Wednesday, August 29, 2018

[Recap] Asia's Next Top Model Season 6 (2018) Episode 2

The Girl Who Had Two Chances

Some of the girls, especially Vy and Mia are sad because of Sharnie's departure. It reminds the quiet girls that it is a competition. The loud girls are happy for Jesslyn for surviving the elimination, except for Mia. And Rubini tells joke to Mia that there is an empty room in another room.

The mentors meet the girls. Monika is happy that her team is still full team. Shikin lets the girls to use Beauty to motivate them to beat her. Tu is not proud because 3 of her girls are in the bottom.

Makeover time! But this time is different. The girls will only know what they get after it is done.

Jachin wants to see someone crying because of makeover. Beauty, Jesslyn and Vy gets the same straight haircut. Vy demands different haircut and gets shorter hair. She cries at first, but she gets excited after it is done. Adela gets bangs which she feels makes it cuter and harder to work with. Han gets shoulder length perm with a bang which she kinda despises. Most of the girls do not receive drastic makeover. Han probably got the most drastic.

Cindy Mail! It's about ugly duckling. The girls think it is about looking ugly.

Mia comes to the quiet room because she feels Jesslyn, Pim and Rubini are too strong. She feels the quietest in loud room and the loudest in quiet room. The girls find out Mia makes note of everyone. Jesslyn feels creepy about it and thinks Mia is two faced. Jesslyn wants to confront Mia which we do not see.

The photoshoot is Swan Lake inspired editorial. The girls are going to be Black Swan or White Swan. Beauty gets a double chance as she wins best photo.

Mia is still talking about her beef with Jesslyn to Han and Jesslyn is not happy with it and wants to clear it out after photoshoot.

Han as Black Swan and Dana as White Swan starts boring as Han also struggles working with her long dress and jumping at the same time. Adela as Black Swan impresses Yu Tsai from the first frame, whereas Iko as White Swan struggles and overthinks.

Jachin as White Swan dominates the shoot since the beginning, while Beauty as Black Swan struggles. Jachin tries to retie her shoes, but Yu Tsai makes it as a part of the shoot. Mia as Black Swan and Jesslyn as White Swan shows their feeling in the photoshoot. Yu Tsai can feel the clashing of energy from them. Vy as Black Swan and Pim as White Swan struggle to work in the beginning, but they seem getting better. Rubini as Whit Swan is disappointed with Beauty who does not try to make a connection with her as Beauty tries to redeem herself from the first photoshoot.

Jesslyn confronts Mia again as she believes Mia tries to make her look as the bitch while she already apologizes. Dana and the others come and Mia feels ganged up. Adela asks Mia to remove herself from this situation. I love how they staged the drama! They show Jesslyn with White Swan gangs, whereas Mia is with Black Swan gangs.

Mia along with Adela and Vy packs her bag to move to quiet room. The girls seem so divided by their room.

The guest judge is a TV host Marion Caunter.

Dana & Han: The judges love Dana as Yu Tsai calls her Prima-Dana. Han gets mixed review. Cindy worries that it is just a lucky shot.

Iko & Adela: It takes an explanation to show what Iko is doing which is not good, while Adela receives all the praise with her performance.

Mia & Jess: The judges feel both of them do not really commit to the character, while Cindy thinks Mia is on the way there, but Jesslyn is not clicking at all.

Vy & Pim: Marion praises them for their good teamwork, but she wants more vulnerability from Pim and Cindy feels that Vy's emotion is too raw.

Beauty & Jach: Jach receives universal praise with her performance and how she transform it to be a beautiful mistake, while Beauty gets outshone by Jach, even though she is mid air and bigger than Jach in the shot.

Beauty & Rubini: The judges feel Rubini looks lost, while Beauty recover from the first photoshoot. However, Cindy feels her shot is almost identical with her shot last week.

The girl who has had the best performance is ...

1. Jachin 10+9.8+9.0=28.8
2. Adela 9.5+9.5+9.0=28.0
3. Pim 9.5+9.0+7.5=26.0
4. Dana 9.0+9.5+6.0=24.5
5. Vy 8.0+9.0+7.5=24.5
6. Mia 7.0+9.3+7.0=23.3
7. Han 8.5+8.5+6.0=23.0
8. Beauty 7.5+8.5+4.0=20.0
9. Rubini 6.5+7.5+5.0=19.0

Who will stay? Will it be Jesslyn who is just surviving? Will it be Iko who is lost in translation?

10. Jesslyn 17.5
Eliminated: Iko 16.5

Next week: Mia vs loud girls! Maureen's appearance! Someone is fainting!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

[Recap] Asia's Next Top Model Season 6 (2018) Episode 1: This is Asia's Next Top Model. They're not going to bring you an ugly bitch, you know?

The Girl Who Can't Scream

Disclaimer: I did not make a note for this recap. So it will only highlight things that I remember and my opinion.

