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ANTM Cycle 19: Meet The Cast & Week One Photo Shoot

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The Cycle 19 premiere of “America’s Next Top Model” is still months away, but thanks to a new rule change, we get an advanced look. Not only do we see the 13 girls vying for the ANTM crown, but we are also treated to an advanced look at their first official photo shoot. After years of wishing for it, viewers finally have a say in who gets eliminated each week. Exactly how much viewer votes weigh in on the final decision remains to be seen. We all know the powers-that-be have final say, but at least we can give our two cents… even if they fall on deaf ears.

For the first photo shoot of the college edition, the girls pose as game trophies. It’s all about smizing and catching the light for this shoot. Broken-down doll poses won’t work here. Typically, I have a sense of what Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel are all looking for. But with Barker and Manuel out, trying to predict what newcomers Rob Evans and Tommy Wujek will say is nearly impossible. That said, I have a pretty good idea of what Kelly Cutrone looks for. I have, after all, watched her on “Kell on Earth“, “The Hills” and “The City“.

It looks as if the producers are releasing the best photos of each girl every week. I’m thinking each girl, whether eliminated or not, will participate at every photo shoot. Otherwise, the results of the college cycle will be spoiled months before the premiere date. How else could they do it? Without further ado, check out the new crop of ladies who will undoubtedly vie for a CoverGirl contract and “career-making” prizes. Be sure to scroll til the end to see which girls I liked the most.

check out all the models after the jump

Are we witnessing the final days of “America’s Next Top Model“? It sure feels like the CW has thrown in the towel with the veteran reality show. First there was last week’s announcement that the Tyra Banks show was being banished to Friday nights. Then the network decided to air a recap episode this past week, pushing the Cycle 18 finale past the May sweeps official end date. With the numbers the show is pulling in, I don’t blame them. Even with the new judges and upcoming college edition coming Fall 2012, I think the show will be dunzo come Cycle 20. But enough of the future, let’s tackle the present.

We began Cycle 18 aka the British Invasion Cycle with 14 girls and now we’re down to the final two. Not surprisingly, we have one Brit and one Yank remaining in the competition. While Sophie as the last Brit standing isn’t a shocker, Laura as the lone American is. I firmly believed it would’ve been either Eboni or AzMarie at the beginning of the cycle.

As always, the final two pose for their potential CoverGirl ad and engage in a runway battle for the ANTM crown. For the first time in “Top Model” history, the women will take part in a holographic runway show interacting with lifelike images and also walk in sync with the outline of their own bodies. What will Tyra think of next? LOL. Check out a few runway preview pics along with their CoverGirl ads below. Be sure to post your winner prediction in our comments section after checking out the pics.

view more pics after the jump

The CW just presented their new schedule for the upcoming season and boy was it a SHOCKER. Only one show remained in its time slot, while everything else was shuffled around. Included in the massive relocation was “America’s Next Top Model“. The modeling competition was booted to Friday nights at 8 pm. OUCH.

Given its declining ratings, CW’s decision to move it is actually quite brilliant. At this point only hardcore fans watch the show and will most likely follow it to the virtual wasteland known as Friday night television viewing. If ANTM garners the same ratings as it does now, in its new Friday slot, it will be considered a success. That means we can expect more cycles in the future. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad one ;)

For Cycle 19, Tyra and company have a few major changes coming our way. First off, the show will have its first ever college edition. This was inspired by Banks’ recent graduation from Harvard Business School. Coeds from any higher education institution qualifies, including beauty schools. LOL. The next change is HUGE and will appease many of ANTM’s diehard fans.

For the first time on the American version, it’ll allow viewer votes to factor in with the judges’ decisions. In other international cycles, this is nothing new. They have incorporated viewer votes in their live finales for years. Starting on May 24, fans will have two opportunities a week to vote online at www.cwtv.com based on the photos taken during production. These votes will be factored in each week when Tyra and the judges eliminate someone. Speaking of judges. Meet Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel’s replacements below.

check out the new cast of ANTM after the jump

Previously on America’s Next Top Model, there was a lot of blubbering as the wannabes had to pose on the edge of a building and a couple of them almost crapped their pants. There was also some heavy panting as Laura lusted after a Hong Kong action star amidst accusations from the others of sluttery. And if that wasn’t enough drama, Alisha tried to fall on her top model sword for Eboni of all people and offered to go home instead of the pigtailed wonder. Tyrant was not amused. She sent them both packing. Crazy! Almost as crazy as Kelly Cutrone’s ongoing hate-on for Annaliese. How many times will Laura say sex? Will Annaliese be able to convince Kelly that she’s a model? Can Sophie rebound from her fear-filled photoshoot? Only three wannabes remain. Who will be eliminated tonight?

