In the glamorous world of international fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. It’s a lesson that the women competing in Wiwi’s search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model are about to learn the hard way. The House of Wiwi is small and these women’s egos are big. So after two weeks and 7,560 votes (and counting), it’s time to make the first cut of our semi-finals.
Twenty-six mostly beautiful women stand before me, but I only have 24 photos in my hands. These photos represent the 24 of you who are still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Last year’s winner—Elena Ionescu from Romania—took home the title partly by getting the Romanian press and her fans behind her. She even filmed a video for the readers of Wiwibloggs to thank them for their support. This year, the women of Serbia’s Moje 3 have created a similar stir and motivated their fan base to vote and get them into the finals. A Serbian tabloid even ran an article on their success in our contest. The headline? “One title is certain: The three most beautiful in Sweden!”
Congratulations Nevena, Sara and Mirna. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model. But don’t get lazy. We’re still in the semi-finals and voting resets for the final. The other contestants are angry, and they want you to trip and stumble…
One of the women who may make a surge and surpass the Serbs comes from Ukraine. She’s a favourite of the bookies to win Eurovision, and she’s a favourite of our readers to win Eurovision’s Next Top Model. She’s also the only other woman in the contest to earn more than 800 votes. She’s chasing Mirna and she’s looking good doing it. She is Zlata Ognevich.
I still have twenty photos in my hands. And these photos represent the 20 of you who still have what it takes to make it as an international superstar after the Eurovision glory fades. Wiwi has to cook dinner so he isn’t going to call you out one by one. The next seven women who are still in the race are…
The next ten women I’m going to call out occupy positions 12 through 21. You ladies are safe, but you are nowhere close to winning the contest at this point. Take a tip from Serbia AND TELL YOUR FANS TO VOTE. Turn up the heat or you will go down in flames.
Congratulations. All of you are still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Wiwi just realized that he accidentally forgot to include Bonnie Tyler in the results table. My bad. She is currently in 22nd position with 50 votes. (Thank you to reader Gianluca T for pointing this out!). Congratulations Bonnie. You’re still in the running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Would Switzerland’s Women of Takasa, FYR Macedonia’s Esma Redzepova, Russia’s Dina Garipova and Georgia’s Sophie Gelovani please step forward.
Four mostly beautiful women stand before me. But I only have two photos in my hands. And these photos represent the two of you who still have a chance to win Eurovision’s Next Top Model. I will only call two names. The women whose name I do not call must immediately return to the House of Wiwi, pack your belongings and go home. If you steal any of my furniture I will sue you.
Women of Takasa: It’s been two weeks since you’ve been living in my house and I still don’t know your names. Your song is called “You and Me”, but in this competition people need to know your name. If I don’t know what to call you, how can I believe in you?
Esma: You bring experience and amazing headpieces, but some of the judges think you’re past your prime. Can you turn up the personality to distract us from your wrinkles?
Dina: You sing a song called “What If?” and some of the judges keep joking, “What if she tried a bit harder to find flattering clothes and wore a bit more make-up?” Can you embrace your beauty like you embrace your voice?
Sophie: Your clothes are impeccably tailored. Your make-up is flawless. And your body just won’t quit. But the judges are worried that you’re relying on pretty. Can you amplify the personality? Or do you want to be a wallflower forever?
Here’s how the voting stands, but the final decision is mine to make.
The two women who I believe have the most top model potential are…Sophie and Dina. Congratulations. You’re still in running to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
Takasa: I don’t like your outfits. Esma: You’re too old to make it outside of Macedonia. Please get out of my house.
More interested in the music? You can read our reviews and rankings of this year’s Eurovision contestants on the Wiwi Jury page. You can also listen to all 39 entries on our contestants page. Stay tuned for more Top Model in the weeks ahead!