May 18, 2007

ANTM Cycle 8- Spoiler!

So I know how annoying it is when you inadverdantly find out who the winner is before you watch the finale- this has happened to me in the past 2 seasons. Last time, my friend casually dropped the bomb in conversation. And this time, I caught a glimpse of it on! ARGH. Anyways- don't say I didn't warn you not to scroll down!
Admittedly, this show is getting old. One can only take so much overdramatic girl cat fights before starting to wonder if they're delibrately making up something out of nothing. And after all these seasons, the girls all start to seem similar to those from past seasons. And they must've ran out of countries, because really Tyra, Sydney Australia? AGAIN? I was expecting something more exotic and new. The only thing that keeps me watching are the makeovers (its crazy what a huge difference hair, make-up and styling tips can do), the ever innovative shoots (although there weren't too many really exciting ones this season) and the glimpses into the fashion industry.
Granted I didn't like any of the girls in particular at the beginning and wasn't really vouching for anyone, I was disappointed with the two finalists- Natasha and Jaslene. They not only looked awful when they're not doing a job (this is AFTER they've had their make overs and well into the season- they just look like two badly dressed girls on the streets. And someone should just tell Natasha that she looks bad in skinny jeans)..
..but they also looked awful in the final judging in these Sass & Bide creations, with that make-up and hair. On a side note, I thought that it was kind of cool that they got to do a Sass & Bide runway- I didn't even know that they were Australians! And that runway show they were doing with the view of the Opera house- I was just there 5 months ago!
Ultimately though, between the two, I was glad that Jaslene won even though she didn't even make it into the house the last season- although this kind of makes me wonder whether she really made a huge transformation or whether the quality of the girls this season is just really bad. I'm leaning towards the latter.
But anyway, I thought she rocked the runway and she took consistently good pictures. Also, I liked her character better. She was a bit more genuine and all.
Especially compared to Natasha. The other models are right, she did appear really fake and annoying. And yet the judges just seem to be blinded by her exuberant personality. Can't they see that the things she says are not cute but obnoxious? She always had to twist any criticism she got into a good thing- can't the girl just take the criticism as it is? Although one does have to give her points for improvement. I thought her cross dressing shoot as a guy was pretty well done.
The girl I most wanted to win though, was Renee. I thought she did really well in everything. She had a great personality, her photos were consistently good and most importantly, she totally rocked the Cover Girl commercial while the other two finalists completely flunked it- honestly, I just wanted to wince watching! The only reason I can see why she got eliminated was because she looked "old," which is unfair since she can't help it and she's only 20. And really, if make-up, hair and photoshop can make Jaslene and Natasha look so good in photos as opposed to real life, they can make Renee look younger. Perhaps ANTM can't have another winner who looked so much like the last winner? One criticism for Renee- what kind of name is "Nee Nee"?? It sounds so ridiculous and stupid.
The rest of the season...was mediocre. There weren't too many photoshoots that I remembered that made too much of an impression on me. Other models- I couldn't believe that Jael made it so far. She should've been eliminated way before, like when she made a fool of herself in that celeb party annoying 50 cent. And her image, I get that she's trying to be different, but to me, it was just as if that girl couldn't decide whether to be girl and nice or rock, punk and cool. Britney, I was sympathizing with her short term memory thing, but Dionne made a good point when she said she remembered all the lines in the acting challenge. Also, I thought she was getting too cocky about her photos in the end and was just a huge melodramtic whiner. Oh and I liked Whitney the Dartmouth student. I thought she was very eloquent and smart- too bad she never got her act together with the photos.
And lastly, I just wanted to make a comment about Tyra. I know she's retired and everything, but what is with the outfits she's been wearing on the show? They look awful. If I knew how to take screenshots from videos, I can go on and on for a whole post on her fashion mistakes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tyra, Sydney Australia? AGAIN? I was expecting something more exotic and new"

If you check the wiki page you'll see that tyra never did australia, I thought it was a good Idea. I just moved here last year and the fashion scene is out of control aussies really love fashion and people here dress so well no matter what age! They have so many great designers including alice Mccall, alannah hill, ksubi and sass and bide!

Jen (

5/20/2007 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally? I like America's Next Top Model. I don't think it's getting old at all, and I hope it's on for many more cycles.