The girls are *finally* in Thailand, after 4 seasons shooting in Singapore. They meet Monika from Season 3, Shikin and Tu from Season 5 who will be their alumni mentor.

Their first challenge, as always, is the runway challenge in Chatucak Market but with a twist. They have to take a selfie in the end of runway with Huawei P20 Pro. We did not get see the girls' runway that much, but they praised Beauty and Jesslyn. Another standout but in a wrong way is Sharnie who slips. Most of the girls are not so memorable.

Cindy meets the girls backstage and she announces that she will eliminate two girls based on the runway challenge. She makes a list which is based on their score which will be shown later on. Beauty, Jesslyn and Mia are Top 3, while Vy, Han and Sharnie are Bottom 3. Lena realizes that her name is not there and then Hody confirms she is not in as well after checking double times. Poor them. Their elimination is even worse than Maya. The girls at least know Maya because they showed her name in score board and she made it into the house, whereas we don't get to see Lena and Hody. They should just have made Top 12 for the promotion though.

The girls go to the model house. They claim their room. Han asks Rubini to switch room as they prefer to be in their new room. It seems the girls are divided to sweet and young room vs loud room.

Cindy reveals the challenge score. Beauty comes on top with 9.7, while Sharnie is in the bottom of the pack with ... 8.1. The scores are so random. I don't think the score makes sense. I don't think Sharnie deserves that high. They should have just got rid of the challenge score if they want suspense.

The girls are handpicked by Cindy to work with their alumni mentor.
Monika: Dana, Iko, Jesslyn, Rubini
Shikin: Jachin, Mia, Sharnie, Vy
Tu: Adela, Beauty, Han, Pim

I like how Tu is being straightforward for what she thinks about her girls and gives useful advices. I feel at this point the episode is just too fast and feels so rushed.

The photoshoot is Wild Things. The girls have to showcase the jewelry with a wild animal from crocodile to iguana to snake. Han immediately cries. Tu really impresses me as a mentor. She tries to make Han calm.

Most of the girls struggles to work with the wild animals. The highlight of the photoshoot is when Yu Tsai asks Sharnie to scream, yell and growl, but she does not do it. Then, Yu Tsai stops her shoot.

Judging panel for this week is Cindy Bishop, Yu Tsai and Celina Jade as a guest judge. Beauty, Mia and Han get praises from the judges, while Jesslyn, Pim and Sharnie get the most critiques.

Beauty receives first call out, while Jesslyn and Sharnie land in bottom two. Jesslyn disappoints the judges with her photos even though she has 13 years of experience, while Sharnie shows her fear in her photo and basically does not scream when Yu Tsai asks her too. Sharnie gets eliminated as she gets the lowest score.

Next week: Makeover! Mia vs Jesslyn and her roommates?

I feel the episode is a bit disappointing. I don't get to see the girls' runway walk. I feel the episode is way too rushed. The scoring system still does not make sense as always. Beauty with the highest score is only 3.9 different with Sharnie who gets the lowest score and most critiques. It's not that the competition is so fierce and tight, so the elimination is gonna be hard. Having two girls eliminated outside panel and one girl eliminated during panel in one episode is way too much. The future photoshoots look promising though.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

[Recap] Asia's Next Model Season 5 (2017) Episode 10: This is Asia's Next Top Model, not Asia's Next Top Best Friend

The Girl Who Became Friends and Foes

Cindy introduces Xiao Qing as a contestant who joins for the rest of the competition. Cindy also tells the girls that they are going to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The girls ask questions to their newest competitor, Xiao Qing. It turns out that Xiao Qing is an undercover judges. She is a fashion designer. She wants to make the girls feel less secure and push their competitive spirit.

The judges; Cindy, Cara, and Yu Tsai talk about Top 3 moments while enjoying a yacht in Sunway Resort and Spa.

Top 3 Model House Moments:
3. Moving In
2. Bad Girls vs Good Girls
1. Challenge Results

Top 3 Catfights:
3. Clara vs Tu
2. Jennica vs Maureen
1.  Nametha vs The Twins vs Clara

Top 3 Most Dramatic Judges:
3. Cara
2. Cindy
1. Yu Tsai

Top 3 Judging Highs:
3. Dark Horse (Heidi)
2. On point, On brief, On brand (Cindy)
1. Phoenix Rising (Dorothy)

Top 3 Flawsome Moment:
3. Daddy's Little Girl
2. Tongue Tied
1. LOL

Top 3 Frenemy Moment:
3. Tu vs Maureen
2. Clara vs Nametha
1. Dorothy vs Valerie

Top 3 OMG Moment:
3. Client from Hell
2. Stunt Models
1. Tu's Brave Heart

Top 3 Transformations:
3. Miss Edgy
2. Not just a pretty face
1. Baby Clara

Top 3 Spontaneous Moment:
3. Clara's Sexy Dance
2. Mannequin Challenge (never before seen footage)
1. Pool Party Gone Wild

Top 3 Emotional Farewells:
3. WiFi Trouble
2. Twin's Separation Anxiety
1. Double Elimination

They show the girls' confessionals to comment about Nametha's Wifi trouble as never before seen footage:
- Nametha, Dorothy, and Shikin talk about the WiFi.
The twins feel that Nametha needs to get out because Nametha wants get out to get her social life.
- Cindy feels everyone, including her, is pathetic.
Maureen does not think Nametha deserves to stay. If she is allowed to use WiFi, they all should be allowed as well.
- Clara is on Nametha's side. This is a modelling competition, not being honeat competition.

