Thursday, 31 March 2011

ANTM Cycle 16 Episode 6

The Top 8, it's getting tight now! This week's elimination was rather odd, without having seen a spoiler and the episode I really wouldn't have guessed. Anyway here's my ranking of the photos.


MY RANKINGS
FIRST CALLOUT


Mikaela

At first I was debating to myself whether Mikaela should get FCO, for me, but once I cropped this to size it was obvious - MIKAELA BROUGHT IT! Sorry for my caps but honestly the judges, especially ALT, are blind if they think this shot of Mikaela is drab. Just look at her, this face is even better than last weeks! If her eyes are blank then I'd be frightened of what she could produce when they are in full force. I just can't believe this stunning photo was given such bad cred - the judges you are stupid for putting Mikaela in the bottom 2. I don't understand it though, they obviously feel Mikaela isn't producing the goods so why wasn't she eliminated? Does it mean she goes further than 7th? If she gets eliminated next week it would be pretty weird to save her over Monique when she has, and still has, the worst callout. The judges obviously think there's potential but they don't think she's delivering (hmm... that sounds familiar to me). I hope she gets a huge redemption arc and FCO next week - as it should at least guarantee you one week of immunity.

Brittani

FINALLY, Brittani delivers. It's not to her full potential, her nose looks a bit busted and I'm not sold by those lips, but this is what she should be producing for getting such high praise from the judges - have you seen her callout? Besides the commercial she has been in the Top 3 every week! If Brittani continues to produce this level of photographs then I'd be happy with her winning - though next week seems extra dramatic for her - would it hurt her chances?

Monique

I still can't quite get why Monique was eliminated? Why not call up on her personality, why not call up on her commercial-ness but not you say she's middling and doesn't stand out... ~~~...
I love this shot of Monique because it's seductive but not OTT, her eyes could have been more SMIZE, but all in all this shot was not worthy of being eliminated.

Kasia

A lot of you will disagree with me here but I like Kasia's shot, tbh she stands out in the Blondes shoot, she commands the picture. Yes I think she looks a bit mother bee/Madonna in this shot but she's intriguing.

Molly

I like Molly's shot but that busted eye is doing me no favours and to be honest I think her body position is too square and blocky, however from her neck up (excluding that eye) she looks amazing and sultry.

Hannah

It's not a bad shot, it's just that she doesn't really stand out i.e. the other girls did better than her - simple as.

Jaclyn

Yet again it's not a bad shot but she was overpowered imo. She still hasn't found her angle imo and her hands were very heavy and dead.

Alexandria

The only girl I didn't like this week was Alexandria, it's kooky but it doesn't work.

Now my favourites rankings, I'm revamping it! Now I'll only feature the remaining 8. BTW I still love Nicole, Dalya and Ondrei who all would still be in my Top 7.

8th
Alexandria



I can actually say I like every girl in the Top 8, though I only love you Mikaela! Alexandria stays at the bottom of the pack because she is the annoying one however I'm feeling a bit sorry for her now and she may leap up my rankings if she stays a while longer. I think Alexandria truly doesn't mean anything she does and it's a shame to see her sabotaging herself in the competition but we'll see what happens next week (as some suggest she may be cut).

7th
Hannah


I like Hannah but someone needs to give this girl an edit! Honestly her looks aren't enough for me to remember her! The judges have finally given her some bad critique so she's not as surefire Top 4 as I'd originally have thought.

6th
Monique


I honestly don't like Monique's personality but when I stepped back from it all I realised Monique was the one providing the entertainment, without her this cycle seems a bit less fierce! LOL. She is absolutely stunning but yes she is not a HF model - go find VS or something of that sort.

5th
Kasia


I like Kasia but she is overstaying her welcome, it's tough with her as I can equally see her going to Top 4 or crashing and burning. I think it's partly to do with the editing but it's obvious Tyra loves her atm and sees her as Whitney 2.0, I think she'll probably go 5th/6th.

4th
Brittani


I have this love hate relationship with Brittani. I don't like her portfolio but yet I want her to stay, it's solely down to her potential. I just hope she continues with her performance this week but from previews it seems unlikely.

