The semi-finals are now complete. You can vote in the finals of Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2012 by clicking here.
The road through the semi-finals of Wiwi’s annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model is long and perilous. It’s full of broken dreams, and even more broken stilettos, not to mention laxatives that help our contestants lose weight, and towels that they use to dry off after yet another session in the fitness center. The hard work has paid off for some of the ladies—and we’re about to find out who. The time has come for the third and final elimination in the search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2012.
Wiwi launched the semi-finals on April 1, inviting the 25 women of Eurovision to the House of Wiwi. Since then readers have cast a total of 4,934 votes. Along the way we had to say goodbye to six beautiful divas, including Portugal’s adorable Filipa Sousa and San Marino’s cyber-sex-lovin’ Valentina Monetta. That leaves 19 women standing, but Wiwi only has enough money to pay for 16 pairs of shoes and 16 cans of hairspray for the final. That means three of you ladies need to go. Need. To. Go.
Nineteen mostly beautiful women stand before me, but I only have 16 photos in my hands. These photos represent the 16 of you who are still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model. The first name I’m going to call out represents the winner of the semi-finals. She’s worked incredibly hard to sculpt her body—as you can see in this news footage—and she has won the semi-finals in a landslide with a whopping 35% of the vote. She’s flying high, but she’s keeping her feet on the ground. She is Romania’s Elena Ionescu.
Congratulations Elena. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
The woman finishing in second place during the semi-finals proves that you can still look good even if your country is being rocked by the global financial crisis. She’s won our hearts with her playful attitude and even tan. She’s singing a song called “Aphrodisiac” and she just proved she is turning all y’all on. She is Greece’s Eleftheria Eleftheriou!
Congratulations Eleftheria. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
The contestant finishing in third place will be well rested when the Eurovision final rolls around. That’s because she’s a local beauty. She’s the babe from Baku and she’s still in the race. Please join me in congratulating Sabina Babayeva!
Congratulations Sabina. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Finishing in fourth place is a woman who draws support from around the entire world. Born in Indonesia but now representing France, she really is a case of East meets breast. She gives an amazing interview, and she’s giving a whole lot of face. It’s France’s finest, Miss Anggun Cipta!
Félicitations Anggun. Vous êtes toujours en course pour devenir Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Only one other woman managed to secure more than 300 votes in the semi-finals. Europe is falling in love with her, and it might be because she repeats the phrase “La La Love” 17 times in her Eurovision 2012 entry. She’s already a cover girl in Cyprus and Greece, and she may soon be the star of Eurovision. She is Cyprus’ Ivi Adamou!
Congratulations Ivi. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Rounding out the Top 10 this week are five contestants who need to step up their game if they want to make it to the top. It’s great that you’ll be joining us in the House of Wiwi for the finals. But you have no chance of winning unless you start marketing this contest to your fans on Facebook and Twitter. Being a Top Model is about working hard, so you need to show Wiwi that you have the time and energy to climb the Top Model ladder. The next five women joining me in the finals are Sweden’s Loreen, Italy’s Nina Zilli, Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki (all six of you), Spain’s Pastora Soler and Ukraine’s Gaitana.
Congratulations ladies. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model. Now get off my runway.
I’ve got six more spots, but for now I’m just going to call five more names. The next lucky five are: Latvia’s Anmary, Croatia’s Nina Badric, Slovenia’s Eva Boto, FYR Macedonia’s Kaliopi, and Denmark’s Soluna Samay.
Congratulations ladies. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model. But just by the skin of your teeth.
Would Rona, Maya, Greta, and Iris please step forward. Ladies, you represent the worst of the best, the four women who received the fewest number of votes among all of our semi-finalists. Rona: You always hit the high notes and maintain such a serene expression while doing so. But your portfolio pictures sometimes seem tortured and pained. Being a Top Model is about showing emotion, but sometimes you have to reign it in. Maya: Your last name is Sar, but something is missing. I think it’s the T. If you want to be a star, you need to bring all the letters with you. Greta: You are absolutely stunning. But sometimes I think the girl from tiny Iceland is afraid to own her looks. You sometimes look nervous in photos, and being a Top Model is about being fearless. Can you find the nerve before it’s too late? Iris: You are only 17 years old, and sometimes it shows. Your portfolio pics show you in flowers. And only flowers. If you want to walk in Paris, you are going to have to grow up and move past floral print. Do you have the versatility it takes to be on top?
So who stays?
Albania. Rona, you are the only contestant at Eurovision 2012 who is rocking dreadlocks, and I completely respect you for that. It’s that kind of bravery that makes a model beautiful, and turns a Eurovision contestant into a star.
Congratulations Rona. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
As for the rest of you, you must now return to the apartment, pack your bags and go home. If you take any food from my fridge I will be charging your credit card. Now get off my runway.
The finals of Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2012 have begun. All votes will be erased and you will have a chance to vote again. The contest will end on Sunday, June 3—eight days after the Eurovision final. I have to give you guys something to look forward to after the music fades. Click here to vote now!
|1. Romania: Elena Ionescu||1,710||34.66%|
|2. Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou||493||9.99%|
|3. Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva||430||8.72%|
|4. France: Anggun||369||7.48%|
|5. Cyprus: Ivi Adamou||352||7.13%|
|6. Sweden: Loreen||254||5.15%|
|7. Italy: Nina Zilli||127||2.57%|
|8. Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki||115||2.33%|
|9. Spain: Pastora Soler||101||2.05%|
|10. Ukraine: Gaitana||97||1.97%|
|11. Latvia: Anmary||87||1.76%|
|12. Croatia: Nina Badric||83||1.68%|
|13. Slovenia: Eva Boto||80||1.62%|
|14. FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi||76||1.54%|
|15. Denmark: Soluna Samay||71||1.44%|
|16. Albania: Rona Nishliu||68||1.38%|
eliminated in the semi-finals
|17. Bosnia: Maya Sar||68||1.38%|
|18. Iceland: Greta Salome||67||1.36%|
|19. Belgium: Iris||66||1.34%|
|20. Netherlands: Joan Franka||58||1.18%|
|21. Finland: Pernilla||49||0.99%|
|22. San Marino: Valentina Monetta||38||0.77%|
|23. Portugal: Filipa Sousa||33||0.67%|
|24. Bulgaria: Sofi Marinova||24||0.49%|
|25. Israel: Shiri Hadar||18||0.36%|