I really liked Natasha. She didn't seem fake to me at all. She seemed more real to me than anybody else. I was rooting for her for the entire cycle.

Jaslene was, admittedly, though, one of the best models they've ever had. I think she really tried to be herself, and it paid off. Now she's America's Next Top Model.

I think they got it right, except Brittany should have been in the top three, instead of Renee. I felt that Renee was fake. A bit of her was, and a bit of her was just the bitchiness coming out.

But I'm glad Jaslene won, in the long run.

5/20/2007 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it when they go to a country where they dont speak english...the go sees are just too eady this way.

Altogether i really liked Natasha but am glad that Jaslene won because i think she`s stronger. I thought Renee was very fake and although perhaps it was the producers who made her the 'bitch' of this season, those scenes where she made her remarks did actually come from her...=]

i hope next season will like season 2 or 3 which in my opinion have the strongest girls.

5/20/2007 10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO glad Jaslene won. Love that girl! And so glad Natasha DIDNT.

But i was MOST surprised when Renee didn't make it into the final 2. Mann... i feel SO bad for her! She totally didn't see it coming.

Even though ANTM is getting old - i still love it. And i love Tyra :)

5/21/2007 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although this show is entertaining sometimes, I'm kind of sick of it. I mean, it's...cycle 8 and this show has still failed to produce any real top models.
But anyway, I'm glad Jaslene won. She looked the most model-esque out of the final two.

5/21/2007 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You thought Renee had a great personality? Maybe we watched a different show, because all I saw was Renee pissing and moaning about everything. Her personality sucked.

I'm glad Jaslene won and maybe she can break into the world of high fashion. She has the body and a great face.

5/21/2007 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"She had a great personality"

What?! Your idea of a great personality is that of an insincere, back-stabbing, arrogant bitch?

When they announced that Jaslene & Natasha were doing a runway show, I immediately thought that Natasha was going to be disastrous and Jaslene was going to be amazing. As it turned out, I thought Natasha did better than Jaslene. Did you see how awful it was backstage when Natasha was trying to change? She's naked and exposed and the stupid people are yanking away at her dress. How humiliating with Jay standing there commenting and with cameras all over.

I didn't like any of the girls this cycle except Samantha so I didn't care who won after she got sent home early on.

Personally, I love ANTM. Granted, I only started watching last cycle so it's still pretty new to me.

5/21/2007 2:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alt+prnt scrn = capturing screenshots of videos. (if on pc, must paste in Paint)

I concur with your entire post.

The only contestant I adored on ANTM was Elyse from Cycle 1.

5/21/2007 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think ANTM is getting old too. they're like, "who's going to be american's next top model?" well.... none of them are. i think the only successful model that came out of this show is elyse sewell from cycle 1. she's quite a famous model in china. these kinds of reality shows never find real talent. they're only for entertainment. model's that come out of ANTM may get a contract with a modeling agency, but they will never be the next gemma ward. i was actually rooting fro renee because she took gorgeous photos, and i think she's probably gonna earn a lot of money even if she did not win. i totally do not understand how natasha could have got into the final 2. i mean, yeah, she improved a lot, but renee is like a million times better than her.

5/21/2007 4:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

this show should really only be watched for pure entertainment value. if you want to check out some hilarious recaps, i highly recommend fourfour:

they're hilarious. and they'll make you love natasha, just because she's so exquisitely insane.

the show is so beyond any shred of credibility (i mean there's been 8 seasons, and has one winner, or even contestant, gone on to anything worthwhile?) that you really just have to laugh at it.

5/21/2007 5:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

one last thing.. i forgot about elyse. she was amazing!

5/21/2007 5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... liked Renee and Whitney?! Really? Renee was decent but was edited as the bitch this season. Whitney could not take a good picture to save her life. It's a shame they eliminated the girls with the most potential (Samantha, Brittany and Felicia). Overall, I'm OK with a Jaslene win (even though I found her catwalk too beauty pageant-ish). I dug Natasha because she wasn't fazed when the girls ganged up on her or talked about her. She's the epitome of turning lemons into lemonade...girl always looked on the bright side of things!
Oh, and I'm tired of Tyra and the gang using the word FIERCE.

