America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7
Original Channel The CW
Original Run September 20, 2006 – December 6, 2006
Additional Information
No. of contestants 13
Winner CariDee English
Catch-phrase "The Competition Won't Be Pretty"
Season chronology
Cycle 6
Cycle 8

America's Next Top Model, Cycle 7 started airing on September 20, 2006 as the first to be aired on The CW network.

The judges for this cycle were: Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, Twiggy and Jay Manuel.

To date, this cycle is the most watched season in The CW, averaging 5.13 million viewers per episode.

A new opening was made, different to the last three cycles.

The international destination during this cycle was Barcelona, Spain.

The winner was 21-year-old CariDee English from Fargo, North Dakota.


The prizes for this cycle are:

  • A modeling contract with Elite Model Management.
  • A fashion spread and cover in Seventeen.
  • A US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.

The following prizes have been removed:

  • A modeling contract with Ford Models.
  • A fashion spread and cover in Elle.


(ages stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Age Height Hometown Outcome Post ANTM
Christian Evans 19 5'10 Columbia, South Carolina Eliminated in Episode 2
Megan Morris 23 5'11 San Francisco, California Eliminated in Episode 3
Monique Calhoun 19 5'9 Chicago, Illinois Eliminated in Episode 4
Megan "Megg" Morales 18 5'10 Los Angeles, California Eliminated in Episode 5 Models and writes a blog, which showcases her modeling work, styling skills, and art. Sings in a band called S0S0SAI and is an artist under the name Reckless Redemption.
Alexandra Jayne "A. J." Stewart 20 5'11 Sacremento, California Eliminated in Episode 6 Has been modeling in South Korea, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Brooke Miller 18 5'8 Keller, Texas Eliminated in Episode 7
Anchal Joseph 19 5'11 Homestead, Florida Eliminated in Episode 9
Jaeda Young 18 6'1 Parkerburg, Iowa Eliminated in Episode 10 Married to Justin Englund. Has two children, son Kingston James and daughter Aristelle. Their first child, daughter Stella Grace was stillborn.
Michelle Babin* 18 6'0 Anaheim, California Eliminated in Episode 11
Amanda Babin* 18 6'0 Anaheim, California Eliminated in Episode 12 Has appeared in the horror flick From Within, Seventeen magazine, and has modeled for LA Models. She also tweets. Is now a redhead
Eugena Washington 21 5'11 Palmdale, California Eliminated in Episode 13
Melrose Bickerstaff 23 5'9 San Francisco, California Runner-up
CariDee English 21 5'11 Fargo, North Dakota Winner
  • Amanda and Michelle Babin are identical twins, however they were judged individually.

Episode summaries

The Girl Who Marks Her Territory

First aired September 20, 2006

This season premiere was a special two-hour episode. The 33 semi-finalists started at Los Angeles International Airport and they met with J. Alexander and Jay Manuel. Their task was to shoot a photo above the runway. Later, the girls met Tyra and the Aswirl twins (runway challenge–Cycle 6) and they started off with the auditions. A girl named Cyndel, who referred to herself as an entertainer and told the judges that she worked at a strip club said she considered that stripping "was another part of modeling." Anchal also stood out, principally because of her blue contacts. When asked why she had them in, she said that in India, they found girls with lighter eyes more beautiful. The 33 "semi-finalists" were reduced to 21 girls who would go onto the next round. The 21 girls participated in a nude photo shoot, of which the more conservative girls struggled between their ambition and upbringing. This episode also introduced Jaslene Gonzalez, who failed to make the final cut down to 13. (Jaslene would audition again in the following season, which she won.) Also, these pictures were used and shown (heads only) in this opening. Special guests: The Aswirl Twins After the field was narrowed down to 13 girls by the judges, the girls were sent to a runway competition using the clothes from the designers of Elmer Avenue. The contestants had to choose their clothes off the backs of 13 male models, then "feminize" and wear the outfit down the runway. Melrose was chosen as the winner, allowing her the chance to be "Diva for the Day" on the set of their next photo shoot. At the fashion magazine-inspired house, the contestants were surprised that only 11 beds were available, and maneuvering took place. Monique, who did not get a bed, stole Eugena's and poured water on it, saying it was "pee" in order to ensure nobody tried to take it off her. The next day, Tyra's dramatic diva appearance kicked off a shoot where the girls were given different model stereotypes to portray as follows:

