When we return, we're treated to a view of the holding room pre-panel. The girls are all complaining about how hot it is. Chelsey tells the others that she's had a problem with passing out her whole life. Her mom wouldn't even let her play sports because she gets overheated so easily. As funny as it is to see models fall on roller skates or on treadmill-runways, inducing heatstroke is just not cool. Chelsey interviews that you'd think everything in Italy would be air-conditioned. Yeah, you'd think. Liz strips down to her bra and holds an ornate fan, which seems to be an appropriate strategy for dealing with the heat.
The girls appear before Tyra, who I don't have to tell you is not wearing knitwear. She's gone with a teeny strapless dress. Nigel is in a full suit, though, and ALT is wearing his traditional judging cloak, so I'd imagine they're pretty hot too. The judging room is very red, like a womb from which Tyra will birth a real-live model. There are prizes, there are judges. Margherita Missoni is the guest judge. Tyra seems especially boozy, or maybe her meds are a little edgy with the time change and heat.
Jane, Ann and Chelsey are up first for judging. They all say that it was fun to shoot with a sexy, swarthy Italian man. Their photo is really good. Nigel says that as a wide shot it works amazingly well, and they all have real chemistry. Chelsey is stunning, and Nigel says that this is one of the most beautiful pictures he's seen of her, despite the fact that he can't see her eyes. Tyra points out that this is a big deal given Nigel's predisposition for eye contact. It's true that even though Chelsey's eyes are turned away from the camera, you can tell that they're slightly crossed. Tyra agrees that Chelsey looks lovely, and like she's whispering something into Casanova's ear. She seems like she's in control, and the other girls don't matter because this is her man. ALT says that she "has a volcanic sultriness under the iceberg of cold, frozen incandescent beauty." Yes, that's a quote. She's hot, but she's cold. Margherita is the one quasi-dissenting voice, and says that though Chelsey looks great she doesn't appear to be the lead character in the picture.