Laura and Sophie are loving the fact that they're the only two models remaining, but though they are friends, they don't waste any time in telling us that it's still a competition. Sophie admits that she has no idea which way it's going to swing... but on the plus side, she does have her pink hair back!
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Covergirl and a Panic Attack
It's the final... that means Covergirl! Laura and Sophie meet Jay at a beautiful temple where he reveals that Jez Smith will be back to shoot them. But as for their TV commercial? It's going to be made up of candid shots from throughout the competition! They do, of course, have some lines to learn for it though.
Jay coaches Laura as she rehearses, explaining that she needs to pretend she's just talking to a friend. Laura's "excited" but also "nervous", unsurprisingly. Sophie, on the other hand, impresses Jay mightily with her read (he calls it "beautiful"). "You come across as a girl everyone wants to know," he says.
Time for Sophie's commercial shoot, and after a bit of advice from Jay she impresses him once again. There's a lot riding on this for Sophie - after coming second in Britain's Next Top Model, she does not want to be a runner-up again.
Meanwhile, Laura's photoshoot is underway, but she's struggling a little - it's an ad for lipstick, but she's clenching her mouth. And Laura - normally so edgy - is finding it tough to not be "vanilla", in Jay's words. He admits that she's self conscious and nervous. In fact, Laura's a little beyond nervous. She's actually feeling really faint and sick, but she high-five's Jez and pulls herself through the shoot quite impressively (though everyone knows she's not quite right).
Actually, Jez admits he was "quite concerned" about Laura, and with good reason. On the way to her commercial shoot, she starts massively shaking and ends up lying on the ground. Jay calls a medic and before we know it, she's being bundled into a van to go to hospital. And though Laura's worried about, you know, blurred vision and shaking and feeling faint, she's also worried about what this means for her Covergirl shoot...
Jay obviously has to tell a concerned Sophie about Laura, but then it's on with the shoot! "I have to overcome this and get a good shot," Sophie decides. She wants to prove that a Brit can win this thing so she goes for it on her shoot. But then it's back to the hotel to wait for Laura, who's thankfully released from the hospital - she'd had her first ever panic attack. After calling her mum, though, she promises to get back to "kicking ass". You go, Laura. And Sophie also takes the time to hug and comfort her rival!
After getting a Tyra Mail reading: "Buongiorno Bellisima", Laura predicts that they're going to Italy... but she does so with a slump and a sigh. She's exhausted! Luckily for her, it's actually "just" a shoot for Vogue Italia, styled by the mag's fashion editor Valentina Serra. It's a spa-themed type thing, which gives Laura a chance to shine after her tough Covergirl time. "She's like a dancer!" Valentina gasps, saying she preferred her to Sophie.
Yep, Sophie - who's sad that if she doesn't win, her photos will never be seen - "struggled a bit", according to Jez. Valentina does praise her elegance, though. Then it's back to the hotel again, where Jay finds the time to shoot Laura's Covergirl commercial lines - the ones she didn't get to film because of her hospital visit. He admits that he wasn't sure whether she could handle the pressure, but now he thinks she can "push through anything"/
Oh, and before the final challenge, Tyra comes to see the finalists and give them each a pep talk. She talks to Laura about her panic attack, adding that she knows she's had a tough past but she's "strong" and she's "proud" of her. On the other hand, she tells Sophie that she's not "cookie cutter pretty" - her eyes are too far apart and her chin is short, apparently - but that's what makes her special. And her personality is "exponentially beautiful". Sophie can't hold in the tears - "Look what you do to me every time!"
Runway... with a twist
Sophie and Laura are going to be modelling for Forever 21... but there's a twist! Jay reveals it's going to be a holographic runway (like Burberry had). So they're going to be walking in sync with their own bodies and also interacting with holograms. Sounds tough, right? Well, they're not the only ones walking - Catherine, Eboni, Alisha and Annaliese are also back to take part! (Laura's basically only pleased to see Annaliese again.)
It's all very nervewracking backstage, especially as there are less than 90 seconds for each change. Yikes! But here we go, brilliantly opening the show with a multitude of Tyras. Fantastic. Luckily, both Laura and Sophie rock it out on the runway and don't make any mistakes with the complicated choreography (unlike poor Alisha, who ends up walking in the dark so that no-one can see her. I guess this was just to show that it was tough.) But after shots of both Laura and Sophie struggling to get changed in time and a final square-off, they've done all they can!
