'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 11: Episode 1 Live Thoughts
America's Next Top Model returns tonight with a special 2 hour premiere episode.  Sure, I want to know who makes the final cut in tonight's semi-final round but I have more pressing questions that I need answered like what the heck is up with Miss J. and Mister Jay's hair this cycle?  Are they not supposed to be experts in fashion?  If you haven't seen the coifs yet, then just wait a few minutes and you'll see what I'm talking about!  Tonight, the girls will attend Top Model Institute and they'll have to pass a few tests before they can make it into the actual competition.  I'll be here for the next 2 hours, updating live through the episode.  Tune in, keep refreshing, and post your thoughts, too!

The Jays greet the girls at the Top Model Institute of Technology.  I think they're dressed like this on purpose... I hope.  No time to waste.  The models are already in futuristic outfits and stiletto boots for a photo shoot.  After a quick runway check, there is a system overload in the lab and we get to see some truly awful and cheesy special effects.  Tyra comes out of a futuristic chamber and pretends to talk like an alien.  Wow.

It's time for the girls to make their first impression on Tyra, Miss J. and Jay Manuel.  Brittney B. couldn't name 5 fashion designers.  Yikes.  Analeigh has a pretty strange story: she was basically sold to a Saudi Arabian prince to be his wife but she got out of it.  That's bizarre and scary.  Marjorie is a French import but has been living in the states since she was 7.  She calls herself "an ugly duckling".  Strange thing to call yourself in a modeling competition.

Herrrre's Isis, the model everybody's talkin' about this season.  She was born as a male but never felt like one.  She's pre-op but is hoping to have the surgery as soon as possible.  She's fierce, she's couture, and she came to compete like everybody else.  Go Isis!  No surprise that the other girls aren't thrilled she's there but Sheena just scored points by coming to her defense.

I'm not joking.  Tyra is pretending to be a moose, chasing Hannah around the room, reenacting something that happened to the Alaskan model as a child.  Oh, I got girls crawlin' around, I got girls shakin' junk, I got girls pretending to sell towels - what is going on???

Only 20 girls are moving on to the next round.  Girls put their hands on a scanner and the screen either says Access Granted or Access Denied.  Ouch.  Among those cut are Veronique, who took it well and Renee, who really didn't.  Already time for the first photo shoot.  Woo!  They've got 5 minutes, 3 balls, and a metallic cat suit to work with.  Another cut on the way...

The Top Model Institute is the dumbest thing the show has ever done. 

Okay the cycle 11 girls are: Sheena, Analeigh, Nikeysha, Marjorie, Samantha, Elina, Brittney R, Brittany S, Brittany B, Hannah, Lauren, Isis, Clark (of course, every season needs a villain), and Joslyn.

Also Read:
Episode 2 Live Thoughts

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