March 04, 2009 08:01 PM by Britteny Elrick
Tonight on the 2 hr. premiere of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12, thirty-four model hopefuls will meetat Caesar’s Palace inLas Vegas to show Tyra Banks their inner goddess. The lucky twenty-one will eventually be narrowed down thirteen and the finalists will move into their plush new apartment in New York’s Upper East Side. As you can expect, the drama has already begun…
Thirty-fourAmerica’s Next Top Model hopefuls are taken by bus to Caesar’s Palace, where they are greeted by the Jays. The girls are told to go and change into their “goddess” clothing, which consisted of a short white dress and gold heels with straps wrapped up to their knees. The girls are supposed to pose for their best profile picture. Then the girls are to walk on a runway of “clouds.” Next the girls are brought out by the pool and some Spartan guards walk in with Tyra behind them. She tells them that the is the “goddess of fierce” and she’s looking for a replacement.
Later on, the girls are brought in one by one to meet Tyra and the judges. They ask them some questions. London reveals that she’s a street preacher, while Tahlia is a burn survivor and her entire lower body is covered in scars. Monique is a conspiracy theorist, and Natalie is a spoiled brat who’s never worked a day in her life. Aminat is 6’1 and Angela’s daughter passed away from a seizure. Allison reveals she is obsessed with blood and hemophilia – what?!
The Jays reveal to the girls that only “lucky 21″ will be making it through to the next round. They are to grab a box with their name on it and if they find a gold wreath then they made it through. Later on, the final 21 will be doing a photo shoot with Jay. He gives each girl a card with a different goddess name and attribute, which they must portray in their shoot. Angela starts to get into a fight with Sandra before her shoot and Jay tells her she needs to be more professional.
The first name Tyra calls is Aminat, followed by Natalie, Fo, Allison, Tahlia, Celia, Nijah, London, Tiana, Kortnie, Isabella, Jessica, and Sandra.
The girls travel to New York’s Upper East Side to move into the model house. They go to the top of the Empire State Building where they are met by Paulina and Nygel, who hands them the keys. Drama starts when Cecilia gets her choice of bed and she steals Sandra’s. The girls realize there are only 12 beds and so Sandra tells Cecilia she’s going to take her bed back. Cecilia doesn’t let her be a bully and says that she has her choice so she’s taking the bed. Then Sandra says they are going to sleep together on the bed, but Cecilia says no. London steps in and says she’ll just sleep on the floor.
Tyra Mail: Get ready to bridge the gap between good and bad.
The girls arrive at a bridge where they Jays tell them they will be starting their fashion education. A fashion designer tells them she is having a runway show tonight and the girls will be in it. The theme is naughty and nice and each girl will have to portray the sentiment depending on what outfit they get. Miss Jay trains the girls on walking and then they are sent out.
Isabella is concerned because there are strobe lights and that can trigger her epilepsy. Sandra for some reason only walked halfway down the runway. Tahlia was upset because she was the only model wearing pants instead of a dress because of her scars. Later on, Sandra confronts the girls again by telling them all they have to stop talking or go in the living room since she is trying to sleep.
The models arrive in central park for their photo shoot, where the girls will portray childhood games. Fedil Berisha is the guest photographer and the girls are all supposed to be “nice girls.” Jay brings Tahlia aside and asks her why she wants to be a model. He says that she is saying and doing all the right things, but she is insecure inside. Isabella was taking the shoot too literally and Jay was getting frustrated.
The Judging: First, Sandra was up and Jay asks her about the runway. Sandra says that she thought she stopped where she was supposed to. They weren’t impressed with her photo because she looked confused. Next up is Cecilia and they liked her photo for the most part. Fo had a problem looking long and lean because of her height.
Aminat is next and they comment on her “too long” legs. They loved London’s photo and had no criticism. Jessica had a good pose, but it had nothing to do with the game Jacks. Isabella’s photo was a bit of a mess and she had alot of issues posing. Nijah did a good job of capturing innocence, but no the game. Alison looks like she was caught in headlights, but they still liked their photos. Tahlia tells the judges she is still struggling with her skin and having them covered. They liked Natalie’s shot but they didn’t see any potential.
Tyra calls the girl with the best photo first, and that is Alison. The next girl called is Fo, followed by Tiana, London, Celia, Nijah, Kortnie, Natalie, Aminat, Tahlia, and Jessica. The bottom two are Sandra and Isabella. Tyra tells Sandra that she was a huge disappointment both on the runway and in the shoot. She tells Isabella that she had no clue in the photo shoot. Sandra’s name is called and Isabella goes home.
America’s Next Top Model airs Wednesdays at 8PM ET/7 CT on CW.
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