'America's Next Top Model' sends Stefano Churchill packing
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/27/2015
America's Next Top Model eliminated one model and determined Season 22's Top 12 finalists during Friday night's broadcast on The CW.
After the show's 13 contestants participated in their second photo shoot, Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Miss J. Alexander and Kelly Cutrone eliminated Stefano Churchill, a 23-year-old 6'0 1/4" model from Virginia Beach, VA, based on the scores they gave him.
Stefano left the show calling himself "an alpha male." He said as long as he likes himself, no one else's opinion matters.
This week's episode featured the contestants modeling with Army veterans and Purple Heart recipients Melissa Stockwell and Alex Minsky. The girls and guys were required to look edgy and exaggerate a certain pose while still appearing high fashion.
This week, however, there was no challenge because all the models received makeovers. Everyone loved their makeovers for the most part except for Hadassah, a pageant girl at heart, who was forced to shave half of her head when she originally rocked extremely long, dark brown hair.
At panel, Tyra explained the scores this season will be based on a 1-10 score from each judge and then their 1-10 challenge score. The fan vote on social media is no longer being utilized, and if there's tie, the judges will determine which model goes home.
Best photo of the week went to Ava, who received a 9.3 from Miss J, a 10 from Tyra, and a 9.2 from Kelly. Ava's total score was 28.5 points.
Following Ava, Tyra handed out photos to Mikey with 28.3 points, Bello with 27.6 points, Devin with 26.9 points, Courtney with 26.7 points, Justin with 26 points, Nyle with 26 points, Lacey with 25.6 points, Mame with 25 points, Dustin with 23.6 points, and then Ashley with 22.5 points.
Tyra's call-out order left Stefano and Hadassah in the bottom two.
Stefano received a 7.2 from Miss J, a 7.9 from Tyra, and a 7.2 from Kelly. He racked in a total of 22.3 points.
Hadassah earned 7.4 points from Miss J, 7.8 points from Tyra, and 7.2 points from Kelly. Her total, 22.4, was only a tenth of a point higher than Stefano's.
The winner of Top Model will receive prizes including $100,000 from Zappos Couture as well as being the face of their national luxury brand re-launch in 2016, a fashion feature in Nylon, and a modeling contract with Next Management.