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Recap: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 9 The Girl Who Has TV Commercial Skills

Last Week’s episode was a non-elimination one with Janny and Blaise being spared from the chopping block. Angela once again reigned supreme winning another best photo – a photo which she herself chose. It’s brewing to be a battle between Angela and the girls and this week’s episode is no different.

The girls are so fortunate to be guided by the internationally renowned indie film maker, Brillante Mendoza for a Smart OPPO photoshoot!

Janny and Blaise struggled the most during the shoot whilst Angela, Adela and Ina breezed through it like true superstars! I especially loved Ina and it looks like the stage was set for an Angela vs Ina finale. I just cannot see the rest of the girls usurping this two.

At panel, Ina was adjudged to have the best commercial winning an additional P50,000 from Smart. She was followed by Angela, then Adela.

Blaise was criticized for not taking this opportunity seriously whilst Janny for her ability to actually deliver the goods when it matters.

Blaise end up going home this week. It was a deserved one.

Next week’s episode is the most awaited go-see challenge! The final four will battle it out to see who will be booking jobs the most! For their photoshoot, they will be posing alongside Maggie Wilson!!! Yay! Exciting!

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In Photos: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 8 The Girl Who Made It Three Times

Last Week’s episode was a non-elimination one with Janny and Blaise being spared from the chopping block. Angela once again reigned supreme winning another best photo – a photo which she herself chose.

Angela is gearing up to win the show with her third Best Photo in succession! ❤

Janny

Adela

Ina

Blaise

First Call Out: Angela
2nd – Ina
3rd – Adela
Bottom Two: Blaise and Janny

Images via Philippines’ Next Top Model Facebook Page.

 

In Photos: Philippines’ Next Top Model Cycle 2, High Street – Episode 7 The Girl Who Has An Alter Ego

Episode 7 saw the farewell of charming Aivie from the show which I absolutely think was a well-deserved elimination. I’ll stop there.

Angela’s second consecutive week on top!

Ina

Adela

Blaise

Janny

Aivie

 

FCO – Angela
2. Janny 3. Ina 4. Blaise
Bottom 2: Adela and Aivie

Images via Philippines’ Next Top Model Facebook Page.

Recap: Cycle 2 of Philippines’ Next Top Model – High Street Episode 4 (2017)

Challenge: It was a make-up challenge and the girls were taught techniques on how to do their make-up and after having half of their faces done by professional make-up artist from MAC Cosmetics, the would have to do a night look on the other half of their faces.

Can I just comment how Janny’s new look still leaves me breathless? She looks exceptional. If she doesn’t open her mouth, she’s a total perfection.

Sarah won the challenge which gave her an advantage for their next shoot.

Nonetheless, the rest of them got some gift pack from MAC cosmetics and back at the model house awaits another gift for each girls from SM.

This week’s photoshoot was a beauty shoot where they will be given one word each which they have to channel in their photos with a kitten!

Aivie (Feisty)
I do not find this feisty at all. It looks a bit forced If I’m being honest.

Blaise (Quirky)
During the shoot, I thought Blaise was bringing it but the end-result was a bit of a let-down. I honestly cannot believe that it was her “best” shot.

Ann (Desirable)
Maggie said she needs to work on her eyes but I thought it’s the redeeming factor of the photo. She looks exceptional in it but truth be told, girl need some energy for she is fading.

Ina (Seductive)
After this episode, I can now easily and personally conclude that Ina is the most beautiful aspiring top model this season. Beautiful doesn’t cut it tho. She needs to step it up. This picture isn’t showing seductive at all. It’s saying pretty, almost too pretty.

Angela (Classy)
I think she just looks old.

Adela (Sassy)
Rafa absolutely adore Adela’s picture. I don’t get it. After getting that pink hair – it’s like she suddenly developed a resting bitch face.

Janny (Enchanting)
I actually liked Janny’s picture. I don’t see enchanting here but I just loved her styling. I’m obviously still not over her super awesome makeover!

Sarah (Dainty)
Rafa loves it and I think the judges were all in agreement so it was such a surprise for me that she didn’t get the first call out. Hhmmm…

What’s even more surprising is the lack of deliberation this season. I mean, they should at least show a bit of it. Oh well…

Call-Out Order
First Call Out: Adela
2. Sarah
3. Aivie
4. Angela
5. Janny
6. Ina
7. Blaise
Bottom Two: Ann and Kim.

Eliminated:
Kim (Mysterious)
It’s such a shame that Kim could not deliver an FCO-worthy photo. She’s got all the goods but based on her interview, it felt like she thinks that she’s too good for the show. Kylie and Maggie were already coaching her during the shoot but she was not listening at all. I agree that it is the worst photo in the bunch so her elimination was a deserving one.

Recap: Cycle 2 of Philippines’ Next Top Model – Hight Street Episode 2 (2017)

I was out of the loop last week because I had to travel south for a little vacay and I’m totally unable to watch said episode. Anyway, I gathered some thoughts from friends and their consensus was that Jan and Adela totally killed this shoot whilst Janelle (she was one of my favorites during the first episode) was  apparently a ‘drama queen’* who needs to get the boot pronto and she actually did. Ouch!

