America's Next Top Model (season 18)
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|America's Next Top Model (season 18)|
Cycle 18 cast
|No. of contestants||14|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||The CW|
|Original release||February 29 –|
May 30, 2012
The eighteenth cycle of America's Next Top Model (subtitled as America's Next Top Model: British Invasion) premiered on February 29, 2012 and was the twelfth season to air on The CW. It occupied the time slot of the final two scheduled episodes of Remodeled. This was the first American edition of Top Model to be filmed and broadcast in high definition (HD). The cycle featured fourteen contestants, placing seven British models who had competed in previous cycles of Britain's Next Top Model alongside seven all-new American models.
The prizes for this cycle included a modeling contract with LA Models & NY Model Management, a guest correspondent placement with Extra, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, and both the cover and a spread in Beauty In Vogue, becoming the face of America’s Next Top Model fragrance "Dream Come True", production of a record single released by CBS Records, and a US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.
The cycle featured seven contestants from previous cycles of Britain's Next Top Model for a second chance to win the title. Cycles 1 and 7 were unrepresented, cycles 2, 3, 4 and 6 were each represented by one contestant, and cycle 5 was represented by three contestants. The returning contestants from Britain's Next Top Model and their prior placements were:
|Cycle 2||Jasmia Robinson||3rd place|
|Cycle 3||Louise Watts||Runner-up|
|Cycle 4||Catherine Thomas||Runner-up|
|Cycle 5||Annaliese Dayes||7th place|
|Ashley Brown||4th place|
|Cycle 6||Alisha White||Runner-up|
(Ages stated are at start of contest)
|UK||Jasmia Robinson||24||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||London, England||Episode 1||14|
|US||Mariah Watchman||20||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Pendleton, Oregon||Episode 2||13|
|UK||Louise Watts||25||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)||London, England||Episode 3||12 (quit)|
|US||Candace Smith||22||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Brooklyn, New York||Episode 4||11|
|UK||Ashley Brown||22||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||Armadale, Scotland||Episode 5||10|
|US||AzMarie Livingston||24||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Episode 6||9|
|US||Kyle Gober||20||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)||Magnolia, Texas||Episode 7||8|
|US||Seymone Cohen-Fobish||19||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||Augusta, Georgia||Episode 8||7|
|UK||Catherine Thomas||22||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Folkestone, England||Episode 9||6|
|US||Eboni Davis||18||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Seattle, Washington||Episode 10||5|
|UK||Alisha White||20||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||South London, England||4 (quit)|
|UK||Annaliese Dayes||24||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)||London, England||Episode 11||3|
|US||Laura LaFrate||20||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)||Scotia, New York||Episode 13||2|
|UK||Sophie Sumner||21||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||Oxford, England||1|
No episode aired on April 4, 2012 due to the CW's broadcast of One Tree Hill series finale.
|Title||Original air date|
|213||1||"Kelly Osbourne"||February 29, 2012|
The competition starts at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood, seven new models from America finding out that they would battle against previous contestants from Britain's Next Top Model. The culture clash begins with a fashion parade with the models on top of a float. The American girls receive love from their fans, while the British girls are welcomed by silence from the crowd. After the parade, the models take part in a runway challenge with legendary boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer as master of ceremonies.
In the challenge, Ashley is offended when Candace calls her a trick, while Jasmia throws her jacket at AzMarie's face. After the show, the girls arrive at their new home. The American girls begin skinny dipping in the pool, which shocks the British girls. The very first photo shoot had the girls portraying American and British public figures while jumping on a trampoline, with sixty cameras capturing them in a 3D shot.
The last duo, Seymone and Sophie, receive the most praise; while Kyle, Catherine and Laura were also lauded for their good photos. Alisha breaks down into tears, Jasmia and Mariah fall flat in their photos, while Ashley is scolded for thinking beyond the shot. At panel, Tyra states that although she is American, she would be unbiased towards judging the girls in the competition. Catherine, Kyle, Laura, Seymone and Sophie receive praise, while Ashley and Jasmia find themselves in the bottom two for their poor photos. Tyra hands the last photograph to Ashley, resulting in Jasmia's elimination.
|214||2||"Kris Jenner"||March 7, 2012|
The remaining thirteen girls received their makeovers at Sally Hershberger's salon. Most of the girls were content with their makeovers except Louise, who was very dismayed with her short, darker colored makeover. Meanwhile, Eboni is burned with a curling iron upon the completion of her makeover and becomes upset for the rest of the day.
