'America's Next Top Model' eliminates Rio Summers but welcomes back Jeana Turner
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/28/2018
America's Next Top Model has eliminated Rio Summers but welcomed back previously-ousted contestant, Jeana Turner, leaving four girls still in the running to be crowned Season 24 champion.
Rio, a 23-year-old from Detroit, MI, was ousted from the competition after the show's panel of judges determined she had the least impressive performance in the week's photo shoot during Tuesday night's broadcast on VH1.
The America's Next Top Modeljudges -- Tyra Banks, supermodel and entrepreneur Ashley Graham, Chief Creative Officer of Paper magazine Drew Elliott, and celebrity stylist Law Roach -- determined Rio had plateaued in the competition although she started off the season very strong.
Tyra told Rio, however, before the contestant left that she's going to "kill it" in the real world.
Meanwhile, Jeana, a 24-year-old from Minneapolis, MN, won her way back into the competition, ultimately replacing Rio in the Top 4.
"Jeana is back and I am not happy. I don't think Jeana deserved to take my spot. She's a strong model but she got eliminated and she obviously one upped me. I know she's happy but I'm super pissed because I don't get a second chance to come back. I don't have that," Rio said in her final words. "I don't care what anybody says, I am the Final 4 and I will be a supermodel."
Jeana, on the other hand, told the cameras that "Rio needed to go home."
"I'm happy I made it back into the competition," added Jeana. "I'm not here to play games. I'm winning America's Next Top Model."
The Final 4 is now Jeana; Khrystyana Kazakova, a 32-year-old from New York, NY; Shanice Carroll, a 25-year-old from Murfreesboro, TN; and Kyla Coleman, a 20-year-old from Lacey, WA.
The Top Model episode dubbed "The Throwback Comeback" kicked off with the models participating in a runway challenge.
Fans actually voted on social media to bring back their favorite Top Model challenge ever, and the one selected required the models to walk down a runway while stuck inside a giant bubble.
But first, previously-eliminated contestants from the season were welcomed back to compete in the challenge and potentially earn a spot back on Season 24.
The returning girls were Jeana; Maggie, a 20-year-old from Surry, ME; Ivana, a 33-year-old from Durham, NC; Rhiyan, a 20-year-old from Orange County, CA; Coura, a 24-year-old from Eastvale, CA; Liberty, a 20-year-old from Lava Hot Springs, ID; Christina, a 34-year-old from Jenkintown, PA; Sandra, a 22-year-old from Cliffside Park, NJ; and Erin, a 42-year-old from Riverside, CA.
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All of the girls walked in the futuristic-themed show while wearing clothes by designer Kaimin, who was looking for powerful walks and some edge.
Based on their runway performance, only four previously-eliminated models would temporarily move back into the house -- with only one surviving by the end of the week.
Erin "owned the runway" and ultimately won the challenge. She therefore got to move back into the house with Liberty, Christina and Jeana.
For the subsequent photo shoot -- which was also a Top Model fan-favorite that was repeated -- the contestants were instructed to pose in pairs with America's Next Top Model's third-season winner Eva Marcille for fashion photographer Nigel Barker.
The contestants had to model diamonds as well as a large, fuzzy tarantula!
Each pairing consisted of one model still in the competition and one girl fighting to come back. Khrystyana modeled with Erin, Kyla posed with Liberty, Shanice worked with Christina, and Rio modeled with Jeana.
Erin was overcome with nerves and emotion during the photo shoot, but she managed to channel that energy into a great photo.
Jeana also faced her biggest fear of spiders and excelled. But Shanice's fear took over her body and radiated through her face. Drew admitted that Shanice really let him down that day.
The models were then critiqued and judged at panel by Tyra, Law, Drew and Ashley.
Christina blew Law away, but Law said he would've sent Shanice home right on the spot -- that's how much she let him down. Tyra revealed only 10 percent of Shanice's frames were usable.
Meanwhile, Jeana was called "a savage" competitor, who came back to Top Model with passion and vengeance. Liberty was told she got lucky with her rich-looking photo while Kyla "hypnotized" Tyra with her beautiful eyes in the picture.
Khrystyana posed with a tense mouth, but Tyra noted her eyes could see anything. Erin, on the other hand, fell a little flat and was told she looked like a model in "a department store catalog."
Tyra then handed out photos from best to worst out of the contestants still in the competition. Kyla got her photo first and was followed by Khrystyana and then Shanice, who learned to not let fear get in the way of her dreams.
Although Shanice made it seem like she had given up on herself, she lived to see another day because of her growth and improvement throughout the Top Model competition.
Jeana was then chosen as this season's comeback girl since she delivered "one of the best pictures all cycle," according to Tyra.
The winner of America's Next Top Model's 24th season will receive a fashion spread in Paper magazine, a modeling contract with Next management, an avatar in the new ANTM mobile game, and a $100,000 cash prize.