Britain’s Next Top Model: We Talk To Amba…

Amba Hudson-Skye was the fifth girl to leave the Britain’s Next Top Model house last night and we caught up with her to talk about evil Gok Wan lookalike Grace Woodward, trying to sell Alesha Dixon’s new jewellery range on live TV and how it felt to have her poses half-inched by the other girls…

Hi Amba. Firstly, we’re very sorry to see you go out.

Ah. Thank you. It was a bit of a shock.

Really? Do you think the judges made the right decision then?

I don’t. I’ve tried to work out why I went, and the only reason I can think of is that I was in the bottom two with Kristy and Nikki and they were very strong opponents. While I do feel my photo fitted the brief a bit more than theirs, I think they were a bit more liked by the judges. But I had more to give and I could have gone further, so I think it possibly was the wrong decision.

Who should have left this week in that case?

I haven’t actually thought about that before. I don’t have an answer to that. Sorry if that’s really boring. The judges pick different people for different reasons. I never went into an elimination thinking “this girl should go homeâ€? because we all have strong points in different areas.

The judges were quite harsh to you this week. Julian Macdonald said that your “body was deadâ€? and Grace Woodward said: “It’s like having a Ferrari but not knowing how to drive it. What’s the point?â€? What did you make of the judges’ comments?

I thought it was harsh but I also thought it was pretty funny. I found it very hard to please Grace from the very beginning. I tried so hard to get good feedback from her, and I did in episode five but she just reverted back to her original opinion of me in the last episode. I found the comment funny. I do feel I have developed. In five of the six weeks I’ve had great comments and the clients were happy. So her comments were slightly contradictory to previous comments. I was very happy with my photo. I really liked it. There was a look on my face that I’d never seen before. Body-wise it was strong and bold.

Was it hard to do that task with two people asking you to do two different things?

That was the most challenging thing. I tried to get over it really fast. My initial reaction was to just please both of them. But every time I’d do what Melissa Odabash wanted, the cameraman would put his camera down. And that’s not great! My solution was just to switch between the two. Do the whole happy, jumpy, smiley thing and then do the strong, serene thing, and just hope that the photo that was chosen would be liked by the judges. I wouldn’t say the photo was 100% disliked, but I got sent home based on that photo.

I was going to ask who the hardest judge to please was, but I’d guess it was probably Grace?

To me it was. From the very beginning I found her very hard to please, and it was only in episode five with the chocolate shoot that she gave me a good comment. But, you can’t please every one.

If Grace was your least favourite judge, who was your favourite?

My favourite judge was Charlie. Not for all the obvious reasons that the other girls give, like he’s handsome and I fancy him, but because his feedback was helpful. Even when your photo wasn’t good, he’d tell you, but also instruct you how you could improve. And you knew that his advice was coming from his own experience, and that’s the same with Elle, so I really appreciated his feedback because it really helped me improve.

This week’s task saw you selling jewellery live on TV. Was that fun?

Err…No! I was petrified. I just froze up inside after a while. Charlotte did so well. I’d give it a go again, but I don’t think I’d be any better. It’s really hard and I admire the people that do that as a job.

So you wouldn’t ever consider presenting as an alternative career to modelling?

Well, selling items on live TV is presenting, but it’s a very different kind of presenting. There’s a lot to remember. You’ve got to show off the piece whilst explaining how fantastic and amazing it is, and being really open and inviting, and remembering that there are things in the screen you can’t see but you have to point at. It’s really complicated. I’m glad I did it, and I completely understand the relevance of it to the show.

And what was Alesha Dixon like?

Alesha was fantastic. I grew up with her, so when see came down the stairs we all kind of whooped and screamed. It was fantastic to meet her.

Had you had any experiences of modelling beforehand?

Yes, I study photo-fashion studies at university. People on my course might need people to shoot their clothes on, so I’ve done photo shoots for people at uni, or graduates. So I had some experience, but nothing as big and crazy as we got to experience on the show.

Were you surprised by any aspects of the world of modelling?

I went in there thinking I had a pretty good understanding of the modelling world. Being on the show gave me a great insight into the industry but there is the television aspect, so the cameras were a factor I wouldn’t normally have considered. But I just picked up things as I went along, I think all the girls have.

Did you have much contact with the outside world?

No. Nothing. That was quite hard. We were allowed a three minute phone call once a week. I didn’t think we’d get anything, so I was happy with that but some of the girls found it really difficult. But I think it helped me focus more on the task at hand.

Was it hard living with 13 other girls?

It was a challenge. It’s never going to be easy living with girls you don’t know. Because you’re being pushed to your limit every day, everyone is really knackered but quite edgy and that can create angst in the house which leads to disagreements and arguments.

Was there anyone you really didn’t get on with?

I found it hard to get on with Kristy in the beginning. We were both similar in some ways, but very different in others. But I tried to avoid confrontation for the most part, but, unfortunately, in episode four it came out.

You had some problems with the other girls stealing your poses…

I worked on some poses beforehand, and when I came to use it I was told that it had been used by other girls. It really didn’t make me look good. I would never personally steal another person’s pose. I wouldn’t be worthy of it because I hadn’t thought it up myself. I guess I was a bit naïve to think that the other girls would behave the same way as me. I was just a little bit peeved.

Was there anyone you got on particularly well with and would keep in touch with?

Yes. I’ll stay in touch with Amelia. And I saw Susan last week, which was fantastic. I love Amelia and I’d really love to see her win.

So you’re backing Amelia to win?

Yes. Or Charlotte. They both have very strong looks and they’ve both got the right attitude. I could see them going far in the competition, so fingers crossed for both of them.

What are your plans for the future?

Keep modelling, try and find an agency. Keep going with it and use everything I’ve learned from the show, from clients, from photographers, from the judges and from Elle.

It’s become a tradition to ask for your opinion on Tiffany’s voice. Is it really annoying?

No! She’s from Malta, so she’s obviously going to have an accent. I didn’t have a problem understanding her. I think everyone’s being a bit too mean to be honest.

What was the most important thing you learned while on the show?

Be yourself. Just be true to yourself and you won’t regret anything.

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