NZNTM Season 3 Episode 4

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Season 3, Episode 4.

I can’t be bothered this week – I am blaming my lethargy on a Vitamim D deficiency (it’s mah new buzz phrase). So, I will do a quick Finn-on-Glee style rundown of “what you missed”.

Everyone is getting sick of Tyne and next week she storms out after AJ calls her a bitch. The girls did a posing challenge then went to the zoo to win the chance of being featured on the 2Degrees website. Arihana was one of the three, the other two don’t really count because she needs to win! Bianca is growing on me and it turns out her mum is/was a model so that must be why she is able to rock it in challenges depite being naturally awkward. The girls had to model with Vinnie a male model with a stupid ghoul tattoo on his chest and Yanna and Rosanagh reacted like he was water in the desert. Bianca said she felt she didn’t know how to pose with him as she has never had a boyfriend.
Brigette got picked first. Amber and Yanna were bottom two and Yanna went home.

And that’s what you missed on (*really high pitched*) NZNTM!

(Photo updates to come)

Brigette, Amber, Aroha, Brianna, Yanna, Arihana, Bianca, Rosanagh, Aminah, Hilary, AJ, Tyne, Issy and Holly.


New Zealand’s Next Top Model – THE FINAL!

Well, here we are. Now what will I watch of an evening?
My friends G-Dogg and E-Boo (we all have interesting names here in Dunedin) told me to look out for Colin throwing lamingtons at the girls in this episode. (For those who aren’t up with the play lamingtons are cream filled squares of cake covered in coconut and an unknown substance that comes in both red and brown.)

So it’s down to the final 3. I know who I want to win (H) and I think I know who will win (C) – though having said let’s not forget that Adam didn’t win Idol and that Whitney won the last ANTM – both suprises. (In case you are wondering why my tenses tend to change from past to present and future throughout the post it is not because I am an ignoramus, it is because I blog as I watch. So, I’ll press play and begin). In the recap at the start I noticed that the girl I mentioned that cried in the first episode was poor old Hosanna and who was it picking on her? Teryl-Leigh of course! From right back then!

The girls all headed to the photo studio to shoot their 8 page editorial spreads for Cleo magazine. However, only the winner would get to see her full results – in the mag. I must mention Colin’s hair at this shoot, it looked fab and I might go and get it done for myself this week – finally the insipration I needed – and from a man! Chrisobelle was first wearing an 80s gold skirt, a see-through top, and chunky gold jewelery. She had to just walk around while the photographer took photos. She needed to open her eyes a bit. Laura wore a metallic sheet with belts tossed loosely round her shoulders like a seamstress would wear tapemeasures. She later used the belts as belts to belt in her sheet. Colin said that she looked like a supermodel, and I’ll have to admit that she did look the part. Hosanna wore a black dress and a fur jacket (which I hope was faux). The dress had tassles on the front of the top and on the bottom of the skirt which made her look like a bogan on a night out.
Christobelle then had a go with the sheet. She said that she knew the pose that she wanted to do but the photographer told her it was too complicated. Colin mentioned that it took a true model to work such an outfit and make it look like fashion. Laura then wore a gold tassled top that matched her hair and some gold undies. Hosanna wore a plum dress and Colin said she looked “magnificent”. Chris said that he isn’t even sure if Hosanna is aware that she is doing it but she has moments of “pure beauty” in between her poses.
Colin was very impressed with them all, not bitching, focussed on their work and he mentioned that Laura has grown into her makeover and it is almost as it that is how she always looked. Christobelle wore the gold tassled thing next, the gold skirt outfit looked terrible on Laura too. Only Hosanna got outfits all of her own.

