ANTM Cycle 24: Nigel Barker Returns, Former Winner Drops By & Drag Race Alums Pop Up

Mark your calendars folks. VH1 finally announced the premiere date for Cycle 24 of America’s Next Top Model. It’s Tuesday, January 9. If the return of Tyra Banks to the judging panel isn’t enough to get you excited maybe the roster of guest appearances will.

By far the most notable is the return of Nigel Barker. The 45-year-old photographer sat on the panel from Cycles 2-18, but left the show due to his issues with former network The CW. Equally notable is Cycle 3 winner Eva Marcille who drops by during a photoshoot. They headline a list of special guests that include Director X, beauty and social media guru Patrick Starr, choreographer Jermaine Browne, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and Hip Hop artist Maejor among others.

For all you RuPaul’s Drag Race fans out there, a trio of memorable past participants from the drag competition drop by to help the ANTM contestants. Fan-favorites Valentina, Katya and Manila Luzon will no doubt serve face and then some.

“They’re so friggin’ gorgeous and can pose their asses off,” Banks told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s a difficult model to be in a shot with .… Not all of my models prevailed. Valentina killed it. I’m sitting there editing film and I’m like, can I get a shot of my girls looking at least half as good as Valentina?”

Banks joins returning panel judges Ashley Graham, Drew Elliot and Law Roach. Cycle 24 will mark the first time in the competition’s history that no age limit was implemented. Check out a couple of preview pics below.

For more preview pics, head over to EW.com.