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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.

What a great episode!! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Janice Dickinson, Michelle’s coming “out,” and a celebrity couple photo shoot?! Brilliant.

In the first challenge, the girls had to be entertainment reporters at a hot event, and were coached by Entertainment Tonight correspondent Mark Steines. The next night, the girls hit the red carpet where they met their interview subject, former ANTM judge Janice Dickinson. Not shying away from the hard questions, Brooke asked Janice why she is so mean. Brooke has what it takes personality-wise and is going to do so well in the Cover Girl commercials (I’m hoping for one soon). Even though I would love to see Melrose take a hike (are you as annoyed by her as me?), she wins the challenge. Click through to the next page to read the rest of Joanie’s Take on this episode.

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After the ET-challenge, Tyra does a one-on-one with the girls. Amanda, one of the twins, talked about her sister’s announcement earlier in the show that she might be gay or bi-sexual. I loved her sweetness about her sister coming out. They are lucky to have each other for strength in this competition. And AJ deals with her shyness, which really held her back during the red-carpet reporting.

Next came the second challenge of the episode: The girls had to channel both halves of famous pairs in two separate photo shoots. I couldn’t believe the celebrity matches they gave the girls to copy — too funny! Amanda’s Ellen Degeneres/Portia de Rossi photo (left) and Brooke’s turn as Kevin Federline were my two favorites. After this episode, I have to say that my new front runner is CariDee. She rocked as Angelina Jolie.

I was totally shocked to see AJ go! She was one of my personal top four! I don’t understand why the judges make their calls. But we don’t get to see everything that goes on, only what they can edit into one hour. So I will just have to assume that maybe AJ was slipping. Down to eight girls. . . .