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Cycle 5
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General Information
Country of origin: United States
Number of episodes: 14
Broadcast Information
Original channel: UPN
Premiere: September 21, 2005
Finale: December 7, 2005
Cycle Information
Judges: Tyra Banks
Nigel Barker
J. Alexander
Number of contestants: 13
Winner: Nicole Linkletter
Cycle Chronology
Previous: Cycle 4
Next: Cycle 6

Cycle 5 of America's Next Top Model premiered on September 21, 2005 on UPN and concluded on December 7, 2005.

Nicole Linkletter was crowned as the winner of the cycle.



The ages stated are from the start of the contest.

Contestant Age Hometown Eliminated Place
Nicole Linkletter 20 Grand Forks, North Dakota N/A 1
Nik Pace 21 Atlanta, Georgia Episode 13 2
Bre Scullark 20 Harlem, New York 3
Jayla Rubinelli 20 Tuscon, Arizona Episode 12 4
Kim Stolz 21 New York, New York Episode 11 5
Lisa D'Amato 24 Los Angeles, California Episode 10 6
Kyle Kavanagh 19 Dexter, Michigan Episode 7 7
Coryn Woitel 19 Minneapolis, Minnesota Episode 6 8
Diane Hernandez 23 Orlando, Florida Episode 5 9
Sarah Rhoades 18 Boonville, Missouri Episode 4 10
Cassandra Whitehead 19 Houston Texas 11
Ebony Taylor 18 Sylmar, California Episode 3 12
Ashley Black 22 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Episode 2 13

Cycle Overview

Cycle Episodes Originally Aired (U.S. dates)
Cycle Premiere Cycle Finale
5 14 September 21, 2005 December 14, 2005

Cycle 5: 2005

No. in
No. in
Title Original Air Date
48 1 "The Girl With The Twisted Catchphrase" September 21, 2005
Semifinalists must walk in an impromptu fashion show and impress judges in order to make the cut and go to Bel Air as a finalist.
49 2 "The Girls Become Superheroes" September 21, 2005
The chosen final 13 become Superheros for their first photo-shoot, and two girls get acquainted in the Top Model limo.
50 3 "The Girl Who Needs A Miracle" September 28, 2005
The models receive plans for their makeovers and go on a shopping challenge along Rodeo Drive; during a photo shoot, the models split into pairs with matching outfits and pose for judges.
51 4 "The Girl Who Makes A Disclaimer" October 5, 2005
Contestants take a challenge to walk a runway with moving parts; models must pose while running and react to unseen effects during a photo shoot.
52 5 "The Girl Who Gets A Boob Job" October 12, 2005
When the models must point out one another's worst physical features, they learn how to turn their negative flaws into positives.
53 6 "The Girl Who Loves Bubbles And Talks To Plants" October 19, 2005
Supermodel Iman supervises the contestants and shares her beauty secrets; comic Chris Spencer challenges the models to be an effective spokesperson for a skin care product; the contestants demonstrate their ability to juggle a busy schedule.
54 7 "The Girls Who Are 1940s Pin-ups" October 26, 2005
After a rigorous workout the models must outshine one another at a meeting with editors from ELLEgirl magazine.
55 8 "The Girl Who Wants To Step On The Pretty Flower" November 2, 2005
Previously unseen footage from the first eight weeks of the show; several of the models confront Jayla about her negative and hurtful comments; Lisa demonstrates her unusual method of making sure she gets exercise.
56 9 "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Is Cheating On Her" November 9, 2005
A model is chosen to make a guest appearance on an episode of Veronica Mars.
57 10 "The Girl Who Talks Behind Everyone's Back" November 16, 2005
A model talks about her competitors behind their backs; models learn never to let down their guard.
58 11 "The Girl Who Retaliates" November 23, 2005
The models must pose as human statuses in a park, and pigeons swarm around them; when a competitor suspects another of stealing, she exacts revenge.
59 12 "The Girl Who Takes A Pill" November 30, 2005
The competitors get a crash course in British fashion trends, then try to impress top London fashion designers by dressing in trendy clothes.
60 13 "The Girl Who Is On The Cover" December 7, 2005
Contestants must shoot a cosmetics commercial and a national print ad; the final two contestants pose with Tyra Banks for a 2006 magazine cover.
61 14 "Cycle 5 Reunion" December 14, 2005
The models from the fifth season reunite for the first time to share their stories, their experiences and the ways in which their appearances on the show have transformed their lives.


  • The international destination for the cycle was London, England.
  • The cast size was reduced from 14 to 13, which was maintained up until Cycle 10.
  • The house that the girls stayed in the first half of the competition was later used for the first season of the VH1 show Rock of Love.
  • The Cycle 5 Finale was reshot in Los Angeles due to the 7/7 attacks in London during the filming of the following cycle.


To view the gallery for Cycle 5, click here.