MMAS: The Finale
He got the boys to turn out some amazing shots.
For the last week, Lorenzo’s been pre-fuming over his predicted outcome for this show. “They need to pick Branden!” he would roar to the heavens. Tom agreed, but always said in response, “You know they’re not going to do that.” We just thought it was a foregone conclusion that, even though from where we were sitting, he had the most potential out of the three of them, he was just too young and the judges were too in love with the other two for him to win the whole thing.
Well. As soon as the above picture flashed on the screen, Tom turned to Lorenzo and said “You’re right. They HAVE to pick him.” Not to take away anything from the other two portraits, which are both very good, but we literally cannot take our eyes off that picture of Branden. Give that kid a couple of years and some on-the-job training and he’s going to nail it every time a camera is pointed at him.
We don’t know what the hell image Cosmo was trying to send by agreeing to do this, but “creepy and low rent” were probably not high on the list. Seriously, it was embarassing. A bunch of unnamed Cosmo staffers hung around and stared at the boys as they posed for them. Very weird. And again, unsurprisingly…
And now, for the emotional blackmail portion of our program:
It’s fine. It’s a feature of the genre of reality competitions and it’s not going away, so go ahead producers, manipulate us. We don’t mind. It was all relatively sweet and relatively unstaged.
We do love those reality competition “parties,” though. A bunch of production staffers artfully arranged to look like a crowd.
We don’t know what it is about Branden but it all sort of came together for him last night. Look at the long shot of him in that suit. He LOOKS like a model. He’s got the unnaturally long and lean look to him and the clothes look incredible on him. That ostrich neck on him is probably a little weird in person but in photographs and on the runway it’s really going to serve him well.
We hear people say “But Jonathan (or Sandhurst) is SO GORGEOUS and Branden just looks like a skinny kid!” Thing is, modeling isn’t always about being the prettiest in the room; it’s quite often about being the most interesting to look at and it’s ALWAYS about the ability to sell something, whether it’s an image or a pair of jeans.
All of them have that ability to one degree or another. It’s to the show’s credit that they narrowed it down to three such strong contenders. But Branden has that ability PLUS he’s got youth on his side PLUS he embodies a certain look that’s in on the runways and editorials right now, young, thin, pouty and chiseled all at once. It was a surprise to us that they went there, but it really was the right choice to make.
A finale with three gorgeous men who are also sweet. What could be better?
[Photos: Timothy Greeenfield-Sanders/BravoTV.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]