'America's Next Top Model' ousts Chris White, determines final four
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/11/2010
America's Next Top Model's fifteenth season eliminated Chris White and determined its final four finalists during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I'm going home to see my sister and continue modeling, acting, singing -- I'm gonna do it all -- I'm overwhelmed that I even have the opportunity to be here," the 20-year-old from Arlington, TX said after she became the tenth girl eliminated from the competition.
"Tyra said I should try to get me a little sitcom going on, and I don't know how I'm gonna do that, but this isn't it for me. I'm gonna try to keep going in any direction I can. It won't stop here."
Chris was eliminated after Top Model's judges reviewed the photos the season's five remaining finalists had taken at their ninth photo shoot, which required them to portray statues in a garden coming alive by the love of their sculptor.
Chris ended up in the bottom two alongside Jane, a 19-year-old student from Baltimore, MD. Both girls had failed to impress Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel during the shoot, which featured the girls posing with a male model portraying the sculptor at the Villa Erba estate on Lake Como.
"It's so posey -- hey Jane, you're in a relationship right?" Jay asked Jane during the photo shoot.
"No," Jane replied.
"It kind of shows," Jay said.
Jay then asked Jane to dig deep to find her inspiration for getting more into character.
"What do you feel passionate about?" Jay asked. "Doesn't have to be a guy."
"I mean, I was passionate about playing lacrosse," Jane answered.
"Go there -- If you don't go there inside it's not going to work," Jay said.
America's Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker -- who served as the photo shoot's photographer -- also attempted to get Jane to let loose.
"I want you to model. I still need to see more out of you -- I'm getting the poses and the look, but I'm not feeling the love or feeling the lust," Nigel added.
Jay had a few more thoughts on Jane's performance during the photo shoot.
"Stop trying to think, to me this is now a male fragrance ad -- It's not even about you anymore," Jay said.
Jane then broke down to Jay in fear she was failing the photo shoot, but Jay found her emotions to be a postive indication that she was opening up and showing her true personality.
"To be honest with you, this is the first time in the entire competition that I've ever seen a truly genuine emotion out of you," Jay explained.
"I'm feel like I'm trying to figure out who I am," Jane replied.
"Okay, don't try to be perfect... perfection can be boring. It's okay to let go and be yourself, and that's part of growing," Jay told Jane.
Jay and Nigel had also been frustrated with Chris, whom they felt started off the photo shoot well but eventually lost her edge and drive because her foot was injured.
"Right off the top, Chris connected with the male model, and she created these lovely feminine soft curvy shapes, but the problem with Chris' shoot was as it progressed, you could see pain took over and she was trying to connect and just get through it," Jay said.
"Embrace the pain -- like that was the first pain you ever felt," Nigel suggested.
"This was the last girl to come to set. She looked like she was over it, like she has signed out."
The next day the girls arrived for the fifteenth season's ninth elimination panel -- where they were met by Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, judge Andre Leon Talley, and guest judge Kyle Hagler, one of the managers at IMG modeling agency.
The judges criticized both girls' photos during their panel critiques.
"Chris, in this picture, I think it's a bit forced. I do think you needed to give a little bit more in that image," Kyle said.
"Actually, the lower part of your body looks more statuesque than the top part," Andre Leon added.
"I think it's better than what the judges are saying, but when we go into the closeup, I think it's sleepy," Tyra explained.
Jane's photo was then reviewed.
"The lower half of your body from your navel down is total classical statue," Andre Leon noted. "The upper half -- your face is weak. It's like he put you to sleep and the emotion went out of you."
"It's really a very beautiful picture; but you gave me very very little. You were so stiff. I was quite exasperated when you burst into tears," Nigel said. "I don't want you to cry, but the emotion you showed me when you cried showed that you had it in you."
"What made you break down?" Tyra asked Jane.
"Because I do have a personality and like," Jane started to explain.
"No one's saying you don't have a personality," Kyle interrupted. "We all know you do have a personality. We just want you to be comfortable in showing it wherever whenever -- be yourself. That's what's going to get you through the door."
Tyra revealed the girls in order of the best photo to the worst of the week. Kayla, a 19-year-old waitress from Rockford, IL, received the first photo for the second straight week. Following Kayla, Tyra then revealed Chelsey and Ann had also advanced to the competition's next round -- leaving Chris and Jane in the bottom two.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition.
"Chris, you stand before me because you started off as this girl that has this effervescent personality -- just somebody that you want to be around. And also, a girl that took some good-ass photos. But the judges are feeling that you're less invested," Tyra told her.
"Jane, you're a girl that takes stronger photos than Chris, but stands before us because of an issue of personality, and that is now affecting your photos," Tyra explained.
Tyra then revealed Jane's photo, resulting in Chris' elimination.
"So miss lady, miss personality, I talked to Kyle, and Kyle thinks that your market is more commercial, and Andre Leon Talley says that you deserve your own comedy show. And I suggest that you get your butt into some acting classes ASAP, because you have a gift," Tyra told Chris.