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America’s Next Top Model 8, Episode 2: Sarah’s Liberating Momentby Phil Kural -- 03/08/2007
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Last week, we met the 13 finalists! Some of the girls had issues with adjusting to Renee, while we were re-introduced to Jaslene, who didn’t make it into Cycle 7, but made the cut for this season. She was a tough act to follow at the first photo shoot. While some girls struggled, it was Kathleen who got lost, and it showed. In the end, her confusion had her sent home first. Twelve girls are left, who is going home tonight? Let’s find out!
Jaslene talks to her mom on the phone. She tells her mom how happy she was to be called first at the first meeting with the judges, adding that she is fierce, and when she’s in her zone, she does her best. Meanwhile, Samantha tells the camera that she’s a country girl and not as crazy as some of the others in the house. She keeps to herself, and when she needs to let something out, she normally just uses the phone or writes something in her journal. She tells her dad on the phone that she’ll never forget who she is. She might be different, but she wants to win this just as much as the rest of the girls.
Tyra mail arrives and basically, it tells the girls that it’s time to walk! Fast forward to the girls arriving at a high school. They are standing on the field when the marching band strolls in. Ms. J., of course, is with them, twirling a baton and wearing a ridiculous hat. He tells the girls that he brought the marching band to use as an example and show them the kind of choreography they might need on the runway. That’s why for their challenge, they’ll need to show off some precise walking! He sends the girls off to get into their heels.
The girls step back out onto the field in their heels. Ms. J. now has a schoolgirl’s uniform on, and this is all quite disturbing. He tells the girls that they’ll be walking a white line and showing off their signature walks. Felicia is up first. She needs to take longer steps and not look like she’s carrying two bags of groceries. Samantha simply needs to start moving her right arm, which she says she knew she would be told. Well, if you knew that, why didn’t you practice and start moving it? Didn’t you read the Top Model Tips before you applied for the show?
Natasha shows off her walk next – if you want to call it that. It’s more like a march. She thinks she’s doing great though, even though Ms. J. is totally confused. Renee walks too much on her heels and Jaslene is also told that she needs to take longer steps. She tells the camera that she finds Ms. J.’s suggestions helpful, but she likes her walk how it is because it makes her stand out. Whatever.
Ms. J. says that it’s not uncommon for models to walk the runway in twos or threes, so next, he’ll have them practice in groups of three with some choreography. He shows them a little crisscross walking routine that is fairly simple, yet Natasha still has no clue what is going on.
Felicia messes up a few times and Sarah comments that when she wears heels, she feels elegant. Then she walks out of her heel. Yeah, really elegant. Jaslene finds the whole thing funny, and Brittany admits that she has no clue what is going on. Clearly though, and as usual, Jaslene thinks she’s doing the best. The bell rings and Ms. J. tells them to go into the auditorium.
When the girls enter the auditorium, they meet Roy Campbell, who is a fashion show coordinator and friend of Tyra’s. He says that he will be hosting a fashion show – which the girls will be walking in! On top of that, they will be using the choreography they learned with Ms. J., and will be walking in groups of three. The theme for the show is, of course, the prom! Ms. J. struts out onto the runway in a prom outfit that looks like… actually, I can’t think of word worse than “hideous.” The winner of the challenge will win a great prize, and there will be three categories of prom dresses: modern-contemporary, ‘80s, and ghetto fabulous. I love how they always work “ghetto fabulous” into everything on this show.
Hair and makeup is applied. Jael can’t believe how seriously the other girls are taking the competition and laughs about the whole thing. Umm, Jael? Of course they are taking it seriously – they want to win! Jaslene says that her walk is down and she knows she can do this, while Renee tells the camera that Jaslene is so full of herself and this time – it’s HER turn to shine!
The show begins and so does the madness. Roy says that Sarah has great posture and form, and Renee tells the camera that her main concern is getting down the choreography. Jaslene says that she feels like she is on fire on the runway, and Roy tells the camera that Samantha needs more attitude.
Renee is called bland by Roy, compared to the other girls, but really seems to be connecting with the audience. Meanwhile, Natasha really has no clue what is going on. The first two categories whiz by, and it’s time for ghetto fabulous, so get ready for some tight mini-dresses! Sarah walks out first and shows her boobs to everyone in the crowd. Let me remind you that the crowd is teenage boys and girls. Jael tells the camera that the slip was classic and she’s happy that she got to be next to Sarah during that “liberating moment.” Yeah, I’m sure she felt so free! Samantha says that the dress she just modeled needs to be burned and that her parents would never let her go to a prom in it. Whitney? Well, let’s just say Whitney can’t get the choreography down ONE BIT.
Roy comments that Brittany actually has some great runway moves, while Jaslene, even though she thinks she is doing so well, really doesn’t know what she’s doing, and doesn’t seem to care! He thinks that Dionne really needs to work on her choreography, and as we see Renee bump into some of the other girls, she voices over to the camera that the other girls are all lacking experience. Man, this girl is annoying!1 2 3 Next-->
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