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America's Next Top Model Recap: "Welcome to Top Model Prep"

America's Next Top Model Rundown: Episode 1, "Welcome To Top Model Prep"

So, wow. America's Next Top Model has never been accused of being dull, but Tyra and the gang are clearly not resting on their laurels, as they've gathered one of the most — oh, let's call it "spunky" — groups of girls ever this year. If Wednesday's premiere of the 10th cycle of ANTM is any indication, we are in for a season of extremes. For every impassioned sideways-snapping girl, there is an awkward "I just discovered high heels today" young lady to balance it all out.

These girls haven't even dealt with sharing one phone line while sleep-deprived yet, and already we were treated to a roller coaster of emotions, including some spirited debate over what counts as ghetto, verbal sparring that nearly turned physical, and a large group hug resulting from a strangely timed discussion of female genital mutilation. Does Tyra know how to throw a premiere or what? Be sure to take Bella's ANTM beauty quiz, and to read the rest of my thoughts on what went down last night as 30 girls competed for 13 spots,


I'm still blown away by how Jerry Springer the whole thing was. Ultimately, it was one of the most entertaining premieres of the show's history by far. The only thing that could have made it better was Nigel.

  • Tyra and co. took the "prep school" theme all the way, complete with a photo shoot for the girls to get their student IDs. Their education in "high fashion" commenced as they posed in Britney Spears get-ups that included knee socks and plaid skirts.
  • After Tyra, Jay is supposed to be the authority on all things fierce for the show, so you'd kind of expect him to change up his look from time to time. However, each year like clockwork he shows up looking like a more stylin' Jack Frost. I vote for Jay to get a makeover.
  • One of my favorite parts of the night was the big pep rally out on a football field complete with "cheerleaders," aka contestants from seasons past. Jay announced they were ready to crown the homecoming queen, and the camera immediately cut to girls saying they hoped they'd be the winner. Fools! If there is one rule to surviving ANTM, it's that Tyra is always the queen! She of course busted through a banner in whacked-out make-up and a giant crown. And the crowd goes wild.
  • The interviews were the same old, same old. A tragic story here, a lap dance there. A serious ick moment occurred when one of the new moms admitted that she was still breast pumping and was drinking her own milk. The judges then raised actual glasses of milk to her in a toast and drank up — ew!
  • The best interview moment for me came when one contestant informed the judges that she made a tough decision to leave her —wait for it —Impala to compete on the show. She had big plans to "trick it out" but sometimes you have to make these choices in life.
  • In the final ceremony of the evening, Tyra chose the 13 that will head to New York with her, including two girls named Amy and Aimee. Apparently, she can't have two people with the same name on the show, so she told them to figure that out. According to the CW, we know that one of them is now "Amis." Wow, what a difference.
  • In what was kind of a mean twist, Tyra then told the girls that actually, she wants 14 girls because 13 is an unlucky number. So the left-over girls had to stop crying and start rejoicing. Then, Tyra quickly chose one more lady, and the rest went back to crying.

You can check out the 14 girls that made the cut over here. Who's ready for NYC?

