America's Next Top Model: David M. Russell
Jennifer Armstrong
March 29, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

We gave it an B

If any pop-cult phenomenon is disposable, it’s reality TV — but damn if Miss Tyra Banks and her virgin batch of model wannabes don’t look just as fierce today in America’s Next Top Model. There’s no expiration date on the pleasures of watching Banks torture these beauties with freezing-cold bikini shoots, snakes, and the caustic Janice Dickinson. No contestants have been as memorable as Bible-thumping plus-sizer Robin, lesbian queen Ebony, or intellectual waif Elyse — not to mention the winner-turned-Surreal Life star, Adrianne. Do we need to revisit no-name hotties getting Brazilian waxes? No. Is it fun anyway? Yes. EXTRAS ”Casting Call” could use more audition footage and less Tyra. ”Reliving the First Season” offers a few tidbits (those 10-minute eliminations sometimes took five hours to film) but nothing worth sitting through. And the ”Two Jays” — ”runway diva” J. Alexander and makeup artist Jay Manuel — are great, but they don’t merit their own video tribute.

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