You Wanna Be on Top?: America’s Next Top Model All-Stars, Episode 2

Last week, “America’s Next Top Model” premiered, but not just as any cycle. This time, Tyra Banks brought out fourteen fan favorites from previous cycles better known as the all-stars. Each girl has left her mark on “America’s Next Top Model” in the past, but has never walked away with the win. Now, they are back and ready to do what it takes to make it out on top this time around.

Unfortunately, Brittany Brower (Cycle 4) was the first girl sent home last week.

“Brittany going home let me know that this is seriously a competition, and it’s not all fun and games. This is going to get tough,” Dominique Reighard (Cycle 10) said.

The second episode kicks off with a visit from Martin Lindstrom, a “brand strategist genius” in the words of Tyra Banks. Lindstrom associates each girl with a word that reflects how the public sees them. This word is not merely an adjective, but one that describes each girl’s individual brand. They either have to own it or risk going home, which none of them is willing to do, especially not Bianca Golden (Cycle 9).

Tension stirs in the house when Bianca overhears Camille McDonald (Cycle 2) and Dominique talking about how she uses her outspokenness as a strategy in the competition.

“After Martin left, the girls are realizing the competition is getting thick. I need to let them know that I’m something to be reckoned with,” Bianca said and not only in the confessional. She confronts Dominique and Camille who both believe she is taking her brand, “candid,” too seriously and simply dismiss her as being childish.

The episode continues with the ladies receiving their “Ty-Overs,” short for Tyra inspired makeovers. Recording artist and fashion designer, Ashlee Simpson, tags along to oversee the girls’ brand new looks.

Like in any other cycle of “America’s Next Top Model,” some girls fall in love with their makeovers, while others simply hate them. Bre Scullark’s (Cycle 5) confidence instantly plummeted when she saw her new hair cut.

“I don’t know how to ace a photo shoot when I don’t feel good enough about myself to be in front of a mirror, let alone a camera,” she said.

The girls then went off to do a photo shoot with a Pink’s hot dog that required them to not only sell the hot dog, but their brand as well. Some girls like Lisa D’Amato (Cycle 5) and Bianca rocked their photo shoots effortlessly while others like Sheena Sakai (Cycle 11) and Kayla Ferrel (Cycle 15) struggled to get it right. Luckily, Kayla was given another chance to prove herself, while Sheena’s trip to the top was cut short.

“I’m always going to be remembered as an all-star,” she said optimistically after Tyra eliminated her from the competition.

While this competition is supposed to be between the best of the best, the ladies’  “all-star” quality rarely shined through in their photos. The expectations are much higher, considering they had experience on this show before, but they failed to deliver. The episode, overall, was just as lackluster as most of the girls’ photo shoots. If this is supposed to be one of the most exciting seasons of “America’s Next Top Model,” then it is off to a pretty slow start.

 Rating: 6/10