Photos courtesy of The CW

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PrincessPeach87 PrincessPeach87 9 years
I love ANTM. My favorite so far in cycle 10 is Amis. She reminds me of a less crazy version of Lisa from Cycle 5. All of the fun quirkiness none of the weird crazy rudeness. She seems like a sweet girl in interviews:
PrincessPeach87 PrincessPeach87 9 years
I love ANTM I can't get enough of it. Does any one think Amis is like a less-crazy version Lisa? I get the impression that she's a sweet girl from interviews: "[you] can't help but feel like doing a fun jig" love her
milksugar milksugar 9 years
all of the girls look okay EXCEPT for stacy ann. i can't stand her, how did she even make it into the top 14? her face reminds me of a fish or frog's face kinda squashed up and her voice is so annoying. i want anya or aimee to win. they seem to be the only girls with high fashion potential.
RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 9 years
one more thing, I loved Claire and totally hope she wins.
RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 9 years
Who ever said Tyra is the most annoying person ever I AGREE 100%. Geez i actually turned the channel when she walked through the banner in that tiara and crazed face, does she really think that schtik is cute or funny. The second more annoying person ever would be "miss" J. That fool annoys me to no end. What real purpose does he serve, I wish Nigel would have been one of the 3 judges instead . Okay I'm done ranting
raieven raieven 9 years
I'm glad the show is going back to NYC-reminds me of season 1!
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
i am never home on wed. nights so i'll just catch up when this season is on mtv for ten days straight.
RCCway RCCway 9 years
Jovian - Did you see last season? They got angry with the plus-sized model for losing weight (she said due to the stress of the show) and that's why they kicked her off!! :-)
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Jude C, I TOTALLY agree with you! It's disheartening to see the plus-sized models (who, in my opinion, are often more beautiful than the other girls) have their hopes up, only for them to be shattered because they "need to lose weight". It's what the judges say every single time, and it's so aggravating.
shmoo15 shmoo15 9 years
I'm not gonna lie, I muted the caddy bitch fights about five times. The younger the girls get the less I can stand them.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Yowza! I wrote a lot! *sheesh*
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
My thoughts: #1 Tyra is the most annoying person in the world, and I FF every time she comes on screen. #2 Is it just me or is this like Miss America now? It's like all the girls have these "platforms". "I want to be able to be a role model for girls who (fill in the blank)". I'm so over it. Is this America's Next Top Role Model? Like last season, it seemed Tyra had WAY too much she wanted to preach. It began to be "green" (which I'm all for); the girls weren't allowed to smoke (what is this Catholic school??); AND there was the whole Aspergers thing, like they made such a big deal explaining it EVERY episode & talking about how *normal* she is. Ok, if she is normal, why make a big stinking deal out of it??? Aaarrrgh! #3 Looking at the girls, it's becoming blatantly obvious that this is a casting for a television show, NOT a modeling casting. They want a good mix of personalities. Yes, these are all beautiful girls (well except one in my opinion), but models? Not so much. I have this love-hate thing going with ANTM. It's like a train wreck. I am watching, but I am asking myself, "WHY AM I WATCHING THIS???". But honestly, I do love the photoshoots. Seeing the hair/makeup/set design all the artistic parts of it. Oh, and I do study how it's edited b/c I am interested in editing reality tv one day maybe.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I don't get Marvita ... I'm sorry, but she's fug. I guess she'll probably win then, haha. I have THE worst luck with ANTM. I always root for the girl that's runner up.
bina324 bina324 9 years
so i'm just going to put it out there that even though this show is older, i still love it. although i do wish they'd show more of the modeling, since that has always been the most interesting stuff to me. i really liked fatima, katarzyna (it's 'cause i'm polish!), & claire. and i hope that marvita, weird blond girl, and stacy ann are off.
MicrochipJoel MicrochipJoel 9 years
Correction: *own MILK... Ewwwwwww!
MicrochipJoel MicrochipJoel 9 years
Ewwwww someone is drinking there on milk??? I've never watched this show... but maybe I'll start!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
thegiraffe--I love Joanie! Good call.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
There can never be enough Top Model — love it! While at times I don't understand Tyra's choices (like the 14th girl), her business sense is on point.
thegiraffe thegiraffe 9 years
Sorry for the doublepost, but I want to add of course there are some exceptions, like Jenah or Joanie. But these real beauties never, ever win! Again part of the same success formula I mentioned. (I mean HOW can Danielle win over a Grace-Kelly lookalike like Joanie?? I still think this was the biggest injustice ever)
thegiraffe thegiraffe 9 years
It always strikes me that the girls in this show never really look like REAL models. I think the main reason why this show is/was such a success is because it makes feel girls-next-door feel good about themselves. As in 'wow, if she made it to the show, I'm sure I could be a model too'. Pretty good formula, actually.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'm really tired of them always picking a plus-sized model whom you know is going to get kicked off somewhere midway through the season. What's the point?
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I didn't even watch the episode but that breast milk thing made me gag when I read it. Sick.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
it was really good. i miss them showing the full on auditions however
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Whoa, that girl on the right in the red dress is waaay too skinny. NOT cute.
jenintx jenintx 9 years
antm has already filled its tranny-winning quota, so i'm not sure why tyra picked that dominique girl as lucky no. 14...
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