What do you get when you put thirteen girls in one big house? Drama, drama, drama. Add a dash of competition and some well planned tensions causers and you get Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model.
We’re on the fifth episode of BINTM and it was finally time for the lucky 13 to go head to head against each other on the catwalk. Each week from now (apart from the planned twists we have already become so accustomed to) one girl will exit Elle’s model house as the competition progresses.
The house was as expected fully kitted out for the wannabe models, complete with a gold phone box for Elle’s important letters.
To get to know each other a bit better the producers of BINTM had kindly arranged a game of truth or… bitching. Each of the girls had to draw a question out from a bowl and answer it the best way they could. With questions like “Who looks least like a model?” and “Who will go out in the first elimination?” there were bound to be some tiffs. LOVE. IT.
Challenge 1: Catwalk among the treetops
Yes that’s right, the girls’ first task was to put massive heels on and venture up on Kew Gardens treetop walkway to strut their stuff in front of no other than ex-supermodel Janice Dickinson. Bless her Tanya was so scared of heights that she was shaking for most of the scene. Yet she somehow managed to ‘center’ herself enough to win the challenge! Was it all a trick…
Challenge 2: Tea Party with Lipton
Not sure if these girls have ever taken direction from someone before, but some were definitely more natural in front of the camera than others. All dressed up in colourful creations and wigs the girls each got their time to shine as Alice in Lipston’s Mad Hatter’s tea party. A mixed result to be fair we can already see who’s going to do well in this competition and who isn’t. But we’re not going to tell just yet!
The elimination process was the same procedure as every year, with Elle and her fellow judges assessing the girls on their finished shots. That said, the judges are all a lot more vocal about their thoughts and criticisms this year (which we kind of like). Joined by Sophie Ellis Bextor in a one-off appearance – she’s got a new album to promote, Kimberleigh immediately stood out as the worst of the bunch, with Charley Speed saying: “Kimberleigh was really clumsy on the shoot and took it a little bit too far. A bit pantomime.” Uh oh.
As three girl remained, Kimberleigh and Joanne pulled the shortest straws and were sent on their (not so) merry way home.
Next week: MAKEOVER WEEK – we expect tears, tears, tears… and more tears.