Here are the results of the first photoshoot of the season!

Jan claiming that first “First Call Out” of the season! You go girl!

I really like this shot of Adela! A very deserving high call out!

Wow! The short girls are giving the taller girls a run for their money! Sarah is killing it!

This is honestly my favorite shot in the bunch! I still don’t remember Blaise or anything about her but I thought she totally nailed this shoot!

Kim. SMH

This is a very strong shot from Janny! Loved it and keep the THIRST! LOL

I don’t know what exactly happened but this wasn’t a really flattering shot from Ann. Expectation vs Reality?

I thought Angela’s shot was far better than Kim’s if I’m being honest.

Wow. I just loved Aivie’s shot. I loved the overall composition of this photo!

Shekie, girlfriend you really need to step it up next time!

Ina. SMH2X

Let’s be honest, is this really Janelle’s best shot??? Cmon guys! It’s horrendous! Aarrrggghhh! bye girl!

Call Out Order
Jan
Adela
Sarah
Blaise
Kim
Janny
Ann
Angela
Aivie
Shekie

Bottom 2:
Ina and Janelle

Eliminated: Janelle

all photos are coutesy of the official Philippines’s Next Top Model Facebook page.

Recap: Cycle 2 of Philippines’ Next Top Model – Hight Street Episode 1 (2017)

And the long wait is finally over! So I guess the petition page that I made a couple of years back is totally moot now because tonight, we’ve witnessed the premiere of the second cycle (version?) of the Philippines’ Next Top Model with the tagline – High Street. So is it safe to say that they’re looking for someone that is both high fashion but easily marketable? Who doesn’t tho? lol. Anyway, it’s a glorious premiere! I am so amazed by the sophistication of the whole process. It wasn’t draggy tho the excitement was rather lacking but it’s a really good premiere nonetheless.

It started with host ‘The Amazing Race Asia winner and former Miss Philippines’ Maggie Wilson doing a voiceover of the audition held nationwide then fast-tracked to the 24 ladies who will be facing the other judges hoping to make it through the next round – that panel of judges along with Maggie includes Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) current president, the cutie Raphael or Rapha Kiefer, stylist and magazine editor Rain Dagala and model mentor and reigning Miss International, Kylie Verzosa.

Maggie, Kylie, Rain and Rapha
ctto: @raphakiefer

So, what can I say about the judges? I honestly don’t have an idea who Rapha and Rain are but I loved the dynamics of this panel. They seemed to be getting along so well and I could already see Rain making okray the girls sooner or later and I cannot wait for their (Rain and Rapha!) fangs to come out! Haha! Rapha is a real charmer on TV while it’s a bit difficult to really distinguish  who’s actually (should really be) hosting during the judging of the 24 ladies. I mean, Maggie and Kylie are both beautiful but they’re almost interchangeable! But hey, it’s a great panel and I cannot wait for the first judging of the photoshoot next episode!

And now, can we just have a minute for a  prayer circle because the gods of fashion seems to be on this show’s side when they picked the 24 ladies to participate in this year’s edition! I’m honestly stunned by the quality of the girls who joined! I mean, majority of them are just beyond! It is very noticeable tho that more than half of the contestants are actually mixed-race so if you’re anal about that aspect – I don’t give a shit.

Based on this episode, I already have my final three but naturally – we have to see in at least the first two to three episode who will actually be impressing the judges (and the ones who will be getting good edits) as the weeks go by…

Let’s meet the final 12! (in order of announcement)

Ann is 20 from Bohol. I loved Ann! Her hair is one of her assets but she needs to step it up because the competition is real fierce. I’m fairly sure she’s already dreading the upcoming make-over. ( She’s also my number 1 amongst the top 3!!!)

Janny from Makati used to be bisexual who is now a lesbian or something like that. She’s actually very intereting! I didn’t expect her to make the cut but she’s got something (a story? the hair?) that is very endearing. Let’s see how far she’d make it. Oh, she also got a cute little son! ❤

Ina’s another strong contender. She’s one of the three dark-skinned girls who made the cut and again, the hair! Gosh! She looks amazing with that hair but I’ve a feeling that they’re gonna change it drastically. We can’t have two Ann’s in the show after all. I think she also said something about hailing from the Bahamas (need to verify this)

Adela is only 19 and was originally from the United Kingdom and has been living in the Philippines for about a year now. She looks really sweet and she’s also very articulate. Not sold on her yet – I’m seeing her getting  the boot in the next few episodes.

Jan, 24, Bulacan. I loved her sincerity. I think she’s got great potential but an early exit for her is not that far-fetched.

Kim is 21 years old from Bacolod and she’s done a lot of local modelling stint including different runway and fashion shows in her turf. His father is half-Dutch-half-black-American from Suriname and his mom’s a Filipina. She reminds me so much of Camile from the first cycle of the the original show! Girl is FFIIIEERRCCEEE!