5/21/2007 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually haven't watched cycle 8, but im here as a proud aussie who thinks it's AWESOME that they came to australia (which they haven't done yet, i'm not sure why you think 'australia? again?)

australia has an amazing fashion scene, but it's often glossed over in favour of europe/US. we have fantastic designers... the sass&bide girls, lover, toni maticevski, alex perry, scanlan & theodore, veronika maine, wayne cooper and alice mccall (brit expats that we love as if they are aussies!).

i could go on forever, but i think it's great that they are putting australia on the map.

5/21/2007 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that Renee comment a mistake??? I can only wonder what kind of person you are. Renee was a psycho bitch.

5/21/2007 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Britney was so whiney and immature. I really loved her pictures and I hope she gets her act/personality together and improves her walk because her pictures were stunning.
But then again, who really thinks she is capable of improving her personality. Not me!

5/21/2007 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Adrienne winner of the first season?
It`s like they blocked her out completely, shes not even in the opening...they start with Yoanna.

5/21/2007 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO sure you've never had a stupid-sounding nickname either.

5/21/2007 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like you any more..

5/21/2007 10:19 PM  
Blogger Evangeline said...

Just wanted to say thanks for all your posts. It gives me a feel for what's current fashion-wise ^_^

Finally I can contribute something though!
Normally you can't take screenshots of videos because of some weird Microsoft policy on piracy. If you've ever tried to screenshot before by pressing "prntscrn" and pasting it into a graphics program, you'll notice the video turns up as a black screen. I suggest you use vlcplayer which is an awesome open source video player (it also plays anything under the sun).

It can also very easily take screenshots.

5/21/2007 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didn't like Renee's attitude at all. but she did take better photos than the other two. i think she should have won.

then again, Elise from season one came in third and she has gone on to do more than any of the others.

5/22/2007 4:47 AM  
Blogger sopink said...

i didn't know elyse was famous now. somebody post links to photos!! i loved her look even tho she was pretty intellectually pretentious and snobby.

i still love top model even though they don't produce "top models".

they might have cute adrienne out since she has all this weird publicty after this vh1 reality show she was in.

renee was a closet biatch. im glad jaslene won. if you do a photos comparison, jaslene was a lot better than natasha.

brittany photographed amazingly but her personality sucked. i loved the girl from dartmouth's personality but her photos sucked.

5/22/2007 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how did natasha looks bad in skinny jeans? i thought she was the better dressed out of the three. i don't understand jaslene's beauty at all, she had annyoing eyebrows, face and the faces that she made when she talked were pretty unattractive. plus the girl was way too flat all around.

5/22/2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww i used to like this blog! I can't believe you htough Renee's personality was great, she was such an evil malicious fake person! and I don't necessarily think Natasha is fake... we haven't seen any signs of it, she's just naturally like that, though it might be weird for someone to not have a bitchy side, it's not fake and it's no reason to hate someone!

5/22/2007 5:29 PM  
Blogger glamour girly said...

Wow, this really shows you how subjective this type of show is. Everyone has their particular favorites. I love the show, but this season was definitely not as fun as usual. I became bored with it.

I did not like Renee because even if they edited it to make her the bitch, she did actually go ahead and genuinely be horrible in her little personal takes. She did take amazing pictures though!

By the end, I didn't really care who won, but I would have definitely picked Jaslene over Natasha...

5/22/2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger glamour girly said...

Oh, and I totally agree about Tyra's outfits. What is she thinking?!

5/22/2007 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just simply love the last picture, it is pure perfection :) WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5/22/2007 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, am I the only one who thought Jaslene looked vaguely reminiscent of the Joker??? If not the Joker, then a cross-dressing male. She is HORRIBLY ugly. Could not believe she actually won!

5/22/2007 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Thanks for the correction about Australia. Its just that I could've sworn that at the back of my mind I saw them walking the runway at Darling Harbor and announcing the winner at the penthouse of a hotel with a really great view. Perhaps I got it confused with some other show :P

2. I thought Natasha looked really awkward with her skinny jeans/pants and wedges. Not really what I imagine to be chic.

3. Yes, Renee is a bitch. But at least we know she's a bitch. She's not really there to make friends anyway. What I mean about liking her personality is that she's doing this for herself and her family, she can take a criticism, she tries hard and knows her strengths and weaknesses. All this just strikes me as more real.

