Instead of the "big news" (or as big of news as this show can generate, which is basically about as big as the size of Tyra Banks' heart) being that Lisa won, it's that Angelea was disqualified from the show. Here's what we know from the CW via Zap2It:
"After production wrapped on the current cycle of America's Next Top Model, we learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition. As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during the finale."
And from that, here's what we can assume: Angelea won initially. Otherwise, there'd be no reason to disqualify her in light of any information revealed after the filming. On Twitter and message boards the consensus is that Angelea leaked her victory on Facebook at the start of the cycle. Lisa's YouTube features a video of her and Allison (who normally lives in Brooklyn, just a hop, skip and jump from me) hanging out in L.A. in October (this is a very nice catch via the Television Without Pity forum). That could very well have been the time of the reshoots, and if so, falls in line with the Facebook theory.
But I don't buy that theory, and not just because no one has produced a screen shot of Angelea's reveal (calling oneself "a winner" is not calling oneself the winner and I think the shot I just linked to was too recent for them to turn around an alternate ending in time). (Update: As many have pointed out, this comes from a fake profile anyway. Bianca is setting everyone straight on Twitter as I type this. Take it from an insider!) More importantly, that's just not a good enough reason to sweep whatever this show is sweeping under the rug. Notice how at the start of judging, there was a brief mention of this new information coming to light and Angelea's subsequent disqualification and that was that. On a show whose host routinely draws out its title when she says it so that you'd think that ellipses were as crucial as letters ("America's...Next...Top...Mo...del..."), they really breezed by that one. Furthermore, America's Next Top Model has no problem humiliating its contestants and making examples out of misbehavior. While it would have no doubt been devastating to those involved had Angelea slipped and revealed herself to be the winner (and I think she's too smart and waaaaay too greedy for that -- the girl knew what was on the line), I can totally see her being called out on television specifically for defying orders. They could have filmed a follow-up special to dance on her grave, to take back her crown in person. This show has punished girls for far lesser reasons (gaining weight, being sexy, listening to orders too closely, etc.). Why wouldn't they pounce on the opportunity to punish Angelea, if they were just going to reshoot anyway?
Something tells me that we have no idea what this information was (that's, of course, if there was information in the first place -- I wouldn't put it past the show to invent this development entirely for the sake of a dramatic final act). I have a feeling that it's something that would have shamed the show far more than Angelea. She hasn't been arrested since filming (per TMZ's lack of coverage), and pregnancy isn't too big of a deal on this show, given its tendency to cast young mothers. I'd guess the secret information would have somehow revealed a lapse in background checking that would ultimately make the show look negligent for signing Angelea on in the first place. I write this hoping it's nothing. I wish nothing but the best and a stellar permanent record for Angelea. I find her so endearing and I hope that she succeeds. I wanted her to win this mostly because she wanted it so badly. I would hope that her potential prior offense was something minor that you could see the show freaking out about and then hate the show even more for freaking out about something that's such a non-issue (say, if Angelea was a stripper or did porn or something -- although porn probably would have already circulated its way around the Internet).
If it something major, I hope for Angelea's sake that we never know. She's been embarrassed enough. That said, I'm sure whatever it is, it's fascinating. Angelea made revealing her past job of working in a bank the most memorable moment of the season. Imagine her recounting something truly juicy! So, if it must come out, I hope it does and I hope it's via audiobook.
It's very, very irritating that the show presented the information the way it did. In a competition based on arbitrary decisions, this seems like the most arbitrary one of all. As much as I'd hate for Angelea to be humilated, I would love to know what went into the decision-making process and what kind of supposedly unsavory skeletons this show thinks it's above hosting. I just like to have something to shake my fist to.
All of this makes Angelea the Vanessa Williams of ANTM and I for one cannot wait until she releases her own "Save the Best for Last." Even if it never comes, she's immortalized in a way few of her kind ever are. A real maverick, that one.
But anyway, that was different. At least ANTM gave people something to care about temporarily. It hasn't done that in years! I'm going to try to get Allison to come over this weekend (and hold her up at knife point to make her reveal what the hell happened), but other than that, I think I'm done with this cycle. And probably this show. Although, I never say never. I only say, "You will see me again..."