When I see this episode title, my first thought is, God I hope that means someone’s gonna fight. Hopefully over something political.
Back in the model house, we get a little recap of the Liz/Brendi K. drama from the backstage footage from the previous episode where Liz calls Brendi K.’s family “crazy.” She acknowledges this wasn’t cool and tries to (sort of) apologize. Brendi’s like, nah girl. Let’s just keep away from each other. I’m thinking If this is the drama I was promised, I am already dissatisfied.
Apparently last week they found out they are doing screen tests this week, so they’ve had lines since the night before they’ve had to practice. Also: holy shit. Panel was just the night before? Is all of this just one day at a time? Have they only been there for like…five days? Mind blown.
Stacy McKenzie is back for this challenge. Director Anthony Hemingway (Glee, American Crime Story, Empire) is there to judge the models’ performances. Their costar for the day is actor Kevin Phillips (who is fine, which is something that will come up a lot during the rest of the episode). The winner of this acting challenge will get a speaking part in one of Anthony’s projects.
The scene is a divorced couple in a restaurant on the one-year anniversary of their divorce. They’re supposed to be friends, but there’s some flirting going on. The results of the acting are all over the map. Some highlights and lowlights:
Liz is a fucking mess. A judge says, “Turn your reactions down 90%.”
Anthony says Rhiyan “is like a train with the brakes cut.” She rushes through the scene.
Khrystyana is excited, but she’s so attracted to Kevin that she’s embarrassed to look at him But she kills it. She’s adorable and natural and I still love her.
Erin is like…very turned on by Kevin. Apparently everyone else is too. Anthony, on how everyone wants to fuck Kevin: “You can tell they have been locked away and shut out from life.”
The winner of the challenge is: Khrystyana! (Who, by the way, ended the scene with an Eskimo kiss, and it was so cute.)
Meanwhile, back at the house, Selfie Mail – er, I mean – Tyra Mail! She hints that the models are going to “scare the hell out of her,” and they obviously know there is horror involved in this shoot.
Rhiyan and Liz are struggling with very different things. Rhiyan tries to practice her faces in the hot tub with Rio and Kyla. Then she starts crying because she thinks she needs to lose weight. Kyla is immediately like NO. Rhiyan tells her story of struggling with weight ever since her father died when she was 15. To cope, she overate and gained weight as a teen. She still sees herself as not having a model’s body. Rio thinks she has body dysmorphic disorder, which it sounds like she does.
Liz wakes up late and is pissed she can’t cut in front of other people to take a shower (?). She cries and saying she’s getting bullied and attacked, but it’s because she fucking woke up late. She blames everyone else because apparently they are nasty. She says, “I don’t want America’s next top model to be any of these fucking sociopaths.” She STILL sounds so drunk. (IS she?!)
FINALLY. It’s photoshoot time.
The models arrive at a creepy, white mansion, and Kyla says she thinks there’s going to be an exorcism. What? Inside, Drew tells the models that “Twisted Horror” is the inspiration for the photoshoot. Their creative direction is to look both scared and fierce.
B. Akerlund (stylist who has worked with Madonna and Beyoncé, to name a few) is going to dress them. She says, “Today is about torture and pain. And none of my looks are comfortable. So enjoy the nightmare.” I like her already. Drew adds, “This is not a shoot for complainers.” He’s not kidding. These outfits are insane. In the best way.
The highlights and lowlights:
Sandra wasn’t good. She’s just pretty, but she’s blah.
Khrystyana is great. Yas, girl.
Rhiyan is, as B. Akerlund put it, “really beautiful, but she’s sort of dead in the photo.”
Drew says Christina is “bringing it!”
Jeana was great, of course. I can’t get over how stunning she is bald.
Shanice is trying to be more herself and let her personality shine, and it seems to go well.
Liz says she’s going to “embody a ghost that’s trapped.” Liberty is just nodding like “sure girl.” She goes apeshit on set, but I think it works.
Coura isn’t getting it. Drew says, “You do not look scared. You do not look fierce.” She’s misunderstanding the role, I think.
Erin gets an A+ from Drew just because of how crazy her outfit was.
Back at the house, several girls are up late (around 1 AM) talking and laughing, and Liz gets really pissed because she gets “a little emotionally dysregulated” when she doesn’t get enough sleep. Calls the other models’ behavior “deeply rooted psychological warfare.” She tells Khrystyana she’s going to a hotel for the night and walks out.
Huh? Girl, get your shit together please.
The next day, Tyra comes to see Liz backstage before panel to talk to her. Liz tells her she loves being on set but has trouble cohabitating with the other women. So she decides to leave. This is so weird to me. She gets one redeeming point for quoting John Waters (aka the King of my Heart), but her reasoning for leaving seems shaky at best. I was hoping to see more of her stuff because she’s really unique. Oh well. Bye, Liz.
Tyra breaks the news to the rest of the model that Liz left but immediately makes it clear that someone is still being eliminated.
What the judges said:
They tell Shanice she seems more present and happier. They love her photo because she looks real and raw.
They tell Sandra her wig is wearing her. It’s true, I must say. I kind of think she’s going home soon.
Drew tells Khrystyana he’d “publish her photo in Paper in a second.” Law tells her she could win the competition.
They like Rio’s photo because Rio is still awesome. It’s a little kooky but really powerful.
They love Liberty’s photo
Jeana looks so good in her photo. And she looks amazing in person in front of the panel too.
Ashley says to Erin, “Kudos to you because that close-up is everything.” I love her body positioning in this photo too.
Drew told Christina she nailed it every single time.
Brendi modeled from head to toe and found her light.
Ashley says to Kyla, “Damn, you’re fine, girl!” They love it. Law calls her “by far the most bookable girl in this competition.”
Coura gets bad feedback for the first time. Drew says, “This was impossible for you. This isn’t a shot the you should be proud of.”
We don’t get to see Liz’s photo, and that makes me sad. Because I assume it was batshit crazy but also great.
Call out order:
Best photo: Khrystyana
Runner up: Jeana
Kyla – WHY SO LATE? SHE WAS AMAZING.
Bottom two: Coura and Rhiyan… I mean, it definitely feels like one of them is way more likely to leave, given how much the panel has been kind of up Coura’s you-know-what the past three weeks.
They tell Coura she falls flat when trying to follow a story or creative direction.
With Rhiyan, the judges are struggling to see where she fits in the fashion industry. Tyra says she doesn’t see her own beauty.
And the girl. Who is still in the running. Toward becoming. America’s. Next. Top. Model. Is.
We lost two this week, folks. My money’s on Sandra going home next week. Anyone wanna get in on this bet?
Yours in #nextlevelfierceness,
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