Its just hard to believe that someone can be genuinely exuberant and super friendly to everyone 24/7.

5/23/2007 5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some of those makeovers take away from the models rather than add to them...

5/23/2007 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Natasha a lot better, but I only saw the episode where they dressed like guys and the finale. (I wait until the marathon on Vh1 or MTV to catch up on all the cycle.) I thought she seemed more like a model than Jaslene and I liked that she didn't look like she could break in half a moments notice. I know Jaslene is probably naturally that way, but I mean come on! She's the size of my thigh and I'm not fat (size 4-6, thankyouverymuch). Also I thought it did say something huge that Jaslen didn't even make it into the house cycle 7 and she managed to win cycle 8. I also think maybe the judges gave it to her because of that, considering they said Natasha and Jaslene were equally both really, really good. Plus to note on past winners: Adrianne from cycle 1 got married to Peter Brady. That's not too bad, but she definitely hasn't been "The Next Top Model". Yohanna from cycle 2 hosts that show the Look for Less. That's not too bad considering they were nobodies, right? Oh and also I was watching an episode from cycle one. Oh. My. 'Lanta. This show has evolved so much!

5/23/2007 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This show has evolved so much!"

In a good way? I never saw the first couple seasons.

Renee is a hag and I'd take fake happy over bitchy any day.

5/23/2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger Alas said...

I have to agree with the anonymous post (the one right above mine) that stated that she would rather "take fake happy over bitchy anyday".

I liked Natasha and it would have been pretty cool if she had won, but I can understand why the judges piked Jaslene. I liked them both over Renee (even if she did take knock-out photos).

Half way into the season, I would have placed money down that Brittney was going to win, but when I skipped one week of Top Model and went back to find out that she totally bombed the go-sees, I was crushed and shocked. But after I saw her photos from the mens/womens photoshoot, I wasn't surprised that she was sent home.

Well, in anycase, I thought this season was fun, like most of the others and I can't wait till cycle 9. ^_^v

5/24/2007 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I think Renee lost for a good reason. She was ugly, looked old and she only wanted to win for money. Also I think that people with children shouldn't be allowed in these competitions because all they do is complain about not seeing their babies. Well, if you think being away for a few weeks is bad wait until you're over in another country for a couple months without your baby. I agree though the show is getting old and talent is lacking. I wish that they'd get better girls on there.

5/27/2007 5:24 AM  
Blogger Renai said...

"One criticism for Renee- what kind of name is "Nee Nee"?? It sounds so ridiculous and stupid."

AW! I'm a Renai (pronounced the same as the name Renee), and my nick-name has always been Nai-Nai. Not by choice, it's just what you get stuck with! Every Renee/Renae/Renai I've ever known has had it!

5/29/2007 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Am Sooo Made Up Jaslen Won. She Was Emaazzzin Right The Way Throo It. I ♥ The Salsa Queen/ Drag Queen Thing! Gooo jassllleeennnnee! Woooohhh Lol xx

11/17/2007 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not very happy tha Jaslene won. I thought Natasha had what it took to be ANTM. Her portfolio, the way she talks, the way she walks, everything about her was great. I feel that Jaslene is very good at modeling, but her face is always the same in all the pictures. She had the best walk in the season. But I just wanted to win. But JASLENE CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/24/2007 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

really? you think Renee had a good personality? every time i saw her she was bitching about all the other girls, or talking about them behind their backs. she even told whitney and diana that plus-sized models would never be on the cover of vouge. i hated her.

1/05/2008 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im sorry but cycle 8 was very good after the crappiness of cycle 7. You obviously dont know wat ur talking abt considering that it was a great series and most importantly you can be the most stunning girl, but that does not make u a great model. Anyway renee was not that pretty and was only nice at the end, natasha was absolutely full of herself considering how plain she was and the reason jaslene won was coz she rocked and if she wasnt in cycle 7 lucky for her coz it was absolute shite! and saying jaslene had the same face which i disagree with, is totally hypocritical, as i recall danielle (cycle 6) looked exactly the same in all her pics and won wen really joanie should have for her versatility and amazing walk!!

1/19/2008 1:27 AM  
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