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TALK ABOUT: ANTM S8EP11

17 Sep

And here comes another week with a brand new episode!
But what…? IT’S THE SECOND LAST EPISODE!

By the end of today, we will know who our final 3 are and who will be in the running to be season 8’s AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL!

CRAAAAZY!

First exciting piece of news:

2 PHOTO SHOOTS!

Second piece of exciting news…

AFRICA BABY!

The girls are shipping straight off to Mauritius, Africa, which is totally exciting because I don’t think I’ve seen ANY season of Next Top Model which has lead the competition to Africa. And let me tell you, I have seen a lot…

Epic house?

Tick.

Crystal blue waters?

Tick!

Hottie judge Didier Cohen??

TICK!

What could be better than that?

Challenge: Walking Under Water

WOWZERS. What an awesome challenge!

The girls are asked to pop a giant bubble on their heads (with oxygen and glass and everything) and tossed into the water to pose pose pose!
Whoever is best at “posing with the fish” and walking under water, wins the challenge.

1st up: Shanali

Fabulously model-esque as always. But really… it’s just because she LOOKS like a model…

2nd up: Abbie

Awkward moves? Definitely.

3rd up: Duckie.

Poor girl. Got too distracting by the colourful fish that she couldn’t concentrate.
Must be an African thing. As she said, they just run fast. Not swim. Might not have gotten used to all the sea-life.

4th up: Melissa.

Well actually she wasn’t 4th up. Or down. Because she didn’t descend to the waters of doom where unimaginably colourful fish would trap her there forever. With Didier. Forever.
… I would’ve gone down there if he was with me!

Friendly Fish

Friendly Fish

*insert shameless advertising plug of some sort of tablet*

Didier visits the girls at their crib to announce the winner.
And the girl who gets a luxurious body scrub in the midst of their crazy ANTM journey is… SHANALI!

What a surprise…!

PHOTO SHOOT #1: Sci-Fi Mermaid

Theme for today: sci-fi mermaid.

Ariel

Ariel

No idea what that is, but hey it sounds good!

THE Jez Smith is back for another round of breath-taking photos and first up is Melissa!

The first thing I noticed though was the recycling of Alex Perry’s lace up boots from Episode 9. Err Alex… didn’t you have anything else on your shoe racks?

Alex Perry's Lace Ups

Alex Perry’s Lace Ups

Melissa: again… what are you doing. Girl, you need to change it up and you know that! Shame on you for not even working on that.

Abbie: no matter how much I dislike her… she did so well! Besides a bit of the leg spread, she well selling that Goth Mermaid!… I mean Sci Fi Mermaid?

Shanali: whoa whoa whoa she slipped! And what does Jez care about the most right now? The shoes. Shocking. Fashion comes first right?
But she got back into business straight away and rocked the shoot.

Duckie: slow start, but with some reassurance by Jen and Dider that the boots weren’t that precious, she got into it and WHOA. Glow like a goddess girl!

Before we hit the breaks (get it? commercial break?), Jen delivers some letters from the models’ families over a lovely luncheon in the middle of paradise.
Oddly enough, each girl was given another girl’s letter. So that they could read it out. In public. In front of the cameras. So they’d all cry and be filmed.

That’s reality TV for you.

PHOTO SHOOT #2: COLOUR VOMIT

Okay maybe it’s not colour vomit. But it definitely looked like it!
The amount of crazy colours with this styling was clown like.

Duckie: girl friend was really distracted again. A prop trotted on set (a local pet dog) and she couldn’t deal with it professionally. A little bit disappointed to be honest.

Melissa: Little Melissa here made a very interesting comparison between her clothing and those from the Capitol in the Hunger Games.
Spot on? Spot on!

Capitol Hunger Games Fashion

Capitol Hunger Games Fashion

But her performance wasn’t spot on – all she did was flick her hair and didn’t bring anything new to the table.
Odd how Jez suggested hair flicking is an art though. Meh, it’s not that hard.
I do it all the time! *flick*

Shanali: Her task: to strut sidewards and show some great legs for the shot.
Great legs? Tick. Good strut? Not so much.
Shanali couldn’t walk without looking like a drunkard at Kings Cross (google it…). Poor thing look like a giraffe walking for the first time and it wasn’t attractive. But hey, if Jez finally loved it, I guess I’ll love him – I mean her too!

