That's how I was thinking going into the Cycle 9 premiere, and I didn't expect to change my mind after watching it, because every past cycle premiere was bloated to two hours of semifinal eliminations to give Tyra and the Jays a platform to show how fabulous they are. But scaled back to a single hour, the premiere for Cycle 9 cut the usual excess (even going so far as making this cycle's token plus-size girl a mere size 8) to surprisingly tolerable results. Not to say that I'm moving back in with my mistress, because I'm still anxious to see the narratives kicked off, not just introduced amid all the other stillborn contestant-stories.
ANTM selects its finalists from a contestant pool populated by obvious fans of the show or of Tyra, which is rare for a long-running reality series. The Amazing Race is the only one that I can think of that lets its contestants acknowledge onscreen that they're fans of the show. On the other side is probably Survivor, which has to trawl central casting or Myspace to find its contestants nowadays. On the other hand, ANTM has become its own institution, with Tyra at the center of its cult of personality, which is enough to sustain a continuous inflow of "talent."
My Like-O-Meter runs as follows, in descending order:
Bad posture? Social awkwardness? Difficulty accepting compliments with grace? If it weren't for Beauty & the Geek, I would've gotten the chance to crush on reality tv's first aspie (N.B. that might've come out wrong). As it stands, she's got a striking face, so at long last, we've got a hottie to play the part of the ugly duckling. But to ground myself in reality again, Heather's going to top out at sixth place.
Like another light-skinned girl with a fivehead -- they're names even rhyme. That she went to Tyra's self-esteem camp for girls should be raising red flags vis-à-vis her sanity, but I do like a fivehead.
She's a ripe candidate to drop down this list like
it's hotshe's Sabra, but she's got eyes as big as Jolly Ranchers.
In days gone by, I'd have manufactured a crush on her solely because she's a Yalie, all because of the primal scene of ANTM initiation, which is to say, I've been chasing Elyse's shadow for the last eight cycles. But you know what? Yuck Fale.
Nice bone structure; now I'd just like to see her without that whack weave, though honestly, I like how matter-of-fact she was about admitting that it cost $25. Did she talk back to Ebony at all? If so, I see stars in her future.
I think she has the potential to become this season's villain.
On the strength of her short hair alone.
Just another girl with a precariously inflated ego, she only distinguishes herself because she point-blank told Ebony nobody likes her. Kudos, Lisa!
More cannon fodder.
It's killing me whom she reminds me of, but the upshot is, it's not someone pretty.
She's the horsey, obnoxious one, right?
Indie rating: Stereolab - "Space Moth"