3rd
Molly


I'm starting to get a bit annoyed with Molly's snide remarks, however unless she really goes all queen bitch on me she'll stay at 3rd most likely until I get truly bored with the girl above her.

2nd
Jaclyn

Jaclyn's cutesy voice is starting to wear off now, for me, but I still like her. However I do think she should go soon because she just doesn't have the right look.

1st
Mikaela

Mikaela needs no introduction, she's already like 5th on my all time favourite ANTM contestant list. Only Dani (C6), Raina (C14), Analeigh (C11) and Nicole (C13) reign above her atm.

Well as an extra bonus here's what I'd like to happen
7th - Kasia
6th - Jaclyn
5th - Alexandria
4th - Brittani
3rd - Hannah
Runner up - Molly
Winner - Mikaela

I'm putting Hannah over Brittani for now because she's arguably doing better than her but if Brittani brings it then I'd want to swap that.

What I think will happen
7th - Alexandria/Mikaela
6th - Jaclyn/Kasia
5th - Hannah/Jaclyn/Kasia
4th - Hannah/Mikaela/Kasia
3rd - Brittani/Alexandria
2nd - Molly/Brittani
1st - Molly/Brittani

Sorry for having so many /s but for now it's quite difficult to predict who will go when.
Mikaela can't honestly be 4 straight bad call outs and not get something good at the end of it?

Friday, 25 March 2011

Tennis ATP & WTA - Sony Ericsson Open

It has been a long time since I made a post in between a tournament but I just feel like I need to post about the results I saw today. Most of you who follow tennis will know what I'm thinking about - Andy Murray crashing out... again! This is exactly what happened last year after he made the Aussie final. To be honest I don't think it has anything to do with that, there's no other way to explain a pretty disastrous month than to say he just isn't consistent enough. I don't know what Murray needs to do to improve his consistency but honestly I'd have thought Djokovic's improvement would have provided a kick up the butt for Murray. Hopefully he'll return stronger next time but honestly Murray needs to pick his game up if he doesn't want to go down the rankings - he is a 1,000 points up on Ferrer but it's not impossible.

It's slightly funny that Verdasco also lost, both guys in Section 7 - that means Djokovic should have a relatively safe passage to the SFs, considering Soderling looks to have lost his form.

Elsewhere Somdev Devvarman seems to be having a blast this month, he's now in Round 3.

ANTM Cycle 16 Episode 6 Preview

I couldn't resist not posting about these photos. In general I think Cycle 16 has done well with their themes for photo shoots but this week the shots really impressed me for their simplicity. Let me just say if Mikaela gets eliminated for this there is no justice in this competition.

(l-r) Monique, Jaclyn, Mikaela, Brittani

(l-r) Hannah, Kasia, Molly, Alexandria

I will rank these images after I watch the show next week.

TEAM BRUNETTES!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Mandarin, Nottingham

I went up to Nottingham today so I'm giving you my first post on a Nottingham restaurant - more to come in the coming years hopefully! I'm sorry if most of my posts are of Chinese restaurants but my dad basically dislikes every other cuisine so most of the times I go for Chinese with my dad.

The Mandarin is situated on a quiet side of Nottingham just off the main high street and close to the main stadium. The restaurant is nice and cosy and split into two main sections, the place is mainly populated by Chinese people. I was pleasantly surprised by the place on first thoughts but then the menu came with wet pages - major no no! So I left my dad to order with his dry menu! We ordered two bowls of rice (remember this was for dinner), salt and chilli pork, lamb hotpot with white radish as well as pea sprouts cooked with salted egg. (I couldn't find the same menu we ordered from on their website so these names are what I guess they were called.

The pork was lovely, it had enough spice and flavour to it and the meat was fried with a nice texture. The lamb was great as well, the meat was tender and juicy - but the white radish was a bit too hard and personally I'm not a fan of orange peel. The pea sprouts were decent, my dad thought they were a bit overcooked though - however I found them ok. And to top it all off all the plates were quite large - we couldn't finish the rice for one. The meal come to £37~ which was a decent price and the waiters were inviting as well.

Overall a nice meal and as I'm going to university at Nottingham next year you may see me posting more about the place.

