Credit: Chris Frawley/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC. Photo: ANTM Cast Smiles on Cycle 16, Episode 1

With no immediate signs of the next Ann Ward on ANTM Cycle 16, it’s a little early to predict who’s going to finish first in this race. Here are three contestants to watch.

Credit: Baldomero Fernandez/Pottle Productions Inc Photo: Brittani's Leopard Pic on ANTM Cycle 16, Episode 5


Even through the haze of a plastic ball, you could see the intensity in her eyes. Brittani wants this bad. Hers was one of the more painful reactions to the psychological warfare (read: casting prank): “It’s hard going back to a life when you really didn’t have too much anyway...This was my life now, and now I don’t have anything.” Brittani funneled that disappointment-turned-gratitude right to her feet. She also delivered the great/weird eye photo that Tyra hailed “a work of art.” Now that Brittani’s not going home, she really, really doesn’t want to go home.

Credit: Chris Frawley/The CW ©2011 The CW Network Photo: Molly on ANTM April 6, 2011


Molly is a little rough around the edges, as we saw with the whole weave debacle. She's got the bod, the face, and the poses to make it to the top, but whether or not her personality will prevail and not come off too harsh, we can't tell just yet. She also has the potential for being criticized as looking too "athletic," which is Tyra's code for "not girly enough" and therefore not high fashion material.

Credit: Lisa Rose/The CW ©2011 The CW Network. Photo: Alexandria on ANTM Cycle 16, Episode 2


“I have natural swag. You either have it or you don’t.” OK, so thus far Alexandria seems content to assume the role of the girl who knows what she’s talking about, but whom none of the other girls want to hear actually speak. She’s got experience and confidence, and however grating those things might be to her competition, her hair tossed back profile shot suggests she doesn’t much care.

Or... could Jaclyn be the underdog to watch?