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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Jordan on

I really like Melrose. She has an intimidatingly strong personality (but that’s nothing to be ashamed or to shy away from) AND she does extremely well both in her photos and her challenges. She seems the most excited about being there (and she was completely right about Monique–what a mean little person). I’m still rooting for Anchal, though. She’s gorgeous nice and, to be obvious, very exotic.

J. on

ARRRRGHH!! AJ has consistently taken amazing pictures…with one exception. And Jaeda? How many amazing ones has she taken? CariDee better win this cycle…

WendyO on

I have been completely sucked in by this show…Melrose may be overpowering and annoying, but she aces everything, so she’s going to go a long way. I am also upset that AJ was booted…boo! It totally should have been Jaeda, who just seems so lost. I’m with Jberg28…when are the judges going to give us better explanations as to why they eliminate who they do? Sometimes it just seems a little too suspicious, like they just want to keep certain types of people in the show to keep everything even. Like the twins…they shouldn’t even be as far as they are, but because they are TWINS they are going to be kept in the show for as long as they can just to keep up the drama. Damn reality TV!

Erin on

Seriously! Kick Jaeda off the frickin’ show! How annoying is she!? I can’t believe how whiny she is. She’s like a puppy that doesn’t get enough attention. No idea why she is still here after she has been in the bottom two THREE times! Just like everyone else has been saying…why kick AJ off just because she has one bad photo? Melrose just doesn’t look like a model to me. She has a weird face. CariDee all the way!

Melissa on

I personally didn’t care about AJ going home. She had a horrible attitude about everything, did you see how many times she rolled her eyes? Jaeda looks like man and needs to go home next. I like Melrose simply for the fact that she doesn’t care and is there doing her thing. I can’t believe how immature the girls were being “smell rose”? I mean, come on girls, grow up and stop hating. Anchal is a cry baby and the twins are whatever. I’m rooting for Melrose or CariDee. We need blonde to win!

stylemaven on

A.J. had an attitude problem this whole last episode. It made me wonder if there was more than meets the eye going on- if she was dealing with something. I thought she acted like she wanted off the show. And I think that Melrose is wonderful. She is very aggressive in nature, but good for her for having that confidence. Don’t we all wish we could be more like that?

liz on

i am sorta mad that aj is gone but she was starting to annoy me. i really hope brooke or caridee wins. and anchal HAS TO GO. she isnt that pretty like the judges say

Amie on

Ok I missed this last episode except for the elimination at the end. AJ didn’t seem too upset to leave. I thought she was awesome and one of the top. Sad to see her go. My guess for top three will be Melrose, Caridee and Brooke. They are the ones who are continually on the top. And please send Eugena home next. She has the same strained look in all of her pictures. And also I think the twins (although very unattractive) looked awesome this week in their pics. I guess all they need is a little makeup and new hair.

kathy on

i love Caridee and michelle. i think that either jadea or euguena should go. Seriously, you have to admit, neither of them take great pictures



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