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America’s Next Top Model 8

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America's Next Top Model

Samantha Francis and Dionne Walters compete as
the first Alabamians on “America’s Next Top Model.”

Young, hot and fabulous — the girls of “America’s Next Top Model” have the look, but who has what it takes? Among the 13 contestants are Samantha Francis from the Birmingham suburb of Pinson and Dionne Walters from Montgomery, the first two from Alabama in show history. Each week, the players fight it out on the runway and in the house to remain in the running for a modeling contract and more.

Wade on Birmingham provides weekly recaps of the reality competition, which debuted Feb. 28, 2007.


  • Feb. 2 | Dixie divas vie for ‘Top Model’
    Get a first look at Dionne and Samantha, the ’Bama girls who would be models
  • March 9 | The girl who won’t quit modeling
    In this exclusive interview, Samantha talks about her career aspirations and how she ended up on television
  • May 15 | The girl who played it straight
    Dionne discusses her troubles with the judging panel and her two months away from family

Episode recaps

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