have that out of my system, lets talk the campaign shoot. Male models (or actually well fit dancers) are on hand to be a part of the shoot which will see each teams lookbook feature four photographs.
Cheyenne flounces in to greet her team looking gorgeous as usual. She edging her team into producing photos with motion and movement
While Team Naomi need to have the most awkward team meeting I’ve ever not been invited to.
Britt’s “talk” with Naomi earlier has now come to a head where Naomi flat out asks Chantal if she has been a complete cow about Brittaney behind her back.
“I’ve never said that at all”
Yeah Chantal, and I just adored that freaking white sack Nicole is wearing at the test shoot. See I can lie too, I just don’t do it to Naomi Campell’s face.
So Naomi takes Chantal’s word as golden gospel, stamps her foot and claims there’s a new rule for Team Naomi – If you’re gonna be a rotten bitch to each other, do it in the loft and don’t bring it to campaign shoot day.
It all then gets very awkward as Brittaney now has to work with the girls she ‘tattled’ to Naomi about.
So getting back to the campaign shoot….the tension from the earlier meeting is starting to show and even though last week Brittaney shone, Naomi finds it necessary to single her out – once again!
“I am most worried about Brittaney” “What are you doing Brittaney?” “Are you in the picture or are you not involved in the picture?” “See that bridge Brittaney, jump off it”….etc etc.
Naomi, while still in practice phase, decides she wants Ruth to jump whilst in heels in her photo. There’s a few practice wobbles before Ruth lands painfully wrong and she’s down and out. One needs to remind Naomi and the girls that only Sarah Jessica Parker can move like that in heels.
So moving onto the actual shoot…it’s fine. Team Naomi all do their thing and with five minutes left, it was time for Brittaney’s solo shot. Someone from Team Naomi utters “she looks scared” before they all giggle and Cheyenne even decides to point out that she believes Britt is Naomi’s weakest link.
One minute left…time for the group shot. So how’s that team dynamic going after Naomi had her little chat with the group?
Time for Team Cheyenne and immediately, Cheyenne’s group shot looks incredible when compared to Team Naomi’s. There’s various perspectives and interactions and movement. It’s looks quite vibrant, even in those ridiculous glasses.
The final result shows Team Cheyenne absolutely smashing it with NSFW Olivia producing the weakest shot.
Team Naomi offered up four single shots of the girls modeling the glasses. They liked Sarah’s smile shot, and loved Britt’s image. Chantal produced the weakest shot while they all fawned over Ruth.
TEAM CHEYENNE WINS! We all knew it was bound to happen, but yes, Team Naomi suffer’s only their second loss in the competition to date.
Naomi now has to put two of her girls up for elimination knowing only one will make it back alive. She calls it a ‘consequence’ for them loosing before choosing Brittaney and her mortal enemy Chantal to go up for elimination – but not before they put on their red lipstick and umm….Naomi…umm….crying over her decision.
She actually seems genuinely upset about having to put Britt and Chantal up, it’s slightly unnerving seeing Naomi in such a state.
Elimination Time. Chantal continues to prove why shes so damn unlikable by basically saying “We’ve been friends for years but in here….she could be drowning and I wouldn’t save her if it means I win”
Chantal and Britt both put forward their cases as to why they should stay. Chantal is here to win and not walk away a loser while Brittaney just lays down some (unintentional) smackdown..
Not impressed with Britt’s use of the word Angelic, Chantal decides to rebut with the following garbage “I feel shes completely wrong. I think I am versatile, I however do not think Brittaney is versatile, she has editorial looks I do not see commercial in her. I can do editorial, commercial, I can do it all. Each time we’ve lost, Brittaney has been the one down here, I have been strong the entire competition so I think it’s fair that I do stay over Brittaney”
So Cheyenne decides to keep the strongest girl in the competition…I kind of applaud her for not stooping to Naomi’s level in the elimination room and just getting rid of anyone remotely connected to Team Nicole, but…you know…Cheyenne…you’re sending my Britt home!
Talk about me being conflicted with my feelings on this.
Ok, I’m not conflicted. I was more….
