screengrab - TV3
After an agonising three day wait, episode three of New Zealand's Next Top Model has finally made its way onto the TV3 website, and I've just managed to have a good look at it away from the stress of live blogging. First things first, this week's Modelism. There were several strong contenders for the stupidest-thing-said-of-the-week award, but epilept, former drug addict and outed model Sarah really took it away. Her winning line:
"I don't know why I'm good some days and not others, maybe I'm bipolar! He he!"
He he indeed.
This week we followed the young hopefuls as they took it to the street with hip hop dance lessons (above) then competed in an 80s fluro-slogan-tee/hip hop catwalk challenge (below). Call me sexist, but I'd expect that if you've got 12 girls in a room, at least half of them should be able to pop, drop and lock it. Not these girls! Wellingtonian Laura put it best when she said how funny it was watching all "these lanky girls" awkwardly attempting to navigate their way through a hip hop routine. They should've given me a call for some pointers - they don't call me Isaac Chris Brown-Michael Jackson-Patrick Swayze-Hindin Miller for nothing. The real let down was Sarah though, who flat out refused to learn the routine, arguing that
"I know that I'm not going to get it so what's the point of going out and making a dick of myself when there's no point?"
I like that logic.
When it came time for the catwalk challenge though, three girls stood out for me: Christobelle, who can move for a white girl from Remuera (disclaimer: I don't actually know that she's from Remuera); Rhiannon (above), who did some sweet Usher-style footwork down the catwalk, and Ajoh (below), who dipped it VERY low at the end of the runway. The judges only liked Christobelle though, and they went so far as to say that Ajoh's walk was hoochie. You say that like it's a bad thing! What's hip hop without a bit of hooch?
Big drama appeared in the first real fight of the series, between Ajoh and Teryl-Leigh when Ajoh accused Teryl-Leigh, gasp! shock! horror! of racism. All over a little shower timing confusion! It was all very exciting. Ajoh pulled Teryl-Leigh out of the bathroom because she'd taken longer than their allowed five minutes in there, then when Teryl-Leigh got angry about it, Ajoh pulled the race card, saying
"Is it because I'm black or something?"This got everybody very upset and polarised some of the girls who took Ajoh's side, and others who jumped to Teryl-Leigh's defense. Ajoh got so worked up at one point that she said she was going to leave the house. They should have settled in on the runway.
It's a walk off.
After all that heat on the street, the girls got to chill out (ah ah ah) on the slopes at "New Zealand's only indoor ski field," Snow Planet in Silverdale. Shooting the occasion under the watchful eye of Chris Sisarich was top NZ photographer, and general all round nice guy, Craig Owen. It was a bit of a higgledy piggledy affair. Loud makeup (below), cringey clothing (think: lycra) and snow being thrown in the girls' faces. Didn't you know, guys? That's what being on a real life photo shoot is like!
Of all the girls, Ajoh and Olivia seemed to have the most problems, Ajoh, at least was understandable - the girl had never been on or near snow before. For Olivia though (one of the sisters), I think it's safe to say next week will be her last.
Once again Sarah flat out refused to take part in the challenge, citing home sickness.
The clear challenge winner was Christobelle, who pulled out some huge editorial poses (like the Bryan Boy original above).
When it came time for judging, the predictable occurred - Christobelle was praised, Sarah and Olivia were the bottom two. Colin tried arguing for Sarah but it didn't work out, and Sarah was sent home.
She didn't look too upset.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm still going for Victoria and Christobelle. Don't forget to tune in on Friday night for the next NZ's Next Top Model live blog!
All screengrabs - TV3.