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|America's Next Top Model (cycle 11)|
Cycle 11 cast
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||The CW|
September 3– November 19, 2008
|No. of contestants||14|
The prizes for this cycle were:
Approximately the first half of the competition took place in Los Angeles, moving the show back from New York City where it was held last season. The international destination for the final episodes of the cycle was Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The promotional song was "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls.
Starting from this cycle, the contestant called first in judging every week would have her picture (or commercial) displayed as digital art in the models' house for the rest of the week. The CoverGirl of the Week contest was replaced by a new segment called Top Models in Action, focusing on former alums post-show careers.
The show featured fourteen contestants, similar to cycles 3, 4 and 10. The winner of this cycle, similar to the past four cycles, won management and representation by Elite Model Management, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics (including a billboard in Time Square and ads in Walmart), and the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen. This season averaged 4.43 million viewers.
This cycle included a first for the series – having a transgender contestant named Isis King participate and qualify for the final fourteen. The inclusion has been noted as an "unprecedented opportunity" by Neil Giuliano, president of GLAAD, a national LGBT media advocacy group.
(ages stated are at start of contest)
|Sharaun Brown||18||Chicago, Illinois||Episode 2||14|
|Nikeysha Clarke||19||Bronx, New York||Episode 3||13|
|Brittany Rubalcaba||19||Henderson, Nevada||Episode 4||12|
|Hannah White||18||Fairbanks, Alaska||Episode 5||11|
|Isis King||22||Prince George's County, Maryland||10|
|Clark Gilmer||19||Pawleys Island, South Carolina||Episode 6||9|
|Lauren Brie Harding||20||Charlottesville, Virginia||Episode 7||8|
|Joslyn Pennywell||23||Lucky, Louisiana||Episode 9||7|
|Sheena Sakai||21||Harlem, New York||Episode 10||6|
|Elina Ivanova||18||Seattle, Washington||Episode 11||5|
|Marjorie Conrad||19||San Francisco, California||Episode 12||4|
|Analeigh Tipton||19||Sacramento, California||Episode 13||3|
|Samantha Potter||18||Woodland Hills, California||2|
|McKey Sullivan||19||Lake Forest, Illinois||1|
First aired September 3, 2008
The 33 semifinalists were driven to San Fernando Valley, California, where they met Alpha J and Beta J (Jay Manuel and Miss J.) at the fictitious "Top Model Institute of Technology." Inside, they went through a series of reviews and catwalk analysis. Later, Tyra-bot (Tyra Banks) met the contestants and individual interviews began. In between, Isis (who participated in the background of the first official photo shoot in the tenth cycle) revealed she was a transwoman, leaving other semifinalists with mixed feelings. Surprising some of the other contestants, Joslyn confessed that she tried to audition for America's Next Top Model for over 30 times (revealed to be 33 on the Tyra Banks Show) and she left on the product on the commercial, and Analeigh revealed that she was sold to a Saudi Arabian prince by a human trafficking ring pretending to be an agency, however it was later resolved before any deals were made. Twenty of those vying continued and they took part in the first photo shoot – posing in metallic blue catsuits. After final deliberations, fourteen contestants were chosen. One unsuccessful semifinalist Kacey would audition four cycles later and successfully made it as a finalist in the top fourteen.
First aired September 3, 2008
As the start of the episode, the three Brittanys changed their names; Brittney B. became Sharaun, Brittany S. became McKey, and Brittany R. remained with her own name, Brittany.
The notorious fierce fourteen finalists were driven to their homebase loft in Los Angeles, California. The contestants asked Isis questions regarding her gender transition, drawing both empathy and disdain. Clark and Hannah gossiped about Isis, calling her a he-she and saying that she had "no place in this competition." The next day, they visited Magic Castle, a private club for magicians, where judges Nigel Barker, Paulina Porizkova and the Jays conducted one-on-one interviews with the contestants. Isis impressed Nigel with her knowledge about how to flatter her face in certain light, while Sharaun left the judges cold by constantly introducing herself by saying "I AM 'America's Next Top Model'". Mike Rosenthal shot the girls at their first official photo shoot where the theme was voting, with each model portraying a political issue:
During the shoot, several of the other contestants, including Clark and Sharaun, heckled Isis about being transgender, while McKey struggled until drawing inspiration from boxing moves, which Clark laughed at.
