Eliminated America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20 Contestant Jeremy Responds to Jourdan Drama — Exclusive
America's Next Top Model is back for its 20th Cycle, and the CW show is taking it to the next level with both women and men vying for the top spot. Unfortunately, each week someone has to go home, and this week saw the demise of two models: Bianca "Kanani" Andaluz and Jeremy Rohmer.
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Jeremy after his elimination and spoke with him about his relationship with Jourdan, his parents, his making the nail photoshoot masculine.
Check out the interview, and hit the comments to share your thoughts on Jeremy's elimination.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was it like waiting to snag a spot in the Top 16?
Jeremy Rohmer: Upon arrival, Tyra was there, and instantly we knew it was going to be another cut — we just got the vibe. On the ride there, I was super nervous. I didn't think I was going to get picked. One of my good friends who didn't get picked, the whole time he was like, "Dude, do not worry. I know you got this." As the names were being called — I think I was called 7th, which felt like forever — I was on my toes.
When Tyra called my name, I leapt for joy. I got super emotional and super excited. It was a great feeling knowing I made the Top 16.
What do your parents think about your progress and your time on the show?
My mom and dad are both super proud of me. I mean, going into a competition with no experience and making it this far, they're nothing but happy for me and I definitely owe a lot to my parents, my family, and my friends. I've had nothing but great comments back to me about my performance.
With the nail art challenge this week, what was it like taking a very feminine thing and making it masculine?
It was a tough day. They didn't really show it, but I was nervous. I didn't know what to do. It was the first solo shoot, and at the same time, we're doing nails. I was freaking out because it was a girly shoot and they wanted to make it masculine. I was practicing poses and trying to figure out strong poses that would come across as masculine yet show off the nails. I was working on my facial expression and I tried to go into this shoot with the mindset of masculinity and coming across as a masculine dude wearing women's nails.
Everyone said you had the best body of the guys, do you think this photoshoot being focused on the face was your downfall?
Yeah, I just tried to incorporate my eyebrows, I tried to part my lips a tiny bit, I tried to work the eyes and get a little bit of the jaw in there. My only downfall would definitely have to be the armpit hair, I think. I guess I was keeping it a little too natural for the audience and the judges.
This was the first solo shoot and your first time without Jourdan in a while. Tell me about the drama that went down between you guys.
So I just like to be a funny guy. I like to be outgoing and make jokes, whether it's a guy or girl, and I just walked up to Jourdan and was like, "Hey, remember when we kissed?" It was supposed to be a joke. I wasn't trying to come off as a creep. I said it in a very joking manner, and she just took it a little too serious. They didn't show everything she said, but she did say a lot of things that upset me and that just set me off the edge, and I got really upset with her about that.
Are you and Jourdan still talking today?
Yeah, we still talk here and there. We're still friends, and that's all we are and all we'll ever be. There's no tension between us.
What are you taking away from this whole experience?
Everything! Going into it with no experience, I'm just taking in all the advice that all the judges gave me, and I'm going to make sure to apply it to future modeling jobs.
Do you have anything lined up already?
Not right now. I don't have anything lined up yet, but hopefully you guys will be seeing me on the cover of GQ one day.
So you're 100% going into a modeling career, right?
For sure. I think modeling is great, and I love everything about it.
What was it like working with Tyra as a mentor? Or was Rob Evans more of a mentor?
We got a little bit from him, but Tyra was mostly our mentor. She was great. Everyone asks me if she's as nice off-camera as she is on-camera, and I tell everyone that she's the same. She's super nice and always complimenting. It was great getting to meet her.
Who do you think has the best shot at winning?
It's tough to say, but I'm definitely rooting for Don and Marvin. Those two guys, we just clicked very well in the house, and I think they're great male models and they have a great shot at making it.
Who was the hottest girl in the house besides Jourdan?
None of the girls really caught my eye in the house, but I definitely found Alex attractive and Nina was very cute. All the girls were attractive in their own ways.
So Jourdan was definitely the hottest, huh?
She caught my eye in the beginning, but I only see her as a friend now.
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