Charlotte Dawson stands with two tremblingly nervous but excited finalists, Stephanie Hart and Alice Burdeu. Tonight, one of them will win tonight’s live finale of Australia’s Next Top Model.
5000 applicants gave us 13 worthy finalists. They studied through 15 lessons. Took on 20 challenges. 14 photo shoots. 2000 steps on the runway. Styled in 33 different outfits and countless more of their own. Wore hundreds of pairs of shoes and a kilometre of hair extensions. After 10 intense and emotional eliminations, two finalists are left. Alice and Steph.
Jodhi Meares takes to the catwalk in front of the live studio audience. This is a world first where the voting public will decide who will be Australia’s Next Top Model.
16 year old Steph was a mess after Jordan was eliminated last week. 19 year old Alice thinks she has the confidence to be Australia’s next Top Model.
The final task is a walk off at Australia’s Fashion Week. The first casting is with Fashion Assassin. Alice is worried about the street stuff as it’s not really her. She’s also exited about Alex Perry but think he’s going to be very picky.
Alex Zabotto-Bently from Fashion Assassin greets the girls and says they’re casting for their fashion week show which will be one of the biggest shows of the week. They are looking for models who will stand out. Alex gets the girls to try on some clothes and then walk a fun walk that isn’t too structured.
Alex thought it was the wrong outfit he’d chosen for her. He gives her a gold skirt which he loves.
Alex goes through Steph’s book and gets to the fifth page and says “You’re so in the show”. Alice also gets the nod from Alex.
The girls head off to Alex Perry and have to perform in front of four people. They’re a little worried about Steph’s confidence. They like the fact that Alice is very commercial.
Back in the studio, Jodhi Meares introduces the judging panel which includes Charlotte Dawson, Jez Smith, Alex Perry and Jonathan Pease. As it is a special show, there are three special judges, Priscilla Leighton Clark, Napolean Perdis and Vogue editor Kirstie Clements.
Alex introduces Stephanie to Miranda Kerr who gives her the advice, believe in yourself. Alice is full of nervous energy before walking out onto the runway. Alex thought she looked angelic.
Stephanie slips on a strap that had broken on her shoe but she kept going like a real pro which made Alex proud. She was worried about the judges thoughts after the stumble.
Back in the studio, Alex thought that the girls had done really well and the slip on the shoe strap didn’t bother him at all. They all think that Alice has a better physique than Steph on the catwalk.
The Fashion Assassin show is next and Alice says that Steph must have offended the shoe gods because she’s broken another shoe.
During the pep talk before the show, the girls are told that it’s all about sexy. Steph was just what the judges thought she would be but they thought Fashion week belonged to Alice despite the fact that Alex likes Steph more in front of the camera.
A fight breaks out on the judging panel and Alex doesn’t think Steph will land a job and there is even some dispute as to whether Alice did in fact own Fashion Week.
Now it’s time to bring the girls out. Steph says her word of the day is anxious. Alice’s hair is so red that she looks like she’s on fire.
Charlotte talks to Alice about how she’s so skinny. Alice says that there are far bigger issues in the world to deal with.
It’s time to meet the rest of the girls from the series. In order of elimination:
Jaimi Smith, Cobi Marsh, Cassandra Hughes, Kara-Lee Taylor, Stephanie Flockhart, Jane Williamson, Sophie Wittingslow, Danica Brown, Paloma Rodriquez, Anika Salerno and Jordan Lukas.
We get a recap of all the bitchiness and cat fights from the last few months before the voting lines are closed.
Ian Thorpe comes onto the stage to offer a $5000 prize to Jordan.
Charlotte asks the other contestants who they think will win Australia’s Next Top Models. Jaimi votes Steph. Cobi says Alice. Cassandra votes Steph. Kara-Lee votes Alice. Jane says Steph. Sophie says Steph. Paloma thinks Alice. Anika says Steph. Jordan wants Steph to win but can see Alice on the international runways. So that’s 5 votes to Steph and 4 to Alice.
It’s decision time and instead of making that decision behind closed doors, tonight the decision will be made in front of everyone. First off, those who will be employing the very deserving winner.
Firstly, Priscilla Leighton Clark thinks that it should be Alice. Napolean Perdis is quite torn and is going to give away a package for the runner up but his vote also goes to Alice. Vogue editor Kirstie Clements votes for Alice as well. It seems everyone thinks Alice is ready now and Stephanie is still a little way off being completely ready.
Jonathan gives Steph his vote. Alex gives his vote to Alice. Charlotte votes alice. Jason says his photography vote goes to Steph. Jodhi gives her vote to Steph which makes it 5 – 3 to Alice.
They ask the girls for their thoughts as to why they should be Australia’s Next Top Model. Alice plays the “Steph is younger and not ready but I am card”. Steph says she has fallen in love with modelling like she never knew she would and that she is ready.
The winner of Australia’s Next Top Model for 2007 is Alice Burdeu.
As winner, Alice will have a 12 month contract with Napolean, feature in an 8 page spread in Vogue magazine as well as an international shoot and a Ford car.