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

11/27/2006 at 12:00 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 was the episode of everyone crying! It goes to show you how hard this competition is and how it can get to you on the inside. The episode kicked off with Tyra talking to the remaining five about harsh realities. Come on, we all know she really wants to see who is weak and what she can do to push all of their buttons. Not that there isn’t truth in it, though. Harsh criticisms are part of the game and of the industry, and you have to build that shell to make it far. Maybe Tyra does really want them to become strong.

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I’m still not seeing a sharp winner. I loved Jaeda, and now that she is gone, my favorites have dwindled a little. Melrose is consistent and good at it, Caridee is beautiful and full of spunk, and the twins are so editorial and natural. I’m a strong supporter of the girls who are strong, understand the competition and respect it. Eugena is probably the best girl for that role as a Top Model at this point. She is growing and becoming a winner in my eyes.

Still in Spain, the girls were sent to meet with Pancho Saula, the director of Elite Barcelona, who organized 10 “Go Sees.” During the Go Sees, the girls did okay, but 10 in four hours? Wow, I thought riding in a Tuk Tuk in Thailand was going to be tough, and I only had to go to five! The girls were rated on their appearance, personality, book, and walk. And Amanda can’t walk to save her life. Melrose won, and chose Caridee to have a nice dinner with her as her prize.

The photo shoot was a bunch of bull! Literally!! I couldn’t believe it! The girls were sent into one of the last active bull-fighting arenas in Spain to do a photo shoot with a live bull. No rodeo clowns or anything. With the always sexy, always intimidating Nigel Barker behind the camera, the girls either pass or fail. He is so tough to shoot with, believe me, I was there once.

At elimination the girls were asked who had the most and least potential. Apparently, Michelle just didn’t want to be there, so she was sent home. Its down to the top four…but who will pull through?

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AnnieM on

What is that on her face/head??????? Yikes again!

H on


Sharisse on

I just think that Michelle did that so her sister would have a better chance of winning.

enigma on

Where are the classic beauties!?! This girl looks fricking weird not pretty or beautiful or stunning!! America’s idea of beauty (and not to mention singing and/or fashion) has gone out the window!!
America’s next Top Model is the definition of superficial and stupid!!

jhkd on

what did caridee say that offended nigel?

Leigh on

One episode I love the twins and the next episode I don’t. They are too up and down in their performance for me. But I do agree with Tyra that they winner should WANT it. But I don’t think she gave up for her sister, I think she gave up because she doesn’t believe she is good enough, so shes not letting herself want it. I think Eugena did the best this week. And I agree with “H” on the top 3. And then I have no idea on the top 2, I’m so undecided!!

AMY on

I think Melrose should win – she works the hardest by far!!! The other girls don’t want her to win because of that. She would actually do well outside of the show. The other girls wouldn’t know how to handle their careers without ANTM. You would actually see Melrose in the media.

eman on

i think amanda should win!!!!
melrose is ugly and caradee looks like ever other blonde girl, not a very original look to her or melrose.

eman on

i think amanda should win!!!!
melrose is ugly and caradee looks like ever other blonde girl, not a very original look to her or melrose.

Erica on

Nigel was holding a pole (to later be used as a pseudo cape for the bull shot). And as he was holding it up, charming Caridee said, “Looks like you pulled that out after last week’s panel”. (Not verbatim, but something to that effect)
Come to think of it, she was like a matador taunting that cute Nigel who became a raging bull.

So everyone gasps at her comment, Nigel storms out speechless with a furrowed brow and Caridee starts to think her ANTM days just got stomped.

Then Mr. GORGEOUS (or Mr. Jay)mmm, mmm, mmm, that matador outift!! Why is this gorgeous man gay? It’s just not fair. If you need a girl one day, PLEASE CALL ME! My number is 555-ILOVEYOU. Anyway, that was a digression.

SO Mr. Jay, the hottie, scolds Caridee in front of the other models. The constant Caridee “scandal” heats up as members of panel bring her to tears and she writes a note that she reads (how high school!!). WOW, You’d think she tore up a picture of the Pope or flashed her breast at the Superbowl!
Queen Tyra forgives her, but not without giving her some of her all knowing wisdom about how to treat people. And then everything is back to normal in the land of the pretty people.

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