Film and TV

Top Model: Lauren Conrad loves Nicole Fox

On episode two of America's Next Top Model's thirteenth cycle, Louisville's own Nicole Fox, who we introduced you to last Thursday, was seldom in the spotlight, but was in no real danger of getting the heave-ho, as happened to not one but two contestants, Rachel and Courtney. She lost a head-to-head competition in which she was supposed to "smize" -- that's smiling with your eyes, people! -- but scored with a topless snapshot taken with a horse and jockey. Even though she finished fourth in the overall photo judging, guest prognosticator Lauren Conrad, of The Hills quasi-fame, declared the image to be her personal favorite -- and the Reality TV Calendar website agrees, declaring that "Awkward, Edgy and Model-esque Nicole Takes the Night!" Thank goodness she's "model-esque:" It's probably too late to get cast on Top Chef.

Bonus local mention on national TV last night: In Glee, Fox's enjoyably quirky musical deconstruction of high school life, a singing group cringingly dubbed the Accafellas kill with a performance of (yes, I'm serious) Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up." Afterward, one member talks about looking for a bigger venue for their next gig, like "Wembley or Red Rocks." Suck it, Madison Square Garden.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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