I had seen the "prequel" and just watched the first episode. I agree that Aleksandra should have been sent home. Both girls' photos were not good. Alexsandra was not taking direction well from either Naomi or the photographer - with her experience, she should have known better. What sealed it was when Coco was interviewing them - Stephanie realized and admitted her faults; Aleksandra denied hers.
It seems like a dumb idea for one of the coaches to judge the individual competition at the beginning. It's human nature to favor your own team even when you're trying to be impartial. I think the 3 coaches should judge together or, better yet, Nigel should be the judge. I'd really like to see Nigel have a larger role than scripted announcer.