Eek the Cat it was then time for panel – already! Only two would get to face off in the final runway. Colin wore an Indian prince gold hat and big earrings at panel. Trelise Cooper, NZ designer and one of the people the girls had to impress on their go-sees, was the guest judge.
(Bah! Just nipped to the shop and a stupid newspaper had the winner on the front. Not all of us watch it on the day you know!)
The girls then got questioned – Who most deserves to be Next Top Model and who has the least potential (harsh!). Hosanna said she should win and Laura should go, Christobelle said Hosanna should go and Laura said she should win and Hosanna should be sent home. Then they were shown a couple of their photos from the Cleo shoot. The judges all loved Christobelle’s photos, Colin told Hosanna that she looked like a supermodel, Laura’s first photo – in the gold outfit, was great – Trelise Cooper said it was the kind of photo that she would be looking for. Unfortunately that shot out shone her next. At deliberation they said Christobelle had a unique look, Laura probably wouldn’t have got as far without her makeover and Hosanna was the strongest commercial girl with a great personality. Hosanna and Laura were bottom two – Hosanna was sent home in tears. Nooooooooo Double-You Tee Eff! Why, after they had said Laura only got so far because they chopped her hair off and Trelise Cooper had said her white blotchy legs (like mine – that’s why they never see daylight) ruined her photo? Hosanna deserves it more! Boo.

Laura and Christobelle went home and were celebrating when Colin arrived with a large platter of lamingtons. He threw the lamingtons at them as they had started dinner without him, how they shrieked. Christobelle must be related to the princess from princess and the pea as she said “It actually really hurt, they were like hard lamingtons.” He then revealed the real reason he was there – runway practise. The next day the girls went on a boat ride to The Wharf which was the location for the final fashion show. All of the other girls were inside to walk in the show too – even Sarah “I don’t want to be a model”. New Zealand’s A-List (Petra Bagust was the only one I actually spotted) were there along with designers to watch. Christobelle strutted round the runway – like a panther stalking prey said Colin, Sarah said that C constantly amazes her. Laura said that she thought about how amazing she is as mental preparation, Colin said her eyes were piercing and that she had fantastic focus. T-L charged down the runway like she was in a hurry to get to an appointment with both arms swinging, not that it mattered what she did in that particular show. The girls had never had to change quickly for a show before so the pressure was on. On her second walk Laura slipped but carried on walking as if nothing had happened, Colin commented that her recovery was fantastic and Chris said a tiny slip wouldn’t mean she would lose.
Sarah and Colin said it was going to be hard to choose a winner, Colin said he was looking forward to getting into a fist fight over who should win. So, final deliberation time – They showed a series of photos to see how the girls have progressed from week one. They both had their good and bad shots but their last few weeks have both been high quality. Both girls were told that they had walked well in the final show and were then sent away while to judges discussed their decision. Chris said Christobelle is his favourite from a photographer’s point of view – more alluring and more compelling. Colin prefers Laura – “she is amazing”. Sarah asked them both about personalities, the only difference they could decide on was Christobelle is super determined for a 16 year old. When the girls were in LA Alexis Borges said he would sign Laura out of them all. The girls were then called back in and Christobelle’s photo popped up on the screen to announce her win. So for once I actually got it right!
(Daddy Pigalina thinks it was fixed, but that’s not for here).
NZNTM - Christobelle
Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna
You can watch the episodes online (NZ only) and see the final photos by visiting here.

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep 12

(Before I start I must mention the excitement caused by a commenter named “Colin”. How the Pigalina house rang with squeals of delight! Even if it was not Colin M-J, as I will continue to tell myself it was, the fact that it was a real comment and not another spam link to some boobies was enough.)