Model Stereotype
A.J. Casting couch model
Amanda Anorexic model
Anchal Narcissistic model
Brooke Back-stabbing model
Cari-Dee Dumb blonde
Christian Model-turned-actress
Eugena Black girl-turned-white girl
Jaeda Plastic surgery model
Megan Diva model carrying a dog
Megg Drug-adiccted model
Melrose $10,000 a day model
Michelle Bulimic model
Monique Phone-throwing model

The judges liked Amanda, CariDee & A.J.'s photos but questioned Brooke, Jaeda, Christian and Melrose's. The judges felt that Melrose gave a terrible photo from what she "had to work with," pointing out that she looked older than she was in the photo, combined with her bad attitude on set, saw her in the bottom two. Christian, also in the bottom two, was criticized for being "boring," and showing lack of variations in her shots. The judges felt that Christian had less potential and weaker than Melrose, therefore sending her home.

  • First call-out: Michelle Babin
  • Bottom two: Christian Evans & Melrose Bickerstaff
  • Eliminated: Christian Evans
  • Featured photographers: Oliver Bronson, Dylan Don
  • Special guests: Collin Pulsipher, Jonny Day, Ward Robinson, Sean Murphy

The Girl Who Hates Her Hair

First aired September 27, 2006

This episode was about makeovers, the girls met with the two Jays at breakfast and they were thought to have a makeover. Instead, the girls returned to the house and Tyra surprised them with their living room being turned into a makeshift salon, where they received flowery new makeovers. While Brooke, Megg, Eugena, CariDee, Anchal and Megan loved their new looks with gratitude and Amanda and Michelle being OK with their makeovers, Monique, AJ, and Jaeda (who received the most drastic makeover of the day) showed disapproval. Melrose initially hated the fact that her hair was going to be dyed blonde, however, in the end, she embraced it with gratitude. Jay Manuel lost his cool after the makeovers were done, saying that some of the attitudes were disrespectful to the salon management. The challenge this week involved make-up application, speed and presentation. They each raced against the clock to put together their entire look, from make-up to wardrobe, during brief elevator stops on a trip to the top of a skyscraper. Megg and Monique could not make the elevator at various stories, and were eliminated even before the presentation. Eugena was determined the winner by CoverGirl, Queen Latifah and her make-up artist, Roxanna Floyd. Her prize was an exclusive photo shoot for the CoverGirl Web site, which she chose CariDee and Jaeda to share. Back at the house, Monique took off her frustration of her loss in the challenge by using the phone for more than three and a half hours, upsetting other girls who needed the phone. This was followed by an intense verbal confrontation with Anchal and Amanda who insisted that Monique was disrespecting others and forcefully hung up her call. The photo shoot involved the girls to shine through quirky, extravagant wigs and hair pieces. Melrose turned the tables and delivered the best shot this week, while Michelle, Amanda and Anchal also did well. However, Jaeda and Megan both landed in the bottom two for poor photos. Even though Jaeda still disliked her hair, Megan was sent home.

  • First call-out: Melrose Bickerstaff
  • Bottom two: Jaeda Young & Megan Morris
  • Eliminated: Megan Morris
  • Featured photographer: Tracy Bayne
  • Special guests: Frederic Fekkai, Queen Latifah, Roxanna Floyd, Mr. Little, Lisa B., Weavin' Steven
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Amanda Babin

The Girl Who Goes To Texas

First aired October 4, 2006

J. Alexander prepared the girls with a unique crazy, insane runway exercise from atop a 1/2" wide tight rope. When they got back to the house, Melrose went to use the phone, and Monique barged in and demanded the phone. Melrose then slammed the door on Monique, who retaliated by taking her undergarments off and rubbed them on Melrose's bedsheets. The next day, their runway skills were put to the test in their rockiest challenge yet, with Bre Scullark (Cycle 5) appearing as guest. The contestants were asked to strut across cobblestones in high heels while wearing masks which impaired their vision. The winner of the challenge, A.J., picked CariDee and Megg to jet off to work a star-studded Dennis Quaid Charity Weekend Fashion Show with some past seasons’ contestants in Austin, Texas. Later, the girls had to rock a catwalk suspended over water, but Monique's dehydration landed her in the hospital. She then went home and did not participate in the photo shoot, but made it to judging. While Eugena was walking on the runway, she fell. At judging, Monique was criticized for not pulling through like models in previous cycles have (specifically Danielle from Cycle 6). On the other hand, A.J was highly praised for her high fashion look/photo, Melrose for her pissed off strong shot which worked and Brooke for her wind in the air walk. In the end, it was Eugena and Monique who landed in the bottom two, both for their inability to translate their beauty into film. Monique was subsequently eliminated for her seeming lack of drive.

