It’s been eons since I’ve seen cycle 4, so going through these pics was a bit of a trip down memory lane. I don’t have many favorite pics of girls that were eliminated fairly early, basically because I hated most of their pre-Africa photo shoots and thought they looked cheesy and cheap. But, for what it’s worth, here are my faves:
And… it looks like I have a zillion more pics to add to her personal page. I’ll get around to it eventually.
We often spend time griping about how Tyra runs ANTM, and I’ll admit, if I were her, there would be MANY things that I would change. So if you were Tyra, how would you run the show?
Here are my ideas:
- Scout ‘em out! instead of holding auditions, I’d have scouts go and check out community fashion shows (yes, at malls and stuff), dance studios, concerts, etc and scout out girls that have “the look” and stand out in the crowd. Lately, I think ANTM has had too many “I-want-to-be-a-reality-TV-star!” personalities, and needs to get back to the basics by “discovering” fresh talent from girls that actually have modeling potential.
- Plussies cycle! If you’re going to include plussies, you need to have a plussies-only cycle. Throwing them in with the other contestants is ridiculous, since their market is entirely different.
- Lower the age. Yes, as we’ve seen from Australia’s Next Top Model, 16-year-olds can be immature brats. (As if we didn’t know that already). And I’m not sure how feasible it would be with all the legal issues, but hey, if you can get a bunch of kids on “Kid Nation,” you should be able to get some almost-adult teens on a modeling show. Considering many major agencies start hiring at 16, we end up with a lot of ANTM contestants that these agencies would consider too old to be just making their start. Put the age limit at 16-20, however, and you may lose a lot of the alcohol-induced drama, but you’ll find fresh new looks before they get not-so-fresh looking.
In the house
- Bring back the trainers! Seriously, these girls need to be given healthy food to eat and receive exercise training. Watching them sitting around bored out of their minds eating potato chips (or whatever) is boring… and frankly, just perpetuates the idea that Americans are fat slobs that just sit around eating potato chips all day. Let’s start a trend for healthier living!
Photo shoots & challenges
- Relevant challenges, please. I would love to see challenges that actually have to do with the modeling industry. Not “can you sword fight like a gladiator?” More runway, more quizzing them on the fashion industry, more go-sees, more mingling with people in the industry.
- No more commercials in other languages. They’re just too painful.
- More photo shoots for actual products! Some of the photo shoots this past cycle had very little direction at all, and it wasn’t very clear what they wanted the girls to portray — for instance, the meat one? I think someone even asked if they were supposed to be pro-meat or anti-meat. Fuerza Bruta? Homeless? Where there was an actual product, however, like the lingerie shoot, the girls did much better in portraying a certain feeling, because there was a point to what they were doing. Same with the final Cover Girl shoot.
- In the case of photo shoots where girls have to portray different “themes,” those will be chosen randomly, not assigned, so that no one girl gets easy themes every week.
Judging & Elimination
- Total revamp of elimination system. Call me crazy, but I would totally change the elimination system. Episodes 1-5 would have no eliminations at all. That way, each girl would have the opportunity to show their stuff and couldn’t be sent home for just one bad shot. Also, we’d get to know the girls better before anyone got sent home. All of these photos would be judged, the girls would receive feedback, and they would have the opportunity to work on these things from week to week. Episodes 6-10 would have double eliminations. These eliminations would be based on each model’s collective portfolio, and improvement over time, not just a single photo. From that point on, it would be back to single elimination for the final three (or four) girls, who would at that point go overseas. The final episode would have only the top two girls.
- New judges each week. One judging spot would be filled by the host, who would be the only permanent judge. The other four positions would be filled by guest judges, who would have the opportunity to see each girl’s full portfolio in addition to the week’s shot. Each girl would receive feedback from each judge, and the elimination decisions would be based on a vote, for which each of the judges (including the host) would have a single vote. This would prevent the judges from being able to play favorites, and would give the girls feedback and fresh perspectives each week. After all, isn’t this show really supposed to be about helping these girls make it big?
So… those are my ideas. What do you think? Would that be a show you would watch? What are your ideas?
And for those of you that were wondering, yes, I do plan on doing the “worst of” after I’m done with the “best of”… should be interesting!
So… I thought cycle 5 would be another tough one, because there were so many awful, awful photo shoots… the superheros… the fashion police… the one with all the guys (whatever that was)… the paparazzi one… but I soon realized that during the shoots where the girls actually had a chance of pulling off a decent shot (such as in the country couture shot), a lot of them did fabulous. So, all in all, I ended up with TOO many photos that I liked, so I’m going to apologize in advance if your own personal favorite didn’t make it into my top 10 list
Looking at these pics really makes me want to go back and re-watch cycle 6, which I would have to say was one of the top ANTM seasons. They had a lot of girls with modeling potential, along with a mix of girls with major reality TV personalities, which made it entertaining, but still gave the impression that they were at least trying to take it seriously. Granted, every cycle has its flaws: Jade made it to third place… there was that awful, nightmarish doll photo shoot… and the horrible occupation one… but all in all, cycle 6 has to be one of my favorites.
I have a bunch of IRL stuff going on this fall, but I’m going to try to keep this new site updated with news, gossip, spoilers, pics, info, recaps, etc as much as possible for as long as possible. When c11 finally comes around, though, I may be calling on some of the “regulars” here to write up recaps and help me keep it updated, since it seems I won’t have a whole lot of free time during the time that c11 is airing. But for now, enjoy!
This cycle was really tough for me to come up with a top ten, basically because I hated most of the photo shoots. Why is it that the cycle with the greatest potential of actual models was also one of the cycles with the worst photo shoots?
As always, I know not everyone is going to agree with all of my choices, and that’s a-okay; I enjoy hearing your opinions as well!
Normally, I’m not at all a fan of Perez Hilton, but I thought I’d pass on some c11-related gossip:
Thoughts on the location or the spoiled top-six girl?
… since we’re on a roll here with top 10/bottom 10 pics… here’s my favorites from last cycle