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It's one of those shows that you either absolutely hate or you absolutely
If you chose to see it as a bunch of stupid, beautiful girls competing through make up and runway tests, then yes, you will be disappointed. But it is called America's Next Top Model, did you think they would be competing for who could eat the most worms under a minute?
You can see that some (to be used very strongly) have genuine personalities. Like in any reality show, you get attached to the people, this show is no exception. Elyse, Adrianne, Shannon (and G-d help me) Robyn' personalities made me come back every week. It was a fun show to relax to over the summer for an hour a week.
I didn't start watching America's Next Top Model until December 11, 2004. I was alone at home and I heard Vh1 say they were going to play reruns of the 3rd season (it was before the winner was annouced, and I couldn't stop watching it! I found it interesting that being a model isn't just being pretty, you have to be confident, have a good walk, and be able to act, talk for interview, deal with rumors. It's fun to see all the weird costumes and when a really good pictures comes, you start to understand why it's beautiful. I had to stop watching it to attend a Christmas party, and I was dying to keep watching it! It's a great show! The challenges, fights, sad times, posing for pictures, and watching that stupid Janice lady yell instead of speak like everyone in the room has hearing problems is all a great combo! This is a great show to watch with your teen daughter, so you can make comments and say, "She sucks" or "That's a nice picture". I give this show a 10/10! Stop watching Jessica Simpson staged her dumb blonde acts on Newlyweds and watch America's Next Top Model! You'll love it and start to wonder if YOU got what it takes to be a model!
Alright, anyone with a brain could tell that this show is a little
unfair. Who is picked and who is sent home is so contrived; everyone
can see straight through it. It really is too bad a lot of them are in
denial. Anyway, let's go through a typical season, or cycle, I should
say, because Tyra has to be menstrual.(I stole that from someone
funny.) The first episode generally starts a clip show with a
Tyra-logue about modeling. How far she made me, how she struggled, how
she is(or was, depending on who you favor) #1. Then we go through
30-something young girls who get flown in to some city for an in-person
interview of sorts so Tyra can get a glimpse of their TV personalities
and hear sob stories. The Tyra makes a series of cuts to get down to
the top 10, 12, 13, or 14 contestants.
Almost all the episodes after that generally go like this: we open with the b*tches, I mean "aspiring models" in Tyra's ego-house. There's fighting, there's laughing, there's the focus(usually) on the girl who is going to be ceremoniously sacked by the end of the episode.
The girl's are then sent to a few things, sometimes in a different order. The first is usually some sort of contest to depict who can do the best at something stupid. Blah, blah, blah. Then comes the photo shoot. The photo shoots are generally the second best thing in the show, second only to the pictures that are shown during panel.
Of course, there are usually some episodes throughout the season/cycle that break the robotedness. The first is always the make-over episode, generally 3 or 4 episodes in. Everyone gets a dramatically awesome hair make-over(or not, in a lot of cases) and there's always some menstrual case whining(except for cycle 8, where when no one whined enough, they had to take out Jael's cute extensions just to really irritate).
And then there's the episode where the girls do an acting session and star in a commercial or something of the like. And sometimes we get a clip show where no one is eliminated and nothing is all that interesting. And of course, there's always the episode where the girls get sent to a foreign fashion capitol(and apparently, any big city in the world is a fashion capitol to Ty-Ty) and someone gets sent home without being there for 24 hours.
Then the final episode shakes it up a bit. Because there are only 3 contestants left, we must suffer two eliminations where Tyra reminds us what the winner gets. And it's always the same thing. A modeling contract and a magazine spread(It was with "Elle Magazine" the first few cycles, but I think when they realized this show didn't turn out any actual TOP models TyTy's winner's got dropped to "Seventeen Magazine".) So yeah, they usually do a CoverGirl shoot to pick the final two and then do a fashion show... before evaluating both finalists and usually picking (in my opinion except for Cycles 1 and 7) the worst of the duo.
In all honesty, this show doesn't really turn out what you could call Big Winners, but it's entertaining when you need a guilty pleasure amount of trash in your week. Enjoy.
Pack your bags UPN! you may get out of last place in ratings with this new reality tv show of yours. Showing the real difficulty behind modeling is an educating, not to mention sweet eye candy, experience. Having only seen a few episodes and listening to the general buzz about the show, Top model is definitely succeeding in drawing an audience. Then again, reality tv is not for everybody and if that is the case, this isn't your cup of tea. Feminist's may have problems with it due to its promotion of an ideal image of women. Luckily, by having a female host, Tyra banks, and many of the nit picking judges and fashion designers depicted with a strong focus on their respective areas of expertise rather than simply the models measurements, most feminist issues are diverted away. Watch the show, it will get you hooked and GO Elyse Sewell!! my choice for America's next top model.
This show is my guilty pleasure all the way!! When I first tuned in to
America's Next Top Model, I expected to be bored, and to find it very
very stupid. I didn't. This show is actually serious fun. I read on one
of the other reviews that it makes you wonder if you have what it takes
to be America's Next top model. And it so does! Who doesn't love the
glamour and excitement that come with being a model? On ANTM you get to
see what it's REALLY like. And who doesn't love hearing the girls bitch
about each other and get into fights? Or enjoy wanting to throw
something at that Janice lady?