The following day, the model had an eating challenge where they must eat some delicacies from the other team's nation including haggis, marmite, grits, chitterlings, blood pudding, pig's feet, and peanut butter. Candace irritated Seymone when she joked about Seymone eating haggis all by herself. For the photo shoot, the girls had to pose as toddlers in groups, with Kris Jenner posing as their mother and her real-life daughters Kendall and Kylie posing as their sisters.
At panel, the judges deemed that the UK girls outperformed the US girls in every shot, but Laura received the first call out. Seymone was criticized for simply looking "pretty" in her shot, while Mariah was reprimanded for being too sexy. AzMarie also struggled to get into character, which led to Ashley outshining her in their shot. Mariah and Seymone found themselves in the bottom two: Mariah for being unmemorable and Seymone for falling to the back of the pack and having what Tyra called "beginners' luck". Ultimately, Tyra handed the last photograph to Seymone, whose personality saved her, while Mariah became the first American girl to leave the competition.
|215||3||"Cat Deeley"||March 14, 2012|
After the elimination of the previous episode, The British girls pull a prank on Seymone by throwing paper balls at her while she sleeps, which leads to a clash between Seymone and the British girls. The next morning, Tyra visits the girls to teach and gives them their super model powers, or their "Intoxibella" powers, from her book Modelland. She also speaks to the girls about the "Super Mogul", which is about being a businesswoman and having other jobs related to modeling. Later, the girls meet Kelly Cutrone for their photo shoot, which is an ad campaign for Very. After the girls are divided into groups by nation, they assign themselves a concept for the photo shoot, a leader for the group, wardrobe, hair and make-up, props, and castings for male models which are done via Virgin Mobile.
At the photo shoot, Candace struggles to give more expression with her face, while Eboni fails to sell the dress. Ashley looks "disgusted" in her session, while Louise blames Annaliese for wasting time and not acting as a leader. During the session, Kelly castigates Louise for her behavior on set. After the photo shoot, the models are allowed to choose their final photo. Back at the house, the British girls discuss Annaliese's disorganized leadership. At the panel, Sophie and Catherine receive praise, while Alisha and Ashley do not. During Louise's critique, Nigel calls her "mean" and Kelly calls her rude which results in Louise telling Kelly she was being rude. This ultimately leads to the judges commenting on Louise's attitude which causes her to dramatically break down and walk off-set, subsequently quitting the competition. During the elimination ceremony, Louise's name is called and Tyra reveals that she would have remained in the competition had she not left on her own accord (despite having a bad attitude and talking back to the judges). Alisha, Ashley, Candace, & Eboni are called forward as the bottom four, all of whom were not liked by the client. Nevertheless, Tyra hands the girls a single sheet with all four of their photographs and decides to not send any of them home, partially due to them being able to handle criticism.
|216||4||"J. Alexander"||March 21, 2012|
After Louise's exit, the British girls become emotional after panel. Eboni becomes frustrated over her brand (30-Never) and she feels she can't portray this youthful and innocent title due to her troubled upbringing. She develops tension towards Kyle when Eboni complains about her shot at panel. The contestants are later introduced to Martin Lindstrom for their challenge, which is to present and sell a fictional product while remaining true to their brands.
The judges for the challenge are a group of regular people chosen off the streets of Los Angeles. Annaliese and Sophie receive good feedback, while Eboni is criticized for coming across as a "know-it-all". Kyle receives good feedback from the crowd, which angers some of the girls, who had thought her commercial wasn't good. Eboni and Alisha continue to attack Kyle, which pushes to her limits and makes her consider leaving the competition. Annaliese ultimately wins the reward challenge, and wins the prize with the British girls.