ANTM Cycle 16 Episode 5

We only have 9! It seems this cycle has zoomed by without any indication of who will win this thing. I've actually realised I will not be happy with anybody besides Mikaela winning but the problem is I think she's going next.

I've actually realised that nobody this cycle is ready to take on High fashion and it pains me to say that unless Mikaela wins this cycle is going to get pretty uncreditable. I've had enough of seeing Brittani being overrated by the judges when most of her shots look crappy to me. Molly has potential but her look is a bit too ordinary for HF. Hannah has amazingly risen to have the best callout - when did that happen? I'm amazed she's the current favourite but I know near zilch of her. Alexandria and Monique are only there for the drama whilst Kasia needs to go! Jaclyn is adorable but to be honest if we didn't take her personality into factor she'd need to go soon as well.

This cycle will only feel right if Mikaela and Molly are the final 2 but the fact that Mikaela has the lowest callout at the moment and nobody, bar Kasia, seems to be getting a soon to be cut edit - I think Mikaela will find herself in deep water before Top 6. If Mikaela goes the only hope is Molly and hopefully a better Brittani.

Who will win then? At the moment nobody really would make a distinctive winner, nobody really has that "I'm ..., even I can win" edit from ANTM. I think it's between Brittani and Molly, I think Hannah will be top 3. Kasia is not going to win neither will Monique. Alexandria will go far but not win I don't think. Jaclyn could potentially win because of her differentness but I doubt it. Mikaela would make the perfect winner but at the moment I really doubt it as well.

Anyway onto the photos this week.


MY RANKINGS
FIRST CALLOUT


Hannah

At first I was unsure because I thought the neck was a bit random but fashion is random and Hannah makes this shot look interesting because of that unnecessary but HF neck! I do however think Hannah wins because she is the only girl without a massive flaw in their photos this week.

Monique

I actually agree with the judges on this one, yes her nose and snarl may be a bit unattractive but the whole shot works I think, the dynamic is great and there's a good emotion.

Mikaela

Mikaela may be slightly flat on this but her face is gorgeous! I just can't get over her face - which should get her the Top 6 anyway!

Molly

At first I liked this shot because of the connection but then I started to see what the judges saw, the ginormous hand and the slight cross eye makes this photo a bit weird however I still like the connection.

Alexandria

What I like about this photo is that Alexandria yet again had an image of what she wanted but I'd like to see her push this even further, the dynamic is interesting but I agree with what Nigel said, if you take the jaguar out of the image Alexandria wouldn't pop out.

Jaclyn

Ok I like the intensity of this shot and if you cut out Jaclyn's face this could make the Top 2 but then I look at her face and I just see a model who has forgotten how to make her face look good - her lips look like two sausages and the eye shadow totally smudges her face. Whilst her body language is awesome her face looks all wrong.

Brittani

I cannot stand the judges for overrating Brittani time and time again. Yes Brittani has great potential but this photo does not. She could have done so much more with that pose but she was on the lacklustre end of what could have been truly "expensive".

Dalya

Dalya's shot bores me, there's nothing in here. She looks pretty but she is doing nothing and that's the problem.

Kasia

I totally disagree with the judges this photo is not high fashion at all - where is the high fashion in a model not being able to control a cat? Sorry this image is just a mess - I say this even though I like Kasia. Kasia is really out of her depth now and needs to go.


Now my rankings

14th
Sara
(SAME)
OUT


13th
Angelia
(DOWN 1)
OUT



12th
Alexandria
(UP 1)


OK I still dislike Alexandria but I'm starting to think that the girls are picking on her and that ANTM are maliciously editing Alexandria as the bitch so they have a story. Some people don't realise they are annoying and I think Alexandria is that type of person - just give her some time.

11th
Dominique
(SAME)
OUT


10th
Monique
(DOWN 1)


I don't dislike Monique but she is giving me this queen bitch vibe, she'll provide entertainment for this show but I don't think I'll ever push her further than Top 8.

9th
Hannah
(UP 1)

Hannah is rising slowly up my rankings, she still doesn't stand out but I'm starting to like her - if she continues to be consistent then she'd be shooting up my rankings

8th
Kasia
(SAME)

I like Kasia but she needs to go.