Abbie: Firstly, this is definitely cray cray make up. This girl looked like she got punched in the face. And then again another 3 times from different directions.
Note to self: never self-tan or wear pigmented orange blush.
Otherwise, she was definitely working her gown (if you’d call it a gown).
She’s definitely improved since day 1.

Elimination

Melissa’s pictures weren’t that great. She nailed the hair flick, but meh to the gothic/scifi mermaid.

Duckie’s scifi mermaid blended into the background. But that’s not really her fault… She can’t shine if she’s darker than the dress.
The other image was great. But not a WOWZA.

Abbie: LOVE her mermaid shot! Strong, sexy, LOOOOOOOONG LEGS. Clown/coloured picture…. meh. Not strong. Not sexy (but she did look like an odd ball). Not for me.

Shanali: amazing amazing amazing! I LOVE her mermaid shot!

>> Insert: THANK GOD DIDIER. You’re not only a looker, you’ve got the brains as well! He pointed out that Duckie has been consistently a great model, but Abbie has only had great shots at the end of the season. SO TRUE. You got it dude!

And now for the winner of the episode….

Shanali!

Well that was expected.

The one who’s eliminated though and will not get through to the finale for the public vote is…

*super long cliff hanger*

ABBIE!~

Eliminated: Abbie

Eliminated: Abbie

YESSSSS! Finally! We see eye to eye!

Abbie has been great in the last couple of episodes, but she hasn’t performed well throughout the whole competition, whereas Duckie has been hovered at the top of the mountain throughout the whole of Season 8.

Good choice!

Before I sign off though, it would’ve been better if Melissa and Abbie were in the bottom 2. I don’t think Melissa did that well to be above Duckie. But hey, Duckie got her spot, so I’m not complaining.

That’s it for this post guys!

Tune in next week to see who gets crowned AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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TALK ABOUT: ANTM S8E10

10 Sep

YAYER. Another week of top model – don’t I love this shit?

This week we start off with a lovely little Jen Mail hidden in the depths of the fridge (between the skim milk and cheese).
The girls need to man up you say? Why… what does that mean?

LESSON: How to man up…!

Rugby of course!

The girls head off for some drills on the football court. Getting down and dirty with some rugby. Along with some English eye candy, this is looking like a great start to the episode.

Anything interesting happen? Nothing much.
Just more reasons to dislike Abbie – who doesn’t know how to decipher between her lefts and rights!?

CHALLENGE: How to be a male model…?

Onto the challenge. Rocco the Drag King makes an appearance, along with a whole bunch of make up artists and Charlotte Dawson… who is quite artificial herself.

This is an exciting challenge! The girls need to try and act like a male model.
With androgyny being the hottest trend on the market, it’s no wonder why these girls need to try and be boys as well.

A prime example of androgyny at it’s best is our very own Australian Andrej Pejic!

Man? Woman? Man? WOMAN! Hello Andrej :)

Man? Woman? Man? WOMAN! Hello Andrej 🙂

The girls get to pick out their masculine outfits and choose their character. All whilst taking tips from Rocco to walk the walk and talk the talk.

Err, so with the transformations…. Duckie looks like the man. Really fit the brief, but whoa. This shit just got real with Duckie. She dressed up as a Melbournian construction worker. Nice one.

Dajana… LOVE THE ACTING.
Girlfriend, you are so on character, it’s hilarious!
I always knew you were wog, but you definitely brought that inner wog to life with a European business man working with “import and export”.

Dajana's Inspriation

Dajana’s Inspriation

Pretty much like our star of “The Wog Boy“. But with chains. And some intense facial hair.

Gotta love these challenges. This is most likely the most imaginative yet from the whole ANTM format – and trust me when I say this because I’ve seen them ALL. (Well all the ones in English and those that I can get my hands on anyway…)

After a little embarrassing role play of testing their manly skills in public, it’s revealed that a prize is up for grabs! Something along the lines of a tablet or small laptop with Windows 8 pre-loaded.
Sorry guys I was too busy drooling over Didier.

And to everyone’s surprise (not), DUCKIE WON!

Yeah that’s definitely a good choice. Seriously. There was way too much ‘man’ involved in her character.

Jade did mention something interesting though – “if I could push a button and have someone leave the competition…” [it’ll be Duckie].
Hmm… is this an indication of who’s leading the pack?
Duckie seems to be cruising along just fine and isn’t really failing in anything.

