Friday, June 8, 2012

Ich Habe Leider Kein Foto Für Dich!

Last night was the season finale of Germany's Next TopModel. This surprisingly successful and incredibly atrocious "reality" show is hosted by ice princess, Heidi Klum. Each week, the super model wannabes face challenges only the brave would dare. In one episode, the young women were photographed under underwater. In another, the contestants posed with a snake. It's not easy to look sexy as a snake slithers up your arm.

There's plenty of crying, nervous tension, and of course, the standard reality show backbiting as the contestants vie for the title: Germany's Next Top Model. At the conclusion of each episode, Heidi softly and insincerely utters her now famous words, "Ich habe leider kein Foto für dich, auf Wiedersehen." (I have unfortunately no photo for you, Goodbye.) You see, a contestant needs her photograph to continue with the competition. It's really quite simple: no photo, no come back. 

This cliche packed show is among Germany's most popular. It doesn't matter than none of the show's previous winners have made it to super model stardom. It's kind of like the Miss America Pageant. Nobody really cares who wins. The winner is in the spotlight for only a few minutes, then quickly forgotten. I guess Andy Warhol was right when he said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." 

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