The 20-year-old from Palmdale, CA, was sent home on Wednesday night's episode of the CW competition after the panel thought she seemed "disconnected" in her Rodeo Drive photoshoot with Patrick Demarchelier.
Tyra said that she had the makings of a model but needed more time to practise and advised her to return home and compete locally before trying the international stage.
The CoverGirl Challenge:
The episode opened with Ann admitting that her confidence was sky-high following her fourth photo in a row win: "I feel like I'm a model and not just the gangly girl who sits in the back of the class. I feel pretty now."
The girls arrived home and found a bag containing CoverGirl kits and instructions to split into groups and familiarize themselves with the cosmetics inside as well as figure out how to stand out in public. Team One was Ann, Kendal and Jane; Team Two was Kacey, Kayla and Esther; Team Three was Chelsey, Liz and Chris.
The teams headed off to meet Nigel at Walmart the next day where they learned they would be presenting to the public (who would also be judging them) in a bid to promote the CoverGirl kit. Ann worried that she might struggle to communicate with the public and suggested that her wallflower tendency was a defence mechanism because of her height. Elsewhere, Kacey seemed unhappy at having to work in a group ("I like to ride solo") and Chelsey was frustrated that Chris was overpowering her in the presentation.
After the public presentation, the models learned that they had been secretly evaluated by fashion journalist Derek Blasberg and that they would also be listening in as Nigel quizzed the public on their performance. Ann received the lowest public satisfaction score for being "quiet and uncomfortable" and Nigel pointed out that while she can take great photos, a model also has to be personable. The winning group was Team Two, while Kacey achieved the highest public score. "I think it's because she was so loud and fake," reasoned Liz. "I could have done that but I'm not fake." They won a shopping spree in the CoverGirl aisle, while Esther also won a bonus $1,000 gift card for Walmart after creating the best CoverGirl make-up look.
The girls arrived on Rodeo Drive to meet Jay and this week's photographer: Patrick Demarchelier! They also learned they would be shooting in groups alongside male models, as well as posing for a solo "walking" shot. The pairs were: Liz/Kendal, Kayla/Esther, Jane/Kacey, Chelsey/Ann, while Chris shot by herself. Tyra also watched the shoot to offer support.
Esther, Kendal and Chris were praised for their efforts. Jay thought Kacey fell flat and Tyra had to step in to show her what Patrick wanted in the photo, while he said Ann and Chelsey both appeared nervous - Ann because of the crowds gathering to watch and Chelsey because of her awe of Patrick. Elsewhere, Kayla was in pain because her shoes were too small and Liz disappeared into the background.
Tyra, Nigel and Andre were joined by Patrick for the panel.
- Liz & Kendal: The panel liked the group shoot (Nigel said he ignored the male model and was particularly drawn to Kendal). They also praised Kendal's solo shot (Andre branded it "fabulous" and compared it to a gazelle on one foot), but were less impressed by Liz's solo shot. Nigel didn't think it was authentic, while Tyra suggested she seemed to be making fun of the walking shot rather than embracing it.
- Esther & Kayla: Nigel thought Esther's face in the group shot was "engaging", while Andre thought Kayla looked "sad". Tyra said Kayla's discomfort from her shoes filtered through to the photos and she shouldn't let it. The group were impressed by Esther's solo shot, while Andre said that Kayla's individual picture was like "Kate Moss's best friend leaving Armani Exchange". Tyra added that she needed to watch her arm angles.
- Jane & Kacey: The panel loved Jane in the group shot ("You're like an extraordinary French supermodel/actress," said Andre) and her individual shot, but thought Kacey looked "snooty" in the group shoot and although they liked her body language in the solo shot, her facial angle was wrong.
- Ann & Chelsey: Nigel loved the group shot and said it was one of Chelsey's best photos, while Tyra pointed out that while Ann looked awkward at the shoot, she shone in the pictures. The panel were happy with both girls' individual shots, lavishing particular praise on Ann: "This is beyond anything you have ever done!" said Andre. Nigel called Chelsey's photo "cute and sweet" but wasn't sure if it was high-fashion.
- Chris: Tyra thought her male model shot looked like a "beautiful spread in Teen Vogue", although Andre said it wasn't editorial enough for him and lacked zing. However, he said her walking shot definitely had zing. Patrick added she had great movement but advised her to tone down her smile in future
The panel also discussed beauty shots of the girls taken on the same day by Patrick. Liz, Kendal, Esther, Ann, Chelsey and Chris were praised. Jane received a mixed reaction (they thought she was better in a group than close-up), while they said Kacey had all the pieces necessary to be a model but it just didn't work and Kayla fell flat.
Ann was awarded the best cumulative photos of the week for the fifth consecutive time. "Ann, you are making this so not interesting," joked Tyra. The call-out order was: Jane, Kendal, Esther, Chris, Chelsey and Liz. Kayla and Kacey were in the bottom two. Tyra said both girls were "disconnected" in each of their shoots this week.
In the end, Kacey was eliminated. "It just felt like this would be my chance," she said, becoming emotional. "I feel so defeated and so drained out. How can you go home after this? I'm never going to get over this."
America's Next Top Model continues next Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW
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