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

10/26/2006 at 05:00 PM ET

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

This episode was all about being sexy (not sleazy). I loved it! It kicked off with Tyra herself photographing the girls. It was all about sexy with a side of scary. The girls wear these great opaque colored contacts and have crazy makeup and hair — all very vampire. It reminds me a lot of our “crying” photo shoot last season. I loved CariDee!! She gets so into her roles. Bravo!

Then it’s time to bring in the fabulous Dita Von Teese (bet her husband Marilyn Manson would have loved the earlier shoot) to teach them to be sexy with props and almost strip! Anchal is sexy and beautiful- definitely my pick. Click through to the next page to read the rest of Joanie’s Take on this episode.

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Afterwards, the girls meet up with Cathy Gould from Elite Model Management. Talk about making a person nervous! This is the woman who will be giving the winner her contract! And what do they have to do to wow her? Put their lessons from Dita to the test and do a runway show with serving pieces on the very table that Gould is dining on! CRAZY!! Melrose wins the challenge. I’m so over her, although she did do well. (Am I just jealous because I only ever won one challenge?)

The next part of the challenge made walking down the dining table look like a cake walk. A sexy photo-shoot with — wait for it — Fabio! I see the point, since he’s been on a million romance novel covers, but did you know he is almost 50 years-old? No wonder some of the girls felt uncomfortable. He’s old enough to be their dad!

At deliberation, I must say this is the first time in a long time that I agreed with everything the judges had to say about the girls. The judgments were fair and very true. I was so sad to see Brooke go — especially since she was there being eliminated instead of attending her high school graduation that night! She graduated Magna Cum Laude in my book. And onto next week. . .

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kristine on


Sandra on

I was rooting for Brooke & Caridee from the beginning..I think Brooke has one of the best personalities in this cycle but i kinda think she’s too cute for the judges..I think Melrose & Caridee might get to the top two..but i prefer Caridee to win..If Tyra eliminate Caridee earlier than expected i’m SO gonna boycott the damn show!Melrose..erm..well..she has some attitude problems going on..she needs to be more humble to get to the top..

EChizzle on

This year’s NTM has been a dissapointment. I say this about ALL of this year’s models – Not one of them have a look that sets them apart from the “average girl”. The twins are sooooo homely lookin.

If the episode was about not being Sleazy then why did they have that old dude Fabio? Maybe it wasn’t sleazy but it sure looked creepy and certainly not sexy. ILLLLL

Kathy on

The comment that 2 of the judges made (I think it was Nigel and the owner of Elite) about Caridee trying too hard, looking ‘desperate’ as they put it was completely off. Then Tyra agrees when not only a few minutes earlier she’s raving how she’s never photographed a model who did as well as Caridee. And just last week, Tyra made the comment, “I like that Caridee”. In my opinion, her photos and personality are consistently the best (and regardless of Nigel telling Caridee that she’s wearing too much make-up).

Shasha on

Anchal’s photos looked really nice but the romance novel industry should get a new Fabio

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