7th
Ondri
(SAME)
OUT


6th
Brittani
(SAME)


I'm tired of all the praise for Brittani but I still like her - as long as she ups her game!

5th
Dalya
(SAME)
OUT


Dalya had a very edgy look but she failed to capitalise on it, she had to go soon but I still liked her.

4th
Molly
(DOWN 1)


Molly started to annoy me this episode, yes her weave is annoying her but she is becoming a mini bitch with Monique as well - I'll wait until next week to deliver my final verdict.

3rd
Nicole
(UP 1)
OUT


2nd
Jaclyn
(SAME)

1st
Mikaela
(SAME)

If Mikaela goes next never has my favourite gone out so soon - please let her stay!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Tennis ATP & WTA Week 12 (21/03/11)

Well this fortnight we'll see the top players at the Sony Ericsson Open, to be honest there isn't much to say about this now as it's most likely that one of the top players will win. There'll probably be a few shocks but in the end the champion is unlikely to be ranked outside of the Top 10.

Well on the men's side Nadal leads the pack in section 1. I don't think he has any huge threats in this draw. Neither Tsonga nor Berdych are in great form whilst Almagro, Montanes and Dolgolpolov aren't capable of consistently beating Nadal, though an upset is possible. Ivo Karlovic will be a threat here as well.

On the other side we have Federer! Even though I knew he had dropped to 3rd I was slightly shocked to see him in Section 2. There aren't any immediate threats, his draw looks pretty simple. Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Andy Roddick are the obvious names to look out for here.

Out in Section 3 are Soderling and Ferrer, neither played well last week, could be a bad sign or it could mean both are revitalised for this week. Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet could capitalise on this but Juan Martin Del Potro is the one I'm looking out for, hopefully he'll do just as well as last week.

In Section 4 is Djokovic - at No.2! Whilst Andy Murray is his direct opponent. Victor Troicki is once again drawn next to Djokovic. With Djokovic's form I doubt anybody besides Murray on his best form, in this section, will be able to challenge him.

In the women's draw Wozniacki and Jankovic head the 1st section with a selection of challenging opponents, amongst them are Petkovic, Pennetta, Peer and Wickmayer. From current form I think it's unlikely that any of these players will replace the top 2, Wickmayer could potentially topple Jankovic but I'm worried about her consistency. Peer has been playing well lately so she could also be a threat.

Samantha Stosur, Kuznetsova and Na Li head the third section but are all rather inconsistent. Sharapova has been doing well lately and unless there are any unexpected dangers I'd expect to see her in the semis. I'd like to see if Shuai Peng makes it far in this tournament as well.

Schiavone and Zvonareva head the third section again, Radwanska and Bartoli are the threats in this draw however I'd like to see Zvonareva do well. Safina will also be in this draw but she has Zvonareva in the 2nd Round, I still think Safina is still some way to go before capable of beating the Top 10.

Clijsters will still be favourite in this draw despite retiring last week. Azarenka, Cibulkova, Pavlyuchenkova and Kvitova head a rather challenging opposing team with Kanepi and Ivanovic closer in the draw. If Clijsters does fall I'd expect to see any of those names in the semis.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Tennis ATP & WTA Week 10/11 Results (07/03/11)

DJOKOVIC WINS! Sorry, if you've read my previous posts you'll know that I'm a huge Djokovic fan, I've tried to tame down my favouritism these few months but the fact that Djokovic hasn't lost a single match this year and beat Federer and Nadal on the way to the title is beyond justifiable to act normal. Now as Djokovic has conquered the early hard court season he'll have to up his game for the clay courts which will proved more difficult to dominate. I hope this year Djokovic will finally be No.1 in the world. In other news I was amazed that Somdev Devvarman made Round 4, whilst arguably he had a simple route bar Baghdatis it was still quite an unexpected achievement. 

