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"America's Next Top Model" Recap: "The Girls Go Cruisin'"

"America's Next Top Model" Recap: "The Girls Go Cruisin'"

"America's Next Top Model" Recap: "The Girls Go Cruisin'"

Pretty much all the suspense of last night's season premiere of "America's Next Top Model" was gone with one look at this picture from the CW that revealed which of the first 33 contestants would make the final 13. But no matter — there was enough pure crazy in the first episode to make it worth watching. I mean, one girl gave Tyra a simulated bikini wax right there on the judges' table, leading Tyra to exclaim that "any girl who gives me a simulated kitty-cat wax is fine with me." I can only imagine what precedent this will set for future cycles.

Anyway. The episode started with the 33 hopefuls boarding a cruise ship in Puerto Rico, where Tyra surprised the girls by making her first appearance in a feather-adorned getup for a little cabaret number, surrounded by gay sailors. (My boyfriend's comment: "The kangaroo costume was better.") Then came a boatload (...get it?) of whining, cattiness, backbiting and posturing between the girls as they prepared for their auditions in front of Tyra and the Jays. For more about the auditions and to see a gallery of all the contestants,

The auditions featured a whole lot of weird moments, including one girl pulling a straw paper out of her nose and another being made to walk like a high-fashion butterfly and robot. (That went well.) There also was the usual complement of sob stories from girls who had drug-addicted mothers, blindness in one eye, and Asperger's Syndrome.

In the end, after a photo shoot on the beach, the girls were cut to the 13 finalists, including Heather (the girl with Asperger's), Victoria (a Yale student who thinks some of the other girls are dumb), Jenah (who seems like a good candidate for house brat), and Sarah (who's too big for regular modeling and too small for plus — so, in other words, a normal girl). At this point, I'm rooting for Sarah, but I have a feeling Lisa will end up winning it all. Who's your early pick?

Photos courtesy of The CW

veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
very excited for this season.
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
I didn't really liket eh whole tyra singing thing.. that was rocky..
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 10 years
I'm not really feeling any of them JUST yet.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
i like that "selisha" girl... i have NO idea what her name really is. i was bummed the brooklyn girl got cut b/c she had a unique face. her eyes were amazing.
SapphireSky SapphireSky 10 years
Like you, juju, I was very disappointed that they cut Marvita. At the moment my pick is Heather as I think it will be quite interesting to watch her at the shoots. She should bring a unique perspective. But of course... a bit early to lock in my vote for who takes home the win :)
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 10 years
Ashlyn Rose totally agree with you
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
I'm not really too impressed with this crop of girls. My pick to win it all is Tyra, because this show is really all about how great Tyra is. She's always the winner!
erinflower erinflower 10 years
I am rooting for Heather and Sara as well.
Emiily Emiily 10 years
this show is crap, it was good like 4 seasons ago.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 10 years
I liked Heather and Victoria the best so far.
Orangecrush43 Orangecrush43 10 years
I dont' have a favorite yet,but cycle 9 just started last night,couldnt' wait for this season.
angelcakesugar angelcakesugar 10 years
This show is always so addicting. I'm rooting for Sarah and Heather. Obviously no plus size girl will ever win. So maybe a normal, nonskeleton one has a chance this time. At least they can't claim that they can't find enough clothes to fit her compared to the other girls like cycle 3's Toccara.
askmetostay askmetostay 10 years
LOVE lisa!!! i was sad the girl from boston didn't make it....and while ebony was being a pretty big bia!ch, she doesn't seem as bad as some past "bad girls" like jade and whitney.
Elsa2 Elsa2 10 years
I love this show, I'm so happy the new season finally started !!! The "plus-sized" is Sarah, the one with a short black dress and brown hair... At the moment, she's the one I'm rooting for. I also kinda like Janet (I think that's her name) and Soleisha (the spelling is so wrong here), but I agree with Buzz, I think Lisa's the woman to beat.
juju4 juju4 10 years
I don't understand how Victoria and Mila made the final 13, but Marvita didn't. I thought she was unique and stunning. Mila is SO plain, and Victoria is skinny but has nothing else going for her.
:zzz: dont watch them anymore. sorry
Home Home 10 years
Haha. Good one, Buzz: "who's too big for regular modeling and too small for plus — so, in other words, a normal girl."
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
i liked Lisa...and Margita but she got cut. I'm not liking Ebony either coz she's mean and she seemed fake when Tyra asked her about her hardships in life. I also like the "plus-size" one and the bikini waxer (forgot their names)...
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
argh!! why am i double posting, and i'm not even doing anything.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
actually foxymama, there is but the thing is she isn't to big to be considered plus-sized or too skinny to be a thin-sized model, so as buzz and tyra points out she's normal-sized AND i think she's on the on the bottom left sitting down with the long blonde hair. i can now that her problem throughout he show would be figuring out where she fits in, either a plu-sized or not.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
Ebony is the heingous biatch as far as I'm concerned super pumped for next week.
Foxymama41 Foxymama41 10 years
I missed it!! Are there any plus size girls this season?? It doesnt look like there are from this picture!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
dont have a favorite yet, but this season looks good. i watched the premiere last night before gossip girl :o
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
is lisa the exotic dancer one? if i'm thinking about the right person i think lisa would also do really well. she did great during the swimsuit photoshoot on how she went up under the water without reacting to the water getting in her eyes like how the other girls did. also i want to know which designer jaslene has sashay her catwalk for? do you think can find out buzz? i love hearing updates about the winners since this is one of my favorite show. watched every season, from adrainne to jaslene.
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