November 20, 2006 12:00 PM

The CW (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)

REALITY

This ridiculously engaging reality series, which occasionally has the girly, giggly intensity of a sorority production of Valley of the Dolls, has now inched past the halfway mark of its seventh season, with an eighth season on the way next year. Host Tyra Banks is looking more goddessy than ever beneath that fountain-flow of tresses. The inclusion of identical twin contestants Michelle and Amanda, two long beanpoles, will no doubt end in heartbreak. But at this point I’m most intrigued by Anchal, whose wide-planed, high-cheeked face is a gorgeously serene piece of composition, and Melrose—less remarkable, but also more fun, more of a friend to the camera. She’s what the show’s about.

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