America’s Next Top Model 9 Winner

Following Bianca’s elimination last week, we were left with the final three: Jenah, Chantal, and Saleisha. Tonight we find out who the winner of America’s Next Top Model’s 9th cycle is.

After complaining about the show putting too much emphasis on personality, Jenah is the first one to be eliminated of the three.

Miss Jay and Twiggy go with Chantal. Nigel goes with Saleisha. Tyra weighs in and decides. And the winner is… Saleisha.

Cycle 10 will be returning midseason, and after tonight’s finale is the premiere of Crowned, which they will be very aggressively pushing multiple nights a week in an effort to establish another highly female-oriented reality show.

America’s Next Top Model 9 Episode 2

Episode 1 saw a bunch of people running around like madwomen and ultimately being narrowed down to the final 13. This episode should have a bit more direction and control to it.

Top Model goes green, with a 100% biodiesel vehicle made of recycled materials. I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to be impressed with their ethical treatment of the environment.

While the rest of the girls have fun going into the pool with their clothes on, Heather holds back and is writing on her own.

The photo shot is a public service announcement for why smoking is bad. They are first shot with a cigarette in their mouths, followed by an overexaggerated shot of the bad side effects. Mila thinks the whole situation is hilarious, which it is because it’s so over the top and in your face. Heather actually looks really good with makeup but has trouble doing the shoot with another girl, Saleisha.

When it’s all done, Lisa says Bianca is insecure and conceited (uh, aren’t those two opposite things?), which is followed by a catfight. Bianca later only apologizes for what she said about Lisa being an exotic dancer because she thinks Tyra will look poorly upon her if she doesn’t apologize (as if then admitting that to the camera somehow helps her position).

Ms. J. comes out and gives them a lecture about style and tells them they’re going to go to Old Navy. The judges will determine at panel who did the best job of shopping. They have 10 minutes to rip apart the store and choose an outfit for the next day at panel.

Heather becomes the center of conversation multiple times throughout the night because she’s shy and awkward. She calls her mom and tells her she doesn’t feel like she can trust them, which she’s absolutely right about for the most part. Only a couple girls have a positive attitude about giving her a chance.

Chantal is told her accessories are distracting. They’re overall pleased with her but are concerned with her bedroom eyes. The judges are pleased with Jenah’s emotion in her picture. Victoria says she’s not insecure, even if she is soft spoken. Mila is told her outfit looks like a sack and that they have trouble with how she looks in the picture (because it was a ridiculous picture with a stupid concept). Bianca is told she needs to study and look in the mirror, and getting rid of the purple hair couldn’t hurt. The judges love Ebony’s outfit but don’t like her photo shoot as much. They tell Heather she needs to be more confident. Saleisha wins the best outfit prize, a shopping spree and ad for Old Navy.

Tyra announces that this is a no smoking cycle. As of the next day, smoking has been banned from the show. Then it’s time to reveal who moves on.

Heather
Lisa
Chantal
Sarah
Jenah
Saleisha
Ambreal
Victoria
Janet
Kimberly
Bianca

So it’s between Mila and an already emotional Ebony. Tyra tells them it takes more than just being a pretty girl to be a model. Ebony is safe. Mila is the first one to go home. Mila ultimately got screwed by a ridiculous PSA that, while it was a good message, was just overdone, to the point where it became comedic, which is why she couldn’t stop laughing. They seemed to be more interested in making a (bad) horror movie than giving a message that smoking is bad.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for a recap of America’s Next Top Model 9 episode 3, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW, with Encore presentations at 9/8c on Sundays.

America’s Next Top Model 9 Episode 1

Tyra Banks is back in America’s Next Top Model cycle 9, one of the few shows to survive the UPN/WB merger not just intact but as strong as ever. 33 girls, some of whom are actually attractive, will be narrowed down to 13 on a one week cruise.

The first task is a runway show, where they show off the latest fashion… life preservers. About half the girls are completely inexperienced and receive a lot of criticism. It’s not long before the cattiness comes out, with insults and name calling. Later, they meet up with Jaslene, the America’s Next Top Model 8 winner, on the beach, where they do their first photo shoot.

Then Tyra attempts to sing. Don’t do that.

Chantal impresses the judges with her natural modelling ability. Heather was diagnosed with Asperger’s, a form of autism, at age 13 and is awkward just in general, but the judges are pleased with her overall. Victoria is a Yale student who started this competition as a joke but now looks forward to getting what she can out of it. Marvita has a sad story to tell about her childhood. Mila is so perky she’ll very quickly get irritating. Jenah doesn’t get along with girls. Sarah’s not quite a skinny model and not quite a plus size model either. Lisa’s an exotic dancer, which makes her a good choice just based on the fact that it’ll shock people into talking. Bianca thinks Ebony’s a bitch, and she’s probably right.

13 girls are eliminated, as the other 20 board another ship. Who was among them and who wasn’t I have no idea. Just a bunch of names flashing by so fast it was impossible to catch them all, let alone figure out who was eliminated. It’s kinda like Kid Nation, where there’s so damn many people in the cast that learning who’s who becomes a difficult task. At least this will be a bit less hectic next week when we’re down to just 13 girls.

Without missing a beat, following the next commercial break, the 20 girls discuss why they should be America’s Next Top Model, then Tyra makes her decision which 7 to cut. The girls who make the cut are: Mila, Bianca, Jenah, Chantal, Ambreal, Victoria, Sarah, Saleisha, Kimberly, Ebony, Janet, Heather, and Lisa. Here is the full America’s Next Top Model 9 cast list (name, occupation, age, location… in summation, it’s basically a bunch of students age 18-21).

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for a recap of America’s Next Top Model 9 episode 2, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW, with Encore presentations at 9/8c on Sundays.

America’s Next Top Model 9 Cast Revealed

The CW has revealed the cast for the 9th cycle of America’s Next Top Model, a list that raises more questions than it answers, since it answers no questions. America’s Next Top Model 9 premieres Wednesday Sept 19th at 8PM on The CW.

Ambreal
Occupation: College Student
Age: 19
Hometown: Dallas, TX

Bianca
Occupation: College Student
Age: 18
Hometown: Queens, NY

Chantal
Occupation: Student
Age: 19
Hometown: Austin, TX

Ebony
Occupation: Nursing Student
Age: 20
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Heather
Occupation: College Student
Age: 21
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

Janet
Occupation: Aesthetician
Age: 22
Hometown: Bainbridge, GA

Jenah
Occupation: Student
Age: 18
Hometown: Farmington, CT

Kimberly
Occupation: College Student
Age: 20
Hometown: Ocala, FL

Lisa
Occupation: Dancer
Age: 20
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Mila
Occupation: Recent College Graduate
Age: 20
Hometown: Boston, MA

Sarah
Occupation: College Student
Age: 20
Hometown: Heath, MA

Saleisha
Occupation: Receptionist
Age: 21
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Victoria
Occupation: College Student
Age: 20
Hometown: New Haven, CT