On this week’s America's Next Top Model (Cycle 18, Episode 4: “J. Alexander”), modelstant Candace from Team USA was eliminated — mainly due to what judge Nigel Barker said about her capabilities during the photoshoot. She didn’t move her face very much, or offer any diversity of expressions.
Candace spoke to Wetpaint Entertainment in an exclusive interview, and shared her honest opinions on who should have gone home instead, what pranks the UK girls pulled on the US girls, and how scary new judge Kelly Cutrone can be.
Wetpaint Entertainment: How did you feel when you realized you were eliminated?
Candace: I was shocked and sad at the same time. The fact that it took me so long to get on the show, and knowing the potential I had, I know that I shouldn’t have got kicked off so early on in the competition. It was pretty much a shock to me.
Do you think you deserved to go home?
Based on the pictures alone, definitely not. Based on the fact that, my third week, my photo was even worse than what the photo [was this week], so I felt like I progressed. Maybe not that much, but I figured I should have remained in the competition.
Should someone else have gone home instead of you?
I can’t really pinpoint someone, but the fact that Kyle actually packed her bag and wanted to go home, it would have been fair for her to step aside knowing that I really want this so, so much.
What was it like living in the house? Any bickering?
Yeah, like with the fight with Seymone and the UK girls, which was absolutely funny to me. It was about 2:30 in the morning and the USA girls, some of us, me, Eboni and Seymone were actually sleeping, and the UK girls were having a good time and just came in our room. They started bombing Seymone with papers and running. Seymone hates it when people wake her up out of her sleep so she was basically screaming like, “Stop waking me up! I’m trying to get sleep!” It was like, Seymone vs. the UK team. I just took it funny, like the UK girls were just having fun.
Who are you rooting for?
AzMarie for the simple fact that she’s a strong person, her facial features... She can pull off the bald head and she’s so comfortable in her own skin, which I admire. Her pictures every week, it’s like, wow. She won best photo twice in a row.
Do you think Kelly Cutrone is a good judge?
She doesn’t care what you think. She tells you how it is, what she feels like. I mean, phew! Whoever she’s criticizing, talk to that person. If you can handle criticism then you can handle Kelly Cutrone. If not, then stay out of her way. She can literally break someone. For me, being a strong person, I’m not going to say I don’t care what her opinion is, but it doesn’t phase me. She’s not going to sugarcoat anything.
Who did you get along with the most?
Kyle, Seymone, even though [the situation with Kyle] happened, at the end of the day, me and Kyle always had nothing but fun. I get along with the UK girls.
Was there anyone you didn’t get along with?
Nope, not one person. I would just say, not that I didn’t get along with them, but me and Sophie [Sumner], we never got the chance to know each other in depth. Sophie is just like in her own little world, literally in her own little mind. I never established a connection.
Are you gonna try out again?
No, no. I’m not gonna try out again. Yeah I’ve been trying out for four years and I finally made it. I met so many people in the industry, it was the time of my life, but I’ve just got to move on.
Catch the next episode of ANTM Cycle 18 on Wednesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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