Another plus this week was Del Potro getting to the SFs. Del Porto is finally finding his footing, if he can come back to full form this year the tour will be at its most exciting stage for a long long time. In lesser news Querrey seems to be finding some form again after beating Tipsarevic and Verdasco. But the shocks of the top draw were Robin Soderling's loss and more so Andy Murray losing to Donald Young. I will undoubtedly support Murray but I'm not blinded by my support. I know Murray is still far from consistent enough to tackle the Top 3 and if he doesn't put his game up a notch he'll be staying at 5th for a long time. Wawrinka has really amazed me these past few weeks. For some unknown reason he has managed to find some extraordinary form. This week he beat Davydenko, Cilic and Berdych on the way to the QFs - an amazing feat considering the names he played against, possibly the most difficult draw to the QFs. Sadly he lost to compatriot Federer but I'll be intrigued as to what Wawrinka can achieve this year.

I'm still over the moon with Djokovic's win, if he can manage another slam this year I think people will finally realise it's no longer the Top 2 but the Top 3.

In the women's draw Wozniacki reigned supreme, it seems ages ago when I found the women's draw much more interesting than the mens but now the WTA is in severe form as Wozniacki is still not the player to lead the draws. Until she wins a slam and matures enough to beat players like Clijsters and the Williams sisters consistently I will just find her success premature. The draw is in dire need of a leading superstar, whilst Caroline, Kim and Vera provide a decent Top 3 I miss the days when Henin, Serena, Venus etc were challenging their limits. The top 8 in the game have changed so drastically in the past years that it seems almost alien, so much so that we haven't had time to develop a true liking for some of those players. We need the resurgence of Sharapova, the return of Serena and an injury free Clijsters to make the top of the tour interesting.

Anyway, the "former" teen draw did play out with Radwanska and Azarenka fighting it out to play against the Queen Bee "Wozniacki". It was a shame that Azarenka has to retire though. Safina seems to be finding hr way now after beating Hantuchova and Stosur but lost badly to Sharapova. Petrova also found some form though I have to argue she played a rather easy draw. Shuai Peng continued her surge beating Na Li and Petrova and narrowly losing to Sharapova. It has been a long time coming for Shuai Peng but it's lovely to see her finally prove her potential.

Great news for me was that Wickmayer made the SFs but sadly lost to Bartoli. However Wickmayer was really worrying me these past few months but she seems to b doing btter now in what I'd say was one of the most interesting sections of the draw with Kanepi, Dulko, Cibulkova and Zvonareva in her draw. In the last section of the draw we saw Clijster's retiring, which was a huge shame but we also saw Petkovic and Kvitova, two of the most in form players lose. Instead we saw a resurgence from Ivanovic, beating her compatriot Jelena Jankovic along the way. Will we finally be seeing Ivanovic back at the top? To be honest I hope not, Ivanovic is still to me one of the worst No.1's simply because she peaked too soon and thus that over-burnt her potential.

I can afford to be lazy again next week as we have another two week event at the Sony Ericsson Open, it should be an interesting tournament

Sunday, 20 March 2011

China Palace, Excel West

Today we visited China Palace, I haven't been there in at least 4 years so I really wanted to revisit the place. Once inside I did not recognise it at all, I suspect they have had a refurbishment but I didn't like the decor one bit. I remember the old decor was much more distinctive and interesting compared to what it is now, anyway onto the food.

My dad was feeling uncharacteristically peckish today so we ordered 6 dishes, which made me a bit ill of food! We ordered Siu Mai, Xiao Long Bao, Egg Yolk Bun, Japanese Style Seaweed Rolls, Scallop Cheung Fun and Stir Fried Beef With Ho Fun.

The Siu Mai was actually very nice though the presentation was a bit... naff! However, in essence, the Siu Mai had everything a Siu Mai should have and some more. The Xiao Long Bao yet again was delightful but the presentation was rather poor with the skin looking very dried up, however it tasted quite nice with the soup scalding hot and a touch of wine added. The Egg Yolk Bun wasn't as great. I haven't seen this bun in the UK, I've only had it in Hong Kong, sadly this version paled in comparison to the ones in Hong Kong and the skin was very lumpy. The Seaweed Rolls were unexpectedly nice with the seaweed tasting nice and crispy and the ingredients inside quite juicy. The Scallop Cheung Fun had a lot of scallops in it and tasted nice overall but it was slightly too lukewarm for me and was slightly too stiff. Finally the Ho Fun was good but nothing to write home about.

