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America's Next Top Model: Vampire Love For Everyone

I guess with the mania surrounding Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, et al. it is inevitable that everyone – even the likes of Tyra Banks, wants a piece of the action. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Let’s go back to the beginning.

There are still ten girls left in the competition. That’s at least eight girls too many when you are sharing an apartment. The expected bickering takes place, the chief participants being Anslee (everyone’s mother) and one of the young eighteen-year-old contestants. They screamed. I muted. Someone broke it up. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next, this week’s competition. The girls go to improv class, which makes for less than thrilling television. They only showed a couple of their attempts and the instructor didn’t seem impressed. Next Dania Ramirez, the latest spokesmodel to sign with Cover Girl, appears and reveals that the girls will take part in an impromptu commercial. They won’t have to memorize lines or speak at all (which was surely a relief), but will simply act out her words. Again, only two or three of the girls seemed to catch on to the point of the exercise. Tatianna won the challenge, being the only girl who didn’t bore Times Square to tears, and will appear both on the Cover Girl website and in their next issue. Nice prize.

Back to the most interesting piece of this week’s puzzle. Who am I kidding, the photographs are the more interesting piece of every episode. This week, the producers lobbed several curve balls at our still-wet-behind-the-ears contestants. First, they worked with a male model in the shots, which always seems to throw some people off. Second, the scene contained a bathtub full of blood. Real blood. Third, part of the required wardrobe meant wearing white-out contact lenses that rendered them blind. Brenda – that’s the shrill, Molly Ringwald look alike – had a minor breakdown over the contacts. Simone had a gag-fest over the blood. Overall, the pics came out sexy and sensuous and lots of other good things. Definitely more True Blood than Twilight. That’s a good thing, in my opinion.

Down to the judging. Tyra presented Alasia with the best photograph prize for the second week in a row. She deserved it. The bottom two spots were handed to Anslee and Simone. I have to say, it surprised me when they let Simone go. It’s obvious Tyra sees great potential in the girl, even spending several seconds encouraging her not to give up. Anslee’s annoying everyone at the house and ramping up the theatrics on set. I thought her exit a no-brainer. Shows what I know. As usual.

Until next time…

See more on the photos, models, and judges here.

Season 14, Episode 4: America’s Next Top Vampire (originally aired March 31, 2010)

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Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW

Photographs courtesy of The CW and Sarah Silver.

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