Sara Longoria gets eliminated from 'America's Next Top Model'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/17/2011
Sara Longoria became the fifth girl eliminated from America's Next Top Model's sixteenth season during Wednesday night's broadcast on The CW.
"I had trouble getting into the whole premise of the commercial and honestly, it was my own issue. If you're a model, you're supposed to be able to get into whatever they need you to do. I don't even need my mom here to shake her finger at me. I'm shaking my finger at myself," Sara said following her ouster.
"I got the long walk. I feel like I'm going to heaven or something. If I couldn't muster the sexual energy or the little coy thing going on that they needed me to, then I wasn't doing my job properly and that's my own fault."
Sara was eliminated from the fourth episode of America's Next Top Model's sixteenth season after Top Model's judges reviewed the commercials the season's 10 remaining finalists had starred in during their first commercial challenge, which required them to memorize and act out a script set in the 1960s, while trying to sell a fictional brand of coffee called Fierce Roast.
Sara, an 18-year-old student and part-time worker from Rio Grand Valley, TX who currently resides in Edinburg, TX, ended up in the bottom two alongside Alexandria, an unemployed 21-year-old from Newport Beach, CA who currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA.
Both girls had failed to impress Top Model photo shoot director Jay Manuel and commercial director and fashion photographer Francesco Carrozzini during the shoot, which featured the girls attempting to act flirty, fun and seductive on a retro set while working alongside a professional male actor.
"You're looking at him when you say that because you have to seduce him, not her," Francesco told Sara. "Cut! Not good!"
"Right now, that was as sexy as watching paint dry," Jay said.
"I don't know. She almost didn't believe in the whole thing from the beginning. You felt like she read the script and then was like, 'That's not for me!' Francesco added.
Jay and Francesco were then aggravated that Alexandria was acting indecently sexy, while also trying to control the crew, set, models, and everything around her.
"Let's not take it too far here!" Francesco told Alexandria.
"Alexandria was busy doing Francesco's job, she was doing my job, then she was checking the lighting. I swear [production] was nervous that Alexandria was checking out the lights," Jay said.
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"No one should do that on a real commercial. They're going to tell you to go home," Francesco added.
The next day, the girls arrived for the sixteenth season's fourth elimination panel -- where they were met by Top Model judges Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker and Andre Leon Talley, as well as guest judge Francesco.
The judges criticized both girls' commercials during their panel critiques.
"Sara, you just lost the plot. I was like, 'What's that?' I just felt nothing," Andre told Sara.
"Sara, you didn't fall into this commercial. It was like you were not there at all, and it was hard to direct you," Francesco said.
Alexandria's commercial was then reviewed.
"You're partners in crime and you have to be together in the shot. That relationship just wasn't there," Nigel told Alexandria and her partner in the shoot Brittani.
"It was less effective as Kasia and Jaclyn," Andre said.
"Alexandria, I thought yours was actually too sexy to me," Tyra added.
"Alexandria was on-set directing her friend a little bit," Francesco said, which sparked a nerve with Tyra after she was concerned last week that Alexandria had a poor attitude and often tended to act like a diva.
"I wasn't trying to direct. I was just trying to keep our chemistry there," Alexandria explained.
"Do that to a big commercial director, and they're just not going to hire you again," Francesco noted.
Earlier in the episode, the girls also had to walk a runway modeling fashion designer Geoffrey Mac's latest collection surrounded with flames while additional flames also streamed from their own hands. Dalya won the runway challenge and received two dresses from Geoffrey's 2011 collection as her prize.
After the panel deliberated following the models' commercial critiques, Tyra revealed the girls in order of the best to worst performance. Kasia, a 26-year-old college graduate from Wheaton, IL who currently resides in New York, NY, received the first call-out.
Following Kasia, Tyra then revealed Hannah, Jaclyn, Dalya, Monique, Molly, Mikaela, and Brittani had also advanced to the competition's next round -- leaving Alexandria and Sara in the bottom two.
As Sara approached Tyra to hear her fate, she whispered, "One last walk," to Alexandria, insisting she knew she would be the girl sent home.
Tyra then recapped both girls' issues before revealing which one would get to remain in the competition.
"Sara, lovely, interesting face -- the kind of face, the kind of energy -- the kind of girl that I love that I started Top Model because of. An original. But what wasn't original was your performance. There was a lack of commitment and a lack of confidence, which the judges see from week to week," Tyra told Sara.
"Alexandria, who did a decent job in the commercial, or should I say indecent job? It was sexy, leaning towards sleazy, but I think you know why you stand before me. There's a pattern developing. Last week, the stylist complained. This week, the director said the same," Tyra told Alexandria.
Tyra then revealed Alexandria's photo, resulting in Sara's elimination.
"This will be the last time I ever tell you you may be possibly going home because of attitude," Tyra warned Alexandria.
"It will never happen again," Alexandria promised.
Tyra was upset to let Sara go but felt she had no other choice.
"I'm mad at you. You were one of my favorites. I mean, look at you! You're so amazing! When you believe in your unique beauty, you're going to have a shot at a modeling career!" Tyra suggested.