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Joanie's Take: The Inside Scoop on America's Next Top Model

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Model and America’s Next Top Model alum (cycle 6) Joanie Dodds gives a weekly insider’s view on the hit show.

Not a very eventful episode — or at least not as eventful as I hoped it would be. The episode kicked off with the girls pairing off with a male dancer to learn flamenco, which was super-sexy and fun. Then they had to actually perform their new steps in front of an audience, which definitely scared Amanda. Melrose, you evil prude, I love you in your pics, but I hate watching you on TV! I want you to just BE NICE! CariDee was a pretty good dancer, but Eugena rocked out in the dancing and won the challenge.

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Dancing can be tough, but getting in an icy pool and pairing up for the photo shoot? Shouldn’t this competition be about their individuality at this point? They need to stand alone. Shine! My cycle, we went to Phuket and shot hanging above water by ourselves. They really needed more of a modeling challenge, not a physical endurance test. Being in such cold water is a dangerous risk, and it’s even less fun to shoot with another girl.

Caridee pulled off amazing shots in the water, but it was freaking cold. I really felt her pain when she developed hypothermia from the cold water, and it must have been so difficult to try and push yourself to your physical limit and still know when to pull out. She didn’t want them to think she was being difficult or not trying, but at the same time they told her that she needs to be honest with them about her body — tough choice!!

When Michelle went home last week, the power between the twins was gone and Amanda got weaker left on her own this episode. She said she wanted to win for her sister, but shouldn’t she want to win for herself? I loved every picture she took throughout the entire show. Twiggy was right, though — that girl had no coordination. Let’s face it, sometimes you really need some coordination in modeling. I’m sure her awkward style and high fashion looks won’t give her any problems in the future with finding work, so Best of Luck to Amanda! She’s a sweetheart!

The Season Finale is next!!?? WOW! Did you happen to see the Cave-like runway? Can’t wait to see who will come out on top!