Give this a chance. Don't expect something intelligent or a show you can look to for a life lesson. Just enjoy it for what it is. Serious fun!
America's Next Top Model is reality television without pretensions. Or,
rather, it's a reality television show with pretensions that are so
obvious, they're impossible to hide. It's a show about being shallow,
daring, energetic, humble, and, of course, absolutely gorgeous. Led by
Tyra Banks and a variety of photographers, stylists, acting coaches,
directors, designers, and EX-ex-models, ANTM will go to all kinds of
lengths to grab your attention.
From four blonde beauties doing a high-fashion shoot in Venice to soap-opera style acting classes with Taye Diggs, to old-fashioned nudity and sex (on- and off-camera), every season, every episode, will grab your attention. It's not quality television, but it's fun and addictive and all over the place. Don't invest money in the original series of Bankable Productions, but if you've got a free minute, check it out on VH1. They might have a marathon on. And - who knows? It might be that episode with the wet t-shirt pillow fight.
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Tyra Banks needs to teach these girls that it's not all about being beautiful on the outside. The inside counts for something too. A lot of the past winners have looked semi decent but are horribly cruel and starting trouble for the other girls. I see Tyra less involved with the girls in every season. About the only thing worth watching Top Model for is Mr. Jay Manuel. Recently, Tyra had a contestant who was a pre-op transsexual. I felt that she should have done more to encourage her. It was obvious that she had insecurities about her original anatomy showing through her feminine look. Tyra should have given her tips or perhaps she could have sent resident Trannie Ms. Jay to help the girl out. Instead, the contestant was met with harsh criticism and not enough positive criticism. It's a shame because I truly enjoyed the first 3 seasons. There's a reason why Project Runway has all 4 seasons out on DVD and Top Model only has 1 season on DVD. It's called taste. Top Model seriously needs a lot of revamping an some more humanity.
Oh, how I miss the days of Nigel, Mr. Jay, and Miss Jay! I respected the opinions and judgments of those guys. These days, it seems that the show is less about fashion and more about fads. And I'm sorry, but I find Kelly Cutrone a frumpy, grumpy, lump, while Johnny Wujek just needs to take off those stupid hats and dress like a grown-up! I am willing to live with the in-house dramas (and flirtations, in this season) because I find the fashion shoots interesting; I'm not sure I'm willing to put up with the social media hype and the unimpressive "experts" on top of that. This will be my last season of being an ANTM fanunless most of the cast is fired and the old crew brought back.
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The following message contains SPOILERS in the sense that winners from
various seasons are discussed (and other finalists and eliminated
contestants are mentioned as well). Therefore, if you haven't seen each
cycle (1 thru 6) of ANTM and don't want to know the results, read no
I really have enjoyed seeing what the art directors and makeup peeps have done with the girls each season, but I have seen a somewhat disturbing pattern develop: There appears to be a 'double vote' or some other method which allows Tyra to 'intervene' on behalf of a given girl in order to 'prop her up' (causing her to avoid what should be certain elimination), when in any given season other girls with the same 'offenses' would most assuredly be eliminated.
I first noticed this with Eva, when Tyra went to great lengths to 'talk up' Eve's VOICE during the ANTM Japanese canned food item shoot -- acting for all the world as if Ms. Pigford's speaking voice was on par even with Tyra's herself (Tyra is absolutely tops in every conceivable way, with no noteworthy faults whatsoever -- her high forehead not bothering me in the slightest).
This simply must have been a ploy to save her from elimination, for Eva's voice isn't great in the slightest (in fact it's merely 'passable' as that of a 'spokesmodel'). And low and behold, when eliminations came around, Eva was not one of the bottom two, as she should have been, given her dismal performance during the commercial shoot, but near the TOP!! Next, I witnessed the sub-par attitude of Ya-Ya time and again overlooked in order to propel her into the top two. This young lady finally actually offended us all when she spat out the same Japanese food item in the same commercial shoot as Eva, and had already been given chance after chance to improve her poor performance. This should have been the final straw -- yet, again, behavior that would have long since resulted in other girls making a hasty exit from the show was somehow not given proper weight seemingly in order to ensure her advancement.
At this point I began to lose interest in the show as a whole, as I could clearly see that the adjudication process wasn't entirely on the up and up. And I actually ceased to watch the show live (opting to catch it during the annual marathons on other networks) when Lisa was suddenly let go during cycle 5 (I think) for dubious reasons that would have been overlooked had Tyra been as enamored of her as she (or, to be fair, other judges) had been some of the girls previously mentioned.
I decided to give the show yet another chance in cycle 6 -- only to see the eventual winner, Danielle, again 'propped' up time after time, even as she sported perhaps the worst speaking voice in history. During the finale she even alluded to it herself, stating the she would work on her speaking in the future. Yet she had an entire season to offer at least some improvement, and none was forthcoming. And this directly identifies the pattern mentioned above.