The food overall was decent, most of it was good but nothing was amazing. I don't know whether I'd come again in the near future not because the place isn't good but the Peninsula, Yi-Ban and Lotus edge it.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Phoenix Palace, 5 Glentworth Street

Phoenix Palace was one of the touted dim sum restaurants I hadn't been to since my run of going to a new dim sum place every week, with no other place in mind I decided to head off to Phoenix Palace to see what it was all about. I was pleasantly surprised when I went inside. From outside it looked a bit dark and dingy but I loved the d├ęcor inside. It wasn't amazing but the place felt authentic, it felt like an old dim sum that had been recently refurbished. I loved the atmosphere! Now the food...

Well we ordered a bit more than usual, possibly because the dishes were relatively small. We ordered Scallop Cheung Fun (Rice Pasta Roll with Scallops), Cream Custard Buns, Beef Brisket Noodles in Soup, Crispy Scottish Lobster Dumpling, some sort of duck's feet and Chicken and Ham in Soya Pastry Roll.

The Scallop Cheung Fun was ok, the problem for me was that it wasn't hot more lukewarm. However it was delicate and smooth. The Cream Custard Buns were ok, I honestly don't think you could make them badly. The beef brisket Noodles were decent, I loved the slight stringiness of the noodles and the brisket was very tender. The Crispy Scottish Lobster was possibly the weirdest dim sum I have ever tasted. It came out a very well fried dumpling, quite big but then the filling inside was..., well it was some sort of cold sludge that was supposedly lobster. I can only imagine they meant for it to be cold because it was not by any means hot, it felt chilled. However it tasted nothing of lobster and was an experiment gone wrong in my opinion and charging £5+ for it is a total rip-off to their customers. The duck's feet weren't great either - so conclusion is, don't order off the special dim sum menu! The Chicken and Ham in Soya Pastry Roll was ok, very hot but it lacked the juicy tenderness that is common in Hong Kong restaurants, I also missed the fish stomach (I think that's what it is) that's supposed to be in it.

What I love about the place is that it transported me back to Hong Kong and the wide array of dishes to chose from but the food is only ok, at best. We ordered their more expensive range of dishes so the bill was £34.80 if I remember correctly but I'm sure if you order exclusively off the dim sum menu you could easily get around £25. I don't think I'd go there for dim sum again but I'd like to try it out for dinner because it has a wide variety of dishes.

Well I've basically tried most of the restaurants on my hit list, now I've only got ones that I want to revisit where I haven't been to in ages which are... Joy King Lau, China Palace, Plum Valley, Lotus and if I'm feeling brave Royal China Club, haven't been there before. Others I'm considering are Gold Mine, Yum Cha, Shanghai, Bar Shan and Bar Shu whilst China Tang, Kai Mayfair, Hunan, Min Jiang, Mr Wing and Hakkasan will have to wait until another special day! Wow that sounds much more than I thought! I'm also considering Shanghai Blue but the supposed bouncer at the door is very unappealing.

If anyone has any suggestions please tell me.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Naru, 230 Shaftesbury Avenue

Wanting cheap Asian cuisine but not wanting to go to Chinatown can be tough sometimes, so instead we walked a few minutes away from Chinatown, where the restaurants are probably still influenced by those prices but the atmosphere doesn't feel too touristy. However Naru isn't cheap, well student cheap. We had a three person dinner with one desert and starter shared between the three of us and the bill came up to £45.10! Yes £15 per person! Students all over the country will be crying at that. I was shocked too but I had enough money to pay - thank god.

Naru is a cozy little restaurant situated slightly off the craziness of Soho and Oxford Street, it doesn't have the normal Korean grill in the middle of the table so the place doesn't feel too stuffy but they only had one waitress when we were there so it was a little hectic even when the place wasn't packed.

We ordered, or at least I tasted the Jap Chae Spring rolls (the cheapest starter on the menu!), some sort of Fried Chicken with sweet and sour sauce and red bean cake I think it was. However none of the meals come with rice so we had to pay £2 extra for that. We ordered a starter because we hadn't had any lunch so we were feeling quite peckish.

