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I haven’t been posting about “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls” because, frankly, it’s been a boring season. The manufactured drama aka “Everyone Hates Chris” started to wear on me because I actually felt sorry for Chris H in a way that I usually don’t feel for reality show contestants. All these kids ganging up on the most-damaged contestant in the house deserved a slap upside the head — especially the season’s “moral center,” Cory. What’s worse is that the fan forums that I like to haunt were taken over by Cory supporters who blindly rallied behind the least-modelesque, most-hypocritical contestant this show has seen in twenty cycles just because of his sexuality, while they simultaneously criticized Jourdan and Marvin for their “poor me” stories. Blechh!
Anyway, with the wealth of attractive contestants and the inclusion of male contestants, this should have been the best season of ANTM ever. However, it was derailed by consistently crappy photo shoots, meaningless challenges that had nothing to do with improving the skills of the contestants, a social media component that has made it clear that a pretty girl with dyed blonde hair will always come out on top, and the perennially insufferable duo of Kelly Cutrone and Bryanboy. I don’t care what they contribute to panel, Tyra — they’re awful people!
Still, everything ended up all right in the end when Jourdan came out on top. She really does have some potential as a model. She’s still a teenager, her runway walk is great and she’s got legs for days! With a little guidance from a major agency she could make some money. I honestly feel that Chris H. and Marvin will do okay, too. Phil might get somewhere, as well, although his height could be problematic. I chose him as an early favorite when I didn’t realize that he’s 6’3″. The guy has a lot of commercial appeal, though. He needs to find a venue where he can shine. I suggest acting; I could see him on a soap opera tomorrow. The camera loves him.
But I digress! I was discussing how horrible this season was, and I guess that we’re in for another round because the show is recruiting contestants for a second “Guys and Girls” cycle. If first you don’t succeed, try, try again. You’ll get a male winner eventually, Tyra. Unless, of course, you invite Virgg back and she walks off with the crown. Won’t that just bust your weave!
What the hell has happened to “America’s Next Top Model“?
I’ve stuck with this show through good and bad, thick and thin, and Whitney and Ann. I’ve laughed at the bad episodes and gushed over the good ones. It’s always been a campy mess, but it’s also been a campy mess with decent production values.
This “Guys and Girls” cycle, however, is different. Take this picture of Jourdan from last night’s episode. If you can’t find a way to make a 6’1″ Barbie doll look good in a photograph, you’re probably a shitty photographer. Jourdan might not be the best model to ever compete on this show, but she certainly isn’t the worst. What’s worse is that it looks as if the orangutan did her makeup and wardrobe styling. In my not-so-humble opinion, this is the crappiest photo in ANTM history. At least there was some ambition in Lluvy’s infamous fish shot.
The rest of the pics weren’t much better. Chris H. received negative criticism for not being able to model with TWO macaws sitting on his shoulders. What was he supposed to do? Dance while they dug their talons into his flesh? There’s a reason that their handlers wear leather gloves. Nina and Don kept getting interrupted during their shoots when the snake they were posing with left the frame. Shame on them for not bringing their professional snake-handler A-game to the set. And both Jeremy and Reneé had terrible shots as they posed with a baby leopard that wouldn’t sit still. A playful kitten? Who has ever heard of that?
There wasn’t a good photo in the bunch, although Nina lucked out with her snake picture. Still, the judges couldn’t agree if it was good or not and they awarded their typically arbitrary scores, including a 10 from Tyra. Yes, a 10 for this:
I can accept that this was the best of the bunch, but in no way did it deserve that sort of praise. If Jourdan’s shot deserved a 1 out of 10 as the new benchmark for “terrible,” I suppose that this one would earn a 6 or maybe a 7. Here’s an 8:
I’d give it a 9 if I didn’t have this one to compare it to:
Of course, this shot would be a 10 in any universe where this shot didn’t exist:
Anyway, there are opportunities galore for the producers of this show to collaborate with exceptionally talented people who would not only produce a body of work that would show them in their best light, but also allow the models to leave this ridiculous program with a decent portfolio and a sense of accomplishment. They’ve used them in the past (jeez I miss Sutan Amrull and Mike Rosenthal) and they can use them in the future. Tyra Banks and Ken Mok just have to recognize that breathing life into a tired franchise doesn’t mean cutting corners with production values. I watched “Survivor: Blood Vs. Water” this week and saw one of the greatest episodes in twenty-seven seasons. If you give the contestants an environment in which they can thrive, it’s going to happen. So stop blaming the models for your low-budget shitshow and put some talent behind the camera before it’s too late.
I can barely even count the number of things that were wrong with this week’s episode of “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls,” but let me try . . .
First of all, Phil was almost sent home. Sure, he performed terribly during the fashion-knowledge quiz, but he took his $25 prize and showed up in a ridiculous outfit that only he could pull off because he’s a model who looks good in anything. Meanwhile, the walking, talking, butt-of-the-joke Kelly Cutrone told him that he wasn’t taking the competition seriously. It made me scratch my head because Phil could potentially be the Cara Delevigne of male modeling if he was given the opportunity. Unfortunately, he’s on a TV program where everything is so screwed up that they let Leila Goldkuhl walk out the door twice last season. Such scouting skills! And let me add that the guy filming the video had framed Phil at an angle that made him look like he should be on the cover of “Men’s Health” while Johnny Wujek was complaining about the way Phil’s abdomen appeared. It wasn’t the pose, genius — it was the camera angle. Tell the model to turn thirty degrees counterclockwise and you’ll get what you want.
Next, the episode was filled with ridiculous drama between crybaby Marvin and awkward Chris. Jourdan also jumped on the “I hate Chris” train, but as this season is beginning to prove, Jourdan hates everything. What’s worse is that I’m sensing a final two of Jourdan and Marvin.
