The judges then consider the Macau Tower shoot. Nigel says that Laura came alive, and he loves that she's willing to do whatever it takes to get the picture, which is inspirational for a photographer. Tyra points out, however, that Nigel said she was so crazy on set that he had to calm her down. Well this is the first we've heard about that! Apparently he was worried that she was going to fall off of the tower and ruin the dress. Nigel acknowledges that this is true, but says that even though you have to pull her back you get the magic. At Toronto Fashion Week, Sophie was memorable and the press loved her. Nigel says that she wasn't particularly memorable to him at the beginning of the competition, but the makeover transformed her. I guess that's what pink hair will do to you. And since Tyra renamed her Illuminata, she's shone. Kelly likes her persistence, and says that Sophie has a great "Little Engine That Could" PR story. The judges argue over who would make a better Extra correspondent, and Cutrone gives a point in Sophie's favor by saying that she's demure and not so crazy that she'd freak out a celebrity. She also wants to set up Sophie as Jude Law's new girlfriend. Laura's panic attack makes Tyra nervous, though Cutrone says that plenty of people in the fashion industry have panic attacks and they just have to figure out how to deal with it. Nigel argues that Laura has extraordinary potential as someone who is both beautiful and real, and people will go the extra mile to make her work. Tyra leads us into commercial by saying that America's Next Top Model...is either an American or a Brit. Well, thanks for that scintillating info.
With that, Sophie and Laura are back in the room and the judges have reached a decision. Tyra talks about their journey, and the fact that they're friends. Oh God, and then she tries to make a comparison to the history of the U.S. and the U.K., which were at battle during the Revolutionary War but are now allies. Maybe she also took a history class while at Harvard Business School. Unlike the U.S. and England, though, only one of these girls can be named America's Next Top Model. Will it be Laura, the rocking rebel girl who zags and marches to her own beat? Or will it be Sophie, the sweet girl who lights up a room and makes people want to befriend her? Laura says that her heart is racing, but not in a panic attack way. Sophie is awed at how huge this moment is. And then Tyra announces that America's Next Top Model is... Sophie, obviously. The panel erupts into jazz hands.