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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May on

melrose should have won. she did everything that top model asked of her, but they decided to pick someone who they portrayed as a nice person. came to bite them in the butt after caridee’s failed and embarrassing attempt at the runway with kelly on live.
as for the wedding dress. people, it is couture. it’s worth a lot of money not to mention the amount of work that is put into each dress. that hole that was ripped was huge. i think it’s sad that someone who was determined and strong with a lot of knowledge of fashion didn’t win. i think in the end melrose will have longevity in this industry.

net on

Obviously, they choose Caridee because she has the face that could sell something. Melrose looks old…no matter how good she was in the competition overall they were trying to find someone who could actually sell a product. Melrose needed quite a bit of work to look nice.

Natalie on

I cant beleive Caridee won over Melrose…did you see her catwalk!??? Melrose was discriminated against because she was GOOD…she was the ideal model type and she wanted it more than Caridee. Bad choice tyra….very bad choice.

lacy on

Caridee is so funny and bubbly, but seriously when caridee was doing that SUPER CRAZY catwalk, she didn’t look like she was running from something scary, she looked like she was having a ciegar, im happy she won though she’s very pretty

Ladie D on

I would have to add that though Melrose won a lot of challenges she was not that photogenic. CariDee whooped her butt shen it came down to the last episode and they compared the pictures from throughout the season .. It was ridiculous how Melrose pictures looked compared to CariDee. I think CariDee’s walk was hidious However, she doesn’t understand the modeling industry like Melrose do . But you can learn the industry but you can’t learn talent.

sarah on

Caridee deserved to win because she was the most honest person with herself and people around her. She is also from a small hometown as well and to put up with different types of people around her is rather difficult. Also, she is a true blonde.

lizzy on

note to all melrose fans- personality does count no model will always work alone and melrose did not work well with the others.

go caridee!!

Joytiii on

Caridee didn’t deserve to win because Melrose was such a hard worker who was actually nice, even though all the other girls thought she was a horrible witch or something. But I don’t see the point in these girls becoming America’s Next Top Model because I never see them in a any magazines after their contract expires. Maybe those girls aren’t good enough as they appear to be on the show :|

noelle on

PFFFFFFFF…..CariDee was soooooo much better than Melrose..! im glad she won ANTM and for all of the people that are saying that MElrose should have won never lived with her…they look at the program and say like oh she worked her butt off…but shes a really hard person to get along with and work with…CariDee did some stupid things but I think she matured over the show, took amaziiing pictures, and was a nice caring person when Melrose put a nice face only in front of the judges…2 fake!!….I would work and live with CariDee 100000 times before being with Melrose…

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