Sometimes speech matters and other times it does not. During certain seasons 'attitude' is paramount, while in a subsequent 'cycle' it seemingly doesn't matter in the least. There simply is no consistency in (the judging process of) this show (other than the outstanding art direction and general 'fabulousness' of Jay and Jay). Personally, I find this inexcusable, and feel it wouldn't be the case were Tyra not allowed to unduly influence the outcome.
I completely understand the need for the producers to keep certain personality types and a certain amount of 'conflict' in the model house to ensure 'good television' -- and that's not at all to what I'm objecting. I would find it easier to tolerate elimination based on each specific week's performance rather than concocting some bogus reason merely because the person who deserved to go was Tyra's (or some other judge's) favorite (when her performance that week clearly didn't merit her continued participation).
And finally, having already touted Jay's art direction, I must offer a criticism for him as well. It seems that when he decides he doesn't like a certain girl he simply will not work with her -- leaving her to her own devices (and ultimate destruction) while going overboard to offer support and encouragement to others, which cannot be construed as equable (or equitable). This being a competition, albeit one including a great many 'green' young women, should ensure that each participant gets either equal instruction and comparable advice/treatment or none at all, and I have not found this to be the case.
Nonetheless, I do think that Tyra herself absolutely rocks. She is a most admirable woman and may in time even give the almighty Oprah a run for her 1.3 (or so) Billion. She's at her best one on one -- when dispensing sage wisdom to the 'contestants' -- and possesses much more than merely satisfactory skills in seemingly every arena of the entertainment world. Tyra's ANTM is filling a vital niche in television programming and can be enormous fun at times. My comments and general 'dissatisfaction' with ANTM should therefore be regarded in the spirit with which I submitted them: affectionate constructive criticism.
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As if reality shows like "American Idol" weren't enough, in which
judges like Simon Cowell shoot razor-sharp barbs to contestants trying
to make their mark on the music world -- barbs that many a time has
reduced even outstanding singers to tears after what was deemed a "bad
performance", now "America's Next Top Model" has for the past three
years invaded the boob tube with its own version of "looking for the
next big thing" in a business that values superficiality, concepts of
beauty, and body dysmorphia.
A concept created by Tyra Banks, who is also a judge in the show, it gathers some fifteen contestants from all walks of life and has them submit themselves to innumerable "tasks" in which they must prove their "talent" in front of the camera and subject themselves not only to the now departed Janice Dickinson (self-dubbed "American's First Supermodel") but the equally catty Jay Manuel and Nore Marin who may at one point focus on one girl not performing well and blithely rip her to shreds like it was bad morning coffee. Like in many other reality-based shows, each week one contestant is voted off and must pack her bags and immediately leave (a thing that they are reminded by Tyra at every turn). Of course, there is the bitchy tension between several of the more type-A females, female bonding, tears, dramatic swells of music in key moments, and some truly breathtaking pictures that transform erstwhile ordinary, pretty girls into unattainable goddesses.
I'll have to admit, the show is a guilty pleasure. Maybe it's the state of mind I'm in, but I kept wondering where the vomitorium was in cases when the already thin girls would need to hurl to make the cut and look the way the judges and photographers and many fickle designers would feel was correct for the moment. Even so, it's drawn me in despite my previous paragraph, possibly because I've always had an interest in the fashion world and have always loved watching stunning women being made even more unworldly with make up and perfect lighting. But I wonder where are they going with these increasingly difficult photo shoots. It's as if they were competing with "Fear Factor". Shoots that look like re-enactments of fight scenes in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, shoots where the models have to pose underwater or in almost impossible situations, What's next: posing while tied to train tracks as an oncoming Amtrak roars upon them at 70 miles an hour? Or a shoot where they are underwater, chained, trying to set themselves free in record time while at the same time looking smashing in chiffon, and never, ever forgetting to smile their pearly whites at that camera? How about a "Pit and the Pendulum" version of a photo shoot?
In one thing the show has to be given some kudos, and it's in a way akin to "American Idol". With this I'm probably going to justify the harshness of both shows, and its abrasive judges -- and essentially go against my initial paragraph. "America's Next Top Model" is a show that is an extended audition, like "American Idol", and in it the girls will get the sort of test treatment they will receive in the real world, where prospective designers and photographers, as monstrously fickle as they can be, will crush them to bits at the drop of a hat if they can't sell themselves the way they're expected to, and where one is asked to leave, another will supplant her with the necessary requirements. Which makes it a wonder that any girl would want to get into such a difficult media, but that's what dreams are made of.
Going into its Fifth season it's been a major disappointment with the departure of Janice Dickinson; during her run she was a pretty tough barometer as to how the girls should walk, talk, emote, express themselves, and ultimately present themselves as a walking, living product that sells. With the cold addition of Twiggy I wonder where it will go from here -- Twiggy just can't replace the over-the-top temperament of Dickinson. So with Janice's absence the show has lost some of its edge and may even have signaled its slow demise, but in the meantime, it's still a catchy pleasure to watch, mindless entertainment on weeknights, if at all for the gorgeous visuals. If at all, it's the show that launched Adrienne Curry into the spotlight. Curry has made a name for herself due to facts that have less to do with modeling as much as her theatric love-affair with one time child actor Christopher Knight in their very own reality soap opera.
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