Next time: Runway on a bridge! Ice Skating Photoshoot! Xiao Qing gives 100% to make them feel frightened!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

[Recap] Asia's Next Top Model Season 5 (2017) Episode 9: There is always someone waiting in the wings to replace you at the drop of the head

The Girl Who Raised The Stakes

Maureen does not expect to get best photo. She feels that she is fierce and confident. Clara feels that Maureen does not deserve to win best photo because Yu Tsai helps Maureen a lot. Cindy feels empty without the big sis (the twins).

Shikin and Tu tell Clara to learn from last week's elimination. Shikin even thinks Clara should have left. Cindy and Maureen have a new ritual to talk to themselves in front of mirror to boost their confidence. Tu has a new plan which is to use Maureen to kick Clara out.

Cindy Mail! It's about defying gravity and swing to the top. Clara is worried because she is afraid of height.

The girls watch a stunt attraction by Russ Swift. The girls meet Daniel Boey and the photographer, Kevin Ou. The theme for the photoshoot is Subaru defy gravity. They will pose above the car as a high fashion goddess, while Russ does death defy stunts under them.

Tu is nervous. She thinks this is a challenge, but it turns out to be a photoshoot. Daniel and Kevin are impressed with Tu's performance. Shikin impresses Daniel and Kevin since the beginning and she keeps getting better. Cindy struggles in working with the fabric. Daniel even has to stop for a while to show Cindy how it is done.

Clara is so afraid in the beginning, but she does not look worry anymore after getting her safety belt. The wind covers her leg most of the time, but she does not look defeated. She tries not to see the car because she will be scared if she sees the car. Maureen struggles to work with the fabric. She just does not get the flow of the fabric right.

The girls wonder if they will have a challenge for this week. Cindy Mail! It's the longest Cindy Mail so far. It tells the girls to dress up and meet Russ in Subaru Motor Show. The girls are ready in their dress and they notice a man and Subaru Forester.

The man is Bobby Tonelli and he is there to pick the girls up for the event. However, there is only room for 3 girls in the car. So, Maureen, Tu, and Shikin as last week's Top 3 get to enjoy the ride with Bobby, while Cindy and Clara have to take public transportation to go to Suntec. Shaken thinks it is the funniest punishment ever.

Clara complains a lot. She and Cindy go barefoot and running. Bobby asks the girls who should win the competition. Shikin says herself. Maureen says that they should not underestimate her, but Shikin still thinks that she only has pretty face and she does not have legit model skill. Maureen feels that she has grown and learned things, but Tu asks what she learns because she does not see it.

Cindy feels a lot of fun having this journey with Clara. Clara learns new things from Singapore bus. Cindy tells Clara that she should press the button if she wants to drop off in the next stop. Cindy sometimes thinks that Clara is from Mars. Clara looks like a kid who likes to ring the bell. Clara feels lucky to be with Cindy because Cindy takes the lead and guide her. She would be lost if she went by herself.

The girls meet Cindy, Glenn Tan, and the ambassadors, Tawan, Natalie, and Monika. Glenn greets the girls. Cindy tells the girls that there is no challenge for this week and introduces the ambassadors. The girls watch the stunt action by Russ Swift. They pick Clara and Shikin to sit on the open trunk while the car parks right behind them. Cindy expects that there is a challenge to save herself because she does not do well in the photoshoot.

Judging Panel:
The guest judges are Glenn Tan and Daniel Boey.






The girl with the best performance is ...

Yu Tsai

Who stays? Will it be Cindy whose confident is questionable? Will it be Clara who needs to work on the detail?


However, Cindy gives Cindy a second chance after discussing with the judges. Cindy tells the girls that there will be an addition to the competition and asks Xiao Qing to come. Who is Xiao Qing? Expect the unexpected!

Next episode: It's a recap episode!

I feel disappointed with the result. I expected one of the photos could be photo of the season, but it does not turn out that great. None of this photos are on Tawan's Subaru level. They seem to put the girls on a template photo. You can see the car and Russ are all in the exact same position. They might modify a bit on the sun ray and cloud. Clara deserves to be called way higher. Maureen should be in dead last instead of Cindy.


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