Next is LeAngela, twenty-one, from Columbus, Ohio, who was the first African-American homecoming queen in her town. Tyra asks her to talk about her experience with her mother and being dropped off at Child Protective Services. The Tragedy-O-Meter is quivering in anticipation. LeAngela says that they were coming out of staying in a homeless shelter, and her mom dropped her off and never came back. LeAngela was ten-years-old. She had to stay in foster care for a few months, which was one of the worst experiences of her childhood. Does that mean that her mom came back for her or that she got adopted? Hmm. LeAngela says that she went from homeless to homecoming queen, which would be a great tag line for a movie starring Lindsay Lohan. LeAngela wants to take things to a higher level. Jay says that if LeAngela made it to the next round of the competition, he thinks that she would get a big boost of confidence and take off. I give LeAngela an 8.5 on the Tragedy-O-Meter, which is still not enough to trump Megan's story of hypothermia.
Next there is Ginger, eighteen, whose sole purpose on earth is to annoy people, and who was a page for the House of Representatives for five months. She's a Republican, which you can tell immediately by her shifty eyes. Tyra notes that the fashion industry has gay boys and sex, and how will Ginger the Republican deal with it. Ginger says that she's not afraid to get out there and meet people and see what's different. Tyra says that Ginger is standing on the pulpit and is saying things she thinks are correct, but there is a girl under there that doesn't have this veneer. She asks who Ginger really is, and, as she tells them, Jay goes up and starts teasing Ginger's hair, and then Tyra tells her to shake her rack and drop it like it's hot. Ginger does. See what happens once you mention gay boys and sex to Republicans? They lose their minds.
And now it's time for the first cut, delivered by the Jays. Amanda says that it's very nerve-wracking, because they might move both she and her sister Michelle on to the next round, or one of them, or neither. Well, I think she's successfully covered all of the options, there. The girls have to run into a salon behind them, in which there are twenty-one magazines with Tyra on the cover. Of course. In each is a photo tear shit of one girl, and these of course represent the girls who move on to the next stage of the competition. The girls run in the erratic manner of a stampede of bitches. Moving on are: Christian, Amanda, Michelle, Megg, Jaslene, Jaeda, Monique, CariDee, Eugena, Megan, Becky, Brittany, LeAngela, Brooke, Ginger, Anchal, A.J., Melrose, and Evita. Wait, I must have missed two. I'm sure we'll figure out which ones eventually. Or maybe not, because that's how little they matter. The winners are all happy and screaming, and the losers have big tears. Cyndel says it's cool that she didn't make it, and wishes LeAngela luck. She's going to keep on loving herself and not let this be a downfall for her. She says she's not a sore loser. See, Cyndel does indeed have a heart of gold.