America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21 Premiere Recap: ‘The Boyz R Back’

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Published August 19, 2014

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America’s Next Top Model is officially back with cycle 21, and guys enter the competition for the second time. Not one to shy away from an over-the-top moment, Tyra Banks kicked off the episode with a skit, revealing a dream of a younger her thinking that Miss J should come back to the show, this time with a seat on the judging panel. Later in the episode, Miss J made a dramatic runway entrance before cycle 21’s hopefuls hit the catwalk.

Miss J makes a entrance at the beginning of the contestant's first runway | Credit: BriceSanderPin
Miss J makes an entrance at the beginning of the contestant’s first runway | Credit: BriceSander

ANTM Meets the Real World

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The guys pose backstage.

Surprisingly, the show really amped up the guys and girls dynamic with the premiere, showing a lot of clips with contestants talking about their type and hooking up. The contestants even walked and posed for the opposite sex, using a double-sided mirror…a double-sided mirror that defeated the purpose of a double-sided mirror once the girls started screaming on the other side, making their presence apparent.

Will is currently doing the most, but we appreciate the effort and actually believe in him as a model.Pin
Will is currently doing the most, but we appreciate the effort and actually believe in him as a model. We have no doubt that he’ll be picture-perfect.

Models Hit the Runway

Cory, I’m so androgynous from cycle 20, was the host of the first runway, giving the contestants the announcement that they would be doing an EDM-inspired catwalk. For those that don’t know, as Cory explained, “EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music.” Going with this theme, Tyra emerged from an opening in the ceiling, wearing a mesh number and glow-in-the-dark paint.

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Chantelle and Matthew hit the runway

After that exciting introduction, the models hit the catwalk in guys and girls pairings, stopping at the foot of the runway for a selfie moment. Later, the models were tasked with presenting their best selfies to the judges, complete with whatever sponsored app the show was pushing and a hashtag that described them. If course, Adam would be Tarzan…

We had an early prediction we would like Romeo and we were right! How can you not? He quickly exclaimed, "I'm a witch. I've got my Ouija board and tarot cards. I'm not intimidated." Plus, he thought Danny was annoying and told him. Thank you!Pin
We had an early prediction we would like Romeo, and we were right! How can you not? He quickly exclaimed, “I’m a witch. I’ve got my Ouija board and tarot cards. I’m not intimidated.” Plus, he thought Danny was annoying and told him. Thank you!

Meet the Contestants

They haven’t really shown much of Matthew yet, so we are anxious to see what he’s all about. Shei, on the other hand, does go-go dancing and has a killer look! We’re all aboard.

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As we assumed, people couldn’t help but make the Tyson Beckford / Keith comparison. Get this; they even share the same birthday! The only thing notable about Ivy so far is that she liked Cory from last season. We’ll reserve judgment.

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Denzel nearly killed us with his mom’s advice that basically rehashed is you’ll lose money chasing women, but never lose women chasing money. Meanwhile, we loved Mirjana’s tough girl attitude and Eastern European features, thanks to her Serbian heritage.

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Adam is completely ridiculous, but makes for great TV. We'll play for now.Pin
Adam is completely ridiculous, but it makes for great TV. We’ll play for now.

We still think Ben looks a lot like Roberto Bolle and love his flushed cheeks, but a triple threat he is not. The acting, dancing, and singing had us in despair. Chantelle is an inspiring story for all; we can’t wait to see more.

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Romeo shows off his book on witchcraft. We’re obsessed with him and love just about everything that comes out of his mouth: “If I was to get cut in the first round that would just break my heart. My cold black heart.”

The Elimination

Tonight started with 31 contestants that had to be cut down to 22. The contestants found out if they were safe or out of the competition with a not-so-friendly game of bowling. After each model hopeful bowled, the screen popped up with a ‘Yay’ or ‘Sorry’. Next week, the final 22 compete for a top 14 as they have their first photo shoot with Yu Tsai. We can’t wait! See you then!


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