Exclusive: 'Top Model: Guys & Girls' eliminee Jeremy Rohmer talks about his experience on the show
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/12/2013
America's Next Top Model eliminated Jeremy Rohmer during The CW's broadcast of the twentieth season's seventh episode last Friday night.
Jeremy, a 6' 3" 19-year-old nutritional supplement salesman from Mission Viejo, CA, as well as Bianca "Kanani" Andaluz, a 5' 7 1/2" unemployed 19-year-old from Chicago, IL, were eliminated from the competition after they found themselves in the bottom three alongside Phil Sullivan, a 6' 3 1/2" 24-year-old bartender from Lanesboro, MA.
The three models landed in the bottom based upon their challenge score and total combined scores from the judges and viewers for a photo shoot which required the models to individually pose for a head-shot while showing off their own custom Top Model-themed nail art. Jeremy's overall score was 31.00 to Kanani's 33.90 and Phil's 34.10.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World, Jeremy talked about his Top Model: Guys & Girls experience. Below is what he had to say.
Reality TV World: Were you surprised to be eliminated? Did you assume Phil Sullivan would be going home instead of yourself or Kanani?
Jeremy Rohmer: I was a bit surprised when I was eliminated. I thought I had done a good job at the shoot and challenge, but it seems the judges had thought differently.
Reality TV World: When did you first decide you wanted to be a model and how much experience did you have before appearing on Top Model?
Jeremy Rohmer: I've been wanting to get into modeling for years, I just didn't know where to start. As for experience before the show, I had none whatsoever.
Reality TV World: Was that nail art photo shoot kind of awkward? Many viewers thought that task was a little bit of a stretch for the straight males in the house, like a little too feminine. Did you feel comfortable doing that?
Jeremy Rohmer: It was a little bit tough to do that shoot, because they wanted us to come off manly but at the same time we had to model off women's nails.
Reality TV World: You seemed to have a little crush on Jourdan Miller but it changed when she put you down and was sort of making fun of you at the nail art photo shoot. Is that accurate to say? Did your crush end at that point?
Jeremy Rohmer: No, there wasn't much of a crush there to begin with. I just thought she was attractive the first time I met her. When finding out she had a boyfriend, I backed off. As for the nail shoot, I just made a joke to her that she didn't take too lightly. In return, she said some things that frustrated me.
Reality TV World: Friday night's episode made it look like you were very distracted by Jourdan's comments while you were posing for your photo shoot. How much of a role, if any, do you think that played in your poor performance or your elimination in general?
Jeremy Rohmer: Jourdan's comments didn't phase me at all. Going into the shoot, I didn't even think about what she had said. My main focus was the shoot and what the photographer had to say. So if anything, going home was my fault.
Reality TV World: So what exactly was your view/opinion of Jourdan before and after that incident? She has definitely rubbed some people in the house the wrong way this season.
Jeremy Rohmer: Before the incident, thought of her as a friend. After the shoot, I was a little upset at what she had said but I forgive, forget and move on.
Reality TV World: I know you thought you worked well with Jourdan and you two got along, which is why you guys kept pairing up for most of the photo shoots. Looking back, do you think that was the best choice or do you think you might've done better had you tried posing with another female model in the house?
Jeremy Rohmer: I would've liked to been able to shoot with the others girls just to mix things up a bit. However, getting paired up for shoots, that was really Jourdan and mine's choice.
Reality TV World: The judges kept saying you had the best body of all the males this season, which I'm sure was very flattering to hear. But this week, it seemed like they took that positive and turned it into a negative by saying you're just kind of getting by because you have a nice body and almost hide behind that. What was your reaction to that? Were you offended by that or would you kind of agree with them that you had work to do face-wise when modeling?
Jeremy Rohmer: Well for the most part it's true. I'm still very new to modeling and I'm still learning how to work the angles of my face. So I agree with what they had to say.
Reality TV World: Marvin Cortes got super emotional when you got eliminated. What was your relationship like with him in the house?
Jeremy Rohmer: Marv and I are like brothers. Same goes for all the guys. We became good friends. So seeing each other go was rough because we knew we wouldn't be able to kick it in the house and just hang out and talk.
Reality TV World: You, Marvin, and some of the other guys thought it would be funny to prank Kanani with that clown doll which scared the hell out of her. She kind of blamed her poor performance at the nail art photo shoot on not being able to get that clown image out of her head. So any regrets regarding that prank? And do you think Kanani kind of used that as an excuse when she was struggling?
Jeremy Rohmer: I mean, the prank was meant to be harmless and was taken out of proportion, and as for her performance because of it, I don't think the clowns had to do anything with it.
Reality TV World: You received two 5's and one 7 from the judges, but you earned a pretty high fan vote score of 7 -- much higher than both Phil and Kanani's. Did that surprise you, and because of that high score, did you think your chances of re-entering the competition were pretty good at that point?
Jeremy Rohmer: It was a bit of a surprise, I didn't realize how much support I was getting until I saw that. As for re-entering, I did think my chances were pretty good just because every week, my score was constantly high.
Reality TV World: Some of the models in the house were shown doubting your skills as a model. They suggested you kind of didn't belong in the competition and you just cared too much about your body. What's your response to that criticism?
Jeremy Rohmer: Well I'd doubt the guy with zero modeling experience too, ha-ha. I didn't take any offense to that when I heard it, because I'm not a strong model yet. It takes time to do that. As for caring about my body too much, it's a big deal to stay fit in the modeling world, you have to be on you're "A" game when it comes to that.
Reality TV World: It was obvious something was going on between Phil and Jiana Davis in the house. Since Phil admitted to having a girlfriend back at home, how did you view their relationship?
Jeremy Rohmer: I don't have much to say about it. I didn't really pay too much attention about it. I knew they were being flirty with one another but I think it was harmless.
Reality TV World: How familiar were you with Top Model prior to competing on the show, did you watch certain seasons in the past?
Jeremy Rohmer: None at all.
Reality TV World: Why did you originally apply to compete on Top Model, and when the show ends, what are your plans for the future?
Jeremy Rohmer: Originally, just to try and see if I could make it, as well as thinking this would be a great start to a modeling career since I didn't know where else to start. My plans for the future still include modeling. I think modeling is awesome and I want to pursue a career now out of it.