Brittany Brower cut from 'America's Next Top Model's all-stars edition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/15/2011
Brittany Brower, a 29-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fourth season, became the first girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's all-stars edition during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I am completely shocked. I had no idea I was going home first. There's nothing that I could have done differently. People either remember you or they don't. Maybe I should have like peed in a diaper or something to have people remember me. I honestly thought I was 100% percent definitely going to go far in this," Brittany said following her ouster, referencing Lisa D'Amato who peed in a diaper during her first Top Model season.
Brittany was eliminated from the premiere episode of America's Next Top Model's seventeenth season after Top Model's judges reviewed the photos the season's 14 returning finalists had taken at their first photo shoot challenge, which required them to imitate "larger than life" versions of their original America's Next Top Model personas.
Brittany ended up in the bottom two alongside Alexandria Everett, a 22-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's sixteenth season.
All the models worked with Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel and photographer Celeste Canino during the photo shoot, which featured the girls honoring and taking their former Top Model reputations and images to the extreme in their own house's backyard. Brittany was labeled "Party Girl," while Alexandria modeled "Tough California Girl."
"More party!" Jay told Brittany.
"More party? Can I get a cocktail? That would make it real extreme," Brittany requested.
"Didn't you have some drinks this morning?" Jay asked.
"That was this morning!" Brittany said.
Comments on Alexandria's photo shoot during filming were not shown.
The next day the girls arrived at the Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles for the show's first-ever live judging panel in front of many of their fans. The all-stars season's first elimination panel commenced with the introductions of Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker and Andre Leon Talley as well as rapper and performer Nicki Minaj, who served as a guest judge.
The 14 finalists walked the outdoor runway before facing the panel and getting their photos publicly critiqued. The fans -- who would serve as a fifth judge and offer the Top Model judges feedback and comments about the models to help them make their final decision -- gave all the girls a warm welcome except for Alexandria, who got boo'ed and had one unruly fan swear at her.
The judges first criticized Alexandria's photo during panel critiques.
"I, ughhh. Look, I know what's standing in front of me is beautiful. I don't love this picture at all. I don't even think it looks like you," Nicki told Alexandria.
"This shot for me just does nothing. I know you can take good pictures," Nigel added.
Brittany's photo was then quickly reviewed.
"I would say you nailed it. I would just love to see extension on the leg a little bit because you have such amazing legs," Nicki said.
Tyra completely agreed with Nicki's criticism.
The judges then privately deliberated on the girls' photographs and personalities and started with Brittany.
"I think Brittany could dial it down. I think she's very abrasive for me," Andre said.
"I do see how some people would feel the abrasive thing, but she lights up the room," Nicki said.
"There were no comments in the audience poll for positive or negative. Absolutely not one comment," Tyra explained.
The panel then discussed Alexandria and picked up on the fact she had a slightly negative reaction from the crowd.
"I think this picture is not a great one of her. Does she have star presence? Tonight, she didn't, but..." Nigel said.
"She's got something!" Tyra interjected.
"She has," Nigel confirmed.
"There were fans that were boo'ing her. She has strong polarity. One person said, 'I hate her even though I love her,'" Tyra said.
Afterward, Tyra called all the models into the room and revealed the all-stars in order of the best photo and overall performance to the worst of the week. Isis King, a 25-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's eleventh season, received the first call-out.
Following Isis, Tyra then revealed Allison Harvard, Camille McDonald, Lisa, Angelea Preston, Laura Kirkpatrick, Bre Scullark, Bianca Golden, Shannon Stewart, Dominique Reighard, Sheena Sakai, and Kayla Ferrel had also advanced to the competition's next round -- leaving Alexandria and Brittany in the bottom two.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition.
"Brittany, I kind of like your photo, but it's not super strong. But guess what else is not super strong? When the crowd was polled and asked about you, they either said, 'I somewhat remember her or I don't remember her,'" Tyra told her.
"And then we have Alexandria. We heard boos and it made us wonder, 'Did we make a mistake?'" Tyra said.
Tyra then revealed Alexandria's photo, resulting in Brittany's elimination.
"The great thing is, you have a career. You have a business. You're an entrepreneur, and that's what I'm all about -- women taking control of their destinies -- being a CEO of your lives, and you're already doing that," Tyra told Brittany.