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

10/19/2006 at 03:26 PM ET

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

What a great episode!! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Janice Dickinson, Michelle’s coming “out,” and a celebrity couple photo shoot?! Brilliant.

In the first challenge, the girls had to be entertainment reporters at a hot event, and were coached by Entertainment Tonight correspondent Mark Steines. The next night, the girls hit the red carpet where they met their interview subject, former ANTM judge Janice Dickinson. Not shying away from the hard questions, Brooke asked Janice why she is so mean. Brooke has what it takes personality-wise and is going to do so well in the Cover Girl commercials (I’m hoping for one soon). Even though I would love to see Melrose take a hike (are you as annoyed by her as me?), she wins the challenge. Click through to the next page to read the rest of Joanie’s Take on this episode.

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After the ET-challenge, Tyra does a one-on-one with the girls. Amanda, one of the twins, talked about her sister’s announcement earlier in the show that she might be gay or bi-sexual. I loved her sweetness about her sister coming out. They are lucky to have each other for strength in this competition. And AJ deals with her shyness, which really held her back during the red-carpet reporting.

Next came the second challenge of the episode: The girls had to channel both halves of famous pairs in two separate photo shoots. I couldn’t believe the celebrity matches they gave the girls to copy — too funny! Amanda’s Ellen Degeneres/Portia de Rossi photo (left) and Brooke’s turn as Kevin Federline were my two favorites. After this episode, I have to say that my new front runner is CariDee. She rocked as Angelina Jolie.

I was totally shocked to see AJ go! She was one of my personal top four! I don’t understand why the judges make their calls. But we don’t get to see everything that goes on, only what they can edit into one hour. So I will just have to assume that maybe AJ was slipping. Down to eight girls. . . .

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Ili on

I wonder why they are still keeping Jaeda despite her taking weak pictures and being in the bottom two for three times. Anyway, you got the names wrong. MICHELLE’s the one coming out and did the Ellen/Portia shoot. And you called Amanda, Amber. AJ’s departure must be tough. I’m gonna miss her.


Next Top Model? How about Next Top Anorexic?
And get rid of the old Dickinson “I am the original supermodel” hag. She is so tired. Should really distance her from the show.

Carolyn on

It’s time for them to get rid of one or both of the twins. They are both horrible!

Christine on

I personally like Melrose. She can be mean sometimes but the other girls are just as nasty back to her, sometimes more often, it’s like a circle. She takes wonderful pictures too.

Amber on

Yes Melrose is a mean diva like BIT*H, I’d like to see her go; but her photos were one of the best so whatever to that.

So sad AJ is gone, and I was just starting to like her more and more aswell; but her photos were horrible and she did not seem happy to play the Marc and Jen roles. I knew AJ was going home just by how her photos turned out but still somewhere deep inside I was hoping it would have been Jaeda.

I have to say I LOVE THE TWINS esp Amanda, and I LOVE Anchal aswell; they are my favorites.

Michelle looked stunning doing Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi, I found hers to one of the best shoots of the night; just WOW really.

Jamie on


seriously, what has fashion come to?

MrsBorrego26 on

Last night’s ANTM was GREAT except for the part where AJ gets eliminated. I really really thought AJ was the Next Top Model. She has the flavor, the look, the walk, and the runway stance of a Model. But I guess to the judges she wasn’t showing that she wanted it badly. Seriously the judges need to give us a REAL explanation as to why a model is being eliminated. {Slaps judges} We need answers!!

jberg28 on

i think Brooke’s photo was the best! she did a pretty good job. I hope brooke or caridee wins! =)

james on

Anchal must go now. She has no confidence or personality and takes bad puctures. The only reason she stays around is because she is exotic looking, which I personally don’t even find attractive.

Natalie on

I was very upset over Aj being eliminated, she has some awesome past photos. Jaeda should have been eliminated…she was in the bottom two THREE times ad they keep taking her back…come on tyra, AJ is waaayy better! but anyways, it was a pretty good episode otherwise but I have seen better.

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