It’s down to the top five on America’s Next Top Model 2017! This week the contestants have their first acting challenge. Then, they’ll do a beauty shoot in which they must become “models gone mad.”
Last week, the contestants experienced a day in the life of Rita Ora. First, they posed for paparazzi in the week’s challenge. Courtney Nelson won the challenge. She received a trip for two in Universal Studios Orlando. She brought India Gants along. Then, the models did a shoot for Paste Magazine.
Cody Wells got best photo. However, while she got a glowing review from the judges last week, Cody has been inconsistent. Will she be able to repeat the success of last week now that it’s down to the top five?
Last week the judges eliminated Cody’s twin sister Tash Wells. Courtney was also in the bottom two, so she’ll have to prove herself this week. The judges often give her criticism for not giving it her all, but she’s made it this far on the strength of her look. Will she be able to turn it around by showing the judges how much she cares? For a full rundown on what happened last week, read my recap.
This recap will contain spoilers for America’s Next Top Model 2017 week 12. This is a live recap, so keep refreshing for updates as the episode airs!
America’s Next Top Model 2017 week 12 opens with Cody talking about her sister’s elimination. She says that she’s been modeling a lot longer than Tash and she thinks it shows.
The next day, Rita Ora tells them that they’re going to do an acting challenge. Tatiana Price says in her interview, “Acting, I straight up suck at.”
Rita introduces Adrienne C. Moore from Orange is the New Black and says they’ll be doing a scene with her. Cody says in her interview that doing a scene with Adrienne is nerve-wracking, but it’s also a blessing.
Before Cody’s scene, she says she’ll have trouble conveying loss because she’s been doing so well since her sister was eliminated. Afterwards, she said that she couldn’t give them the tears they wanted because she’s too happy without her sister holding her back.
Courtney impresses Adrienne with her performance. Afterwards, Adrienne says, “Courtney came onto the stage full.”
Courtney wins the challenge. Rita tells them all to keep tapping into the vulnerability they all showed in the challenge.
In the car home, Courtney says that she’s won three challenges in a row. Cory Anne Roberts says that she can’t believe Courtney would say that in front of everyone. Courtney asks, “I can’t be proud of myself?”
At home, the contestants get a Rita Alert. She tells them, “Show me your crazy.”
At the shoot, Drew Elliot tells them they’re shooting a short beauty video where they’re “going to let your crazy run wild.”
During India’s shoot, she hits a hiccup. Her wig gets stuck on her hair. She’s supposed to pull it off, but can’t get it.
India keeps going. Drew directs her to really pull to get the wig off. Courtney says in her interview, “I’m not worried about her video.”
At home, India says that she thinks she’s going to go home. She says in her interview, “I hope my video turned out great and I’m happily surprised, but I’m not gonna come out and say I did an amazing job when I’m feeling unsure about myself.”
Time for panel!
Rita tells India she’s a chameleon and she can make anything work. Drew says they get great content out of her, but he feels like they could be getting more from her.
Ashley Graham tells Cody, “Thank God for that final pose.” Drew says that it was like she wasn’t there taking his directions.
Law Roach tells Courtney her video was a little overacted and it was the first time he’s been disappointed. But, Drew and Rita seem to like it.
Drew tells Cory Anne he’s not a fan of her video. But, Law disagrees and says she looked gorgeous.
Law didn’t like Tatiana’s video. He says the acting was great, but she didn’t look pretty.
Best video goes to India.
Cody and Tatiana are in the bottom two.
Cody is eliminated. Rita assures her she’s the one who’s transformed the most. Cody says, “I feel like everything happens for a reason and I’m just still so honored and so blessed to have been here.”
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