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
We’re almost at that time where I get to plant myself in front of the TV, watching wannabe models battle for top spot, with a large glass of moscato in hand and an over sized plate of various cheeses and crackers in my lap – seriously, it’s my guilty pleasure!
April 30th will see Cycle 9 of Australia’s Next Top Model begin on FOX8 and this year, there are changes aplenty that not only shake up the competition but also makes me question just how personal the judges will be in their critiques of the models with some new-found power.
The first of the major changes is a new point system brought in to ‘fairly’ rank the models from best to worst on a week to week basis. The girls will each earn points out of 10 for their mini challenge and their maxi challenge (photo shoot), with the model on the lowest amount of points sent packing. As of writing, the three episodes I have seen to date, judge Alex Perry is the final judge to offer up his score, thus determining which model stays and which one goes.
So, a word of advice to the models – don’t piss off Alex Perry!
And while we’re on the topic of Alex Perry, he seems rather pissed off this season. That familiar facial growl looks more darker than normal…I know he’s happy with the final 12 (he says it’s the best to date)..perhaps he’s trying to bring some sharp edged fork tongue to the panel but so far, 3 episodes in, Perry is yet to look like he’s enjoying his experience with the show.
Fresh off beating Naomi Campbell on The Face Australia, the ridiculously stunning Cheyenne Tozzi joins the show as a mentor along side regular Didier Cohen. I don’t know if her time spent with Campbell on The Face gave Tozzi some coping skills but we see her calmly deal with models having anxiety attacks back stage at a catwalk challenge and erratic bitch fit tantrums over ill-fitting shoes at a photo shoot all-the-while offering words of wisdom and friendly critiques. Didier Cohen is still the same however…not that that’s a bad thing. The girls fawn, I fawn, he smiles, the girls smile, I smile…it’s a win win.
With the sudden death of my favorite judge Charlotte Dawson, a judges chair has been left wide open, so Cycle 9 sees an injection of international faces on the judging panel (none of whom can match Dawson’s biting wit) with Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio, TV personality Kelly Osbourne, fashion designer icon Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kim Kardashian (via video) and Tyra Banks among other names, all set for appearances.
So let’s talk those with their ‘smize‘ on the prize for cycle 9. There’s your typical fare of gorgeous blondes and brunettes (Jessica, Phoebe, Lucy, Tanahya etc) and the one who’s stunning but Alex Perry finds too short (Alex), there’s your sweet girls with legs up-to their ears (Kaitlyn, Jordan, Lauren, Jess), your token bogan-turned-model (Brittany), the girl who knows shes fabulous but can’t walk in heels (Ayieda) and finally the if-she-were-anymore-laid-back-she’d-be-dead girl (Jess). To be honest though, there’s no real surprises with the top 12 here, but then again, it’s a modelling competition so as long as the girls look good and can squeal with delight over famous folk, then there off to a good start.
Last but not least is host and judge Jennifer Hawkins. With a full season now under her tiny belt, Hawkins now seems very at ease with her hosting duties and interactions with the models. The awkward and uncomfortable banter from season 8 is gone, replaced with a more confident host who seems to have found her stride in getting the job done.
Thursdays first episode opens with ‘Top Model’ herself Tyra Banks praising our local version of the show, noting the numerous success stories that have come from the model search and touchingly, adds a beautiful message and tribute to our dearly departed Charlotte Dawson.
There’s no messing around this season as we jump straight into a final 12 selection who are thrown right into a catwalk in-front of 400 fashionistas. Yes…there are tears and also a moment where you’ll be uttering the words “It’s like watching Bambii learn how to walk”. Who will be the first model sent packing? Who will win? When will Georges Antoni turn up to grace my screen take stunning photos of the models? Will Jean-Paul Gaultier whisk one of the models away to France? How much cheese will I have to buy to see me through the entire season? It all begins Thursday April 30th, 7:30pm on FOX8
First off, let me state that I have little to no luck when it comes to choosing favorites in this modeling competition. Over the seasons, none, that’s right, none of my chosen favorites have ever made the final. Right now, i’m none for two on this season.
I can thank Taylah for adding to my Top Model body count after her disqualification from Australia’s Next Top Model last night after a heated confrontation with fellow contestant Ashley.
I’m not sure if it was the fact the girls found themselves in the outback, or it was the flies, lack of food perhaps? Either way, what started off as a simple and fun paint fight turned into a sort-of joke fight between Taylah and Ashley which then turned rather grizzly when Taylah felt adding local bush-land to her attack was needed as well. (After pushing Ashley to the ground after a good choking, Taylah is seen ripping branches off near-by bushes and whacking her with them). Just how severe was the attack? None of the other contestants felt the need to step in neither do any other crew on site at the time though someone off-camera can be heard saying ‘That’s enough’. Clearly though, after the attack, Ashley was visibly shaken.
That saying “It’s all fun and games until someone get’s hurt” was pretty true. Taylah was hurt because her Supre’ T-shirt was damaged in said paint fight and Ashley was hurt because Taylah strangled her for ruining said Supre’ T-Shirt.
Despite producing standout photos and proving to be a judge favorite, Taylah found herself hearing the words “We had no other choice but to disqualify you from the competition” resulting in a social media firestorm between those who were happy and understood the decision and those who felt that while Taylah did step over the line, disqualification was not the answer. A Current Affair even got in on the action, producing a news story for Monday nights episode labeling Taylah as a bully.
To my knowledge, this is the first time in Aussie Top Model history, a contestant has been kicked off the show. I’m pretty sure it almost happens once every season in the US version.
Both Taylah and Ashley will appear in Friday’s issue of Who Magazine for a photo-shoot and interview on the events.
Australia’s Next Top Model airs Tuesday nights on FOX8.