is going to live blog is recapping Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Episode 4. It’s the Subaru episode tonight! And Glenn Tan, executive director of Tan Chong International Ltd, distributor of Motor Image Subaru in Asia, is back! Who will be at the mercy of his sharp tongue this cycle? Who is he shouting at in that episode preview? It’s almost like an AsNTM tradition! Also watch out for some familiar faces from cycles past: Subaru brand ambassadors Natalie Pickles (Cycle 2) and Monika Sta. Maria (Cycle 3).
Aaaaaaannnnnndddddd…. I’m super, super excited for this: Yu Tsai is finally here! He’ll be the creative director for the rest of the cycle. Good luck, models, models, models. I’m curious to find out if he’s going to be as rough on the models as he is in America’s Next Top Model. We’re in for an explosive episode. The drama will be in high gear tonight! At least, I hope so. (I’m kidding, I know it will! 😉 )
Watch with me at 9 p.m. Philippine time on Star World as I recap the episode live as it airs. 🙂
I asked you earlier this week: Whose TRESemmé transformation was your favorite among the AsNTM Top 12 girls? And the votes are in. Garnering more than 25% of the vote, the girl with your favorite makeover is….
Congratulations, Julian! She may have been near the bottom of the pack during last week’s deliberation but you still love her new look. 🙂
Last time on Asia’s Next Top Model, Lourd Ramos happened. Um, I mean the makeovers happened. Some girls cried, some girls were shocked, but Sang In was unfazed. Even if she was down with an illness, she managed to take high fashion photos for her comp card and won Best Photo last week with a perfect score across the board. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Vietnam’s representative Mai Ngo. 11 girls remain… who will still be in the running towards becoming Asia’s. Next. Top. Model.
🎶 I’m never gonna stop until I reach the top 🎶
Jessica vs Gwen part whatever. Gwen is happy that Sang In got best photo because even though she was sick, she still pushed through… “unlike some others.” SHADE! Jessica was surprised Mai Ngo went home when she thinks that Gwen was the weaker and has not improved yet.
Being the top scorer last week (with a perfect score of 40.0 to boot!), Sang In received her own personal Cindy Mail. She gets the chance to call her family back home for 40 minutes. Of course the other girls are jealous because all of them are homesick, being away from home for the past few days.
Jessica brought up that, now that Mai Ngo has left, she wanted to move to her now-empty bed. May rejects the idea and says that Jessica needs to learn not to complain every time. Jessica feels that all of the other girls are out to get her. She asked Sang In if she can share some of her calltime with her. Sang In graciously gives her the remaining 10 minutes for her call. Alaiza misses her family back home, and contemplates quitting the competition.
Cindy Mail! Something about zen, the beach, relaxation, and balance? Definitely yoga!
Challenge – Paddleboard Yoga
Cindy Bishop meets the girls on a beach. (Does anyone know what beach this is in Singapore?) The girls have to do some paddleboard yoga. But it’s not all fun and relaxation: the girls have to recreate the instructor’s yoga poses, starting from the basics to the more excruciating advanced yoga poses. If a girl falls off the board, she’s out of the challenge.
Gwen is the first to fall. And of course Jessica is happy that at least she’s not getting a 0. Pose after pose girls fall of their boards. We’re now down to just Julian and Angie. Wow this is difficult! Are we still seriously in AsNTM or are we in Fit For Fashion?! 😂
Challenge Winner: Angie (15 pts.)
Cindy Mail! Driving couture in motion. “Paddleboat on a car while posing on top of it.” Well that is an interesting photo shoot theme, May!
Photo shoot – Confidence in Motion
Returning from Cycle 1, creative consultant and “Singapore godfather of fashion” Daniel Boey (Instagram) is back to supervise this photo shoot. This week’s photographer is Thailand-based freelance fashion photographer Nat Prakobsantisuk (Instagram). And then suddenly a car drifts their way near them. And out comes Glenn Tan with Subaru brand ambassadors Natalie and Monika.
