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The CW’s decision to only air America’s Next Top Model once a year was a wise one. I actually miss all of Tyra Banks’ “insightful and sage” advice to aspiring models. Dare I say, I also miss her ridiculous terms she invents.

On August 22, all the fashion action returns. Smartly, the show opted for a second cycle of “Guys and Girls.” Last season, not only provided lots of drama but plenty of male eye candy. This year’s crop doesn’t disappoint.

After sitting out for two cycles, popular judge, J. Alexander, returns to the panel, taking over a departing Rob Evans. Photographer Yu Tsai replaces Johnny Wujeck during the shoots. Though I love Wujeck, the creative quotient of the shoots since Jay Manuel left, haven’t been as fantastic. This year’s international destination is Seoul, South Korea. Check out the promo touting J. Alexander’s homecoming below.

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Just because we don’t recap America’s Next Top Model anymore (Rich has been extremely busy), doesn’t mean we’re not watching it. Rich and myself still love making fun of Tyra and the contestants’ antics each week. With Cycle 20 adding guys in the mix for the first time, I thought I’d ask our readers who they thought the hottest one is out of the bunch. To reiterate, the hottest and not the most modelesque. Those two don’t always go hand in hand in the fashion industry.

For myself, I can’t decide between Phil Sullivan or Mike Scocozza. Both are extremely sexy. I love Sullivan’s scruff and Scocozza’s goofy dimwitted look. What can I say, I like a dumb-looking guy ;) Then there’s also Don Benjamin’s gorgeous eyes and Jeremy Rohmer’s hot body. Decisions, decisions. Check out pictures of all the guys below, minus Chris Schellenger since he was already eliminated. I tried to add pics from both the show and other miscellaneous shots. Be sure to cast your vote after inspecting the goods ;)

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ANTM Cycle 20: Meet The Cast & Season Premiere Pics

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Typically, ANTM fans are treated to a new cycle every three to four months. With the ratings nowhere near as stellar as they once were, the CW decided to scale things back and only air it once a year. In the dog days of summer to boot. America’s Next Top Model finally returns to the airwaves for its 20th cycle starting on August 2. The catch-phrase for this cycle is “Who Will Dominate?” Hopefully for Tyra Banks’ sake, the ratings. Otherwise this could be the last go round.

Judges Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone, Bryanboy, and Rob Evans all return to the panel to discover fashion’s next big thing… yeah right. Johnny Wujek also booked another cycle as creative director for the photo shoots. For the first time ever, male models were allowed to compete for the crown. It’s about friggin’ time.

With guys now in the competition, the prizes were altered to reflect the new changes. A modeling contract with NEXT Model Management, a spread in Nylon magazine, a campaign with Guess and a US $100,000 cash prize are now the coveted prize package. Gone are campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics and having the honor as the face of the America’s Next Top Model perfume product “Dream Come True.” Check out all the hopefuls below. You know a guy is going to win this year. Just like when Sophie won the British Invasion Cycle. Check out the cast below, along with preview pics for the season premiere.

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Previously on America’s Next Top Model, Tyrant did some stuff, some models cried, some new judges came on board, some girls cried some more, and a wannabe was given a relatively pointless title. Other than that, I have no idea. I took the Cycle off. That’s right. Tyrant’s punishment for the debacles that were Angelea’s force fed win slash re-shot ending in AllStars and then AzMarie’s brutal dismissal for refusing to booty touche in the British Invasion cycle and then firing Nigel, I just couldn’t do it anymore. After 17 Cycles of bitchy, fun, and loyal recaps, Tyrant finally wore me down with her nonsense. But I’m back! Fresh from months of blissful ANTM-free life. New boyfriend (woof!), new job (yay!), and the same snarky attitude towards the wannabes. And blessed be… we have boys and girls this year! There better be some chest hair.

Okay. Ready. I’m going to live type this reveal… clicking link now… waiting… oh GOOD LORD. There is some serious heroin crystal chic shit going on! Seriously. My first reactions:

  • A) Feed those boys!
  • B) There is way too much eyebrow trimming going on. Everywhere.
  • C) Give that blonde some sunscreen!
  • D) What’s with the emaciated boy faces! Not hot, not cute, certainly not woofy.
  • E) OMG somebody mashed Lluvy and Allison into one freaky model!