I wonder whether this is showing us a little insight into who’s in the final 3…?

PHOTO SHOOT: 90s Androgyny

I’m loving the idea of an androgynous shoot, but I’m not a fan of 90s fashion. In fact, I reckon you need to give it about 30 years before you revisit fashion trends. If you start tapping into relatively recent fashion, you just become out-dated.

Suits in the 90s - courtesy of N'SYNC

Suits in the 90s – courtesy of N’SYNC

It was all suits, ties and baggy pants this week, but none were too appealing.

Shanali: WHOA. 3 minute photo shoot. SAY WHAT? “Modelling Hall of Fame” (- Alex Perry). For sure girl! That’s crazy.
Even she thought the crew were joking…

Abbie: Again a good week! Hmmm maybe I under estimated her. She was blowing the photographer – Georges Anthoni, away. He was giggling himself giddy!
And her final photo? Amazing. Even I think so and I don’t like her. She looks like a man from afar, but the close up towards her face showed femininity and grace.

Jade/Dajana: you girls didn’t do too well this week at all. Didn’t fit the brief, wasn’t looking comfortable, looked like a model but didn’t model… you get the drift.

Melissa: “Already she’s model-worthy. Because she’s interesting.” – Georges Antoni. I hate it how Melissa has that advantage. But time and time again, her lack of range in her expression is noticed. And this week was not an exception.

Duckie: Hmm… considering on how she won the challenge, you’d think she’d do well. But nope. She did good, but not great. Girlfriend needed direction and wasn’t bringing “wow” to the lips of Alex and Georges Antoni.
Her final picture though was great. Bad hair? Yes. But that’s not her fault. That’s the hair stylist and brief’s fault. But the rest of here – whoa. I SO want to buy that suit.

And without a doubt, photo of the week goes to…

ABBIE!

Good on you girl! Seriously loved your picture this week and your attempt at the challenge was hilarious and convincing. Good choice judges.

And now for the bottom of the pack. Wait… what? Bottom 3?

NOOOOOO! DOUBLE ELIMINATION!

Shows that we’re nearing the end of the competition and the end of the show 😦

It’s now between Dajana, Duckie and Jade.
Who’s in and who’s out?

It’s a sad, sad day but the only one safe between the bottom 3 is Duckie.

That means, but my girls Dajana and Jade are OUT of the competition!

Eliminated: Dajana & Jade

Eliminated: Dajana & Jade

Too SAD 😦

Well it wasn’t going to last. They had good weeks and they had great weeks. But no matter how great they were one week, consistency was always and issue and it became their downfall.

Would’ve loved to see a westie hitting it through to the final 3 though.

Next week is the final 3 decider.
We have Duckie, Abbie, Melissa and Shanali still in the running. Who will JUST miss out on the fame and glory of final 3?
I say Melissa or Abbie.

Duckie and Shanali have had a solid run in the competition and hence should be able to secure a spot in the finals.

So lets wait till next week to see!

For now…

Lovelove,

Rean

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TALK ABOUT: ANTM S8E9! [Lesson: Body Shapes]

3 Sep

Hello hello!

Sorry for missing last week’s breakdown guys! I was feeling so horrible that… I missed the first 10 minutes of the episode! *GASP!* Blasphemy!

But at the end of the day, I watched the rest of the episode and was joyously rewarded with Ashley’s eviction! “Joy To The WOOOOOOOORLD!”
She was way too naggy and too much of a sook for her own good.
Good riddens!

The Challenge

Say what? Anti-gravity yoga? I want to try that!

The girls were required to do an anti-gravity yoga class to “learn the shapes of their body”.
Overall? Not bad girls! I didn’t think Abbie would’ve been the best at the challenge, but then again she is pretty much a monkey on camera. So it makes sense for her to be a monkey in yoga…

I wonder how long they had to hang upside down for though. That would’ve been fun!

Straight after the yoga class, the girls were shipped to some old-fart ex-jail and did another challenge that had nothing to do with the old-fart ex-jail…

Alex Perry’s “hot-off-the-runway” pieces were thrown into a small phone booth, along with some make up and a couple of girls to challenge them in a race to get ready. Loved the idea!
Only these girls would’ve been able to do it. If someone of my size (*ahem* size 12 *ahem*) attempted that challenge, I would’ve suffocated my opponent by accidentally squishing her against the glass with my “voluptuous” bottom.

