Kingsley Thorne is the best thing to happen to BINTM in ages, says Will Gore, although the models probably don't feel that way...
Emma, Sarah, Lauren and Sophie were meant to be the stars of the penultimate episode of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. The quartet have had to put up with weeks of photoshoots, catwalk shows and Dannii Minogue, so it seemed a little unfair for them to be upstaged so late in the day.
But upstaged they were, by one Kingsley Thorne - a "fashion guru" and a self-proclaimed one at that.With an accent stronger than Marcus Tandy's girlfriend out of El Dorado and Rab C Nesbitt's combined, the Bajan guru directed the models in their first challenge.
Clearly the producers have saved the stellar challenges for these final few Barbados-set shows. This one really was a biggie, with the girls asked to do a cover shoot for a magazine promoting a shopping centre.
Kingsley sent them off to buy some clothes for the shoot and when they returned for assessment, here's where the Thorne magic really happened. First up he praised Sophie's floaty dress, but when he cast his eye over Emma's androgynous get up, he lost it.
In a tone of voice treading that fine line between high camp and tough Bajan, he wailed: "I hate it!" The poor guy sounded genuinely upset as he followed up his initial response to Emma's man's shirt and slacks combo, with a more fulsome broadside: "You're not a boy! You're a lady, you're a girl!"
And then suddenly all was calm. Just like that, angry Kingsley was gone and smiley Kingsley was back. He praised Sarah's floral number as if he didn't have a care in the world. I had to rewind the action just to check the diatribe and that voice had actually happened. It definitely had.
You might have made Emma cry, Kingsley Thorne, but, still, I salute you, sir.Once the shopping centre ordeal was over and Kingsley's fashion guru services were dispensed with, it was left to Sarah to take the leading role in this week's episode. And this wasn't a good thing.
I never thought it would be possible to find an Irish person who is more annoying than Bono, but by Jaysus and for sure, the BINTM producers have managed it with Sarah.
If I had a penny for every time she bored on about how she grew up on a farm in Donegal and just wants to prove all those doubters of ginger Irish girls wrong, I'd be so rich I wouldn't need to waste my life writing about Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model.
Sarah somehow managed to keep quiet long enough to have her picture taken in a sugar cane field for the main photoshoot. After twelve weeks of watching BINTM I'm probably as much a fashion expert as Dannii and to my mind Sarah's picture, in which her hair was sculpted into a big ginger helmet and she looked like she was asleep standing up, seemed fairly average.The judges liked it though and put her through to the final. We'll all just have to stay strong as we endure one more week of tortuous Irish/farm/ginger chat. We've got this far, we can do this.
Joining Sarah in next week's final will be bookies favourite Lauren and people's champion Emma, with Sophie the unlucky model to be kicked out in the final elimination.
Even though Elle said Sophie's photo from the sugar cane shoot was one of the best they've ever had on the show, the fact that in her previous pictures she's generally looked like someone on heavy sedatives did for her in the end. Sophie left with a group hug from the judges, which was nice. And a weird kiss to the side of the head from Tyson, which wasn't.
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