'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 11: Why Samantha Should Win
It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the end of cycle 11 on America’s Next Top Model. It’s certainly been an interesting season, from having the first transsexual contestant in the finals to shocking eliminations of frontrunners. For their international destination, Tyra Banks took the girls to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where they competed in go-sees and challenging photo shoots. Now, only three girls remain: Samantha, Analeigh, and McKey. One lucky model will receive the grand prize: win management and representation by Elite Model Management, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, and the cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen. Each day leading up to the finale, we’ll talk a look at why each finalist should walk away the winner and today, we’re making a case for Samantha.

*NEW* Best Photos of Cycle 11
*NEW* Samantha Photos
*NEW* Analeigh Photos
*NEW* McKey Photos

At the beginning of this competition, I dismissed Samantha as the cute girl next door who would be perfect for catalog work.  Then, Tyra chopped all of her hair off for her makeover and Samantha started coming to life in front of the camera.  At 18 years old, and one of the youngest in the competition this cycle, Samantha has performed extremely well against older, more seasoned contestants.  She has won two challenges and her photo has been called first twice in panel.  Samantha has also had photos that stand out, such as her bathing suit challenge (pictured above), as well as her tidal wave and windmill shots.

Where Samantha really shines, though, is in the personality department.  She can go from being extremely composed one second to a complete goofball the next.  She's just a real person that people can relate to and that shows when she's in front of the camera.  Tyra always stresses the importance of being a good spokesmodel, of carrying confidence, and of representing Top Model well.  Samantha has all of those things and should she win, her Cover Girl commercials will be top notch and she should be able to land a decent amount of print work.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of CW)