During panel, McKey's picture received tremendous praise. Isis also shocked everyone in the show that she could bring a powerful photograph, while Marjorie, Joslyn and Elina also received unanimous praise for their photos. Despite taking strong photo, the judges were turned off by Nikeysha's verbosity during her critique on how to perfect her photo. They were also unimpressed with Sharaun’s photo, her interview and her insincere personality. In the end, Sharaun and Nikeysha landed in the bottom two. Nikeysha for constantly taking over the judges and Sharaun for her arrogant personality. Nikeysha's strong photo saved her from the first elimination while Sharaun's swagger cost her the competition. As Nikeysha's name was called, Sharaun fell to the ground emotionally and all the other twelve girls approached the bottom two girls before Nikeysha collected her photo and Sharaun left the room.
First aired September 10, 2008
The contestants met posing coach Benny Ninja and contortionist Bree Robertson for a lesson on extreme posing inside fabric tubes. The following day, the posing challenge featured Tarina Tarantino jewelry and handbags. Many of the girls utilized awkward poses, and Sheena's inappropriately suggestive pose was criticized. Nikeysha was deemed to be "memorable" by "coming out to let everyone know she had to use the bathroom" which Hannah commented behind the scenes as "unprofessional" and "an amateur mistake". Elina won the challenge, and received a handbag full of the featured jewelry for being the best, as well as the unaired prize to do some work with the brand.
At the house, Isis was shown injecting hormones to aid in her gender transition which made her nauseous. Elina kissed Clark during a game of truth or dare. Tensions rose when Hannah – who had already made nasty comments about Isis – absent-mindedly pushed Isis for "crowding her" in the jacuzzi, even though she was surrounded by other girls, and was later confronted about it in a large discussion inside, and then again later on where some of the other girls accused of her discrimination towards Isis and towards the girls of darker skin.
The photo shoot challenged the models to hang from a rope ladder, with the images later digitally composited to photos of a hot air balloon. At judging, after first denying that she had surgery, Sheena admits she did have breast augmentation.
Lauren Brie's photo was perceived as one of the best pictures in the history of the show and was Tyra's all-time favorite picture at the time. While most of the girls also impressed the judges, Brittany's photo was deemed average (but Tyra was convinced that she can earn a million dollars doing catalogue modeling) and Analeigh was criticized for overthinking the shoot, which showed in her picture. Isis' plain appearance at the judging panel and uninspiring close-up photo landed her in the bottom two with Nikeysha, who was eliminated for an unsatisfactory photo and portfolio, an overly-verbal personality, an admonishment for her very thin body and her disappointing performance at the challenge. After getting eliminated, she continued to talk and she was heard still talking as the credits rolled.
First aired September 17, 2008
Tyra joined the models over princess-themed pizza, after which she announced that makeovers would commence the following day. But in a twist, as she was about to announce their makeovers, an evil witch (Miss J) appeared and gave her an apple, which turned out to be 'poisonous' as Tyra then fainted. She was revived by 'Prince Couture' (Mr J) but told the girls she could no longer remember their makeovers. The next day, all mirrors inside of the salon were covered, indicating that the girls will only see their new looks when they are completed. Most girls were satisfied, except Elina, who cried, expressing that her look did not fit the image she had of herself and Analeigh who felt she would have trouble being confident as a blonde. Samantha was initially upset to get her hair cut but was satisfied with the overall result. Afterwards, the girls were taken to Wal-Mart for a CoverGirl makeup challenge in which they had to record a 30-second mock commercial without a script. Hannah's commercial was deemed the best, earning her a featured spot on the CoverGirl website and a $1000 Wal-Mart gift card.
Back at the house Brittany R. and Joslyn talked about how much they loved their families and how much they missed them. Elina passed by and admitted that she never loved her mother, saying that she didn’t know how to be a mother and her not being able to express her emotions. She said that’s the best reason why she had been in control. Brittany R. then said that Elina was ungrateful and that she was using her mother which made Elina uncomfortable.
The girls took part in a Sports Illustrated-style photo shoot featuring Susan Holmes swimwear. As some added pressure to the situation, Holmes herself was present for the shoot, and Jay Manuel held back all critique and direction.
