America's Next Top Model 18.02 "Kris Jenner" Review

You remember the promise I talked about Top Model showing in its premiere last week?

Yeah, forget I said that.

In the second episode of cycle 18, the newness wore off and the problems that Top Model: British Invasion will be facing for the entirety of its run became clearer. The casting, especially, has yet to click, but surprisingly, it's the American girls that are falling extremely flat for me this cycle. Say what you want about the Brit girls and their overconfidence last week, but thus far in Top Model, they've been far more memorable and distinct than their American counterparts, most of whom blur together in a sea of bangs and dreary confessionals. There's no X factor on "Team America", no girl that immediately makes me sit up and take notice; it's a bunch of bland, interchangeable, extremely safe girls that don't have enough spark to light the candle on my nightstand. Even after the makeovers, which have given models a confidence boost in the past, couldn't really save Team America from becoming Team Vanilla, which is a problem if you're going to do a team competition. You can have all the trash talking and repeated bouts of culture clash in the world, but if you just don't care about one entire team, it's hard to get invested in any type of rivalry Top Model is trying to sell us. Read More...


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