This is where the ep ends for me as Britt has to go home. I’ve chosen not to write about the drivel that was Naomi in her black lace veil ‘mourning’ with the rest of Team Naomi over losing one of her girls.
Oh yeah…. here’s Team Anthobuzz’s team card right now…
If there’s anything that can describe how I felt by the end of this episode…this would be it
But before I became all ragey and sprouting hot tears, we have to go back to the start of the episode. Poor Anoushka is the sole surviving member of Team Nicole after Naomi sent Melise packing last week.
Team Cheyenne are feeling sorry for Noush, knowing that she has a lot of pressure on her to do well and avoid ending up in the elimination room. They offer comfort to Noush before they all groan about how bad Team Naomi’s campaign photo was last week.
Team Naomi on the other hand are living it up playground style with group hand slaps and waves and cheering after still managing to keep every member of their team. Sarah is happy her team is still together but you know…they’d be better off if Brittaney were to be booted off.
Test Shoot time! This time, it’s all about the catwalk and more specifically, how quickly the girls can change backstage and head back onto the runway which, according to Chantal, backstage. there’s usually bras and knickers, hair and hairspray flying around (which is my usual Friday night).
The Queen of the Catwalk – Naomi Campbell is on hand for this test shoot and she brings with her, her friend (yes Naomi has a friend) fashion designer Gail Elliot. They talk about how important it is to be on spot when doing catwalk and how time spent backstage changing outfits is one of the most important things in life.
So Naomi is going to show us quickly she can do it right?
She’s going to show us how to walk – even though the challenge is how quickly the girls can change backstage….The girls put on their best “oooooooh” faces as Naomi walks down the catwalk ‘lightly on her feet’…cue claps and cheers and time for the models to battle it out.
Who did well? Short list this time. Having only two minutes to complete the challenge, only two girls managed to strip, change and walk the walk within the allotted time. Yaya does it in 1 Minute 25 seconds though there was an awkward end of catwalk moment where no one really knew what was going on…had she finished, had she not…
Ruth is also the only girl to make the cut but missed Yaya’s time by 10 seconds.
Who did Bad? Poor Anoushka…she managed to set a record…for the longest time backstage – 2:51 seconds (I think she was doing crunches back stage), Brittaney (who hit a time of 2:01 seconds mind you) still found herself being called out by Naomi (once again) for looking down while walking and generally, everyone managed to complete the challenge in around the 2:14 second mark.
Yaya wins the challenge (almost be default) then there’s industrial type shots of the pipes and worn bricks outside before we head back inside for the Campaign Challenge.
George lulls the girls into a false sense on wonderment letting them all know they’ll be doing a catwalk show (in front of 200 VIP’s) at the Sydney Opera House for red carpet and bridal designer Steven Khalil…and after screaming and clapping and Ruth’s agape mouth, he tells the girls that the catwalk includes walking down 50 stairs.
The dresses are stunning and the girls all rightfully so fawn all over them. Naomi pops into check on her team and makes it be known that YOU CANNOT TOUCH YOUR DRESS NO MATTER WHAT!
Noush is noticing how much material is included with hers…and when doing the maths…she’s not that tall, big dress, lots of layers plus 50 stairs and she’s starts to have some rather nasty visions..
Team Cheyenne give us screams and A LOT of ‘Oh my gawds” and Cheyenne tells the girls “strong face” but we all know that Olivia and her NSFW face is waiting to pop out.
It’s practice time and Naomi, not satisfied with Brittaney’s survival last week, decides to attack once again. “I’m very upset” “Watch Sarah” “What’s with the shoulders?” “Brittaney that walk is not even a runway walk, it’s diabolical” “Oh Lord have mercy!” “We’re losing this one” “drink this cup of bleach”….etc etc
We’re now at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE! and the girls continue with practicing their down-50-stairs-with-a-sheet-dress walk. Naomi, who is still concerned with Brittaney asks how her practice is coming along. Sarah responds by throwing Brittaney under a bus “she’s tripped a couple of times…” Sarah might as well have been driving that bus.