  • First call-out: A.J. Stewart
  • Bottom two: Eugena Washington & Monique Calhoun
  • Eliminated: Monique Calhoun
  • Featured photographer: Charlie Altuna
  • Special guests: Dennis Quaid, Bre Scullark, Emiliano Moreno, Rebecca Epley, Coryn Woitel, April Wilkner, Shannon Stewart, Mercedes Scelba-Shorte, Brittany Brower, Camille McDonald
  • CoverGirl of the Week: Anchal Joseph

The Girl Who Joined the Circus

First aired October 11, 2006

The contestants learned to strike an extreme pose from a contortionist, and model coach, Stacey McKenzie, and were put to the test in a high fashion challenge. They had a dinner at the restaurant where Twiggy was awaiting. The next day, they learned to show an extreme pose in designer Bao Tranchi's clothing and Erica Courtney jewelry. Eugena was chosen as the winner and won all the jewelry worn during the challenge, totaling $32,000. After the challenge Anchal overheard Melrose talking about her in the hottub and got very upset. The following day, Tyra arrived at the house and had a talk with them. The photo shoot this week was based on a circus freak show and the girls turned into various circus freaks as follows:

During make-up, Jay called the girls to meet Seventeen magazine editor Atoosa Rubenstein. Megg and Jaeda struggled in their photos, Megg felt the worst in her photo plus her bearded lady look. At judging, Melrose, A.J. and CariDee were hailed for their performances with Eugena's huge improvement also noted while Jaeda and Megg found themselves in the bottom two, both for their bad photos. In the end, Megg was sent home because of her inability to transfer her personality into a photo. In addition, the judges began to doubt her model potential, as she didn't look like a model in front of the panel, or in any of her photographs.

  • First call-out: CariDee English
  • Bottom two: Jaeda Young & Megg Morales
  • Eliminated: Megg Morales
  • Featured photographer: Mike Rosenthal
  • Special guests: Bao Tranchi, Stacey McKenzie, Jonathan Nosan, Erica Courtney, Atoosa Rubenstein
  • CoverGirl of the Week: AJ Stewart

The Girl Who Punk's Ashton

First aired October 18, 2006

A red carpet challenge with former judge Janice Dickinson left some of the girls speechless. Melrose won the reward challenge, which gave her a night to interview stars on the red carpet as part of Entertainment Tonight staff. Back at the house, Michelle revealed that she might be gay or bisexual, to the surprise of her twin sister Amanda, who became noticeably more introverted after hearing this. While talking to Tyra, Amanda revealed that she was scared for her sister. She came to terms with it and accompanied her sister as Michelle called their mother to tell her. The stars came out at a photo shoot where the contestants were transformed into celebrity couples, which were:

Model Circus Freak
A.J. Cannibal
Amanda & Michelle Siamese Twins
Anchal Giant Lady
Brooke Rubber Girl
CariDee Elephant Girl
Eugena Bird Lady
Jaeda Strong Lady
Megg Bearded Lady
Melrose Old face/young body

During judging, the girls were asked to be impromptu correspondents and give their best commentary of red carpet footage featuring the ANTM judges, during which Brooke, Eugena and Caridee shone but A.J., Jaeda and Anchal let their self-consciousness show through. Brooke's fantastic photo and great performance at the judging test earned her a first call out. CariDee, Amanda and Melrose also received praise for their overall performance as well. In the end, A.J. and Jaeda were revealed to be in the bottom two, both because the judges weren't sure how much they cared about the competition. The judging concluded in a big shock to the girls when AJ, who had done well consistently throughout the competition, was eliminated. The judges felt that she had just lost her drive to remain in the competition and spared Jaeda for the third time.

