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

12/07/2006 at 04:47 PM ET

Model and America’s Next Top Model alum (cycle 6) Joanie Dodds gives her take on the season finale and its winner. (Psssst: It’s Caridee.)

This season has been great. Not as fabulous as my season last year, ha ha… but very exciting. Just thinking back through everything they have done – Spain, imitation sky diving, fabulous challenges, circus shoots, scary faces, crazy bitches, divas, Dennis Quaid and Fabio! Ew… Fabio. The top three have been decided! CariDee, Melrose and Eugena. These girls are wonderful, with great photos and fabulous attitudes, good or not.

The final three go on to shoot the ever-famous CoverGirl commercial and photoshoot for their Outlast Double Lip Shine. The girls all do relatively well. Caridee let that attitude shine! Melrose is such a perfectionist, and never lets it show that she is not a natural. After deliberating on both the commercials and shoots, Eugena was sent home for her uncertainty in the competition.

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Down to the final two, and it’s the Battle of the Blondes. I’m personally feeling this, because I’m blonde and I wanted to win to represent all of us! Melrose and CariDee go to a shoot for Seventeen Magazine without Jay Manuel to direct. Watching them work in a real editorial shoot was great. I can’t wait to see the pictures!

The final runway show was unbelievable – so theatrical with the ghostly bride theme and the staredown moment. I haven’t really seen these girls walk that much, were they even going to be good?? I love the ghostly bride thing, but I think I’m going to have nightmares. It reminded me too much of Interview with a Vampire. CariDee wasn’t that great! She looked like she was just strolling down the street! Work it girl! I thought Melrose was actually better on the runway.

Jay Manuel was on panel for the final judging, and even though this never happens, I thought it was a great idea. The comparison of the photos was tough to watch. These girls were so hard to put up against each other because they both had so many strong points. But the answer seemed so obvious. Remember, ANTM has to be a role model, as well as a great photo and runway model. Who wants to work with a perfectionist or a brat?

And the winner is……….. Caridee!! I’m so happy for her! Finally a blonde wins the competition, that girl better work it for all of us!

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leigh on

Joanie – Have loved reading your comments on the show! I am so happy for CariDee. She seems like a really sweet girl and I’m really looking forward to see her be successful (but she should have Miss J show her how to walk!)
Can’t wait for the next cycle!!

Sandy on

Awesome Caridee! She was my favorite from the get go. I was so excited to see that her hard work, and her dedication paid off. Even though she had some bumps to overcome, it will in the end make her a better person and she will treasure the goal in which she was reaching for.

Can’t wait till next season. Also, love the picture with Tyra and Caridee.


KD on

I’m so glad that CariDee won!

Its really funny how Melrose’s real personality finally showed up after she lost. If she had won, she would be a total brat and diva to work with. Although I agree she did work very hard, it was all very calculated that there was nothing sincere or natural about her.

CariDee really wanted to win and she’s very fun and carefree. I’m so glad that she won!

Stephanie on

OMG!!!!…. I LOVE CARIDEE!!!… I was jumping up and down screaming when I found out she had won. I really dislike Melrose, but had to admitt that she is a beautiful girl with a technical (not natural) ability to model and take beautiful pictures. I was rooting for CariDee but thought that Melrose was going to win. I was wrong! I’m glad CariDee’s personality was able to beat out Melrose’s attitude. I mean if she could not even handle an accident or losing a challenge (after winning so many) without crying and calling people names, how is she going to cut it in the real modeling industry? Personally a Cover Girl should be friendly and relatable, I just don’t see Melrose having those role model qualities. Great Job CariDee!!! You really deserve this!

meggan on

I think Melrose should have won…she is the one who worked her butt off on every challenge, she won most of them , i wouldnt go there to make friends!! its called a competition for a reason right !? But i feel that the Caridee is something we all of see before !! But maybe next season we will see something better, i dont think it was the best season at all!

Carrie on

I thought the right choice was made in CariDee. She was outstanding the whole time as far as I am concerned. As for the insult to Nigel, get over it. It was a joke…it’s obvious that CariDee had that sort of sense of humor. I thought it was funny, probably due to that being my sense of humor, too.

I had really liked Melrose up until the last show when she had that obnoxious hissy about the dress and her crying during the commercial shoot. It’s a shame as she really had busted her tush to edge out the others. Grow up girl, it’s not all about you.

Congrats to you Cari.

Sarah on

I was absolutely devastated that Caridee won. Caridee cannot hold a candle to Melrose. The finale seemed premeditated. I don’t think they wanted Melrose to win. At the end the showed all of Caridee’s great photos and Melroses few mishaps. Melrose was praised for her fabulous photos and amazing runway walk. Caridee is not in the same league. Melrose, there are politics everywhere. Don’t give up!

Fe on

I am over the moon that CariDee won!!! Melrose alinated everyone and she just did not click with the viewers. Yes, she is excellent in the runway but lacking in personality. Walking a runway can be improved and taught and CariDee will conquer that. I am sorry but i just did not find Melrose attractive enough to be a cover girl. CariDee embodied fun, can be your bestfriend but still commands glamour, projects positive energy, and she is willing and eager to learn after constructive criticism. She does not shy from admitting her mistakes and saying “sorry”. She is ambitious without stepping other people toes to get what she wants, that’s why she won! Melrose is an opposite of that…

christine on

Well….im very happy dat cariDEE win…shes the best among all the gals..she deserved to win this ANTM..
But i prefer the last season…which is Joanie season..bcoz its the best i guess….by the way i like joanie…em…shes great…and they went 2 bangkok, thailand…dat was d bestest…lol

lydia johnson on

Guys, maybe that is sincerely who Melrose is! I think she showed her personality but nobody like it.
Yet, she won almost every challenge so she was doing something right. I liked her. She was the real underdog. She’s a perfectionist, so what? SHe is a diva, AND?? So is Naomi, Janice Dickinson, Linda Evangelista, who cares?
They still book shows. People love drama. Caridee will bring drama too, trust me. And Tyra defending her at the end saying Caridee is a nice girl, that was so lame. Why didn’t she say that about Melrose.

Melrose never disrespected any one unless they said stuff to her first. Except the Anchal thing…EVERYONE was talking behing Anchal’s back. Doesn’t make it right, but it’s the truth.

Girls are catty and got jealous when she was doing so great!
Maybe if they spent less time hating Melrose and working hard they would have been in the final two like her. I knew they wouldn’t pick poor melrose, just like they didn’t pick Jade last time. They just string along certian people for ratings.
But also, they’re models, not saints. They’re supposed to be crazy! Caridee eats crazy crunch for breakfast. She insults Nigel and yet she wins. This show is a J O K E
And how is Melrose any more fake than oh, TYRA?

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