At judging, Elina was praised for her edgy, racially ambiguous look. Lauren Brie's photo reminded Miss. J of Cycle 7 winner CariDee English, and Clark was compared to Lauren Brie by Paulina, with them stating she was the complete opposite of Lauren Brie; Clark looked like a model in person, but her photos were lackluster and vice versa. Most girls received praise, but Isis, Analeigh, Hannah and Brittany R. struggled. Isis was once again criticized for her weak eye expression in her photo, though her pose received positive critique. Analeigh and Brittany R. landed in the bottom two; Analeigh for not utilizing her posing potential as a former ice skater, and Brittany R. for continuing to come across as too commercial and not exhibiting intensity in her photos. In the end, Brittany R. was eliminated.
First aired September 24, 2008
The girls got a runway lesson at a bowling alley from J. Alexander. The next day, they participated in a runway show for fashion designer Jeremy Scott. There were two twists. Firstly, the girls would be wearing see-through blindfolds, and secondly, one girl would be instantly eliminated following the challenge. Notable standouts on the runway included Joslyn, Analeigh, McKey, Isis and Sheena, though most girls also excelled. Despite being instructed not to do so by Jeremy Scott, Samantha lifted up her dress while posing on the runway. Joslyn's performance was deemed the best, winning her a photo shoot for Seventeen which she shared with Isis and Sheena. The least impressive girls were Hannah and Samantha: Hannah for not presenting herself there and seemed that she didn't want to be there, and Samantha for having a runway walk of a "mixture of a truck driver and a stripper" as well as acting 'disgustingly' on the runway. Hannah was eliminated due to her overall poor performance together along with her terrible runaway walk.
This week's photo shoot took place in their own pool, with Nigel Barker photographing the girls. The girls were to pose with their faces partially underwater, with an emphasis on their eyes. While many received positive feedback, Elina and Joslyn struggled with the shoot, as did Isis, who was awkward in the pool because she felt uncomfortable wearing a swimsuit.
At judging, Clark's huge improvement inspired everyone in the place, as she produced a super strong photo with very fierce eyes thus receiving the first call-out. Analeigh was called second and also improved from the last week, finally using her ice skating ability to create a photo with strong, fierce eyes. Paulina "would have been voting Analeigh off" had Analeigh not come up with the pose in her photo. Sheena's photo was deemed by Tyra as an "Asian warrior that is going to kill you", while Lauren Brie impressed for the third consecutive week.
Despite having a strong photo, Samantha was strongly reprimanded by Jeremy Scott, because she was acting like a know-it-all and seemed to want to be the rockstar of the runway show, and she ended up in the bottom two along with Isis. In the end, Samantha was spared because the judges felt that Isis was holding back, though they praised her as an inspiration for the LGBT community.
First aired October 1, 2008
The girls met Paulina Porizkova at an empty warehouse for a challenge teach, where they were taught how to make an oversized outfit that will fit them well and carry off the pose. After the lecture, each girl was assigned an outfit to improvise and fit themselves. Samantha was admonished over physically altering the dress’s look, while McKey's creativity won her the challenge and the reward of 50 extra frames at their next photo shoot.
Back at the house, Marjorie's insecurities irritated some of the other girls. This week’s photo shoot had the girls portray different disasters as follows:
|Analeigh||Santa Ana winds|
At panel Samantha redeemed herself from the previous week with a strong photo and received the first call-out. Most of the other girls received praise for their photos, though Lauren Brie was cautioned not to rely on just being pretty. However, it was Clark and Joslyn's mediocre photos that landed them in the bottom two, both for the first time. The judges saw Joslyn as starting out at the top of the pack, but slowly falling, while Clark’s lackluster portfolio (despite best photo taken last week) had the judges worried. In the end, Joslyn's bubbly personality saved her and Clark was ultimately eliminated.
