Camille McDonald cut from 'America's Next Top Model' all-stars edition
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/06/2011
Camille McDonald, a 33-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's second season, became the fourth girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's all-stars edition during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I'm disappointed that I won't be able to experience much more of Top Model but if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. It was an amazing opportunity and I have to believe in myself, and not winning America's Next Top Model isn't the end all, because look how far I came. I'm proud of myself," Camille said following her ouster.
Camille was eliminated from the fourth episode of America's Next Top Model's seventeenth season after Top Model judges reviewed the photos the season's 11 remaining finalists had taken at their fourth photo shoot challenge, which required them to model Express clothing in front of a mansion in Beverly Hills for Express chief marketing officer Lisa Gavales.
Camille ended up in the bottom two alongside Lisa D'Amato, a 30-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fifth season.
Both models failed to impress Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel during the photo shoot, which featured each of the models posing with three male models for fashion photographer Alvaro Goveia and portraying one of four roles: the girlfriend, the flirt, the cool chick, or the socialite.
Camille modeled "the socialite," while Lisa posed as "the cool chick."
"Right now, you're giving me about 60% percent of what I would expect out of you in this scenario. I want Camille back!" Jay told her.
"We had to push and push and push to get Camille to that place where she was really delivering diva."
Jay thought Lisa's performance was a little bit awkward looking, while her competition pointed out she was trying too hard.
"Everything Lisa did, she bent her leg, she twisted her leg out, and it looked like she was doing a double Salchow. She was a skater," Jay said.
"Lisa was painful to watch. There was no expression on her face. The pose was awkward. I thought it was all bad," Angelea Preston, a 25-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fourteenth season, explained.
"I want to see you interact with the guys, like maybe picking you up or something," Jay added.
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The next day, the girls arrived for the seventeenth season's third elimination panel where they were met by Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, and Andre Leon Talley, as well as guest judge Anthony Zuiker -- the creator and executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, who judged the contestants' acting auditions for a role on his show earlier in the episode.
The judges first criticized Camille's photo.
"I think this photo is potentially dangerous for you because you can crop out the other three models and it wouldn't look like you're engaged in the shot at all," Anthony told her.
"I think there needs to be a little more activity in your eyes. There needs to be more, 'Get up and go,'" Nigel said.
"It looks like this is the photo where I slipped because I was trying to give the action of walking down the stairs," Camille explained.
"You had all your supporting actors outshine you, and it was a challenge to find you active and engaged in your story as opposed to just the pretty girl standing there," Tyra added.
Lisa's photo was then reviewed.
"For the first time, I'm at a loss for words and that's very difficult for me. As happy as it appears, it doesn't come off happy to me. It doesn't come off tragic, but it comes off bogus," Andre Leon told her.
"The boys were really hungry before that. For 20 minutes they were talking about how starving they were and how grumpy they were, so I didn't want to push them harder," Lisa explained.
"There seems to be a lot of issues and there's a lot of excuses of things happening that's holding you back," Nigel said.
"The client doesn't care," Tyra added. "You're responsible for directing the shoot and when they're hungry, you say, 'We're going to eat in a second you guys! This is going to be amazing! I'm the crazy girl; I'm fun. We're going to do it!'" Tyra explained.
"My way of saying it would be, 'This is my life and my career. Starve and pose,'" Anthony added.
Earlier in the episode, the girls auditioned for a small role in CSI to air in a fall episode. They had to memorize a scene filled with difficult medical terms in 30 minutes and perform for Jay and Anthony. Although Angelea did very well in the task, Bre Scullark, a 26-year-old who previously appeared on Top Model's fifth season, shined and ended up winning the role.
After panel critiques and the judges had time to deliberate on the contestants, Tyra revealed the girls in order of the best photo to the worst of the week. Angelea received the first call-out.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition.
"You are polar opposites of each other. We have Lisa, the daring girl -- which a lot of people would say is out of control -- and then we have Camille, the in-control girl. What you have in common this week, are excuses. Camille, you had the excuse of, 'Oh my God, well I was falling in that shot and blah, blah blah,' and you became the background. But we need to see more than that. We need to see you be the star that you are in person," Tyra told the girls.
"Lisa, the girl that's daring, effervescent, funny, a comedian -- but this week, where did she go? Lisa left the building and her cousin, The Excuse Monster, came in. This is Top Model 17 and you know we don't allow excuses."
Tyra then revealed Lisa's photo, resulting in Camille's elimination.
"This is good in person, but when you get in those pictures, girl you gotta shine more. You still have a platform," Tyra told Camille.