For the first part of the challenge, the girls have to ride the car while it drifts. And for their photo, they only have one chance to shoot while the car drifts in the background with a strong fan blowing their direction. The girls are wearing long flowy gowns.
This is Asia’s Next Top Model, not Flappy Bird™. – Nat on Gwen’s photoshoot
I forgot to type while watching. This is a very compelling photo shoot theme. Sang In had a hard time with the strong fans blowing at her making her lose her footing. Aldilla is worried about her low challenge score earlier. Daniel loved Julian’s big movements that fit the theme. Monika reminded Tuti not to look too angry with the fierce face. Both Gwen and Jessica had difficulty working with the long fabric.
One of the most intense deliberations in the history of Asia’s Next Top Model, coming up next…
We are looking for the next top model, not the next top car-unveiling person. – Glenn Tan on Aldilla’s photo
Now we know who Glenn was mad at. She’s shouting at Sang In, saying that he would never work with someone who rolls her eyes at him. (This happened during the photo shoot.) Umm. Excuse me. I don’t think she’s rolling her eyes at you Glenn. That doesn’t look like an expression of contempt, more like fear. You know, since you came up with the crazy idea of having them ride in a drifting car. Sigh. At least Sang In apologizes, although to be honest, I don’t know why she should.
Alaiza looks rattled. She’s been edited right after Sang In, but I’m not sure if this is in order. She really seems demotivated and wants to give up. Gwen. Beauty queen. Blah blah blah. This got old too fast, judges. Wow that’s Julian’s best photo? Who picked that? There seems to be a disconnect between the raves she got during the shoot and this final photo.
After all of that drama here’s Tawan to lighten up the mood. She gives fierce as she walks over to the judges, and then she says “Hi” in her most high-pitched voice! LOL! “Hello gorgeous!” Oh, Tawan you’re so cute. The judges loved her photo, and she’s embodying confidence in motion.
With that fierce walk like a tiger she gives up and she turns out to be a kitten. – Yu Tsai on Tawan
Call Out Order
Double elimination tonight!
- Tawan (46 pts)
- Angie (45)
Although Alaiza got Top 3 she still looked defeated. Cindy notices this and asks if Alaiza still wants to continue her modeling career. Alaiza doesn’t answer directly saying that the answer in her heart is not what Cindy wants to hear. Model standoff!
Wow Glenn must have given Sang In a zero or something. And also three of those four judges just saw Sang In probably for the first time during the photo shoot and panel, they can’t possibly judge her “attitude” based on their first meeting. That’s like taking the saying “First impressions last” too far. Her photo does not deserve a score this low.
Bottom Three: Sang In, Gwen, and Aldilla
Gwen got the lowest score of 15 points.
Eliminated: Gwen (Philippines)
It’s now down to Sang In and Aldilla. Aldilla has the second lowest score of 19. Sang In scored 20.
Cindy doesn’t want either of the two to go, as she sees that both still want to stay in the competition. In a sudden (but most likely meticiously planned #ConspiracyTheory) dramatic twist, Cindy asks Alaiza to come back up on stage. She asks her directly if she still wants to continue in the competition. Alaiza decides no. Did she just freaking force her to quit?! WTF! And just like that, she’s the second one to leave the competition tonight.
Leaving: Alaiza (Philippines)
It’s a group shoot. For Maybelline. The winner will fly to New York? I’m not sure. I’m still overwhelmed by what happened earlier. Here’s a sample teaser for next week:
WELL! What a night for Filipino AsNTM fans. Two reps leaving on the same night. That’s bound to get a huge (negative) reaction from the Filipino fans. Good luck in your modeling careers, Gwen and Alaiza! I know for a fact you’re doing well in the fashion industry right now. 🙂
Now, I leave you with my parting words:
Were you shocked by what went down on Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Episode 4? Are you sad that it was a double elimination? Do you agree with the judges’ deliberation of their photos? Do you still want Subaru back for another cycle? (I’m kidding!) Sound off in the comments below.