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America’s Next Top Model debuted its brand new line-up last Friday, or as Tyra calls it, “Fierce Fridays“. There certainly were a lot of changes. Based on first impression, I think Banks took a step in the right direction. I’m really loving model Rob Evans and his adorable accent. Fresh blood was definitely needed on the panel and on set, plus I’m loving the social media addition. Let’s face it, fans’ viewpoints can be way harsher and bitchier than Janice Dickinson on a good day.

While the ratings were down from last Fall’s numbers, as expected with the move to Fridays, the numbers were pretty flat when compared to the Spring ratings. As it stands, the CW’s decision to move the veteran reality competition hasn’t hurt, nor helped, the show. If numbers remain steady, I fully expect a 20th cycle coming our way in the Spring.

Even though we’ve seen each contestant’s best photo from every shoot a few months ago, it’s interesting to see how the producers edit the girls. Kristin, who was an early favorite of mine, came off rather conceited and bitchy on the show. On the flip side, Kiara who I wasn’t feeling, really grew on me during the first episode. Check out the official HD pics and backstage photos from the next episode below. You’ll be surprised to discover who’s snapping the pictures this week? No, it’s not Tyra, but rather, it’s a star from another CW show. Find out who below.

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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.

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Nigel Barker Teams Up With Naomi Campbell

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Apparently, the old adage “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” needs to be updated to “hell hath no fury like a former male model scorned”. Based on Nigel Barker’s new gig, I would say he was plenty scorned. Barker was part of the massive cast shake-up over at “America’s Next Top Model“, along with Jay Manuel and Jay Alexander. At the time, both Barker and Tyra Banks issued statements that were filled with rainbows and unicorns regarding him leaving ANTM. I wonder how Banks feels about it now.

Oxygen network just announced that Barker is hosting their upcoming modeling competition titled, “The Face“. Here’s the kicker… he’ll now be working with Tyra’s former modeling rival Naomi Campbell. Somewhere out there, Tyrant is pulling out her weave. LOL.

The reality show is looking for a model to become “the face” of a major national brand. Campbell will be one of three judges who will lead their respective team of would-be models towards becoming the spokesperson for the not-yet-revealed brand. Find out the other two supermodels involved in the project. That’s right, we have real supermodels involved.

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Previously on America’s Next Top Model, Tyrant made up for the surprise Alisha/Eboni double boot with a recap episode of never before seen “highlights”. I didn’t watch. Obviously. I was busy. Well… not THAT busy, but I hate reCRAP episodes. Before that however, the final three battled it out in a giant perfume bottle for ANTM scented glory. Annaliese, despite overcoming Kelly Cutrone’s powerful hate-on for her, could not pull off a surprise run to the finale and got the boot. That left us with the two blondes… one Yank and one Brit. There’s a shocker. For the most part, this season has been lackluster and drab with a few stand out episodes… but hardly anything to celebrate. So who will take home the crown? Laura or Sophie? Does my fave Sophie have a shot? Can a British girl really win AMERICA’S Next Top Model? Does Tyrant even give a crap about what any of us think? Only two girls remain. Who will be America’s Next Top Model?

Alright peeps… it’s time to put this Cycle to bed! But first, I gotta tell you about Snow White and the Huntsman. Dan and I just checked out the advanced screening. It should be called Bella Swan and Thor Go on a Psychedelic Acid Trip With Charlize Theron in Fierce Couture. Seriously. It had some pretty amazing moments, but really didn’t know what it was trying to be. That being said, Charlize Theron is effing FIERCE. And better yet… the FASHION. Dan and I were living for her outfits. The bird skull trim! The feathered cowl! The silver dangling chin straps! Epic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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