Joanie's Take: The Inside Scoop on America's Next Top Model

10/05/2006 at 03:55 PM ET

Model and America’s Next Top Model alum (cycle 6) Joanie Dodds gives a weekly insider’s view on the hit show.

Last night was probably one of the funniest ANTM episodes ever! The episode kicked off with the girls having to literally walk on a tightrope! PRICELESS! Most of the girls did pretty well, but I was more interested in what was going on at their home-away-from-home – so jealous of the girls creating a mattress slide down the stairs of the house.

Ok, The Second Challenge. The girls meet Miss Jay with the fabulous Bre from cycle 5. They have to walk their butts off on an uneven walkway with masks on. A.J. of course nails it and wins the challenge — she’s definitely becoming my personal frontrunner. You have to be a super runway diva to make it to the end so if you can’t walk, you just can’t be a Top Model. Click through to the next page to read the rest of Joanie’s Take on this episode.

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The prize for winning this challenge is to walk in the Dennis Quaid Charity Show in Auston — so AJ, CariDee and Megg are off to (yawn) Austin. I mean, Texas, Yeeeee-ha! The one thing that hit me was the girls’ reactions to being on the runway. A real model feels exhilaration — when you are up on that stage and your heart is racing and you know you nailed it. These girls really want it.

Monique — my least favorite! — gets “sick” wah, wah, wah… and has to go to the hospital. I say, suck it up. Danielle from Cycle 6 was in convulsions and puking in a country where they didn’t even speak English and there was bird flu and she still went in the jungle and rocked it! Now that is tough. Monique is such a weak competitor; I could have blown her over like the big bad wolf.

Freaking loved the photo shoot. The girls rocked Charlie Altuna’s fabulous designs. Charlie’s one of my personal best friends, and I love modeling for him. The runway turned out to be an unstable boardwalk over the pool. The twins rocked it, as well as Jaeda, A.J. and super-sexy Brooke (left). I loved how Charlie said CariDee’s breast popping out was “so Paris.” That was hilarious although I was thinking, “So Tara Reid.”

Well, we know what happens when you don’t go to a photo shoot…. you GET SENT HOME!! I jumped up and danced a little dance today when Monique left. She was pretty, but a Top Model has to be able to get along with everyone and never gives up. I was in the dentist’s chair for 3 days straight pretty much and I still rocked out… Hasta la Vista Monique.

Also thanks Tyra for calling out Melrose for being like Jade — “thanks for believing in me” — that was priceless.

Until Next week, Joanie

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Cynthia on

I have to give any woman credit for walking in heels, even on a stable surface, let alone the crazy pool-platform the ladies got in this episode! I just hope Anchal gets more confidence…

me on

i have to say this, she is way normal, even ugly. what’s the whole fuss abt her?

Emily on

Tightrope? Yawn. Tightrope without safety harnesses? Exciting. Good slack liners can sit down and get back up — those are true masters of balance. Photo shoots and challenges like those in this episode seem to quickly move from outrageous to absurd. The pool runway finale was definitely a joke. And enough with the “.05 seconds to get ready business.”

I love this show, but they need to get in touch with the producers of Project Runway. Now those challenge twists make for TV.

España_Chika on

im so happy that monique got eliminated bevause all she did on teh show was argue and pick up fights i agree with joania. shes pretty but u also have to have the personallity and if she wanted to win this competition she would have sucked it up!! I cant wait till next wednesday to see what happens, soemthing happens to anchal i wonder what it is?!?!?!?!

Melissa Barnes on

I am sorry I would pick her to be America’s Next Top Model , she has bug eyes !!

Amber on

I like the twins alot esp Amanda, It looked hard to walk on that tightrope; as for the bowl of fruit it was silly I thought, why not a book then? lol.

I also like to say I think the right one went home, but I am still not fond of Brooke; and I think Anchal does have a unique beauty that she does look beautiful.

Natalie on

I was very impressed at how the aspiring models walked in such a staright line and how none of them fell of the runway in he water! it looked quite hard. Monique was being a wimp but i was very glad that she was eliminated.

Robbie on

You are so right! I was so happy Monique got sent home, i was like oh no not another crazy azz nut like Jade. The show gain some credibilty in sending her home, because if she were to stay after giving up, it would of been because they needed her for drama=ratings. So hooray for ANTM. I am leaning towards AJ, although Caridees personality gives her a little life. Anchal is getting lost in the show. At first everyone was so impressed with her looks, but there is nothing else there. I was surpised they dug up Bre, i mean she is cute and all, but Top Model, eehh…not quite. I like her though, so I am glad they gave her a little spotlight. So are you going to be invited to truly show those girls how to rock it!!!???

Sarah on

Wasn’t it Caridee that said “thank you for believing in me”…

I love Melrose, and the twins. A.J I think is probably the edgiest, but I don’t feel like she has the personality- she seems very serious and reserved and I HATE the way she does her eye makeup

Nikki on

Just wanted to say that I’m so happy that Monique is gone. The show doesn’t need that much drama. Anyway my favorite is A.J, I think she has a great look and can go all the way.

lacy on

i thought that Brooke was awesome, i can’t believe she went home on her graduation, i thought she was great, it was shocking when eugina i think fell in the waterc on that runway

lacy on

i can’t believe that they had to walk on that, talk about dangeer, it was such a shock when eugina fell in the water

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