For the photo shoot, the girls are taken to the Sepulveda Dam at the Los Angeles River, where they pose with vintage American cars while wearing hats by Irish designer Philip Treacy. Most of the girls receive good feedback and do generally well, while Sophie, Seymone, and Candace struggle during the shoot. At panel, AzMarie and Laura receive strong praise for their photos. Despite having a good shot, Kyle is reprimanded for not looking like a model. Sophie is confronted by the panel for failing to deliver, but it was Seymone and Candace who ultimately find themselves in the bottom two for their mediocre photographs. Seymone is saved once again and Candace is eliminated from the competition.
|217||5||"Beverly Johnson"||March 28, 2012|
The remaining models are informed that they will go to Toronto for the LG Fashion Week. The models undergo castings for several different fashion shows. Ashley, Catherine and Seymone fail to book any shows, while Laura and Kyle are fired from the Pink Tartan show after being viewed as inexperienced. Eboni and Sophie end up winning the reward challenge for booking the most shows and for their excellent performance, as well.
For the photo shoot, the girls are covered with maple syrup and leaves. The girls fly back to Los Angeles for panel and most of the praise goes to the American girls. While her photo is critiqued, Catherine breaks down to tears for not booking any of the shows in Toronto. Eboni's excellent photograph earns her first call-out, while Ashley and Catherine land in the bottom two for not booking any of the castings. Catherine is ultimately saved due to the sheer strength of her photograph, while Ashley is eliminated from the competition despite her endearing personality.
|218||6||"Jessica Sutta & Nadine Coyle"||April 11, 2012|
In the beginning of the episode, some of the girls accidentally rip Laura's stuffed elephant, which was given to her by her deceased friend Kevin, and throw the ear into the swimming pool. Laura then displaces her anger towards Kyle, who was trying to help but instead pushes Laura over the edge. Later, All-Star winner Lisa D'Amato informs the models that they will have to perform in a group music video.
At the recording studio, the UK girls do substantially better than the US contestants while Catherine excelled that performance while Kyle, Eboni, AzMarie and Sophie struggled. Later, Tyra teaches the girls about the different types of "booty tooch". AzMarie refuses to participate in the lesson after refusing to wear the butt pad. During the music video shoot, the British contestants excelled the shoot, except for Sophie, who selling a lipstick and struggles with her shoot, while the American girls fail to work as a team. Kyle pulls down the performance of her teammates and she runs out of the bathroom, while AzMarie is castigated for her attitude on set.
At panel, all of the British girls receive good feedback, with Sophie and Alisha deemed the contenders. This leads to Alisha earning a first call-out during the elimination ceremony, making her the first British girl to receive one. She is quickly followed the remaining Brits: Sophie, Catherine and Annaliese. Most of the American models receive mixed feedback from the judges, but it is Kyle and AzMarie who ultimately land in the bottom two. AzMarie is reprimanded for being overconfident, while Kyle is told that she doesn't own her "model look". Despite her previous strong performances, AzMarie is eliminated after Tyra hands the last screen-grab to Kyle.
|219||7||"Estelle"||April 18, 2012|
After the elimination, Laura and Sophie are still furious with Kyle. For the challenge, the models are separated into teams of two (UK vs US) to shoot an anti-bullying commercial for Tyra's B.I.O. campaign. Later, they are introduced to their partners, who turn out to be bullied girls. Alisha got emotional with her partner Anahi because of her story. The British girls won the challenge and were rewarded with video messages from their loved ones via Virgin Mobile.
For the photo shoot, the models pose as an art installation at a dinner party with guest star Estelle in groups while "booty tooching". Some of the girls were irritated with Kyle after she was allowed to have a butt pad while the rest of the models had to tooch on their own. Despite the advantage, Kyle struggles on set, along with Alisha and Catherine. At panel, Sophie received the first call-out, while Alisha and Kyle landed in the bottom two: Alisha for failing to translate her beauty into her pictures and Kyle for her declining progress and lack of versatility. In the end, Tyra hands the last photo to Alisha and Kyle is sent home.
|220||8||"Georgina Chapman"||April 25, 2012|
The girls were sent to the Beverly Hills Hotel where they met with Kelly and announced that they would do castings for the Dorchester Collection. Alisha, Annaliese and Sophie were all chosen to open for a fashion show collection. During the challenge, Catherine slipped during rehearsals while Seymone got irritated by her feedback. Alisha won the challenge after her show (Anndra Neen) was deemed the best.