Cheyenne (and that dress with the boobs…lordy lordy lordy) goes through a few practice walks with her girls “you can even have a bit of a bounce” (are straight guys watching this show?) and if you look carefully, you will have seen Brittaney make a break from the Mean Girls team and quietly merge into Team Cheyenne’s calm and playful practice session.
Time for the catwalk. Team Naomi is up first and Naomi points out “I’m with them every step they take” – well, except for Brittaney.
*Chantal is regal and beautiful (blergh) and finishes up with the classic Angelina at the 2012 Oscars leg out pose..
*Ruth walks down those steps very…..very….s l o w l y. Is she going to fall?
But she probably wished she did because shock horror….SHE PICKED UP HER DRESS!
Mind you, while the girls are walking, we all get to learn that Naomi has amazing ventriloquist skills. The amount of talking with immobile lips could see her easily take it up as a second career option.
*Sarah, of course Sarah was her usual amazing self.
*Brittaney…well my my my. It’s amazing she wasn’t found hiding in a corner, curled up in the fetal positing crying about not wanting to deal with Naomi anymore. Instead, girl sashays down that catwalk like she’s been doing it for 20 years and looks brillopads while doing it! (yay!)
Team Cheyenne is up next with YaYa up first.
*YaYa looks amazing and confident and…what that? She’s stopped? Why she stopped for? Why is she kicking her dress?
Her foot is caught in her dress. My god, with all that dress touching and kicking, could you imagine if she had been on Team Naomi?
After one last good kick (and a failed attempt by Cheynne to remove the dress from the shoe) YaYa manages to finish off her walk nicely.
*Nikolina – Flawless
*Olivia – You knew it was going to happen….her NSFW face was out in full bloom, those lips were parted like Noah did the red sea…if only Cheyenne had managed to get that glue earlier….
Team Nicole is up last. Our single and solely Noush in her big girl gown!
*Anoushka looked like Bambi learning to walk. The dress was hitched up, there was a lean, there was fear in her eyes…girl was on a mission to “get out of that dress”.
Judging time….Well clearly Steven Khalil has great taste as Brittaney was one of his favorites (go Britt!). He wasn’t a fan of YaYa or Olivia but liked Nikolina and he thought Noush was stunning but SHE TOUCHED HER DRESS.
So Team Naomi wins (again)
Nicole’s posture says it all…
Noush is automatically up for elimination while we see Cheyenne start to play the game by putting up YaYa – her strongest girl – for elimination. She makes up some bull to attempt to justify to her team why YaYa is up instead of NSFW Olivia.
Judging Time. Naomi plays it cool, pretending she’s still unsure about who she’s sending home. She goes through the motions of finding out who wants it more, who’s got more drive but we all know Naomi is out to crush Team Nicole and that she does.
Noush is gone.
Now, in these types of shows, it’s usually the models who fight between themselves..but clearly, this is unlike any other model competition show.
Team Naomi are wishing for Noush’s triumphant return. Apparently they have completely missed the whole Naomi vs Nicole saga that’s been raging on for the past few weeks.
When YaYa enters victorious, Brittaney says what we were all thinking “Like seriously, what the fuck?” Cheyenne quickly skips up to Naomi thanking her for saving YaYa before Naomi, who’s now on her high horse, explains (falsely) why she send Noush packing.
Nicole sits and takes it all in, knowing she no longer has a team thanks to (mostly Naomi) and we’re all sitting and watching screaming at the TV for Nicole to stand up and say “What the fuck Naomi?!”…and then she does!
Keeping it classy, Nicole chooses her words wisely “Naomi, the way I feel about this, is i don’t agree with your decision – ” before Naomi cuts in, spews up about being an editor for a magazine – in Russia and in Germany – and that Noush would never be picked up by IMG in America.
Basically it’s all lies and Naomi just wanted to crush Nicole.
Then the two (or mainly Naomi) get into it (with Cheyenne even pushing Nicole into the pit of poison) over the decision before out of no where, Naomi spits out –
So while Naomi is shoving her own head up her own ass about how amazing she is and how much above she is over Nicole, Cheynne sits and watches….