There are only four girls left now and looking back I had picked three of them. I had Ajoh and Rebecca Rose firmly in the top five along with Ruby, Hosanna and Christobelle. I am glad to see Hosanna there as she has worked so hard and you’ve got to love Ruby for her cheerfulness. Ruby, Laura and Christobelle are staying in a tight group and are leaving Hosanna out. So the same as last week really except this week it is 3 against 1 instead of 4 against 1. This week they are moaning about her beating them in challenges and banging doors.
This week the girls had to face a journalist. She didn’t have much to trip anyone up on as they all handled the questions about who they fight with well. Ruby handled the inevitable weight “issue” question easily. The only real kicker was Laura being asked about her D.I.C charge! Not only announced on national TV but now splashed across the interweb (sorry).
They then got pampered at a spa with Nivea products. They paid no attention to the beauticians as they explained all the ingredients and properties of each product – fools! They were told in their Sara Mail that there was no such thing as a free lunch – or indeed a free facial. They said that they had paid attention to the Sara Mail but it seems not to the beauty therapists. They then had 30 seconds to sell one of the products to camera. What a disaster! The winner would get an advertorial in the next issue of Woman’s Day (thank you so much Colin for not pronouncing it Women’s Day like most other people!!) and one year’s supply of Nivea. Anyway as I was saying – disasterous. Laura waffled on about pushing your skin up and spoke for one minutes forty two seconds. Colin said it was like when “you vomit and can’t stop”. Hosanna started out well, she said that her beauty routine used to be soap and water but now she was mad on the Nivea toner. If she’d have stopped there it would have been great. However she also waffled on – “Unlike most toners that, sort of, leave your skin feeling like you’ve been burnt by acid or somethink; and you can smell alcohol on you when you walk into a room and people are like “has she been drinking?”” She was up there for one minute twenty one. Ruby tried but left Colin bored and thinking about what to eat for dinner – “I don’t eat dinner!” She did however clock in at 30 seconds and tried her hand at a slogan – “Beauty is feeling good, beauty is a smile.” Christobelle did a good job, she didn’t stray off the topic and was cheery and didn’t stumble over her words. She was only slightly over at forty eight seconds. Laura was voted last, Ruby was somehow third – below Hosanna and her ramblings! Colin said it was because it seemed like Ruby didn’t really want to win. The Nivea lady said that Hosanna and Christobelle were the two most believable – Christobelle won. I will have to pinch Mr Pigalina’s Mum’s Woman’s Day this week to see the ad (a lot of apostrophes there).
The photo challenge was at a boxing ring. It was a family reunion this week with the rastafarian Gok Wan (Atip) back again to style them and Bluto doing the make-up. The girls had to look like they were fighting in a boxing ring while wearing heels. Monty Beetham – boxer and league player, gave the girls some tips. The photographer didn’t think much of Christobelle who then left the set to go and do her Nivea advertorial. Laura was up next and was very pleased to get Hosanna to pretend to punch at. Maaaaaaaan I hope Hosanna wins. The other girls are getting catty! Chris said Laura seemed to have black cloud over her this week towards her competition; the photographer thought she was boring. Hosanna bounced around all over the show but Chris and the photographer said that she did a great job. Ruby had the best outfit (except the tasseled boots) but used more frames (possibly over 100) to get her shot.
At panel the girls were pretty sure Christobelle was going to be safe. This week Colin had his hair straightened and had extensions that from a distance brought to mind Beast in the terrible 80s programme Beauty and the Beast (or me before my yearly haircut). Atip was also judging. Gok Wan was in the country recently talking about how glasses are so awesome. Looks like Atip stole his Grandad’s glasses to rock the trend. Ruby looked tough in her photo and she looked tall and lean – not fat (so any mentions of weight are not valid this week – that means you Chris). Atip said that she had managed to channel warrior princess, Colin said she looked beautiful and athletic. Sara shot her down though by saying that it had taken too many frames to get such a great shot. Laura also had a great photo. It was interesting to see that they didn’t choose one where she had been pretending to punch Hosanna which she had taken to with such gusto. Christobelle looked a bit like an awkward robot in her photo. Colin said that she looked like she was at the supermarket deciding between Weetbix and Special K. Atip said that he had chosen the outfit especially for her and had hoped she would work it better than she did. Chris said she had energy on the day but that it hadn’t come through on film. Sara delivered a crushing blow by saying the photographer had been very disappointed and had looked through the film for a better shot but there wasn’t one. Hosanna was told that he photographer would book her again, Colin told her that she had a powerful shot. Atip told her that she nailed the shoot.
While deliberating they all praised Hosanna; Chris said Laura is almost self destructing by over thinking everything. Chris was worried that Ruby is cruising through and Atip said he probably wouldn’t book her as she wouldn’t fit the sample clothes. All four of them were disappointed in Christobelle.
Laura was called first. Sara told Laura that a few of the judges didn’t think that she should be called first (nor did I!). Ruby and Chrstobelle were bottom two. Christobelle was told her photo was average but she had won the Nivea challenge. Ruby was told her photo was OK but she had cruised in the Nivea challenge when she really could have won had she tried a little harder. Ruby was sent home 😦
I had a feeling that they wouldn’t get rid of Christobelle despite her poor photo. Next week is the final and all three girls take great photos (usually) so it could be anyone’s game. I would like Hosanna to win but I think Christobelle will. Who knows, maybe I will be pleasantly suprised.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna
You can watch the episodes online (NZ only) and see the final photos by visiting here.