First aired October 8, 2008
The girls were driven to a photo studio where they met Tyra for a teach on how to create and improve on their "signature poses." While Lauren Brie disappointed by producing what Tyra deemed as pretty but "empty" photos, Marjorie’s high-fashion take on the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" impressed Tyra – and won her the challenge. She chose Analeigh to share in her prize of diamond necklaces from Rafinity totaling $12,000.
|Analeigh||Rebel ice skater|
|Elina||Top Model of the world|
|Lauren Brie||Surfer chick|
|Marjorie||Hunchback of Notre-Dame|
For this week's photo shoot, the girls were taken to the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles to portray different award show mishaps inspired from Tyra’s Fiercee Awards on The Tyra Banks Show. Marjorie and Analeigh wowed Jay, while Elina had trouble letting go of her control and freeing her emotions.
|Model||Award Show Snafu|
|Analeigh||The interviewer with an attitude|
|Elina||The girl with an overly emotional acceptance speech|
|Joslyn||The girl that faced another starlet in the same gown as her|
|Lauren Brie||The girl that tripped up the stairs|
|Marjorie||The girl that wanted to use the restroom, but couldn't get out of her gown|
|McKey||The girl that was so sure she was going to win, but doesn't|
|Samantha||The girl that can't read the cue cards because of the lights|
|Sheena||The girl that got angry when another starlet stepped on her gown|
Marjorie's dramatic photo received unfavorably great praise, with her reward win earned her a very clear first call-out. Analeigh's photo yet again wowed the judges, as well as McKey and Elina. In the end, Lauren Brie and Sheena were placed in the bottom two – both for their flawed photos. The judges perceived Lauren Brie's personality as being washed out, while Sheena was criticized for her overt sexual appeal and her presence being a model. Sheena's personality won the judges over despite having a weaker portfolio.
First aired October 15, 2008
This was the recap episode featuring some never-before-seen footage, including Samantha being left without a bed at the start of the competition, an argument between Elina and Sheena regarding animal rights and respect for others' beliefs, McKey cooking meals for the girls because she felt left out, Sheena losing her hair during her makeover, the girls admiring Nikeysha's talent for rapping, a night out at Red Pearl Kitchen in Hollywood, a bee attack (with McKey saving the bee after it is hairsprayed by Clark), and Hannah talking about her life in Alaska and "Alaska Pixie Dust."
First aired October 22, 2008
The girls got a lesson from the Aswirl Twins on how to properly showcase a garment. This was immediately followed by a challenge in which the girls wore green bodysuits to mask their bodies via greenscreen, while modeling clothing for Petro Zillia, judged by Ann Shoket. While many were criticized, Elina was chosen as the winner, and got to shoot a holiday fashion spread for Seventeen along with Analeigh and Marjorie. When they returned, Elina and Sheena argued on whether it was hypocritical for Elina, an atheist, to appear in a holiday spread.
The following day, the girls met Cycle 10 winner Whitney Thompson for a CoverGirl commercial shoot. They were allotted five takes and got to read their lines from a teleprompter. While some excelled and others struggled, Joslyn was ill and had a particularly difficult time.
At judging, Tyra challenged the girls to walk in wooden clogs, leading her to announce that they would be going abroad to Amsterdam, though one contestant would be eliminated first. Analeigh was praised highly, with Tyra stating that her commercial was the best ever in ANTM history. Sheena was also praised for her personality in the commercial. However, Elina was once again lambasted for being too constrained. Conversely, Joslyn was told that she overacted, but overall, she was lauded for pulling through and doing the commercial despite being very ill and McKey was surprisingly criticized for having a mediocre performance (despite having previous strong photos). Though McKey had a bad commercial, Elina and Joslyn ended up as the bottom two. Tyra then noted that Elina had composure and confidence while Joslyn possessed tenacity and determination. Both Sheena and Samantha were shown cheering for Joslyn. In a shocking elimination, though she was called a "survivor," Joslyn was axed for her declining performance, but was told that she could survive the modeling industry without winning the contest.
First aired October 29, 2008
When the girls arrived in Schiphol Airport at Amsterdam, they were greeted by Holland's Next Top Model host Daphne Deckers. They were split into pairs to find their house through a series of tasks. Elina and Samantha were the quickest and earned 50 extra frames to share. The girls then went to the Red Light district for yet another challenge, this time posing as store-front models selling various designers' dresses. While Marjorie was singled out as the best girl, McKey and Samantha won the prize to appear in several runway shows in Amsterdam International Fashion Week because of their teamwork.
For the photo shoot, the girls posed in 17th century couture gowns on a boat. McKey, Analeigh and Marjorie received positive comments, while Samantha used her extra frames to deliver better shots. Elina's focus made her ignore Jay at one point.
