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Tyra Banks's Take on America's Next Top Model's Top 2

12/01/2010 at 12:50 PM EST

Tyra Banks's Take on America's Next Top Model's Top 2
Chelsey (left) and Ann with Tyra Banks
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Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Before Wednesday's finale of America's Next Top Model, the show's host, judge and head diva in charge, Tyra Banks, spoke with PEOPLE about the final two contestants.

Ann, 19, from Dallas, Texas

"Ann's awkwardness is actually quite lovely and beautiful," Banks says of the 6-ft, 2-inch beauty, who almost didn't make it on the show. "A lot of people didn't even want her to fly into L.A. for casting week, did not even want her to go to the next round ... It feels good to walk around the office now [that she's in the finale] and be like, I told you so!"

Chelsey, 22, from Boise, Idaho

"Chelsey has a very strong actual knowledge [of modeling], a fashion base," Tyra says of the waitress. "She knows how to walk really well. She's my star walker in this [competition].

The finale, which airs Wednesday (8 p.m. ET) on the CW, will have both girls walking a runway show, which could be an advantage for Chelsey. Then again, as Banks points out, Ann "broke Top Model history by winning best photo five times in a row."

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