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Jealous Much (Of) Heather?: Bianca's Days of Whine and Roses on "Top Model"

Why will Bianca not shut up about Heather already?

That's the question I kept asking myself while watching last night's episode of America's Next Top Model ("The Girls Who Crawl"), an episode that was filled with enough drama to last an entire season between Bianca's constant whining about Heather, Chantal's massive if misplaced ego, Sarah's weight worry, and Heather's medical scare. It also featured Tyra in a teach designed to get the girls to look sexy and learn to model in front of a moving camera instead of appearing "hootchie."

Bianca takes every opportunity, from the hot tub to the video shoot (where the girls film appearances in a new Enrique Iglesias music video) to the confessionals, to bad-mouth Heather. Her complaint: that Heather doesn't have to do anything in order to get a great picture and that the other girls are letting her off the hook too easily because of her "little disability." Ahem, a disability that just happens to be Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism. I thought that Bianca had calmed down in the last few weeks, especially after getting her locks shorn in the makeover episode, but she's proven that she's still the bitchy Queens girl she always was, a sad fact that proves you might be able change your exterior but you'll still be the same person inside. Sigh.

I feel that Heather is one of the most unique-looking girls that the series has ever had and that she takes incredible pictures and is always willing to take direction from Tyra, Jay, or the photographer; she also claims that modeling is more than just looking pretty but about conceptualizing how the finished picture will look. Does she have it in her to live a model's lifestyle? Unfortunately, I am not sure. I think she would be an amazing print model and has a totally original, slightly Gothic appearance that would work really well in editorial. But do I see her jetting around the world and working 18-hour days in high heels and then cementing contacts at after-hour parties? I'm not sure. But who says that that needs to be the route she takes? Personally, I hope she remains in the game until the very end because, at the end of the day, she does deliver amazing work.

So is Bianca just jealous of Heather's natural abilities? I actually thought that Bianca did TERRIBLY in the music video with her air kisses and posturing, so I was a little baffled by the fact that Tyra gave her praise for her performance.

Then again, I didn't think that Jenah did all that poorly and was absolutely certain that Chantal was going home last night, especially with the amount of time the editors spend focusing on her talking about how great of a model and actress she was. Was it just me or didn't the music video director tell her to be rocking out in that shot and Chantal just stood there looking blankly? It's very odd to me that she stayed in the competition whilst poor Sarah, who gets eviscerated every judging panel by Nigel and the others for her weight, was cut from the pack for being self-conscious about her body image.

Sigh. At least Heather is still at the top of the pack but the scenes for next week could tell a different story if Heather doesn't keep it together in face of a constant onslaught of insults from Bianca...

Next week on Top Model ("The Girl Who Starts to Lose Her Cool"), the girls become muses for student designers and then must discuss their custom-created dresses on the runway, Heather lashes back at Bianca, and the girls model in a photo shoot with a burning car.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Survivor: China (CBS); My Name is Earl/30 Rock (NBC); Smallville (CW); Ugly Betty (ABC); Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? (FOX)

9 pm: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); The Office/Scrubs (NBC); Supernatural (CW); Grey's Anatomy (ABC); Don't Forget the Lyrics (FOX)

10 pm: Without a Trace (CBS); ER (NBC); Big Shots (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Ugly Betty.

On tonight's episode ("Nice Day for a Posh Wedding"): Wilhelmina worries about getting overshadowed at her own wedding by her celebrity maid of honor (Victoria Beckham, natch); Betty moves in with Henry; Ignacio is chuffed about finally becoming a U.S. citizen but will Betty be able to keep her end of her deal with Wilhelmina and not tell Daniel that she's sleeping with her bodyguard?

8:30 pm: 30 Rock.

Yay! A new episode of 30 Rock after a one-week hiatus. On tonight's episode ("Greenzo"), Jack--following a GE-wide green initiative--comes up with a green mascot for NBC named Greenzo (guest star David Schwimmer), who bares the brunt of Liz Lemon's ire during a press tour appearance; Kenneth plans his annual no-show house party but Tracy decides to spread some rumors so Kenneth's party is a success.

9 pm: The Office.

The disastrous one-hour installments of The Office are finally over so we can get back to the half-hour format we all know and love. On tonight's episode ("Survivor Man"), Michael goes into the woods for his own survival adventure when he's excluded from Ryan's mancation while Jim, left in charge of the office, attempts to transform the humble office birthday party, in this episode written by Steve Carell!

10 pm: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX.

FX's hilariously subversive comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues tonight. On tonight's episode ("Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City"), Mac and Dee become vigilantes to rid the neighborhood of some undesirables, while Frank and Dennis impersonate police officers.


Anonymous said…

It got so ridiculous, that about halfway through, I started saying, "Why is Heather called before me at panel?!? She always gets to go before me?!?" and the like. Bianca was ridiculous last night. She needs to get over it. Heather is great (though, like you, I worry about her career as a supermodel), and I hope she wins it all.

The editing on this show has been particularly bad this season. I've predicted every ouster for the last 4 weeks, from the first 10 minutes. Last night, I easily predicted the bottom two early in, and made the correct guess for who went home (ANTM almost never lets the plus-sized get too far, and there is always some excuse - this time she was too thin).
Anonymous said…
Is it just me or did Nigel seem to have it in for Sarah? Every week he would attack her about her weight. I understand where he's coming from but I felt he could have said something more constructive to her instead of being so dismissive.

The poor girl was getting it from both sides. The judges were down on her for being too thin while the other girls in the house were doing their best to flaunt their emaciated bony bodies around her. I don't think Sarah had it in her to be a top model but she is a beautiful, cool girl and I wish that the judges would have offered her some advice (as they often do) rather than just putting her down.
Argh. Bianca was so annoying in last night's episode. After the makeover she seemed to simmer down but obviously her insecurities have gotten the better of her once again. And it's sad because I think she's extraordinarily beautiful. I mean, how many girls can pull of that short hair? I was really impressed by her physical transformation but wish they also could have given her a new attitude.

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