As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
Model and singer Lisa Marie D'amato has given birth to a baby boy. The former America's Next Top Model star and her husband Adam Friedman welcomed their first child, Daxel Vaughn, in Los Angeles on Saturday (28Sep13), according to UsMagazine.com.
The couple wed last year (12).
U.S. model Lisa D'amato is pregnant with a baby boy. The America's Next Top Model star and her husband Adam Friedman are set to welcome their first child together this summer (13), but D'Amato reveals she has been suffering bad bouts of sickness.
She tells E! News, "My pregnancy has been a complete nightmare, to be honest. I can't believe women do this on the (sic) daily! I haven't been bedridden or anything, but nausea all day everyday and only starchy fatty foods help it subside.
"My nausea has subsided a lot the last couple weeks so I feel a bit more in control but pregnancy is a b**ch! Also, it seems everyone is pregnant these days. The stork is drunk! Someone needs to tell him to go to bed."
It's almost impossible to imagine a world where you couldn't spend a rainy Sunday afternoon lying on the couch watching an entire season — oh, sorry Tyra, "cycle" — of America's Next Top Model on cable. But that world existed just 10 years ago. Today, May 20th is in fact the anniversary of the show's premiere on UPN, a network that doesn't even exist anymore except as a vestigial appendage to The CW.
To celebrate the 10 years and 19 seasons — haha, just kidding, "cycles" — here is a look back at the 10 craziest moments from this always zany show's past.
1. Tyra Yells at Tiffany
The most infamous of all ANTM clips is this one where Tyra shouts about how she's never shouted at a girl before. I have a feeling that it was this very moment that made someone invent the reality TV GIF.
2. Beer in Tiffany's Weave
Yes, it's Tiffany again, this time for the fight that got her kicked off the show. She would return later, only to be yelled at by Tyra. I think we need more occasions in which the phrase "bitch poured beer in my weave" is applicable.
3. Rebecca Passes Out
Nothing says "crazy moment" like a fit of narcolepsy in the middle of judging panel. This is one of the best falls of all time.
4. Alexandra Falls Off Stage
Rebecca passing out from stress was far more graceful than this contestant falling on the catwalk not once, but twice. And the first time she wasn't even clobbered by a giant pendulum.
5. Eva the Diva's Spider
Sure, Eva Pigford went on to win the (best?) season, but no one thought she would make it through this challenge, where she cried over a spider for what seemed like 17 years.
6. Top Model Backwards
The all-star season of the show was absolutely insane, but there was nothing crazier than when Tyra made everyone create music videos featuring her and a little person speaking in complete non sequetors while all the girls had to sing, "Pot Ledom, Top Model backwards." You just can't make that up.
7. Joanie's Insane Tooth
Joanie was one of the sweetest girls ever on the show, and it was sweet for Tyra to take out her snaggletooth for free. But when they pulled that thing out, it was about 18 feet long. How did she have that much tooth hiding in her skull?
8. Everything About Lisa
Lisa D'Amato went on to win the all-star season of the show. But when she was on originally, she made quite the ruckus. Not only did she pee in a diaper and have an extended conversation with a tree, she seemed to spend most nights getting drunk and disorderly. No wonder she's my favorite contestant of all time.
9. Brides of Frankenstein
There have been tons of absolutely insane final runways on the show (remember the stilt walkers?), but none compares to Caridee and Melrose squaring off in some cave while running around as zombie brides.
10. Danielle's Trecherous Heels
The girls have had to do lots of awful things over the years, but nothing was meaner than this pair of heels no one could stand in... especially Danielle (another future winner), who had to crawl off the catwalk in lieu of breaking her ankle.
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The America's Next Top Model star was messing around in Colorado, where she was shooting new film Cowboys & Indians, when she took a nasty tumble that left her with a broken nose and injuries to her forehead, lips and chin.
The 32-year-old posted graphic photos of her swollen face on her Facebook and Instagram pages last week (ends18Jan13), insisting, "It was a totally freak accident."
But she's laughing off her injuries, insisting it was time to fix her features anyway.
She tells People.com, "I didn't have the best nose in the world to begin with. It gave me character. Now I have a nice little nose job. I get a super cute nose."
She also tried to cheer everyone else up in hospital: "Everyone seemed so sad."
The new bride, who wed longtime boyfriend Adam Friedman in September (12), is now looking forward to a belated honeymoon, during which she'll have time to get used to her new look.
It may not be June, but that sure didn’t stop a bevy of stars from tying the knot this past weekend. From a surprise romance in Italy to a country-themed hoedown near Nashville, celebrities said their vows, cut their cakes, and danced the night away in a number of styles on Saturday and Sunday. But just who said their “I dos” and to whom? Let’s say our congratulations to these five lucky-in-love couples:
Not So Les Miserable
The Dark Knight Rises’ Anne Hathaway married Adam Schulman on Saturday evening at a private estate in Big Sur, California; they celebrated with over 150 family and friends. Hathaway wore a dress designed especially for her by her good friend Valentino. The couple, engaged since last November, had dated for three years prior.
So You Think You Can Marry?
According to the BBC, Cat Deeley (35), So You Think You Can Dance host, married Irish comedian Patrick Kielty (41) on Saturday. The top secret ceremony, planned months in advance, was intimate with only 60 friends and family in attendance at St. Isidore’s College Church in Rome, Italy. In fact, Deeley and Kielty didn’t even tell their friends until only a few days before tying the knot and paid for their guests to fly out to celebrate with them – how generous! The couple met 10 months ago while presenting at the BBC1 talent show Fame Academy and have been together ever since.
Married Again ... And Again!
While Stanley Tucci (51) and Felicity Blunt (31) secretly wed in June, they finally celebrated with family, friends, and celebrities galore in London on Saturday, People reports. The bride’s sister, Looper's Emily Blunt, served as a bridesmaid while Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi performed best man duties. Tucci and Blunt had announced their engagement last November. Tucci’s first wife, Kate, died in 2009 from breast cancer.
Kings of Leon Officially Off the Market
Jared Followill (25) was the last single member of band Kings of Leon. The bassist wed his girlfriend, model Martha Patterson (21), on Saturday 40 miles outside of Nashville in a country-themed wedding, People reports. Followill expressed his newlywed bliss on Twitter by tweeting prior to the ceremony, "Today, I get married. It's the biggest step I've ever taken. I've dreamed about this day since I was a little girl." Then, a day later, "Aaaaaand I'm married. Happiest man in the world."
From the Runway to the Aisle
Lisa D'Amato (30), America's Next Top Model Cycle 5 contestant and Cycle 17 All-Stars winner, married her fiancé Adam Friedman (37) on Sunday in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Castle in Hollywood Hills, reports E! Online. The couple celebrated with a few of D’Amato’s ANTM friends like Bre Scullark and Alexandria Everett, as well as Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew Pinsky.
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