Did Ann win again? Or was it someone else's time to shine? We break down tonight's episode of ANTM.
The House That Tyra Built: If Tyra hadn’t already provided a party bus as the ANTM mode of transportation, the remaining models would’ve probably rented one to celebrate their collective high off of Kacey’s elimination. There are thumbs up, reenactments, smiles as wide as the ocean. She’ll be the opposite of missed. Back at the house, Esther tries to keep Kosher, and the girls try to get Esther to speak Hebrew. She handles both gracefully.
And the Award to Hand Out Awards Goes to: The models head to the Grammy Museum where they’re greeted by Mr. Jay and Neil Portnow, the CEO/President of the Recording Academy. As the group stands among humbling musical artifacts like Jennifer Lopez’s green see-through dress, Neil says that one lucky lady will be selected as the 2011 Grammy Girl, the person who hands the award to the artist and then awkwardly directs them to the correct exit. Working in pairs, they have to decide on a Grammy look that will impress him (funky, rock ‘n roll, formal, etc). The catch? Each model must shop for her partner’s outfit. Sound like everyone’s going to end up really happy, right? Jay gets to pick the winning team, and from those two, Neil selects the overall winner. The teams are: Ann and Chelsey; Esther and Jane; Kendal and Chris; and Liz and Kayla. After a series of shopping mishaps that include Kayla’s pants-over-ball-gown selection for Liz, and Ann’s pull of a size 12 dress for Chelsey, they stand before the judges for awkward fashion/personality interviews. The most hilarious moment goes to Chris, who pulls down on her microscopic black dress after saying she and Kendal were avoiding a strip club look. The Debbie Downer award goes to Chelsey, who glumly points out to the judges all elements of the dress that dissatisfy her. Jane and Esther go for a conservative, there’s-a-party-right-after-church look. Liz (black top and pants) and Kayla (short silver dress) get the team award, and Kayla tearfully accepts the win. Liz goes home and drinks a bottle of wine, because second place isn’t as cool as everyone wants you to believe.
OK, Now Really Look Like Vera Wang: For the photo shoot, each model is dressed as an iconic fashion designer to pose with another female model wearing that particular designer’s clothes. Their stylist is Rushka Bergman, who is Red Bull personified. Their photographer is Francesco Carrozzini, whose good looks make the room stand still. Or maybe it was just our room. Liz is John Galliano, and Jay says it’s her best shoot ever. Chelsey does well as Carolina Herrera, and Chris brings the manic, jumping energy necessary to embody Betsey Johnson. Kendal struggles as Vera Wang, even though Vera Wang sort of does stand like that. Kayla is magic as Vivienne Westwood, a fiery red head throwing flowers. Jane is just OK as Marc Jacobs. Ann makes a pretty convincing Alexander Wang. Esther has trouble capturing Christophe Decarnin, and we have trouble knowing who Christophe Decarnin is.
The Firing Squad: Judging is anti-climactic. They love Liz’s subtle, androgynous look and Kayla’s spark. They question why Esther and Jane couldn’t just look more manly. They think Ann is magic and that perhaps Chris is a better comedian than model.
Call-out Order: Liz (breaking Ann’s streak), Kayla, Ann, Chelsey, Chris, and Jane. Esther and Kendal are the bottom two. Tyra draws a really weird comparison between Kendal and a young colt in the hay.
Rollerblading Out of Venice Beach and Into the Sunset: Kendal. The country girl is sent home with this final advice from Tyra: Find someone who will scream at you.