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep5

(I must apologize for my tardiness – have had a very busy Easter Weekend.)

It was pretty much all about Teryl-Leigh this week. So much so there is too much drama to bother with. Just know that she was feeling bad about being in the bottom two and moped about a lot and moaned heaps. At one point she was calling Hosanna a genius and a few minutes later declaring her an idiot. The girls have all realised that Hosanna’s practising was a very smart thing to do and spent some time practising in the mirror.
Things got worse for Teryl-Leigh when Sara arrived to “get to know” the girls and asked them all who they thought would be going home that week. The majority of them said Teryl-Leigh which put her in the foulest of moods (fair enough – they were basing it all on last weeks photo only). Ajoh and Christobelle were picked by the girls as most likely to win. Not many of the girls chose themselves, silly girls, ain’t they never watched America’s Next Top Model? Tyra would have told them off!

Some more T-L moaning over dinner.

The first challenge was a make-up challenge where they had to race to put on CoverGirl cosmetics in 5 minutes and create an evening look. Dunno about you but 5 mins for make-up is more than enough for me. I was wondering who the mountain man (or Bluto as my Dad said it could have been) in the checkered shirt and huge beard was. Turns out he was the make-up artist! Looked like he should have been weilding an axe rather than a mascara wand. Lucy didn’t run straight to the foundation table like everyone else and worked on her eyes first. Colin told Hosanna that she looked like she was in the circus. Things went wrong for Teryl-Leigh again – the mountain man said that he was most disappointed with her. The winner was Ruby who won a one on one with Bluto and some CoverGirl cosmetics not yet released in NZ.

The photo challenge was wearing couture (think gowns that would cost 3 months wages) while lounging about on a beach. Ajoh got put in a toy soldier hat, some of the others had bits of dead pheasant stuck to them. Chris (the photographer judge – 1st mench by name) wasn’t too happy that Lucy said she couldn’t think on the spot. Laura didn’t like her outfit – she said it was a big circle with a hole cut in it with a bum sack.

At panel Colin had a quiff mullet combo and a Cry-Baby style tear on his cheek. Christobelle and Hosanna’s photos looked fantastic. Lucy was told that the only good thing about her “angry, constipated” photo were the feathers in her hair. Rhiannon’s photo looked ok to me but the judges didn’t think so. Sara said Ajoh in her crazy hat was her favourite. Laura got told off about letting her big sheet of an outfit put her off her game. Colin said Rebecca Rose looked like an underfed anaconda and that if he saw “something like that crawling up to me on the beach I’d be squealing.” She just laughed, Rebecca Rose is lovely, she has grown on me over these past few weeks – I’ve never heard her bitching (that I can remember). She also has a really diffferent kind of face – “slight alien” the judges commented while deliberating – not that that is bad, it seems to be working OK for Gemma Ward. The judges acknowledged that Hosanna’s practise is paying off. Ajoh was called first. Bottom two were Victoria and Rhiannon. Victoria was told that her photos were getting worse and that her confidence was eroding – I wonder why with such nice encouraging words? Rhiannon was told she was beautiful but her photos weren’t cutting it. Rhiannon went home which was a shame but she is only 16 and is looking forward to going home to Blenheim and being the town hottie.