  • First call-out: Brooke Miller
  • Bottom two: A.J. Stewart & Jaeda Young
  • Eliminated: A.J. Stewart
  • Featured photographer: Matthew Jordan Smith
  • Special guests: Janice Dickinson, Mark Steines, Matt Czuchry, Ryan Hansen, Jared Padalecki
  • CoverGirl of the Week: AJ Stewart

The Girl Who Graduates

First aired October 25, 2006

Angered of the things that some of the girls were doing around the house, Brooke saw a box with a present from her parents: Diploma from her high school graduation and decorations. Then, at a surprise photo shoot, Tyra picked up her camera and surprised the contestants in their backyard with a black-and-white photo shoot where they were asked to look scary with weird contact lenses yet retain their sex appeal at which Caridee and Eugena shone while Amanda and Melrose struggled although both pulled of good shots.The Girls had a lesson with Dita Von Tesse in burlesque at which Jaeda and Anchal struggled, Caridee and Melrose tried to hard and looked "too Stripper while Amanda and Eugena did well.The contestants were put to the test by walking down the dinner table of Elite Models director Cathy Gould at her dinner party. Melrose won her third challenge and brought Amanda, Michelle, and Brooke for a Seveneteen magazine editorial spread photo shoot as her reward. To test their new sense about the fine line between 'sexy' and 'sleazy,' Jay Manuel met the contestants for a second photo shoot depicting romance novels with model Fabio. Each girl had their own romance novel title, as follows:

Model Celebrity Couple
A.J. Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez
Amanda Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore
Anchal Stedman Graham & Oprah Winfrey
Brooke Kevin Federline & Britney Spears
CariDee Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Eugena Jay-Z & Beyoncé Knowles
Jaeda Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston
Melrose Donald Trump & Melania Trump
Michelle Ellen DeGeneres & Portie de Rossi
Model Novel Title
Michelle The Other Woman
Anchal Love Pyramid
Brooke Don't Leave Me!
CariDee But... I Love Her
Eugena Oh No You Didn't
Jaeda Nibble... In The Night
Melrose Lady In The Night
Michelle Who's My Baby's Daddy?

At the panel Amanda, Melrose, CariDee, and Anchal were named the best as they all excelled. Despite bad takes from Jaeda and Michelle at the photoshoot with Fabio, Eugena and Brooke were revealed as the bottom two. While the judges were irked at Eugena's mannerisms, they doubted Brooke's potential as a model, and wondered whether she was just getting by on her vibrant personality. In a shocking end, Eugena was saved for the second time because of her strong contacts photo and Brooke was ironically eliminated on the night of her high school graduation.

  • First call-out: Amanda Babin
  • Bottom two: Brooke Miller & Eugena Washington
  • Eliminated: Brooke Miller
  • Featured photographers: Jeffrey Jones, Tyra Banks (B&W photoshoot), Randee St. Nicholas (Fabio photoshoot)
  • Special guests: Fabio, Dita von Teese, Kylie Bax, Atoosa Rubenstein, Beau Quillian, Cathy Gould, Elyssa Traub
  • CoverGirl of the Week: CariDee English

The Girls Who Made It This Far

First aired November 1, 2006

This episode recapped the process that the seven remaining models, including some never-before-seen footage. One such scene was during the very first hour the girls entered the house, when they met their wardrobe stylist Charlie Altuna and makeup artist Sutan, who had with them a "Fashion Trash" bin, and confiscated whatever of the girls’ clothing they deemed "unfashionable." However, after this abrupt event, the girls were brought to Skyla where they had five minutes to shop for "fashionable top model" clothing. Footage included a catfight between Amanda, Michelle, Jaeda (to Brooke & AJ), Megan, Megg and Monique, who went on a rampage and threw away almost every other foodstuff in the house into the garbage when Monique found out that her Doritos were eaten. Amanda then ran provocatively around the house opening every other closet that contained any remains of food, all the while shouting, "there's food there!" Finally, the girls met with yoga instructor Shirley Archer for a relaxing time of meditation, and Jaeda impersonated Tyra at eliminations while all the contestants were in a dressing room. Right before announcing who was "going home," CariDee unexpectedly passed gas, which stopped all the girls and caused them to laugh.