Okay… let’s take a look at these wannabes one by one.

Meet the cast & vote for your fave after the jump…

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with Arrow and it’s lead actor, Stephen Amell. Even before the CW premiered the superhero drama, I was smitten with Amell after seeing him as a male prostitute on Showtime’s Hung. Check out my Man Crush post I dedicated to the 31-year-old Canadian actor. Not that any of us mere gay mortals had a shot, but Stephen is officially off the market. Let the collective mourning begin.

On Arrow, Amell is quite proficient with a bow and arrow, but it appears he was victim to Cupid’s aim this time around. In a romantic sunset ceremony in the Caribbean, he wed a former contestant of America’s Next Top Model. I wonder if they met at some sort of CW mixer. Anyhoo, their wedding was officiated by a close friend on Christmas Day. This is the first marriage for both. After their nuptials, the happy couple jetted off to St. Bart’s to ring in the New Year. Find out who the lucky lady is below.

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America’s Next Top Model Winners: Who’s On Top?

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Tyra and her minions just crowned the latest model to wear the ANTM crown. Believe it or not, we’ve gone through this 19 times now. I can’t believe I’m still watching this crap. Anyhoo, I decided to rank all the America’s Next Top Model winners from worst to best. See how your list compares with mine. I’m sure we all have our favorite winners.

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19. Whitney Thompson – Cycle 10

Why is she on the bottom of my list? Ever heard of gravity. Haha, I kid. Before you get your panties in a bunch, I have nothing against big girls. In fact, Tocarra (Cycle 3) ranks in my top ten list ANTM models of all time. My beef with Whitney is her personality, I found her to be unlikeable and fake. Most of all, I found her to be a really bad model. She only ever gave one bitchy look after another. We all knew that ANTM eventually had to crown a plus-size model, but did it have to be her.

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Boy, did I get last week wrong. I thought for sure it was Kiara Belen’s time to go on America’s Next Top Model. Not only did she stay, but she ended up getting first call out (FCO). While I predicted that Nastasia might be in trouble, I didn’t expect Laura to narrowly escape elimination. I thought Laura’s Dreams Come True photo rocked. Apparently, it was too sexy. Whatever!!! Clearly, the judges had a collective brain fart. If you don’t want sexy, don’t have the models posing in skimpy white bikinis. Silly Tyra. Her photo was nowhere near as provocative as some of Calvin Klein’s fragrance ads geared towards the same demo.

Believe it or not, we’re finally at the end of Cycle 19. Typically, this is the time when the girls do their CoverGirl ad and commercials, but not this time. Smashbox Cosmetics has stepped in and so have Nine West. For the final assignment, Kiara, Leila (my favorite) and Laura pose with their pumped up kicks by Nine West. Last week’s photographer Jez Smith is back to snap the shots. This time around he gets into a bit of drama with Kelly Cutrone. I.CAN’T.WAIT. Who will out-bitch who? Check out the Nine West photos plus snaps from the dramatic final runway show below.

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And then there were four. Ding dong, Kristin Kagay the self-proclaimed reformed mean girl finally hit the road. Praise Jesus. If I had to endure another episode of her whining, I might’ve lost it. It’s so unfortunate that such a pretty girl has such an ugly attitude. I wonder if she’s kept her word and not connected with any of her former model roomies. After seeing her confessionals, I’m sure none of them want anything to do with her either.

Only a couple of episodes left til we crown the Cycle 19 winner of America’s Next Top Model. Who’s got what it takes to out smize the competition. Personally, anyone but Kiara winning will be a satisfying conclusion to ANTM’s first College Edition. That said, it looks like Laura has it in the bag. As much as I’m rooting for Leila, I really don’t think they’ll give the title to someone who was previously eliminated. Do you?

Based on the episode title, who do you think is going to freak out on horseback? My money is on Leila, given she was ‘attacked‘ by a dolphin last week. Side note, first dolphins and now horses. What species will Tyrant roll out next week? Check out this week’s pictures below.

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