CariDee English was named America's Next Top Model. She has the sort of unique look and name that ought to make her famous.

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Jael Strauss finished fifth on Cycle 8 of America's Next Top Model, remaining in the competition despite a close friend dying of a drug overdose during filming.

Now, five years later, the former beauty has fallen prey to the world of illicit substances herself.

Strauss was featured on an episode of Dr. Phil yesterday, as the talk show attempted to stage an intervention for the troubled addict. Watch a dramatic promo for the appearance below and then check out what former ANTM champion Caridee English has to say about Strauss and Tyra Banks...

Speaking to Gawker, English puts some of the blame for Strauss' fall on Banks and other show producers.

"They should have evaluated her a lot more before letting her on the show," Caridee says. "All they saw was a personality good for television."

And after leaving the show? After helping to drive ratings to it and, of course, line Tyra's pockets with cash? English says contestants receive no guidance of any kind from Banks.

"Tyra won't do anything [for Jael]. She provided a wonderful platform for girls to have a chance at their dream, but after there is no "Tyra Mail." I had to guide myself, and even though I won a model competition I still had no idea what the modeling BUSINESS was like. I had no idea what the industry was really like. I was famous, but no one wanted to take my picture."

Look for the craziness to be ratcheted up even more next week on Dr. Phil when Dina Lohan stops by for an interview.

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CariDee English is a former America's Next Top Model champion, having taken home that show's top prize in December 2006.

So what better source to go to for scoop on the current All-Star cycle?

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"It gives the former contestants a chance to win the title, which is amazing to watch because the girls really know now what it feels like to let the title slip through their hands," English told THG of the format. "So all of them are bringing their A game and it's exciting to watch the veterans at Top Model winner war again!"

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Bet you didn't see this celebrity couple coming. Or maybe you did, who knows. It's Marilyn Manson. How surprised can you really be by this guy anymore?

We wouldn't have picked America's Next Top Model winner CariDee English as his newest girlfriend, but hey. Whatever makes a goth shock rocker happy.

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"They met when Marilyn helped CariDee on her album," a friend of Marilyn's says. "They've been seeing each other since. She loves how different he is."

CARILYN: Somehow, they make it work. For a few weeks anyway.

Marilyn was last linked (and engaged) to actress Evan Rachel Wood, with whom he had an on-and-off relationship. They broke up for good this past August.

CariDee English, who has gone from blonde to dark hair, as Marilyn Manson playthings tend to do, has even covered his song "Coma White." Sounds awesome.

"Marilyn Manson inspires and supports me in my music," CariDee says. "He makes me feel comfortable and beautiful with who I am as an artist and a woman."

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To many, CariDee English is America's top model.

But based on the photos below, we're not so sure if this label fits. Tyra Banks may have made the wrong call this time around. Sort of like when she randomly grabbed the giant boobs of Katharine McPhee.

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We're not sure how other winners, such as Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House and Eva Pigford look these days, but CariDee might wanna purchase a mirror.

We hope America's Next Top Model stays in better shape.

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Our friends at Buddytv.com have posted an interview with America's Next Top Model, CariDee English. Here are a few excerpts from it:

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What were you doing before Top Model?
I was working as a photographer in Fargo!

Have you always aspired to be a model?
Oh, absolutely! I've always loved the camera, always looked to perform and everything.

You won, you're the new Cover Girl! How does it all feel right now? A little overwhelming?
No, it's awesome! It's a little overwhelming just considering how busy I am and I'm not used that. But it's not a bad overwhelming, it's awesome. I feel so lucky and so blessed.

What was the final runway show like? Was there an audience? How many people turned our? It was a little hard to tell on TV.
Yeah it was hard for us too because it was so dark. You know, like, the audience was dark. But it was a good crowd and it was actually a lot longer that what they showed; we ran each dress like two times.

How nervous were you?
Oh, it was absolutely nerve racking. Everything was riding on it. I felt like everything before didn't really matter, besides that one.

If you hadn't ended up winning, who would you have wanted to win in your place? Who do you think besides you deserved to win?
I think everybody was a winner, but I think ... I can't say besides me, because I don't even want to think that way. I think definitely everybody had a great chance of winning, and it's not just about the title, it's what you make of it and what you make yourself out to be afterwards.

On the show, they portrayed a lot of tension between you and Melrose. Was that exaggerated by the producers at all or did you guys really just not get along?
Well it's not like we didn't get along. There was just tension because we were both really good competitors.

CariDee is a pretty cool name. Is there any meaning behind it?
My brother actually got to name me. He's four years older than me, so he named me Carrie after Little House on the Prairie. And then my Grandma's name is Dee, so they just combined it. It was awesome!

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She's no longer America Next Top Model.

Now, 21-year-old CariDee English is simply ready to be a model.

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First, she sat down with Entertainment Weekly.

EW:So, a natural blonde finally won. About time, right?
CE: Yes! Absolutely. Ahhh! I don't even know how to explain it, you know? It's just euphoric. I love it.

EW: I loved how you declared, ''This is mine!'' after Eugena got eliminated. Hey, confidence!
CE: That was the first time it actually hit me that I could win, you know? What got me through the competition was not thinking about the ultimate outcome, just thinking about the next step. I didn't want to think too hard.

EW: Was it more motivating to compete against someone who wasn't your close friend in the final two?
CE: Eugena and I had made a pact at that time that we wanted someone who was down-to-earth to win, someone we'd gotten close to. I mean, if I was able to get close to Melrose, I would've, but we both knew we were such stiff competition with each other, so it was gonna be very, very hard for us to get along. I wanted to be myself, someone you could get a clear read on.

It's not that I wanted to win for the other girls, but I wanted to show that a girl who's been true to herself can come on top.

EW: Did you feel like you didn't get to know the ''real'' Melrose? Or was it that you did, and you all just weren't havin' it?
CE: She was very headstrong in the competition, which is very understandable. That's just her....I didn't want the win handed to me. I wanted to win knowing I was the best. I had no idea until the final picture got brought up. But she definitely was the best competitor, because she was good. She's very talented at what she does. I mean, we were good to each other. We weren't rude or hated each other by any means.

THG NOTE: The same cannot be said for Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Ratowski

EW: What happened with Melrose's dress? You didn't mean to tear that, and she freaked out hard.
CE: Oh, no, absolutely not. She freaked out because she's a fashion designer herself. So she was just really concerned about the clothes, which I thought was ridiculous. I was like ''Honey, this happens all the time.''

EW: What's it like not living in a house with floor-to-ceiling photos of [Tyra Banks]? She's so Bankable!
CE: I miss that. I love Tyra! She doesn't take herself too seriously, which is so refreshing in the modeling world. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't be talking to you. I'd be back in Fargo doing God knows what.

EW: What's up next for you?
CE: I'm moving to New York, and I'm gonna live in the Elite models' house. Because I'm an Elite model, which is awesome! I want to take [the title] America's Next Top Model to the next level. Commercials, high fashion, everything ... I'm going to try, try, try. I know Tyra believes in me.

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