The Jap Chae Spring Rolls were lovely, the rolls were crispy and the Jap Chae inside was lovely to compliment the texture, shared between 3 it was a little small though. The fried chicken in sauce was quite nice, a little too sticky on the mouth though and a little too much! But it was worth the price tag. Finally the red bean cake was lovely, there were 4 or 5 layers of different ingredients all complimenting each other very well, yet again the waitress was rather surprised when we told her we were sharing the desert - as it was one little serving of cake!

The food was lovely but the price was a little steep for students. The waitress was nice, though a little confusing at times but I would consider coming back albeit with parents rather than student friends.

ANTM Cycle 16 Episode 4

I really can't judge these commercials like I judge photos in general because even on the episode I didn't really get to see every shoot fully, however the standout was definitely Kasia who did what I expect Tyra wanted them to do - sexy, sassy but not too over the top. Anyway this week my favourites are starting to set in so here's my rankings of my favourites after this week.

14th
Sara
(SAME)
OUT

Sara was eliminated this week, whilst I like Sara's personality and she does look very pretty on angles I just don't find her modelesque at all. Beautiful tomboy does not necessarily equate to Top Model, maybe she'll prove me wrong but I honestly doubt it.

14th
Alexandria
(SAME)

Alexandria really annoys me sometimes, her attitude is a huge problem but I see her being edited differently after this, next week will be her "personality" redemption. However I find her look to be too old and whilst she takes amazing photos I don't think she is modelesque.

12th
Angelia
(SAME)
OUT

She stays the same as last week, unless Alexandria has a huge redemption I don't see her dropping lower than this.

11th
Dominique
(SAME)
OUT

She was definitely less annoying than I thought she'd be but she's out now so she stays where she's at.


10th
Hannah
(DOWN 2)

Ok Hannah drops not because I don't like her but because I find her pretty unmemorable. I do see Hannah's resemblance to Analeigh but at the moment she doesn't stand out to me, yes she is a pretty girl and I see her doing well in this competition but until she really starts standing out her other competitors are going to leap over her.

9th
Monique
(UP 1)

I am not sure whether I like Monique or not, she gives me this queen bitch kind of vibe but she hasn't done anything nasty enough yet to warrant that. I don't know whether Monique will climb up but at the moment there are at least 7 girls who I like more than her.

8th
Kasia
(UP 1)



Kasia's open mouth is starting to frustrate me, nobody wants to see a Whitney 2.0. This is the first episode she has been featured, I think she's a very nice girl but I think she'll be booted out for being too commercial and sexy.

7th
Ondrei
(DOWN 1)



Ondrei still stays at seventh despite being eliminated because of her beautiful moment when she admitted the pain of her loss.

6th
Brittani
(UP 1)


I like Brittani but the constant over-praise is annoying the hell out of me. I think Brittani has huge potential but she hasn't realised that yet but she is getting praise all ready, she's obviously one of the favourites to win but as of now I don't want that to happen.

5th
Dalya
(SAME)


Dalya is worrying me because her face is a little harsh looking, to the point of being overly masculine. Mikaela also has a very edgy face but she looks beautiful in most shots. I hope Dalya can start breaking out and working her look, if not she'll go soon.

4th
Nicole
(SAME)


I still love Nicole, she was wasted on this show - hopefully an equally stunning girl wouldn't be wasted.


3rd
Molly
(SAME)


Molly is beautiful and I see potential there for her to be a semi successful model but her face looks very tired a lot of the time and that is what's worrying me. Her face doesn't lend well to a lot of makeup either, we'll see what happens in the next few weeks.

2nd
Jaclyn
(DOWN 1)


DUN DUN DUN.... ! Jaclyn has been toppled! It's not because I don't like her but it's because I have finally found my favourite this cycle. Jaclyn is lovely but I don't think she'll be a successful model and her voice is a little irritating at times, however Jaclyn is still adorable and will be a favourite of mine throughout the show.

1st
Mikaela
(UP 1)


Mikaela is STUNNING! and I love her personality. I'm really worried that the judges are not liking her and will waste her, if she goes before Top 6 it will be a disaster as the two most hf girls, Nicole and Mikaela can't go before Top 6 if this is to be a creditable show. I just Mikaela wows the judges and starts getting the FCOs she deserves.