So… lovely Dajana did a great job there. When commenting on Alex Perry’s frayed shoelaces on Alex Perry’s heels in front of Alex Perry himself, she blurted “IF YOUR CLOTHES WERE BETTER QUALITY, YOUR SHOELACES WOULDN’T BE FRAYED!” (something on the lines of that anyway. I don’t remember).

What’s with the heels anyway? It was gothic turned glam. Though not in a nice way.

Alex Perry High Lace Boots

Alex Perry High Lace Boots

It’ll be a complete bitch to lace them up, especially if you’re running late for work…!

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Hmmm… Love the laces?

Either way though, you know that wouldn’t have given Mr Perry the best impression of my favourite contestant.

In the end, Abbie the Monkey won the challenge, swept Duckie off her heels and got shipped to to the Langham Hotel for a high tea and a tea leaf reading. How lovely.

CHAT WITH DAMN-HOT-DIDIER

Oh how lovely! Didier Cohen made a surprise visit to the house, talking the girls through this experiences away from home, and helping the producers pry some good quality TV – I mean insight into why the girls are in the competition.

You know, for someone that’s only 16, Melissa is REALLY mature for her age!
Comparing her to the likes of Abbie is embarrassing. Melissa held a perfectly decent conversation for something who’s so young. I can’t imagine myself talking and walking like she does, when I was her age.

And *gasp* about Duckie’s sister! That’s definitely news!
This chat definitely has helped pull my heart strings towards Duckie for sure!

‘Meh’ to the other responses.
I’ve heard it all before.

Photoshoot Time!

C-O-S-M-O SHOOT!

SAY WHAT??!?!?

That’s CRAZY. Such an amazing prize for dodgy amateur models who aren’t even near the end of the competition yet! And they ALL get to go in the mag?!??!? THAT’S CRAY CRAY!

Notables?

Abbie: I’m loving her hair! She definitely looks better with her hair down. But performance + outfit + result…. meh.

Jade: LOVE HER. AND she proved herself. LOVE IT. Didn’t quite like her outfit. I’m not the biggest fan of 80s fashion. But you could tell she was on her GAME with her MOVES!

Shanali: Hmm… didn’t seem like she got the best comments from those on set, but cudos to her for changing up her face shape from “flat” to “I’mma bitch yo”.

Dajana: Again my favourite pulls through! She was working her SHAPES, working her BOD. Working her EVERYTHING. You go GIRL. I hope you get that extra feature in Cosmo.

Shannon: Didn’t do a very good job, girl. But I love your geometric skirt!

Geometric Skirts

Geometric Skirts

Check these babies out!

Verdict for the double page spread?

DUCKIE! CONGRATS!

I personally loved a couple of the other girls’ photos a lot more, but she must’ve had an amazing collection of shots to earn the double page!

ELIMINATION

On the left we have SHANALI! Tall, graceful, seemingly never at fault (but obviously failed this to impress this week).
On the right we have SHANNON! Bland, over-shadowed and besides having a giant set of teeth… nothing note worthy.

Hmmm… without having been too obvious, the next to leave is….

SHANNON!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

And photo of the week went to Dajana!

YAYAYAYAY! You go girl!!!!!

You work that BOD.

Well that’s it for this week’s episode. Not taken away by the styling at all – the 80s hair and styling was not my cup of tea. But I’m definitely loving Shannon’s geometric patterned skirt and geometric-statement-necklace/plain-shirt combo 🙂

Until next week…!

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REAN.

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TALK ABOUT: Australia’s Next Top Model Season 8, Episode 6! [Lesson: TEAM WORK!]

14 Aug

OK… So I may as well get it out there now.

I am… the BIGGEST FAN of Australia’s Next TOP MODEL!

Not just the Australian version, but the whole entire format!
(<3 Tyra!)

I thought I’d channel this addiction for the show and discuss the episodes as they come – so here goes!

The Challenge

So okay, this episode is all about team work, and if you’ve already seen the show, certain actions are definitely NOT team-work-worthy…

But after watching the episode, I’m a little confused about the challenge that they organised for the girls.
What has painting got to do with team work? To me, that’s a bit of a stretch – seemed like they really wanted to tie in the local landscape with the show, and someone in pre-production just came up with the idea of providing 2 giant canvases that a whole bunch of teenagers can toss paint and dirt on it.