  • Special guests: Charlie Altuna, Sutan, Shirley Archer, Frederic Fekkai

The Girl Who Wrecks The Car

First aired November 8, 2006

The next day, the contestants headed to the beach where they met pro athlete and model Gabrielle Reece where she taught the girls the art of action modeling while they bumped, set and spiked to beach volleyball. The girls got even more physical with NASCAR driver Stanton Barrett for a competition where they had to take their own shots using a remote controlled camera. Although accidentally denting Stanton's car, Michelle won the challenge and picked Amanda, CariDee, and Melrose to share her reward. Unknown to them, there was a reward challenge within the challenge, where the four girls had to act fast and don as many pieces of clothing within 30 seconds. Melrose won the prize of $10,000 worth of clothing and jewelry. Back at the house, the tension between Anchal and Melrose reached a boiling point when Melrose accused Anchal of being childish and disrespectful to others, causing a visibly affected Anchal to retreat to her room. For the week's photo shoot, the girls received their first Covergirl assignment, shooting for TruBlend whipped foundation, modeling as space-sirens. They flew at a skydiving training facility, where many contestants had difficulty expressing grace inside a wind tunnel. During judging, the girls had to act out a scene derived from a verb and adverb randomly drawn from a box as follows:

Model Verb Adverb
Amanda Ski Sadly
Anchal Dance Aggressively
CariDee Hide Dizzily
Eugena Shake Flirtatiously
Jaeda Skip Sensually
Melrose Box Joyfully
Michelle Swim Frightfully

CariDee received the first call-out for the second time in the competition. Melrose, Amanda and Michelle had also excelled throughout this week's photoshoot, while the judges appreciated the effort that Jaeda and Eugena demonstrated during the judging challenge despite delivering bad photoshoots. Michelle and Anchal landed in the bottom two, both for the first time ever and due to their apparent lack of drive. Although the judges were turned off by Michelle's lack of drive, they decided that she was the stronger model and Tyra warned Michelle to show more passion and drive before she gets eliminated. Anchal was eliminated for letting her lack of self-confidence consistently hold her back and not trying "to fake it until she makes it" if she was so determined to be in the competition.

  • First call-out: CariDee English
  • Bottom two: Anchal Joseph & Michelle Babin
  • Eliminated: Anchal Joseph
  • Featured photographer: Patrik Giardino
  • Special guests: Gabrielle Reece, Stanton Barrett, James St. James, Kate Nobelius
  • CoverGirl of the Week: CariDee English

The Girls Who Breaks Down

First aired November 15, 2006

The girls met with acting coach Tasha Smith at the Los Angeles Repertory Company for acting lessons, and all took turns performing exercises to learn how to break down their physical boundaries. Each girl then shot their own silent film, acting out the direction given to them. After an emotional day, CariDee was chosen as the winner, earning her a guest spot on The CW’s One Tree Hill. The girls then viewed CariDee’s winning silent film, and Tyra surprised them with a trip to Barcelona, Spain. Once the girls landed in Barcelona, they were happily surprised when their driver made several stops along the way to pick up male models who would be part of their next challenge. Together, they went to dinner at a traditional Spanish restaurant, where they learned they would shoot a commercial the next day in the Catalan language. Tensions rose between Jaeda and her male model Nacho after he told her he did not like black women. The following day the girls shot a Secret deodorant commercial, where they had to kiss their male model at the end. Most of the girls struggled with their lines and the pressure to perform in another language. Eugena and Melrose excelled. Melrose was praised by the judges as giving the best performance – much to the dislike of Eugena and Amanda, Eugena was hailed for her huge improvement and Michelle was criticized for her terrible kiss. However, CariDee, who had previously been favored by the judges, gave one of the worst commercials. CariDee landed in the bottom two with Jaeda. The judges deemed Jaeda as the weakest girl, overall as well as with her commercial, and despite giving her several chances, Jaeda gave them no reasons to continue keeping her in the competition, eliminating her.

