The judges deliberate. Twiggy thinks that Natasha is the most beautiful of all three girls. Her facial proportions are extraordinary, and Twiggy thinks that she could be a top model because she's so extraordinary-looking. Heidi thinks that she might be missing some of the "x-factor" or natural style that's so important for a top model. Nigel says that she's such a quick study, and has gotten better and better. This is good, because what they want is someone who will continue to improve once she leaves the show. Natasha's vivaciousness and personality touch Tyra's heart, and she feels like if you give Natasha a chance, she'll take it and really make something of it.
Nigel thinks that Jaslene is amazing and spectacularly pretty, and says he hasn't seen a girl like that in a while. Twiggy says that she loves Jaslene's edgy photos, but if you looked at her Cover Girl ad, you wouldn't think that she's an amazing new top model. Tyra thinks it looks like, "Jaslene, Class of 2005," and Miss J. likens it to a Glamour Shot from the mall. Everyone is in agreement, though, that she knows how to take a fierce picture.
And finally, Renee. Twiggy says that she loved the joie de vivre that Renee put forth in her commercial, and that her picture is also the best of the week. Miss J. says that he likes the photo, but that Renee looks too mature, and that at sixty you want to look like Renee at forty. Tough talk from someone who looks like his vet outfitted him in a funnel collar to stop him from licking himself. Nigel, of course, agrees that Renee is not the freshest face. Tyra says that Renee has the height and the body, and that the other girls have the face and the "oomph." Doesn't Jaslene have the body, too, though? Poor, haggard Renee. She doesn't stand a chance.
The girls stand before Tyra. Three girls, two photos. The final two will shoot a Seventeen cover and walk in the Sass and Bide show, while the loser will rot somewhere far away from the glare of the cameras. And then, Jaslene is called first. And seriously, you could have knocked me over with a drag queen's false eyelash. Objectively, I know she's done well over the course of the whole competition, but it has really been hard to detach the ass-kicking Jaslene from the freak that she was last season. She was, like, the terrible girl that they threw in the final twenty for entertainment value. I never thought that she would do this well. But she has, so good for her.
This of course means that Natasha and Renee stand before Tyra. Tyra says that the girls have very different strengths and weaknesses. Natasha always comes into the judging room with a smile. She started weak, but got better and better. Her Cover Girl performance, however, was weak, which makes the judges very nervous. Oh, come on, "My Life as a Cover Girl" from Natasha would be categorically awesome. Renee, on the other hand, is a strong woman working with a vengeance to make life better for her family. She has taken beautiful photos from week to week, but the judges say that they've seen her face before. On the cover of More, perhaps? A lot of them keep saying that she looks older than she is. Renee has tears running down her face, less from fear of eliminated than from being called a crone, I bet.