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Miss J previews 'America's Next Top Model' final 4 showdown

“Runway coach and diva extraordinaire”—that’s how Tyra Banks has introduced Miss J Alexander to dozens of wannabe models and millions of America’s Next Top Model fans for more than a decade. But the judge, himself a former model, is also a coach, author, and designer, with a new shoe line coming out at the end of the year.

Ahead of this week’s ANTM cycle 21 finale, the fierce Miss J dishes about dude drama, his favorite contestants, and what one must never, ever do on the runway.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: What was your favorite part of this cycle?
MISS J ALEXANDER: Anything I was on screen for, of course [laughs]. Seeing their reactions to my changing hair.

My favorite part was being back! Getting more involved with the models. It was interesting getting involved with the men, because I’ve never dealt with male models on the show before.

Was there more drama with the guys? Or just a different kind of drama?
I thought there was more drama with the guys. You have the warlock, the gay guy, the one who hoped he wouldn’t get beat out by a gay guy.

You have Adam, who had his moments of being a party animal. I thought Adam was very entertaining. When Tyra called him out for smelling alcohol on his breath, I watched him become quite serious. At the beginning, I thought, “Is this guy really serious about this?” He said to me off camera, “I know you are probably angry and mad at me because you think I’m not being serious, but I am serious about this.” I watched him grow … but still keep his character.

Who surprised you by sticking around as long as they did?
Adam for sure. As for the girls, I felt Kari would not last as long as she did. She delivered, and was really beautiful, but she didn’t really want it, as much as we wanted it for her.

Who went home earlier than you expected?
Raelia. I put a lot of pressure on her because I expected her to do well. Sometimes if you try too hard, you just forget your focus.

I had to send Romeo home [sooner] for attacking Adam. That’s something we cannot tolerate. We’re responsible for their well-being while they’re here. I understand putting people with different personalities and characters and issues all into one house, plus the tension of the competition, builds into something a little bit ugly. But walk away from it. Instead of bitching the person out, or “bitchcrafting” [laughs], put it into your photo shoot. Beat him by being a great model.

Is there anything that didn’t make the final cut that you wish had?
I wish the apology from Adam was on camera, when he explained to me how much he wanted to win. It was a very endearing moment.

A fan on Twitter asked: “What do you look at when you’re judging photos?”
Did you do what the client wanted? Did you show the product well? The product comes first; you come second.

On the catwalk, I look for a girl—or guy—with personality, and the character to hit the runway and sell the garments. I thought Keith walked too stiff for me at times. I felt Will was holding back.

Lenox is a beautiful, amazing, wonderful girl, one of my favorites. I just thought she was so busy holding back and trying to not show any emotion that I began to wonder, “Do you really want to be here?”

AmericaRaelia, of course I wanted her to do better. I like tall girls. When you’re 10’7″ in heels you should be able to walk out there and take complete control. [In episode 9] where she was at the fashion show and stopped on the runway, I had a heart attack. I wanted to jump on the stage, turn her around, and say, “Go all the way down to the end!” But I was too shocked. And I couldn’t, because that was a real fashion show.

What do fans say when they see you in public?
“You’re so much nicer in person!” “You’re so mean on TV to those girls.” Mean in what way? I just think I’m direct. I’m forward.

Yu Tsai … he’s quite funny. He’s almost like a wind-up toy. The fans just aren’t used to him. They’re used to seeing Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker and me on the show, so when you separate the trio, fans get angry because they have favorites.

I see fans on the street and in stores. My favorite is in restaurants when they go to the bathroom and there’s a catwalk parade going by. It’s funny, actually. They walk by and give me the side-eye.

Because the show is in casting, everyone is coming up to me … everyone wants to have that opportunity.

What do you love most about being a judge? What advice do you give to your contestants?
I like to see [the contestants] grow. The purpose of the show is to give them a takeaway they can apply to what they want to do. We’ve given you the tools, the information that you need to start in the business and pursue this [after the show]. It’s up to you to go and get it.

I told my niece the other day: Take your time and walk the road, but you may need to stop along the way and rest. It’s not a marathon, it’s a journey. That’s what life is—a journey of experiences.

What are you working on in between seasons?
AmericaMy new shoe line, and my look for cycle 22—those are the most important things happening in my life right now. If the show comes back for another cycle, and they give me the go-ahead, what’s going to be my judging look? How am I going to make it work? I am my own worst enemy.

Any fashion advice for our readers?
Be simple. Try not to be trendy. Fashionable always works, and lasts a little bit longer. Trends are not for everyone. But fashion is.

What can viewers expect from the finale? Any big surprises?
I think fans will be surprised who makes it as a finalist. Three of my favorite five made it.

Just remember: Tyra Banks is always full of surprises.

The two-hour season finale airs Friday, Dec. 5, at 8/7C. Live-tweet with me at @WisWendy #ANTM | #EWCommunity!

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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