  • First call-out: Melrose Bickerstaff
  • Bottom two: CariDee English & Jaeda Young
  • Eliminated: Jaeda Young
  • Featured commercial director: Denis Rovira
  • Special guests: Tasha Smith, Lee Norris
  • CoverGirl of the Week: CariDee English

The Girl Who Sticks Her Foot In Her Mouth

First aired November 22, 2006

Shaken from her near elimination, CariDee struggled to rebound from an off week. In order to relieve some anxiety, the girls invited their Spanish models from their last commercial shoot over for dinner. The next day, Tyra visited the girls and had a sit down talk about the harsh reality's of the modeling industry, before the girls met up with Pancho Saula, the director of Elite Barcelona, who has set up 10 go-sees for them to attend all around the city. Eugena and CariDee teamed up, as did the twins, while Melrose decided to hit the streets alone, a strategy that seemed to pay off as she managed to attend the most number of auditions. When the twins got lost, they arrived late, they ended up disqualifying themselves. Melrose won her fourth reward challenge, and she chose CariDee to share in her reward – a catered dinner at their apartment. For this week’s photo shoot, the girls arrived at the bull-fighting arena and met their photographer, Nigel Barker. CariDee made a crude joke to Nigel, which was edited for him to appear offended, however according to CariDee in an Entertainment Weekly online interview, he actually recognized her humor and joked along with her. For the shoot, the girls had to pose as bullfighters in front of a live bull, though their bullfighting capes were edited in so that the girls were not genuinely harmed by the bull. At the photo shoot Eugena and Michelle shone while Amanda and Caridee struggled. At panel, the girls were asked to tell the judges who they felt had the most and least amount of potential. Michelle’s insecurities finally overwhelmed her as she broke down in front of the judges, conflicted by her doubts of whether she really wanted to be a model. Eugena impressed the judges by confessing that she started so weakly in the contest, stating that a "journey" took place. Caridee then tearfully gave an apology letter to Nigel after her offensive conversation with him. During deliberation, the judges were torn between the lackluster photos of Amanda and CariDee, but Michelle’s identity crisis made them question whether Michelle was sacrificing her place for her sister. Consequentially, the twins landed in the bottom two, where Tyra noted that Amanda has the passion, but her talent was questionable and Michelle, who was probably the strongest model in the competition, pretty much eliminated herself by her lack of self-confidence. It was Amanda's drive to win that won the judges over as her sister was sent home.

  • First call-out: Eugena Washington
  • Bottom two: Amanda Babin & Michelle Babin
  • Eliminated: Michelle Babin
  • Featured photographer: Nigel Barker
  • Special guests: Pancho Saula, Julie Cher, Susana Castano, Jorge Paulo de Oliveira Terra, Victoriano Simon, Julie Sohn
  • CoverGirl of the Week: CariDee English

The Girl Who Grates

First aired November 29, 2006

The girls traveled to a dance studio where they met flamenco dancer Nacho Blancho, who taught them the steps of the traditional Spanish dance. While Eugena breezed through the practice, Amanda's awkwardness became apparent. Later that night, the girls shared a dinner with runway coach and judge Miss J. Alexander, before returning to their apartment to rehearse their dance steps. CariDee and Eugena repeatedly expressed their disdain for Melrose and wished for the two of them to be the Final Two. The next morning, the girls arrived at a majestic Spanish villa for their flamenco dance test, decked out in full flamenco attire. Melrose, who didn't practice earlier and said she would shine, was the only girl who made a mistake. Nacho was impressed by Amanda’s improvement but crowned Eugena the winner, who picked Amanda to share in her prize, which turned out to be three presents bearing clothes worn at the Custo Barcelona Fall 2006 collection. Melrose then got upset because she didn't do as well as she expected to. For the photo shoot, the girls met with Jay Manuel who brought out Tyra to assist. The girls were paired up – Eugena and Melrose, Amanda and CariDee – to pose as nymphs floating underwater. While Melrose shone in the freezing water, Eugena delivered many blank shots and was unable to stay afloat although managed to deliver some pretty shots. CariDee had to be pulled out from the icy water prematurely when she got hypothermia and started shivering uncontrollably. She was later scolded for not speaking up and "listening to her body." Amanda had to finish the rest of the 50 frames left in the shoot by herself. At panel, Melrose was the only girl to survive from any negative critique from the judges. They warned Eugena about her bland expressions, although her final photo was praised and still had reservations about Amanda’s stiffness and awkward posing, while criticizing CariDee's weak physical demands of being a model. Though she was praised for not allowing her coldness to show on her face in the photo shoot, CariDee found herself in the bottom two with Amanda; Amanda's look was edgy and high-fashion, but the judges worried if she was overly awkward and meek, while CariDee's look was classic, but may not be able to take the physical demands of being a model. Tyra ultimately handed the last photo to Caridee, who told her to conquer her weaknesses. Amanda, the other Babin twin, was sent packing.