Finally, the judging system is as stupid as ever, with some photos receiving marks as low as 5 while getting a 9 from another judge.
If there was one saving grace to the episode, it was that Tyra had a new project to promote: her fabulous art installation where she recreates the looks of all of the world’s most famous fashion models. It was no “Shake Ya Body,” but it’ll do . . . for now.
Next week: more crying and more yelling!
Forget it — they’re here!
On this week’s episode of “America’s Next Top Model: Guys & Girls,” poor Jeremy was sent home for not being able to model. The guy was actually starting to grow on me, not because he was a good model, but because he actually has some charisma. He reminds me of Benjamin McKenzie of “Southland” and “The O.C.” He needs to take some acting lessons in order to discover if he has any talent in that discipline.
Kanani was also sent home after a bad photo shoot where she was haunted by the memories of an evil clown doll planted in her bed by the guys in the competition. Of course, those memories came flooding back when she stared into the faces of the judging panel while they awarded arbitrary scores as if they were drawing numbers from a fishbowl.
In other news, Don impressed this old bird with a beauty shot that was actually quite beautiful. Phil took a bad photo that put him in the bottom three (although the picture made me believe that if that’s his worst photo, he has nothing to worry about). Other highlights included a crazy photographer named Franco Lacosta who was straight off the “Zoolander” set, and a special guest appearance of the old background set from the “Larry King Show.” Oh, and a terrible challenge where the models performed “random acts of modeling,” which is currently being defined as driving a tractor in eveningwear — what else?
Next week: Chris keeps bringing the crazy! I kind of want him to win now. I’ve actually seen him during the New York menswear shows and he’s the real deal, like Leila from last season. Between him, Phil and Marvin, I don’t believe that there’s a chance in hell that a girl will win this cycle. Of course, I’ve just jinxed them all. Hand Jourdan the crown!
No, that’s not “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Willam being felt up by seventies icon Joyce DeWitt (although I kind of wish it was). That’s Chris and Nina from “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls.”
This week’s gender-bending commercial was for “Questionable,” a made-up body spray that needs to be a real thing. Now that the nineties are back in style, gender non-specific perfumes like ck one should be right around the corner. My friend Rusty is a big fan of scents that don’t discriminate. That’s why you can always depend upon him smelling like a well-used deep fryer at KFC.
But I digress! This episode had its moments. There was plenty of good (Marvin licking Renee’s face; Marvin refusing to do anything to please Perez Hilton; Jourdan essentially being told by Tyra that there is no excuse to be a dumbass) and bad (Perez Hilton; Tyra’s eyebrows; the judges handing out perfect scores like they were candy). In the end, Alexandra was sent home for looking too much like Paul Sutera in “The Brady Bunch Movie.” I thought the resemblance was uncanny! The judges thought it was unacceptable.
Anyway, I’m curious to see when the models are going to do some actual modeling this season. So far everything has been so over-the-top that I’m really not sure if there’s an actual model in the bunch. I guess I need to see a beauty shot or an editorial shoot with the sort of styling that would require a model to sell the clothes. Every photo shoot so far has been an ego wank for the photographer and Johnny Wujek. I live for the camp value of this show, but c’mon! Has he produced a single shot this cycle that a model could put in a portfolio? I don’t think so.
Well, there’s always next week . . .
Just to point out how ridiculous “America’s Next Top Model” has become, here’s a recent photo of last season’s contestant Leila. Leila was not only eliminated too early, but she was brought back by the fans only to be eliminated again. But since she was the only real model to appear on this show in eons, she’s currently working her butt off with assignments that have included a Hervé Leger lookbook. I read that she’s skipping New York Fashion Week castings this fall to gain some runway experience at Sydney Fashion Festival, but I expect big things from her in the very near future. Free from the curse of the show, she might be the first contestant in ANTM history to really get somewhere in the fashion business.
I could only think of one thing while watching Jeremy walk down the revolving runway on this week’s episode of “America’s Next Top Model.” He’s the kind of young guy I see at my gym who spends his entire workout staring at himself in the mirror. He believes that his definition of sexy is the same as everyone else’s definition of sexy. Unfortunately, the only person he’s turning on is himself. He’s an asexual robot: an autoerotic automaton.
I’m not the only person who has realized that Jeremy isn’t a model. The judging panel had him in the bottom two this week, just a tenth–of-a-point higher than Mike, who was eliminated this week. Don’t get me wrong: I like Jeremy. I like Mike, too. Both of them should stay in Hollywood, take some acting lessons and try to get jobs playing cops on procedural crime dramas. But modeling? I don’t think so!
In other news, my old boss at “Nylon” was a special guest star this week. I used to hate Marvin Scott Jarrett because he owed me money, but then he paid me back. To be perfectly honest, my one-year gig at “Nylon” was the best job I ever had. Back then, the inmates ran the asylum and the magazine was a glorious collaboration between some of the most marginal-yet-brilliant people in the fashion business. It was THE indie magazine and there was nothing else like it. I’d kill Kelly Cutrone to get another job like that. No! I’d kiss Kelly Cutrone to get another job like that. That’s much, much worse!
Tyra looked gorgeous at panel in her Peter Pilotto dress and “Valley of the Dolls” hair. Jourdan got best photo and Chris (the season’s most modelesque contestant) got shit from the panel for not finding the light when the photos in general were lit terribly by the photographer. You don’t bring along a lighting crew and then blame the models when every shot turns out bad. The Cobra Snake needs to be eliminated from the competition.
Next week: cross dressing (YAY!) and Perez Hilton (BOO!) . . .