'Top Model: Guys & Girls' cuts Renee Bhagwandeen and Chris Hernandez, determines Top 3 finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/04/2013
America's Next Top Model eliminated Renee Bhagwandeen and Chris Hernandez from the competition during The CW's broadcast of the twentieth season's thirteenth episode Friday night.
"I'm a little bit heartbroken. I don't have any regrets because I did truly try my best. I just wish my grandmother was here to see how far I made it, because I don't think I would've made it this far without her," Renee said following her ouster.
"I will miss [Marvin Cortes]. No one makes me feel like a total mess, in a good way, like you do. I guess I've fallen for you. I wish I would've kissed him one more time. I do want Marvin to win because he deserves it so much."
Chris, a 6' 1 1/2" 25-year-old doorman and security guard from North Bergen, NJ, and Renee, a 5' 8" 24-year-old model from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, were eliminated from the competition after they found themselves in the bottom three alongside Cory Hindorff, a 6' 2 1/2" 22-year-old wedding singer from Philadelphia, PA.
"I tried my best, you know, and I just let the competition get the best of me. I was in my head, and right now, it's just ultimate failure for me, like the whole entire competition, I've been the bad guy -- same thing that happens all the time. But I wanted to win and I wanted to win badly," Chris explained.
"I didn't come here for second best, so it's a huge disappointment. At this point right now, I might just put modeling on the back-burner for awhile. I don't really have a lot of good things to say."
Chris, Renee and Cory landed in the bottom three based upon their challenge score and total combined scores from Top Model's judges and viewers for a photo shoot which required the contestants to pose with bats in Bali while being suspended in the air upside down for fashion photographer Jez Smith.
Halfway through Renee's photo shoot, the blood apparently rushed to her head, which made everything fuzzy for the model while posing until she actually became unconscious. She feared her poor performance in the photo shoot would ultimately send her home.
For the challenge, the models were required to compete in a series of physical exercises in which the guys competed against the guys and the girls were up against one another. The male and female winner of the challenge would receive a spa day and the opportunity to star in a fierce model workout video with Top Model judge Rob Evans and Top Model's nineteenth-season winner Laura James.
Renee and Marvin, a 6' 1" 20-year-old sales associate from Bronx, NY, won the challenge. Chris got the lowest challenge score of an eight.
At panel, Renee received a score of seven from Rob and fellow judges Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone. She also earned a 10 from the challenge and a 5.5 fan vote. Her overall score was 36.5.
Chris earned a total of 36.7, which included an eight from both Tyra and Rob and a seven from Kelly. He also earned a 5.7 fan vote in addition to his eight-point challenge score.
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Rob disagreed with Tyra and Kelly over Cory's shot. Rob scored him a six, while Kelly gave him an eight and Tyra scored him a 10. When combined with his challenge score of nine and 5.2 fan vote, he was deemed safe with an overall score of 38.2.
"Best photo" of the week went to Jourdan Miller, a 6' 0" unemployed 19-year-old from Bend, OR, who received the overall highest score of 44.9. Marvin followed Jourdan as the week's runner-up with an overall score of 42.7.