  • First call-out: Melrose Bickerstaff
  • Bottom two: Amanda Babin & CariDee English
  • Eliminated: Amanda Babin
  • Featured photographer: David Ruiz
  • Special guests: Nacho Blancho, Naama Hernandez Ruiz
  • CoverGirl of the Week: CariDee English

The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model

First aired December 6, 2006

The final three met Jay Manuel to shoot their commercial for CoverGirl Outlast Double Lip Shine, where they met last cycle's winner Danielle Evans. First up was CariDee, whose natural enthusiasm shone through after Tyra regurgitated her from the previous panel. While Eugena once again started off with bland takes, she finally turned on the charm for a great delivery, while Melrose struggled with her being over-prepared. During their CoverGirl print ad shoot, CariDee once again shone with her blissful look and strong picture and commercial, as well as her strong portfolio, while Eugena delivered some passionate shots. Melrose, affected by her earlier performance, stumbled in her shoot. The judges believe that Melrose has failed to live up to her past performances, and Eugena's passion was still questioned. Ultimately, Melrose joined CariDee as the final two as Eugena was sent home. Melrose was the first and the last girl to be in the bottom two this season and got spared.

  • First call-out: CariDee English
  • Bottom two: Eugena Washington & Melrose Bickerstaff
  • Eliminated: Eugena Washington
  • Featured photographer: Jim De Yonker

In preparation for the final runway challenge, Tyra set up a sit-down talk with life coach Dr. Michelle. Next, the final two met Jay Manuel at their final runway, where they had to play ghostly brides in wedding gowns designed by Victorio & Lucchino. The final show would be set in Antoni Gaudí's world famous Park Güell. As night fell on Barcelona, Danielle began the show while Melrose and CariDee kicked off their catwalk face-off. The second walk required the girls to stop and stare down each other halfway down the runway. A minor disaster occurred when CariDee accidentally stepped on Melrose's train and ripped it in the middle of the runway. After a brief moment of shock, Melrose recovered quickly and continued her walk confidently. However, drama began to stir at the changing room as Melrose blamed CariDee for the torn gown. The final segment began with Jay Alexander dressed in a black wedding gown running out on the catwalk, screaming theatrically, and the girls followed suit, with CariDee overdoing it. The show ended off with CariDee and Melrose's final walk at the runway, together with their last face-off pose before "disappearing" from the runway. Back in the judging room (with Jay Manuel present as judge), the judges were torn because Caridee had a strong CoverGirl photo, but performed poorly in the fashion show; while Melrose did worse in the Covergirl shoot, but excelled in the fashion show. The judges appreciated Melrose's fashion knowledge and persistence to win the competition, but she came off as too clinical. Meanwhile CariDee was lambasted for her sometimes too loud personality, although she had the much sought after "X-Factor." The girls returned and Tyra announced CariDee as the seventh winner of America's Next Top Model.

  • Final two: CariDee English & Melrose Bickerstaff
  • America's Next Top Model: CariDee English
  • Featured photographer: George Holz
  • Special guest: Danielle Evans, Victorio & Lucchino, Atoosa Rubenstein, Beau Quillian, Michelle Callahan

Contestant gallery

Christian Evans

Eliminated in episode 2

Megan Morris

Eliminated in episode 3

Monique Calhoun

Eliminated in episode 4

Megg Morales

Eliminated in episode 5

AJ Stewart

Eliminated in episode 6

Brooke Miller

Eliminated in episode 7

Anchal Joseph

Eliminated in episode 9

Jaeda Young

Eliminated in episode 10

Michelle Babin

Eliminated in episode 11

Amanda Babin

Eliminated in episode 12

Eugena Washington

Eliminated in episode 13

Melrose Bickerstaff


CariDee English


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