I ceased writing about NZNTM as we got into the heart of the season, I’m not too sure why. Perhaps I was too busy, or perhaps my attention simply drifted after each 60 minute episode. Regardless, I have enjoyed the season and going into the finale had no idea on what to expect. My pick, Courtenay had been eliminated in the previous week leaving Danielle, Elza and Michaela to fight it out. I had thought it would have been Courtenay, Danielle and Michaela but after Elza’s amazing performance last week I’m not too sure.
Speaking of which, last week does deserve a mention! Go-see’s are always one of my favourite parts of the Top Model franchise, and seeing the girls run around my home town (including the school that is at the bottom of my street). I cringed as Courteny’s performance fell below expectations – she was my favourite, after all! Danielle blew almost everyone away, something that I wasn’t expecting but welcomed. The photoshoot took place in the Glassons flagship store in Newmarket, the ‘Fashion Fairground’ – which is a beautiful store and produced some very interesting images.
Elza and Danielle
Michaela and Courtenay
View the full-size photo gallery for the episode 12 elimination shoot on TV3 here.
I was disappointed to see Courteny go, but it did make for an interesting finale…
In true top model fashion, the girls did their Cover Girl commercials and Danielle… bombed. She didn’t learn her lines, and her performance was awkard and unconvincing. Both Elza and Michaela did great job, and all 3 of them produced a nice ‘beauty shot’ following the commercial shoot.
I was sure that Danielle was going home, and in a surprising turn of events Elza was sent home with the verdict that her photos weren’t up to scratch. An interesting conclusion seeing as her photos have been some of the best throughout the competition.
Danielle’s performance also wasn’t quite up to scratch in the final runway challenge – walking at the Wellington Wearable Art festival (a little birdy told me that they actually walked in a dress rehearsal (?)). There were moments where she forgot the choreography and lost it in her facial expression, meanwhile Michaela walked effortlessly and looked incredible in both of her outfits. In all respects, Michaela outshone Danielle in both of the final challenges.
Imagine my shock when Danielle was announced as the winner of New Zealand’s Next Top Model!
Danielle undoubtly has the x-factor, with a face and body that are incredible for fashion photography. I think it was Colin (please correct me if I’m wrong) who said that she had a ‘face of the future’ – the kind that translates to fashion on a global scale. Michaela does have the whole package though, albeit a ‘safer’ version – and a determination to succeed that Danielle doesn’t always have. So who would you choose, the girl who is an all-rounder, does well time and time again or the girl who may be a bit rough around the edges but has an undeniable x-factor?
And let’s be honest – Danielle’s ‘rags-to-riches’ type story makes for interesting TV.
What did you think of the final outcome of New Zealand’s Next Top Model Cycle 2?