ANTM: Michael Jackson and the Kardashians
Laura as the King of Pop. (Tim Peterson/Pottle Productions) I’m not sure what’s more ridiculous about this week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model. (And in Tyra-world, as we know, ridiculous is relative.) Bianca’s superiority complex and anger issues. Shannon being boring. (“I have a senstive spirit!”) Alexandria’s ramble about minnows and sharks and teeth and fins. (No idea.) The carousel-runway combo the girls have to master in a matter of seconds. The presence of the Kardashians and the fact they offer the winner of the merry-go-challenge ONE outfit from their collection. THEIR COLLECTION THAT IS SOLD AT SEARS. No, no, no. The whopper this week is that the photo challenge had the girls posing as Michael Jackson. Who is recently dead. Whose involuntary manslaughter trial is going on RIGHT NOW. Oh, and also? That it required some of the girls to essentially be in blackface. (Or blackish, whatever.) Oh, Tyra. Haven’t we gone down this road before? Wait, this isn't the Drag Racejudging table? (Mathieu Young/The CW) La Toya Jackson, always ready for her close-up to honor her brother, served as a consultant and guest judge. Look, I love MJ as much as the next person. And I’m sure this is meant to be an homage/tribute/honor. But just the timing makes it unfortunate, to say the least. Country-pie Laura takes best photo of the week — SHAMOWN! — selected by La Toya herself. I like it, sure, and I love Laura. But I really think Alexandria, Domnique or even Kayla were a few moonwalks above. Seriously, I’m sort of in love with Alexandria’s photo. Bianca’s attitude reflect in her shot, which is devoid of energy and inspiration. Beat it, indeed. And, of course, we get Shannon, Allison and Lisa in dark makeup. Just WOW. In honor of Michael’s legacy of love, no one goes home — a lucky save for Lisa and my girl Angelea. 716 still in effect! ANTM All Stars airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on the CW.