The Final Panel
Here we are then - time for the final panel! Tyra Banks, Nigel Parker and Kelly Cutrone are on the judging panel as normal, along with Jay Manuel! Let's get things going, starting with the models' performance on the runway.
Laura: Nigel says Laura looked like she was having fun and enjoying the moment, but she needs to remember to control it. On the other hand, Kelly likes Laura's "super cool rock and roll" style, but she felt like she was "forced" on the runway - like she was going, 'Hi, I'm a nice person'. Tyra was actually quite impressed by Laura's walk - she was expecting it to be "horrible" - but she was less happy with her "smoochy tooch smirk".
Sophie: Nigel says Sophie's walk was "very elegant" and "strong", adding that she was aware of the audience. Meanwhile, Tyra is in love with Sophie's body language during the climactic dandelion-blowing moment, calling it "genius". Jay's also happy with Sophie, saying she had a "confidence".
Next up? The Covergirl commercials made up of candid shots and a few lines!
Laura: Nigel calls this one of his favourite Covergirl commercials America's Next Top Model has ever done! Quite a compliment, right? Mind you, Nigel particularly likes the candid shots - Laura's lines aren't his favourite bits. Tyra agrees, saying she looks "nervous" and her lips almost look "paralysed". Jay prompts Laura to explain her panic attack (she admits that she was "embarrassed") as all the judges talk about how if that happened in the real world, she'd just be swapped for another model. Harsh!
Sophie: Nigel says she has a great voice and is believable, but he wasn't crazy about the candid moments compared to Laura's commercial (which isn't really Sophie's fault, right? I mean, she had no control over those, unless I've misunderstood.) Anyway, Tyra agrees but says that she read "fantastically". Jay, meanwhile, says Sophie blew him away! Kelly describes her as "Edie Sedgwick after a party" though (I'm not sure that's a good thing.)
Just the print ad left to judge now! Jay praises Laura for getting through the shoot - "You cannot see the panic," he tells her. Kelly admits she doesn't really love it, but Tyra praises Laura's "full lips", "sass" and the "twinkle" in her eye. As for Sophie, Nigel says she's looking through the lens and connecting with the audience. Kelly also loves the shot, saying Sophie is a "superstar".
The Judges Deliberate
The judges start their deliberations, of course, by saying they never expected to like both models and find this so tough! They begin by looking at Kelly's challenge, where they had to style themselves. They agree that's where both Laura and Sophie began to shine. For Nigel, though, Laura came alive in the shoot with Kris Jenner - "broken like a doll". Jay agrees that she "makes noise" and would get booked, but Kelly thinks Sophie would get booked as she looks better in person than Laura.
Moving onto the music video, Kelly says Sophie "won her heart". Tyra agrees that Sophie sold it, despite not being able to dance very well. But the judges agree Laura was a "little too snarly". Still, Laura wins the vote when it comes to the silkworm shoot, and the shoot on top of the Macau Tower (she's "willing to do whatever it takes to get the picture", Nigel says.)
The judges praise Sophie's work in Toronto - people remember her, apparently. Oh, and they discuss who would be better as an Extra correspondent - Jay thinks Laura would be fun, while Kelly thinks Sophie has the right "demure" attitude. There's just time to discuss Laura's panic attack - Tyra admits that it makes her feel a bit "nervous". Jay points out that they've all had moments where they've broken down, while Kelly agrees that plenty of people work in the fashion industry and have panic attacks. And hey, Nigel points out that Laura has so much "potential" - she's "beautiful and real".
Let's crown a winner!
Here we go... it's time to find out who's won! Tyra makes some comparison between Top Model and the history of revolution and alliances between the US and the UK (oh yes), but now one of them will be crowned the winner. Will it be Laura - "the rocking rebel girl that doesn't zig, but she zags"? Or will it be Sophie, the "sweet girl who walks into a room and just lights it up and people want to be her friend"?
Look to the screen, because the winner is... Sophie! Laura seems genuinely happy for her in the moment, as Sophie waves her arms around and the judges do copycat jazz hands (it's a bit cute). "Yes, I did it!" she grins later. "My reaction was just like, 'Oh my God!'"
Meanwhile, Tyra tells Laura that she is going to be a "high fashion model": "You have skills!" And Laura says she got through so much "fricking emotional stuff"... there's no way she's going to give up now.
But for the moment it's all about Sophie (and her questionable attempts to adopt an American swagger.) "This is what it feels like to win," she smiles. "I'm a Covergirl. I'm in Vogue Italia. I am America's Next Top Model."