And it’s here Nicole points out what this show is actually about… “It’s not about me, it’s not about you, this is about the girls. This competition is about the girls”.
Bout time somebody told Naomi.
She’s still not listening though, as she’s still on her rant. Always the lady, Nicole stands up, wishes the girls in the competition the best of luck” and walks out while Naomi continues on about how her decision was not based on bias.
Get your hand off it Naomi.
Next Week: Damaged ankles, an unflattering dress and sunglasses no one would ever wear!
So episode three….style challenges, girls who faint and one model is practically ripped to shreds by Naomi Campbell.
Checking in with each of the teams, we can see some rather conflicting dynamics begging to emerge. Team Nicole are engaging in a team bonding meditation and yoga session..
Team Naomi are gloating about their first team win, deciding that they all have targets on their backs now as they are winners, but are determined to continue their winning streak while Team Cheynne are bitching about how the girls in Team Naomi are not interacting with girls from the other teams.
Test Shoot Challenge: Winner takes all fashion face off with Cheyenne Tozzi! Girls were put into teams of two and were then given a statement item that they then had to embellish with shoes, jewellery and other clothing items which all forms part of a theme given by Cheyenne. Some girls did ok…
While others didn’t do so well…
The girls seemed to be having fun, enjoying the challenge and then suddenly, Susan is down and out for the count. Don’t you hate it when one girl ruins all the fun? A quick bottle of water and a trip to the hospital and we’re back on track for the final battle between Yaya and Sarah.
Two long blue silk dresses, theme of modern grunge, “think Kate Moss and Kirsten Stewart” (or Kristen Stewart as we all know her). Sarah ended up going with Kate Moss falling out of a garbage bin while Yaya opted for preppie/tomboy Kristen Stewart…
So yeah, Sarah ended up winning her second test shoot challenge and uses the words “Target on my back” while everybody else now claims she’s their biggest threat to winning this challenge. I think a drinking game where use of the words ‘target’ and ‘threat’ result in copious gulps of alcohol.
Campaign Shoot Day! We’re in a massive circus tent and the girls are shooting a viral advert for Max Factor cosmetics, but not before Team Nicole are cut from four girls to three when it’s revealed Susan will not be returning for ‘heath reasons” i.e – she’s knocked up.
Max Factor – cue clapping and screaming – another for the drinking game list, saw the girls having to film an add in one single take with the winners having their viral add assault the internet via the company’s social media profiles.
Once again, our model mentors are on hand to offer support and give advice, and once again, the differences between the three is mind boggling.
Cheyenne (who’s rocking a killer gold studded ring master jacket btw) tells her girls about the importance of annunciating and selling the product through the script “every word has a meaning, you’re saying it for a reason”.
Nicole is a bit more ‘girlfriendy’ with her team who are still reeling after the shock exit of knocked up Susan. She offers some great advice about how Shenika can “get some life” in her face.
Naomi, meanwhile, is straight down to business quickly ripping into Brittaney and identifying her as the weakest of the group before tearing her limb from limb and feeding her to the other members of Team Naomi.
Shoot is over, time for judging and Naomi’s unpleasant side comes out to play quickly back chatting host Georges Antoni – not once, but twice (he managed to keep his head) and we have our first person to not choose Team Naomi as the winners (Liz Kelsh has not been heard from since)…and Team Cheyenne takes the win.
The Elimination: Had Shenika not basically said “I wanna go home and see me kid” I have a feeling Brittaney might have been booted. I’m still not a fan of this elimination process though.
The Winner of the night: Susan! No wonder she’s always smiling, it turns out she was getting some at home, and now she’s happily pregnant!
The Loser of the night: Brittaney. She might have won her way out of elimination, but the poor girl is being slaughtered by Naomi and with her team mates all picking Brittaney to go up for elimination, this can only lead to some rather awkward team dynamics.
My Scorecard: Still 3 for 4…though it was a close call for Brittaney.
Next Week: Brittaney is still being beaten with the Naomi stick and Naomi also puts her plan for domination into place.