For the week's photo shoot, the remaining girls wear heavy couture dresses made of Hello Kitty-themed accessories designed by Filipino fashion designer Francis Libiran. Annaliese wowed the photographer and Jay, but two US girls struggled with the shoot: Eboni looked incredibly stiff, and Seymone was slated for her constant complaining.
At panel, Alisha was praised for her photo and her performance during the challenge, ultimately receiving the first call-out. Most of the other girls received mixed feedback, but Eboni and Seymone landed in the bottom two: Eboni for not selling her given brand and Seymone for not taking the competition seriously. In the end, Eboni was saved and Seymone was sent home after landing in the bottom two for the third time.
|221||9||"Barney Cheng"||May 2, 2012|
Two Americans are still in the running against four British girls, Nigel surprised the girls with some Chinese food and told them that they would go to Macau for the rest of the competition. Upon arriving in Macau, they learned that they would stay at grand MGM Macau hotel for the remainder of the competition. Sophie irritated Alisha for not putting her belongings back in her bag.
After the girls received their fortunes and auras from a Chinese astrologer Clement Chan and his students, they were instructed to recreate their aura with fashion. Laura won the challenge and shared her prize with her co-American model Eboni, which was a massage at the MGM Six Sense Spa.
For the photo shoot, the girls posed with silk gowns by Barney Cheng accessorized with silkworms. At panel, Laura received the first call-out for her stunning photograph. Alisha and Catherine landed in the bottom two, Alisha for making the gown look cheaper and Catherine for her weak photograph and lacking consistency. In the end, Alisha was saved and Catherine was sent home.
|222||10||"Nicholas Tse"||May 9, 2012|
The girls were taken to Hong Kong where they met Nicholas Tse, who taught them some basic martial arts in preparation for their challenge. At the challenge, each girl took a motion shot with lines given to them to deliver. Laura won the challenge and won an opportunity to star in a video with Nicholas Tse back in Hong Kong. After the challenge, the girls joked that Laura seduced Nicholas, and Eboni added that Laura was sleeping her way to the top, which angered her.
At the photo shoot, the girls posed atop the Macau Tower (with harnesses that are later edited out of the photos), which they took with the rain and wind. Sophie struggled with her fear of heights, but still managed to take good photos. At panel, Alisha and Eboni were criticized for their lackluster photos, while Annaliese was for being a presenter rather than a fashion model. Laura was praised for not letting anything come down to her nerves, while Sophie was commended for facing her fear and producing a stunning photograph.
Laura received her second first call-out in a row (also her third in the competition), while Alisha and Eboni landed in the bottom two for their relatively weak performances throughout the competition despite having strong potential. Tyra handed the last photograph to Alisha, but Alisha burst into tears and surprisingly quit the competition, explaining that she did not want to take the opportunity away from girls who wanted to be there more than her, and that she had lost her spirit. Tyra allowed Alisha to leave, however Eboni was still eliminated regardless of Alisha's decision to quit, unlike Ambreal Williams from cycle 9, she was saved from elimination due to Ebony's withdrawal. This marks the first time in the show's history that more than one contestant decided to quit during one season.
|223||11||"Jez Smith"||May 16, 2012|
The final three headed to Hong Kong and were welcomed by Kelly for their go-sees, where they could earn HK$1,000 for each go-see booked. They each selected their own male models that will help guide them through the city. Laura was castigated mainly on her runway walk, Annaliese received mixed feedback from the designers, while Sophie was liked by almost all of the designers and ultimately won the challenge. They celebrated through the night together with their companions.
For the photo shoot, the remaining girls posed inside a life-sized bottle for a youth-themed "Dream Come True" campaign, with Ben Bennett as their client. Sophie impressed the client and Mr. Jay with her shoot, while Annaliese looked stiff and did not bring her personality to the shoot, and Laura impressed to look soft and sweet.