Here we go folks… the penultimate episode that will decide the final two of one of the most lackluster Cycles on record. Ratings are down, our patience with Tyrant is running razor thin, the photoshoots were average with only a couple standouts, the drama was artificial, and there were a lack of girls to really root for. But hey… that could all change if Sophie wins! Team Sophie. And in the immortal words of Robyn from Cycle 1…. “Oooooooh Jesus”!

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How many of you are still reeling from last night’s “America’s Next Top Model” episode? Like Rich, I’m in shock Tyra had the balls to not only let Eboni go, but not save her after Alisha quit. Who is this new Tyra? I can definitely get on board with this new version for Cycle 19, especially if she keeps us on our toes.

Speaking of which, this has to be one of the more unpredictable cycles in recent memory. I really thought, AzMarie had it in the bag, until she pissed off Banks. Then I thought it was Eboni’s for the taking. It’s been a few cycles since we’ve crowned a black winner, and thought Cycle 18 was it. Is Annaliese now the frontrunner, especially with Nigel’s comparison to fan-favorite Mercedes from Cycle 2?

In the next episode, the Final 3 pose for British fashion photographer Jez Smith. At the photo shoot for the “America’s Next Top Model” fragrance, Dream Come True, the stakes are raised as the models pose in front of the client, Hatch Beauty founder Ben Bennett. As cheesy as the ANTM fragrance is, I have to say, the images are absolutely stunning. Laura, Annaliese and Sophie all bring it. I can’t even imagine who the judges will cut. If Kelly Cutrone has her way, Annaliese is a goner. Check out the pics and see who you’d cut.

view pics from next episode after the jump

Previously on America’s Next Top Model, the wannabes landed in Macau for this year’s international trip. They’re staying in a pretty swank place but had to endure one the Cycle’s lamest challenges… astrology reading… before throwing on some silk worms for a photo shoot. Tyrant managed to pick a terrible shot of Catherine to justify sending her home over darling Eboni who took one of the worst photos of the entire season. That girl’s neck was nowhere to be seen… one of Top Model’s most deadly sins. Oh Tyrant. You’re so special. And by special I mean transparent and hypocritical. Will Eboni’s pigtails keep her in the game? Can the Brits stay in the lead? Who will get manipulated off the show? Only five girls are left. Who will be eliminated tonight?

So here we are. Down to five. When you look at the girls left… does anyone other than Sophie or Laura even have a shot? Granted, it should’ve been AzMarie, but she got kicked off because she pissed off Tyrant and didn’t booty tooch. The thing is, AzMarie’s “brand” was androgynous and probably shouldn’t have been booty tooching according to Tyrant’s book of nonsense. If one of the blondes goes home tonight, I’ll lose it. You have been warned.

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WOO HOO. I have to pat myself on the back for correctly predicting FCO (first call out) and the girl leaving from last night’s episode. Where do I apply to fill the vacated seat at the judging panel, because I rock. I probably wouldn’t last an entire cycle though, because Tyra would catch me rolling my eyes at all her cray cray antics. That said, I hope I can keep the streak alive and correctly predict who’s going home next week again

The five remaining wannabes leave Macau and head for cosmopolitan Hong Kong. I’ve been there twice and think it’s a beautiful city but didn’t have fun either time. So going a third time isn’t high on my world travel plans. When the girls arrive, they learn a fight sequence which they have to act in a scene with international actor and pop star Nicholas Tse.

Once they’re done playing “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“, the Final 5 soar to new heights much to the chagrin of some of the girls. They have to pose atop a high rise tower in extreme rain and wind. I feel for them because I have serious vertigo and probably couldn’t do it even if I was harnessed with fifty million straps. Not going to happen. Keep reading to see who I think will receive FCO and receive a one way ticket home via a junk boat.

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Previously on America’s Next Top Model, we actually got a pretty reasonable episode considering all the nonsense Tyrant has been throwing our way lately. Seymone FINALLY got the boot after weeks of vapid mediocrity and we got to see all the girls model… like actually model. Not sure who brought the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize into the mix (probably Kelly Cutrone), but it was awesome to see the wannabes compete with each other to open a collection. And then, we even got an original photo shoot courtesy of Hello Kitty. And, Sophie is on a roll! Maybe this Cycle could turn around! Yeah right. This week, they’re off to Asia. How many of the wannabes will actually know where Macau is? Will Tyrant make them speak Cantonese… or even Portuguese? Only 6 girls are left. Who will be eliminated tonight?

So this week, the wannabes are off to Macau and it made me think back to all the other international trips… the hits and the misses. Obviously, nothing will EVER top Milan when Shandi cheated on her boyfriend. That phone call is still one of the best moments in reality TV. She was the hottest of ANTM messes. Then there was the oh-so-foreign Maui for the midget cycle. That was definitely the worst. I hope we see some wannabes lost in translation!

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