Blaise, 20, Chicago. I honestly didn’t expect her to make the cut but I think she got some big brownie points from model mentor Kylie Verzosa because they share the same advocacy regarding mental health. She’s currently a cheerdancer and a college student at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Angela, 22, Bicol. I loved her interview with the judges but I thought she looks more than her actual age. The show should really do something about that hideous hair!

Shekie, 23, Cagayan de Oro. Shekie is totally on my radar as one of the potential winners! Her dad’s Nigerian and with a Filipina mom of course. I loved her cockiness! It’s rather endearing coming from her! She just need to tone it down at times but she’s good to go for the (finale??) haha! We’ll see.

Aivie, 21, Canada. She’s got a very interesting lineage. Her dad is half-Vietnamese-half-Chinese and she obviously looks more pinay because of her mom. I’m still on the fence about her inclusion but I liked her!

Sarah, 23, Pampanga. My homegirl! I loved her face! She’s definitely this season’s commercial goddess! It’s such a shame that she’s only 5’4″ but I think with that face – she could very well use it to go as far as top 5 and who knows – one nailed beauty shot and uwian na mga bes, may nanalo na! lol

and the final spot goes to…

Janelle, 27, San Diego, California. She’s one of my favorites. She’s obviously the oldest in the bunch and this would always haunt her during the competition. I just hope that she won’t get uber-angsty about it during  confessionals. I thought her beauty is very marketable especially here in the Philippines and I cannot wait to see her make-over!

Okay – let me reveal the rest of my  initial Top 3 then. Since I’ve already mentioned Ann being my ultimate winner this early, I’ve also have a feeling that Shekie will do really well. Rounding up my top 3 is the lovely Janelle! Gaaahhh! Her face is just perfection – just sayin’.

Special mention to Anna.

Nganga!

As for the their first photoshoot, it would be an underwater shoot where the girls will try their hardest and fiercest while submerged in a big aquarium! Yikes!

What about you guys? What can you say about the premiere? Who are your favorites?

So as early as now, I will be putting a poll on who do you think (on first impression) will most likely make it until the end?

Screengrab from the TV obviously but these images are still the exclusive rights of Pottle Productions, Inc.
I’ll try to update this post with HQ pictures soon!

The Contestants of VH1’s America’s Next Top Model [Cycle 23]

Y’all know that America’s Next Top Model is coming back to the boobtube right? And it’s coming back to it’s original home – VH1. In less than a week – that is December 12, 2016 – 14 girls will be battling it out for the title of America’s Next Top Model. This time tho, Rita Ora will be spearheading the return of our favorite modeling show acting as host and one of the judges along with model Ashley Graham, Drew Elliot of Paper Magazine and celebrity stylist Law Roach. And don’t worry about Tyra not showing up at all – she’s actually serving as the show’s executive producer!

contestants-of-americas-next-top-model-cycle-23

via Entertainment Weekly

Let’s meet the contestants of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 23!

Obviously, the show is back to an all-girls cast (thank goodness!) and they are all relatively tall (hallelujah!) so I wonder how this would figure out over the next few weeks with the judges determining who should win! Are we going to see more outrageous ANTM-patented model stunts? Will the return of the show give us back the Cycle  1-3 modelseque epicness? We shall see next week…

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Who do you think has what it takes to win it all this early in the competition?

Meet the Judging Panel of the return of America’s Next Top Model on VH1!

ANTM on VH1 JudgesAs some of you have known for some time now, Rita Ora will be hosting the return of America’ Next Top Model on VH1 this coming fall with an entirely new set of judges.

Rita Ora will be joined by model Ashley Graham who made that very refreshing Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover below.

Ashley Graham

James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Another one is Drew Elliott who’s the Chief Creative Officer at PAPER Communications  and stylist Law Roach. I’m not exactly familiar with the two guys  but I’m still excited for the return of ANTM!!! Yaasss!

Troye Sivan Returns to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

TroyeAfter he made his US TV show debut in December 2015, Troye Sivan came back to ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ last night and performed Wild off his critically-acclaimed ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ album. The 21-year-old Australian popstar is returning to the States to hold another tour entitled Suburbia Tour starting this fall after his highly successful Blue Neighbourhood Tour last spring.

Here’s that awesome live-performance by this super-talented guy!

So proud of you Troye!!!!!

ICYMI: Jennifer Lopez wearing a 20-foot Michael Cinco Cape on ‘The Tonight Show’!

Jlo's Back With Lin-Manuel Miranda

Here’s JLo hitting the diva meter while performing a new song called “Love Make the World Go Round” with Hamilton-star Lin-Manuel Miranda on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  Adding flare to her emotional performance was the couture crystallized Sainte Chapelle inspired hand painted cape she’s wearing by fame Filipino designer, Michael Cinco. The 20-foot stained glass cape features 10,000 colorful Swarovski crystals with hand-made silk embroideries, which according to the designer took six months to complete by about 100 people!

Now, that is how you make a statement! Bravo JLo and Mr. Miranda!

[Photo Credit: Questlove Gomez]