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Miss J is back! 'America’s Next Top Model' guys and girls

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Like the return of chunky heels and chokers, Miss J is back on America’s Next Top Model. After host and show creator Tyra Banks fired him in 2012, J. Alexander returns to judge 33 girls and guys (back again for a second season) as they fight, cry, gossip and smize.

Cory Hindorff from Cycle 20 kicks off the episode, challenging the contestants to draw on themselves a hashtag to reflect their personalities. Once on the catwalk, the models will snap a selfie, which the judges will then use to weed out the weak.

After stripping down and suiting up in DayGlo body paint, the models shriek and shout as they spy on the opposite sexes shaking it in the other room through a shady two-way mirror. But before anyone has time to pick out their best friend or worst enemy for the next several weeks, it’s time for the show.

ANTM meets EDM as the lights dim and Tyra slowly dangles down from the ceiling. (“It’s all real now,” Ben from Iowa murmurs in awe reserved for the queen of fierce herself.)

But tonight is not about Miss Banks. She’s stepping out of the spotlight (or blacklight) for the return of Miss J, who struts the living hell out of that catwalk in a black cape, black tights and a black mask. Will from Texas is so excited, he feels like he’s in church: “I’m putting my hands in the air. Can I get a hallelujah over here? It was the best moment of my life.”

Time for panel. Sitting alongside Tyra and Miss J is publicist Kelly Cutrone. Kelly knows fashion.

week1_adamShe also knows her daughter had better not bring home a guy like professional partier Adam, who’s looking like a contender for jerk of the season. (Adam’s voiceover as he growls on the catwalk: “I’m on alpha-male mountain, looking down at all the people who are less attractive than I am.” Miss J? Not impressed.)

The first of the premiere’s two criers is self-proclaimed “dork” Lenox. She shares a big-forehead bonding moment with Tyra, but can’t contain the tears when talking about her recently deceased father. Tyra shares motherly advice, though the judges aren’t wowed by Lenox’s photo.

Mirjana is from Serbia and details her rough childhood for the judges. Miss J. calls her “ready to fight.” Kelly describes her as “fresh.”

The judges like Chantelle’s self-confidence (body-paint hashtag #oneinamillion) in the face of years of bullying over her vitiligo, a skin disease that causes varied depigmentation. Tyra discovered Chantelle via social media, but warns she will not cut her any slack.

Finally, Texas-based dance teacher Will, who stomped into panel wearing black, patent-leather lace-up booties with a four-inch heel, says he’s in it to win it for his little students back home. Tyra is impressed by Will’s selfie: “My God, you’re beautiful.”

The Rest

  • Tyra made two girls remove their makeup: Raelia, the “twirgen” (translation: a virgin who twerks) and “Barbie Dreamhouse” Jamie Rae, who missed her flight, arrived late and almost quit the show rather than wash her hair and scrub her face. Commercial break cliffhanger—will she return to panel? Yes. Will she make it past next week? TBD. (Which could mean to be determined. Or Tooch Booch Dance. Tyra’s already getting into my head.)
  • Kari, whose selfie Tyra compared to the cover of Nylon, and former NFL player Keith are ANTM’s prom king and queen. Love connection alert! After walking together on the EDM runway, Keith says it’s love at first sight. Kari can’t get over how much Keith looks like Tyson Beckford (“twinsies!”), but does NOT have time to be distracted by his gorgeousness.
  • Shei has got “poppin’ cheekbones.”
  • Miss J has no words when Ben from Iowa teaches Tyra his booty dance.
  • Denzel, though able to do a solid impression of Oscar winner Denzel Washington, is deemed sweet and likable, but not “model-y.”
  • Daniel from Cycle 20 is back—and I vote him most likely have trouble making friends. Or have his hair catch on fire.
  • Romeo, the Wiccan from California, has an exciting look—and might cast a spell to set Daniel’s hair on fire.

To find out if they made the first round of cuts, the models are forced to go bowling (which is now cool again, thanks to ANTM).

No big surprises when the crowd is whittled down from 31 to 22, but—gasp!—it’s not over yet! Ahead next week: Eight more models will be cut after a subway photo shoot (don’t forget to pack your hand sanitizer), a dead-sexy photo shoot with Yu Tsai, and more drama and fighting.

America’s Next Top Model, rated TV-14, airs Mondays at 9/8C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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