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America's Next Top Model: All-Stars 17.04 "Anthony Zuiker" Review

As much as I've criticized America's Next Top Model: All-Stars this season for being a little more wackadoo than usual, I have to admit that "Anthony Zuiker" managed to keep the sense of fun that that best episodes of Top Model have while bringing some of the legitimacy that had been missing thus far in cycle 17.

I love a crazy photo shoot or funny challenge as much as the next guy, but this cycle had seemed to put on its absurd weave and forget about its high fashion sunglasses, in that the first three episodes were heavy on the silly and stupid and very light on anything resembling proper training for these girls. However, "Anthony Zuiker" brought both with a little bit of old school medical drama and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

The acting challenge was the weakest part for me, in that we've pretty much seen the exact same challenge before. (In cycle three, where the girls were performing with Taye Diggs and had difficult medical jargon to memorize.) It's not an inherently poor challenge, but it was a bit of a retread that I recognized immediately and ended up being disappointed in. Not to mention the fact that this is another challenge that almost demeans the girls, as it felt like "teehee, let's have a bunch of stupid models try to remember big words" instead of something that lived up to the legitimacy that Zuiker brought. The only thing that saved it was what was up for grabs; the winner of the acting challenge would get a guest appearance on a fall 2011 episode of CSI, which is one of the biggest (and most realistic) "gets" to date for the show. Top Model hasn't really embraced the fact that a lot of its most famous alumni (Yaya Da Costa, Eva Marcille, Adrienne Curry) have crossed over into the public's consciousness through acting/television until now and it'd be wise to continue this trend. Read More...


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