My picks so far – I have managed to avoid all but one spoiler! – Rebecca Rose, Christobelle, Ajoh, Hosanna and Ruby. (Ok so they are my faves therefore my picks – my wee wishlist of winners. T-L sorry, you’re out. Oh wrong show…)

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna

New Zealand’s Next Top Model Ep4

Again I am posting late – had to commission Mr Pigalina to get some screen-shots for me. (Thanks Mr Pigalina xoxox – “Make my hair blonder” he was heard to mimic. “Have a cry”. “Oh she looks a million times better”. I think he secretly enjoyed his task). Soooo, by request this post features pictures! Woot!
This week was makeovers in case you couldn’t tell from the commentary above. Makeover week is always fun and there were tears and grumpy faces as huge fat fringes were demolished, hair shorn off against cultural norms and hair lightened to look “grey”. Fair enough for Ajoh – she said that in her culture girls only shave their heads when something bad has happened such as a death in the family. She does look good now though, thanks to her eyes. Lucy bawled her eyes out – seriously – but she looks way better as you will see below (her sister Olivia said “I reckon it looks amazing. I don’t know what the fricking drama was about.” Exactly). Hosanna asked the hairstylist what kind of look he thought she had. He replied “Mediterranean” and she asked if that was near South America, he just chuckled and replied yes. Tee Hee! Teryl-Leigh moaned about her hair being orange and had nothing positive to say about the colour which is actually a chestnutty brown. (She also has it in for Hosanna – making snide little comments about her. I hope she stops the moaning because she started out as one of my favourites.) Christobelle was annoyed because she thought she looked better before. She looks the same to me. There were no weaves for the kiwi girls so no 8 hour stints unlike on ANTM.
Below are before and after photos of each girl (click to enlarge):
LauraVictoriaRubyLucyRhiannonRebecca RoseOliviaHosannaChristobelleTeryl-Leigh
All the girls insist that they have put on weight in the house, not that you can tell. Hosanna insists she has put on 4kgs! To help combat this Ruby ran a jazzercise class including undies over tights and big t-shirts for all involved. Exercise equipment was also delivered much to their delight.

The first challenge was to wear ugly clothes while walking and posing on the moving walkway at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (an indoor aquarium). Sorry no photos but just picture wide square shoulders, icky tapered pants all baggy at the thigh circa 1985 and Ajoh looked like she was wearing a sheet with a hole cut in it, knotted in the middle. (Some were ok but most of them…) Teryl-Leigh commited a faux pas by admitting she hadn’t really seen the outfit she was wearing. Laura commented that her outfit was comfy. Apparently you can’t do that. Clothes must only be described as glamourous and sexy. Tell that to my “lady day” undies. Christobelle won the challenge and got a $1000 wardrobe from Max.

The photo challenge was a headshot where each girl had their faces painted to look like tropical fish – bright colours, sequins etc. Except Ruby who just got blacked up – no sequins, no other colour – the make-up artist must have been over it by the time Ruby got in the chair.

Colin toned it down hair-wise this week. I really like him, he is one of the best things about the show. He is pleasant and amusing, yay for Colin.
There are 4 girls whose names escaped me while naming the photos – they are Rhiannon, Christobelle, Laura and Victoria – they need to step up their games! I should remember Christobelle after her win at Kelly Tarlton’s this week but we shall see. At panel Hosanna was praised and told that her pratice had paid off. Teryl-Leigh was told she is getting lazy. Ruby’s photo came out really well, the simplicity of the single colour was what made it so good – no feathery eyelashes and beaded eyebrows to distract. Sara seems to have the over-riding say in who stays and who goes now that I watch the episode back (“You’re the boss” “Yes I am” could be the biggest hint). Colin and the photographer both loved and hated the same photos and Sara would often disagree. It was one of these photos that she alone disliked that sent today’s girl home.
Rebecca Rose was called first and told that she was the best this week. Olivia and Teryl-Leigh were in the bottom two with Olivia sent home – Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Her departure was even mentioned in the Otago Daily Times – Dunedin’s daily news. Only one Dunedinite left to cheer on now, though it may take me a while to get over the hair meltdown, sorry Lucy.

Tiffany, Victoria, Christobelle, Ajoh, Rebecca Rose, Sarah, Rhiannon, Teryl-Leigh, Ruby, Olivia, Laura, Lucy and Hosanna