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

11/09/2006 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.
The episode kicked off with the girls learning action modeling from Gabrielle Reece, an amazing model and athlete — not to mention she is married to amazing surfer Laird Hamilton! Action modeling is something I think every model should work on — challenging but important. I’ve done several shoots involving some serious action, including underwater, jumping and playing tennis!

The challenge the next day was to model next to Nascar driver Stanton Barrett — as his angry girlfriend! GO CARIDEE! Amanda rocked as well, and Michelle won! As usual, there was a twist. Even though Michelle won the challenge, she had to then compete in a shopping spree against three other girls. Why did Melrose get all the clothes!? That really ticked me off, and I hope she at least shared with the other girls, especially Michelle!! But we know she probably didn’t. Click through to the next page to read the rest of Joanie’s Take on this episode.

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The girls finally got their first Cover Girl assignment, and the photo shoot was crazy! They were airborn in a sky-diving facility. How jealous were you watching this show!? I would have loved to get into that air tank and rock out! I would have probably thrown up on the instructors, but still, it would have been a great challenge.

I died laughing during the next judging challenge, where they randomly chose a verb and an adverb for the girls to act out. Hide Dizzily? Brilliant!! I couldn’t stop laughing. Caridee was once again great! You really got to see the girls’ personalities. I still can’t deal with Melrose’s attitude, but she is so driven to be in the competition, which you have to respect.

This episode turned into a sad day for me, because I had to watch one of my favorite girls just crumble under the pressure. This is a tough show to be on, people. No matter how strong you are, it can really get to you, especially if you have the wrong attitude. And Anchal had a bad attitude about being on the show, partly because of her weight. It’s a tough subject for a lot of women, and living in a house full of skinny skinny girls couldn’t have been easy for her. Anchal learned some great life lessons, and I’m glad she took the advice of the judges to heart. You grow and learn so much by being on this show.

Next week they find out where they are traveling overseas!! YIPPEE!! Looks Sexy! Till then. . .

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Jamie on

I love Caridee as well!

And Im also so OVER Melrose, does anybody else agree??

Jamie on

Oh yea, and Melrose is the devil.

Melissa on

I am personally happy to see Anchel leave. Like Joanie said, she had a horrible attitude and crumbled under pressure. I don’t see why everyone is hating on Melrose. She’s there for herself, not to make friends. This is her dream and she’s going for it whether her competitors like her or not. I continue to cheer for her and Caridee! As the weeks go on the twins continue to do nothing for me, as well as Jaeda. Can’t wait to see what next week brings, and who will be eliminated next!

Margarita on

i really love melrose even though she has a attitude i think she will make an awesome model and i really didnt like anchal shes so annoying with her body weight.

Elaine on

please get rid of the twins! they do nothing for me every week and they are just plain BORING.

J. on

CariDee is amazing! Who doesn’t like her? I think Melrose is really dedicated, which, as Joanie says, you have to admire, but you don’t have to like her, which I don’t. Who’s going next, do you think?

Brittany on

I myself absolutely love Melrose. All of her photos (except for the first shoot) have been AMAZING. She’s not there to make friends she’s there to win which is the right idea in a COMPETITION.

So glad they got rid of Anchal. She was so annoying. Everybody talks about Melrose’s attitude, but I’d rather hear her than Anchal constantly complaining about everything. And honestly—I don’t think she has a bad body and as a woman I do understand her being self-conscious about it but as a model you need confidence and be able to believe in yourself before anybody else does. I was sick of her whining and complaining. She did most of it for attention in my opinion.

distar on

i think Melrose is the best model on the show. Yes she’s a bit of a no it all, but she delivers.

Knowing Tyra and the ANTM crew, Caridee will probably win though.

Heidi on

I love melrose She always gives 100% and hey she keeps on winning a lot of the challenges.
BTW Jaonie you were robbed last year!!

I haven’t understood why the twins continue on either… or Jaeda their pics are BORING

I am trying to think of SOME kind of promotional reason they stay on

misscat on

man, if blubbering about your weight burned calories then anchal would be fine. it was hard for me to feel bad for her, she brought it all on herself. if she was worried about her weight (she looked fine to me) she could have gone running. also, why did she eat half a dozen eggs for breakfast if she was worried about her weight? she was just plain hard to watch, her lack of confidence made me want to shake her and tell her to grow up.
i actually really like melrose and i don’t believe her to be the demon that she’s been edited to be. if she was really mean then why would michelle pick her to go on the shopping challenge? she understood the rules to the game and the other girls resent her for it. i think she seems mature and knows that this is a competition and job interview, hence her professional attitude at judging and at photoshoots.

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