I'm also REALLY sick of the Kardashians, and would prefer never to see or hear from them again. That's the unfortunate downside of reality TV-- celebs who are only really famous for reality TV going on to develop "branding," which means merchandising and more appearances on other TV shows. Enough already.
I'm kind of mixed on the makeovers and agree with the UK models who spoke-- Tyra gave the US girls other than AzMarie really "commercial" looks in contrast to their edgy high-fashion looks. And as they predicted, they didn't need three girls with the same look, and they eliminated-- uh, the other one.
I knew Mariah was really in for it when they showed the other models not being able to remember her name. A shame, because I thought Seymone's photo was far worse than hers--bad leg position for a plus-size girl (her knees looked HUGE)-- but I guess her personality will keep her in for a few more weeks (previews showed things getting loud around her).
I hated to see Mariah go, though-- I was hoping that maybe we'd get the first Native American ANTM winner, which would be ironic considering that both the Brits AND the Yanks were the "invaders" from that perspective. On the other hand, since they started off pegging her as "Pocahontas," maybe she's better off getting out early with her dignity (if not her hair) basically intact.
And I'm really getting tired of photoshoots where the models are shot in pairs or groups. They usually make the actual shoot less interesting, the photos usually don't seem nearly as good, and it seems almost every model gets compromised to some extent by the choice of photo for judging. And I particularly don't like them when it's the first two shoots we get, before we even have a chance to see how each girl performs when all the focus is on her.
Yeah, I know they're a standard feature in the real modeling world, but I just always feel like the real reason is to cut costs and to give Tyra more freedom to boost or eliminate a given model. Maybe if we saw a separate "best photo" for each model and they judged each one of the pair on both photos they took, I'd like them better.
Oh, and about the "gross UK/US food" challenge-- Tyra used to do this from time to time, like the Japanese pickled plum in C3 the girls had to eat and smile while doing so. I guess the idea is to get the girls used to the idea that real top models travel the globe and either have to sample the local delicacy and not offend the client, or they have to put up with only having some horrible local cuisine available.
Of course, the real reason is to get to watch pretty girls make not-so-pretty faces while they chow down on a pig intestine or a sheep eyeball.