Oh and of course, pick one poor chicky from each team and make them “model” in the same position for 45 minutes. Just to make it more of a “model” challenge.

Overall, challenge was a 6/10. Not interesting and I really didn’t find it was much of a lesson for the models to better themselves. But wait…

20/10 for the scandals that came from it!

Taylah choking Ashley over paint on a shirt? Brilliant! Totally TV worthy.

Tayleh vs Ashley: AusNTM scandal!

Taylah vs Ashley: AusNTM scandal!

Poor Taylah though – getting disqualified and made the ‘bad guy’ on national television. Oh and not to mention all the media that’s come from it – the news articles, the radio interviews and basically a whole stink-up around Australia about reality TV. All because of her.

But it’s definitely made the episode and that boring challenge interesting…!

The Photo-SHOOT! 

[Theme: Girls On The Run!]

Check out the pics here!

I. LOVE. THIS. THEME.

Gosh, the outfits, the make up, the strong looks that they had to portray – it was amazing!
And all in pairs!

This definitely did make up for the dodgy challenge that was set for the episode.

Best outfits? I must say I’m loving Madeline’s wrap pleather skirt and Shanali’s overalls. Those were definitely stand out pieces of the photoshoot, and definitely something that I would rip off their bodies and toss onto my own! – that’s if I could fit a size 6.

TREND ALERT: Wrap Skirt

TREND ALERT: Wrap Skirt

Places to find these skirts:

ASOS Wrapped Leather Skirt with Zipper: $135.90AUD

ASOS Wrapped Leather Skirt with Zipper: $135.90AUD

ATMOS&HERE Dagger Leather Look Mini @ The Iconic $79.95AUD

ATMOS&HERE Dagger Leather Look Mini @ The Iconic: $79.95AUD

I’ve always loved this punk/grunge trend and the lasting obsession with pleather/leather has definitely fuelled the livelihood of this look on the market. It’s also going hand-in-hand with the sudden craze of hair chalk. Great idea, and great look, but I would never be bothered to chalk my hair with a different colour every day.

Not that it’ll show up on pitch black hair.

Smokey Eye + Hair Chalk = Latest Punk Trend!

Smokey Eye + Hair Chalk = Latest Punk Trend!

But personally, I’ve never been attached to cut outs and ‘holes’ in clothing.

That’s always been a bit of a borderline… shall I say trashy look??

Don’t get me wrong – women who having rockin’ bods can pull it off. No dramas.
But when you start introducing your every day size 12 woman into the picture, the picture starts to get a little less appealing for those that need to look at it.

Cut outs and holes. Not a great trend.

Cut outs and holes. Not a great trend.

Alright, wear what to want to the next Stereosonic or equivalent music festival. But when it comes to day to day attire, there shouldn’t be a need for extra holes in your shirt. Or cut outs that reduce the amount of material on our top by 50%.

Back to the photoshoot though – who loved the props?

The car? The dilapidated windmill?
They were definitely the best ones that the models could’ve worked with.

Feeling a little bad for Dajana and Shannon who had the awkward clothing line that caused way to many hanging limbs in the picture. And Shanali and Taylah who had NOTHING.

Elimination

So there wasn’t much of an elimination this week.
All the media hype around someone getting disqualified, definitely brought down the level of surprise when the moment aired. And considering they did a double elimination of Brooke and April last week, it wasn’t much of a surprise when they didn’t flick off an extra girl at the end of the episode – especially when it was a battle between Duckie and Melissa. Two of the judges’ favourites!

Looking back at Taylah’s photos right at the end though, it’s not such a bad thing that she got disqualified.
She wasn’t the best out of the bunch, and would’ve eventually left if she kept up the “one-trick-pony”. Same face. Different dress.

Still. There were others that are worse *cough* Abbie *cough*.

Favourite of the Week

Jade. Hands down.

Jade - Favourite of the Week

Jade – Favourite of the Week

Actually, she’s always been a favourite of mine, but this week especially was when she shone!

The outfit fit her perfectly, her poses during the photoshoot, her general attitude? – just top stuff!

Hope she goes through to the end. I really do.
Seems like one good girl who is great at taking direction and mature about criticism.

GOOOOOOOO JADE!

SO.

That’s it for this episode run down.

Love the photo shoot theme. Love the looks and the wardrobe!

Let me know whether this post floats your boat for more critique on Australia’s (and maybe other versions… of) Next Top Model!

Lovelove,

Rean

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