When the CW banished America’s Next Top Model to Friday nights, many fans feared the end was near for the veteran reality show. Proving she’s a cockroach you just can’t kill, Tyra Banks isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The network announced this week that a 20th Cycle has been ordered. Sadly though, we’ll have to wait til Summer 2013 to watch Tyra mold a whole new set of wannabe models. It’s only fitting it’s getting shuffled back to Summer, since that’s where it all began years ago.
While ratings have dipped a little due to it’s new night, they haven’t slid as drastically as many have expected. Perhaps, all of Banks’ changes help stop the bleeding. Speaking of changes, the 38-year-old implemented a whole whackload this cycle, practically reinventing the show.
Nigel Barker was swapped out for male supermodel Rob Evans, Johnny Wujek replaced Jay Manual as photo shoot director and fashion blogger BryanBoy was added to the mix. But the biggest change of all was allowing the public to vote on each model’s photo, thereby making viewers the fourth judge. If you thought the Cycle 19 changes were huge, wait til you see what she has in store for Cycle 20.
For the first time in ANTM history, male models are allowed to enter the competition. WOOHOO. Finally, we get some tasty man eye candy to ogle at and objectify. Both the male and female contestants will live in the models’ house. Is it me, or is this starting to sound like a lamer version of ABC’s The Glass House. How many showmances do you think we’ll see? Once again, social media will play a huge factor in determining the winner. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite models as they progress in the competition.
Do you think adding some testosterone is a good idea? Has Tyra jumped the shark even further? Are you excited that a 20th Cycle is on our way? Bummed that it won’t be til next Summer? Sound off below.