At panel, McKey and Analeigh once again impressed the judges. Though Samantha was also appreciated for producing a stellar picture, her poor choice of clothing was criticized. Marjorie was also given a good critique, but her timid personality didn't sit well with Daphne. Elina again landed in the bottom two with Sheena, both for the second time; Sheena was criticized for her inconsistency and trouble controlling both her body and face together, while Elina was again chastised for her stiffness and uninspiring in-person look. However, deemed to have more potential, Elina was saved for the second time eliminating Sheena.
First aired November 5, 2008
The final five went on go-sees. Marjorie became lost and frustrated causing her to not book either of the two designers she managed to see; Samantha was told she was too commercial but managed to book two out of four; Elina, because of her tattoos, only booked two out of the four she visited; McKey was booked by all four of her go-sees, but was disqualified from the challenge for being five minutes late. As a result, Analeigh won $18,000 worth of designer clothes for booking all three of the three designers she saw.
This time Tyra was the photographer and took two pictures of the girls – one with no makeup, and one with edgy and glamorous styling, with a warehouse background. Marjorie struggled on the first shoot, but excelled at the second. Elina was once again too controlling, while Samantha and McKey shone in both shoots. Analeigh was amazing in her glamour shot, but Tyra wasn't sure if she could pull off a washed face look.
At panel, Samantha's photos were deemed the best and she was called first. Elina and Marjorie both landed in the bottom two because they stood in their own way (Marjorie's nerves and Elina's control), but with her third consecutive bottom two appearance, Elina was eliminated and Marjorie was given another chance.
First aired November 12, 2008
The remaining four girls got a lesson from Paulina Porizkova on modeling with unusual props. They were then challenged to audition for a short commercial in which they kissed male model Mark Vanderloo. Marjorie was chosen as the winner, and received a $10,000 shopping spree at G-star which she shared evenly with Analeigh.
That evening, the girls let loose when they invited their go-sees boatmen from the previous episode to the house. Marjorie drank too much wine, and, as a result, was very wobbly in her photo shoot.
The photo shoot took place in the Dutch countryside, with windmills as the backdrop accompanied by dramatic hair and makeup. Analeigh and McKey excelled once again while Samantha and Marjorie struggled. At judging, Samantha was again criticized for her unprofessional appearance and for having a bad film overall despite producing a good photo. Despite a stellar portfolio, Marjorie was admonished for having lost her appeal in her attempt to act more aloof, which sent her home.
First aired November 19, 2008
The final three received Tyra Mail informing them that their CoverGirl commercials would be the next day. When they arrived, the girls found out that the commercials would be shot on a boat traveling through Amsterdam, and that they would each have to deliver a "scene-stealing kiss" with Dutch male model Timothy Dingeman at the end of the commercial. Samantha's commercial lacked energy while Analeigh went blank and had to be fed the lines. McKey produced a stunning commercial, improving immensely from her first commercial performance. Afterwards, all the girls shot their CoverGirl print ads with Jim De Yonker.
At panel, McKey received unanimous praise for both her commercial and photo, with her picture being deemed as the only "model" shot. Analeigh and Samantha landed in the bottom two, Analeigh for not working with her face as well as her body, and for forgetting her lines, and Samantha for looking very commercial in person yet lacking commercial ability on camera. In spite of her previous strong performance, one great commercial, and being in the top three call-outs for seven weeks in a row, Analeigh was sent home.
After shooting their Seventeen Magazine cover tries, Samantha and McKey joined Cycle 10 winner Whitney Thompson and Holland's Next Top Model, Cycle 4 winner Ananda Marchildon and runner-up Yvette Broch, at a long, whimsical, fairy tale-themed fashion show. Both girls showed consistent walks, although both were critiqued that they were not as strong as they could have been. During deliberation, the judges recognized that both girls had stunning portfolios, and had greatly improved as models from their first shoot. McKey's photogenic look, edginess, diversity and strut were acknowledged as well as Samantha having commercial appeal while simultaneously delivering high fashion photos.
The girls were called back in and McKey was crowned as the eleventh winner of America's Next Top Model .
|11||Lauren Brie||Lauren Brie||Analeigh||Analeigh||Hannah|
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