At panel, Sophie easily received the first call-out for her outstanding performance at the go-see challenge and her perfect photograph. Annaliese and Laura landed in the bottom two for the first time; Annaliese for being a presenter rather than a model despite improving immensely throughout the competition, and Laura for her runway walk and photograph, which came across as sexy rather than sweet and dreamy. In the end, Tyra handed the last photo to Laura and eliminated Annaliese.
|224||12||"Highlights"||May 23, 2012|
This episode recapped the previous episodes of this cycle, running through the challenges, photo shoots and dramatic moments along with never-before-seen footage. Previously unaired footage includes an impromptu Eboni vs. Sophie rap battle, Mariah's culture, Seymone's breakdown when the Brits ganged up on her, Sophie's first time cleaning, Sophie and Catherine's ninja skills, Sophie's imitation of the panel and much more.
|225||13||"Season Finale"||May 30, 2012|
The finalists shot for their CoverGirl Blast Flipstick commercial and photoshoot. Some of the clips were taken throughout their journey in the competition. Laura impressed with the shoot, although she later suffered from a panic attack and was taken to the hospital, unable to finish her commercial. Mr. Jay later dropped by the hotel in order to wrap up her commercial. Then, Valentina Serra welcomed the girls for their shoot in a spread for Vogue Italia; Sophie impressed, while Laura shone and impressed the clients. Tyra later visited the models in their apartment in order to interview both of them. Laura spoke about her life struggles. Meanwhile, Sophie talked about her insecurities for competing in an American competition.
In the final runway, for the first time, the girls participated in a holographic runway show for Forever 21. Eliminated contestants Catherine, Eboni, Alisha and Annaliese, also joined the models for the show. Both of the girls impressed the judges. At panel, Laura was criticized for her CoverGirl photo, but she redeemed herself with her commercial. Sophie excelled more in her photo than in her commercial. Laura's rebel personality and Sophie's bright presence were both praised. Sophie was named the winner of America's Next Top Model, making her the first ever non-American winner of the show.
- The contestant won the challenge
- The contestant was eliminated
- The contestant quit the competition
- The contestant was part of a non-elimination bottom four
- The contestant won the competition
- In episode 3, Louise would have been called eighth had she not quit the competition. After revealing this, Tyra asked Alisha, Ashley, Candace, and Eboni to step forward and announced that they were all safe.
- In episode 10, Alisha quit the competition after Eboni's elimination.
- Episode 1 photo shoot: American vs. British public figures
- Episode 2 photo shoot: Toddlers of Kris Jenner
- Episode 3 photo shoot: Very.com trends campaign
- Episode 4 photo shoot: Posing with British hats and American cars
- Episode 5 photo shoot: Covered in maple leaves and syrup
- Episode 6 music video: Booty Tooch group video
- Episode 7 photo shoot: Art installments at a dinner party hosted by Estelle
- Episode 8 photo shoot: Hello Kitty couture
- Episode 9 photo shoot: Wearing silk dresses with silkworms
- Episode 10 photo shoot: Harnessed on the Macau Tower
- Episode 11 photo shoot: Dream Come True perfume in a life-sized bottle
- Episode 13 photo shoot & commercial: Beauty in Vogue spread; CoverGirl Blast Flipstick commercial and print ad
- Mariah – Dark ombre with bangs
- Louise – Beige blunt cut
- Candace – Extra long weave
- Ashley – Strawberry blunt cut
- AzMarie – Shaved design
- Kyle – Strawberry blonde with bangs
- Seymone – Milk chocolate weave
- Catherine – Magenta pink
- Eboni – Straight brown weave with bangs
- Alisha – Black brown weave with one side shaved
- Annaliese – Crazy teased weave, later; weave removed
- Laura – Dyed platinum blonde with blue & red clip-in extensions
- Sophie – Cotton candy pink and bleached eyebrows
During filming, an argument took place between judge Kelly Cutrone and contestant Louise Watts, resulting in Watts voluntarily leaving the show. Following transmission of the episode, Cutrone posted mocking videos to Watts online, and came under fire from fans of the show who accused her of cyberbullying.
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