It’s a brand new era for America’s Next Top Model when it returns for its 19th Cycle this week. Not only has the veteran show been banished to the wasteland this is Friday night, but it also has a brand new crew working with the wannabe models. Gone are Nigel Barker, Jay Alexander and Jay Manuel. Filling in on the panel are male supermodel Rob Evans and fashion blogger Bryanboy. On set working with the girls on the photo shoot is celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek.
The career-making grand prize has also changed. Nylon magazine has stepped in for Vogue Italia, and the $100,000 cosmetics contract is now with Smashbox and not CoverGirl. The Cycle 19 winner also lands a campaign for Nine West, model representation with LA Models & NY Model Management and most of all, becomes the face of ANTM perfume, “Dream Come True“. How ironic is it that the winner’s supermodel dreams never come true? LOL. The show even has a new catchphrase this time around, “Only One Can Be Top of The Class“.
Even with all that, the biggest change of all is allowing viewers to vote and comment on the photo shoots. That’s right, America is the newest judge on the panel. The show released the photos for public voting back a few months ago as the show was filming. It’s kinda weird knowing what the upcoming photos will look like. That said, all the eliminations and reward challenges are still a mystery.
Whether this or any of the aforementioned changes can save this sinking ship, we will soon find out at the CW upfronts come Spring 2013. Personally, I’m all about The Face with Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha. Can’t wait to check that new show out on Oxygen. In the meantime, check out preview pics from ANTM’s Cycle 19 season premiere below.
Send in the clowns, or Tyra in this case.
I’d be screaming like the girls too if Rob Evans and Johnny Wujek were just mere steps away.
Brittany Brown reacting to making it on the show.
Kristin Kagay and Natasia Scott showing off their bikini bods.
Woof. Hiring Johnny on the show might be Tyra’s best decision in years.
Laura James is definitely one of the early frontrunners. Check out all the other girls in our ANTM Cycle 19 Gallery. Get to know all the models in an early preview of mine, written back a few months ago.
Will you still watch ANTM when it moves to Friday nights? Which girl are you rooting for? Do you think we’re in the final days of Tyra Banks’ modeling show? Sound off below. Catch all the action when ANTM premieres on Friday, August 24 at 8PM.