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They battled it out on the fashion runways in the early 90s, and it looks like they’ll face off once again- this time in the Neilsen ratings. The Oxygen network just announced a brand new modeling competition titled “The Face“. The winner of the show will score a national spokesmodel gig for a major brand. Taking a cue from “The Voice”, the show will group the contestants into teams where they are mentored by established models. Enter Naomi Campbell. The British stunner will be one of three models being recruited to mentor the young models.

“The Face is a fresh new series that delivers all the elements our audience craves: fashion, beauty and drama,” Rod Aissa, the network’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development said in a statement. “Oxygen has been looking for the next ideation in the modeling genre and this project delivers it.”

While some of Campbell’s compatriots entered the reality genre years ago, “The Face” will mark Naomi’s debut with the format. She’ll join Heidi Klum and Elle Macpherson who host “Project Runway” and “Fashion Star” respectively. But the one comparison which will be inevitably made is with Tyra Banks. The two infamously were at odds with each other during the supermodel era and feuded for more than a decade. They finally squashed their “rivalry” during an awkward sit down on Tyra Banks former daytime talk show. Tyra so badly wanted closure from Naomi regarding her “Mean Girls” treatment during Tyra’s early career.

“I am looking forward to working in partnership with Oxygen and Shine America to discover the next beautiful face of the modeling world,” – Naomi Campbell

watch Tyra ask Naomi for closure after the jump

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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Previously on America’s Next Top Model, the Brits continued on a comeback role as another American got the boot. This time it was the ever-boring and bug-eyed Kyle that failed to impress. The best part of the whole episode had to be listening to Tyrant pile compliments onto Seymone, because we all know how much Tyrant loves to pimp her pet projects, only to see that the fiercely real wannabe was a total disaster in every single background shot she was in. Amazing. Tyrant is clueless. Speaking of clueless… do you think Nigel, Mr. and Miss J saw the epic firing coming? More on that later. How will Tyrant manipulate the results this week? What annoyingly self-serving nonsense will Madame Ego bless us with? How many Cycles must we wait until Tyrant fires herself? Only 7 or something like that remain. Who will be eliminated tonight?

First off… supes totes sorry for being so late with this recap. Last week was crazy for me in the real world with work and stuff. You guys are all so awesome for coming back to this recap every week and I’m sorry I didn’t get it done sooner.

Now… Miss Tyrant. Can I get an UGH? What’s the female version of a douche bag? Seriously. You, your manipulations, and choice to steer ANTM away from modelling towards gimmicks and branding has cost you audience loyalty, credibility, and relevance. This latest stunt has everyone I know rolling their eyes and talking about moving on. Is it time? Are we there? I don’t know about all of you, but I’m pretty damn close to letting ANTM go. Sigh.

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Based on the picture above, you’d think the Final 6 girls are off to Brazil or some other South American destination, but you’d be wrong The overseas location for ANTM Cycle 18 is Macau. Last week, Tyra had the girls posing in Hello Kitty couture, and now she has them styled as China Dolls sporting exquisite silk gowns while accessorized with crawling silkworms. Someone’s got a hard-on for all things Asian it would seem.

For Cycle 17, Tyra picked Greece as the foreign locale and now for Cycle 18, she’s chosen the former Portuguese territory, Macau. I swear Banks is stalking me, as I’ve been to both locations. The now Chinese city (handed back in 1999) is a beautiful place. I love the fusion of old Portuguese architecture mixed in with Chinese culture. Other than a really bad bout of travelers diarrhea experience by both Brian and myself, I had a great time in Macau, but enough about me.

The girls head off to Macau as their first contact into China. From there they’ll head off to the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong. Joining the judging panel this week is Asian actor Barney Cheng. Check out what Tyra has the girls doing for their challenge and photo shoot this week. I’ve also included pictures from the photo shoot and given my prediction for FCO (first call out) and the girl eliminated. See if you agree with my choices.

see whose picture will lead to their elimination after the jump

Hell hath no fury like a woman former supermodel scorned. You’d think after all these cycles, Janice Dickinson wouldn’t be so bitter about leaving “America’s Next Top Model” and former boss, Tyra Banks. Instead, she sounds even angrier. Gotta love a good celebrity catfight. Is her latest rant about ANTM simply the truth, sour grapes or an attempt to stay relevant? You decide.

In light of the recent judging panel spring cleaning, former judge herself, Dickinson went on Sirius XM’s “Derek and Romaine” show to give her two cents on Nigel Barker, Jay Alexander and Jay Manuel’s exit on the venerable modeling show. If I can liken her interview to anything, I would compare it to an air raid on Baghdad during the Gulf War. She was dropping bomb, after bomb, after bomb.

When asked her opinion about the judging panel shakeup, Janice says it was motivated by money and says Tyra is “one selfish greedy woman“. She then continues to rag on Tyrant and adds that it probably wasn’t entirely her decision. “She doesn’t have a creative bone in her body, so someone else is pulling the strings on this one.” Then when asked about Nigel Barker, Janice claims Tyra kept him for so long because she was in love with him, but it was useless pining over him because…

read what else Janice had to say after the jump

I’ve watch “America’s Next Top Model” since the very first episode and seen it all. Out of all the stunts, gimmicks and shenanigans the show has thrown at us, nothing has shocked me more than this latest behind-the-scenes drama. Judging panel shakeups are nothing new. Janice Dickinson and Paulina Porizkova both left in a mysterious cloud of drama, while others left “amicably”. That said, ANTM Cycle 19 is going to look drastically different when it returns in the Fall. So, who’s leaving and joining the likes of Twiggy, Andre Leon Talley, Nole Marin, Kimora Lee Simmons, Beau Quillian and Eric Nicholson? Remember those last two? I didn’t and had to literally Google them to refresh my memory.

With Cycle 18 drastically dipping in the ratings, it’s not surprising producers are looking for a way to rejuvenate the veteran reality series. The season premiere for the “British Invasion” cycle was down an astonishing 45% in the coveted 18-49 demographic for the season premiere. Given those numbers, the powers-that-be are looking for a major makeover, or should I say TyOver, ShakeOver or what other Tyra feels like calling it next cycle. Have the producers finally realized that Tyra has dug her once-addictive series to the ground? Is she the one leaving? Find out below.

continue to read who’s leaving ANTM after the jump

ANTM 18 Episode 8 Preview Pics: Wassup, Kitty

In: Donovan, TV Shows

First and foremost, welcome back Rich. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I missed your Intoxibella powers of ANTM recapping. Now that Debbie downer girl-next-door Kyle is gone, we’re left with seven girls competing for the “career-making” ANTM prize. As a side note, in a post-elimination interview, Kyle revealed she’s pregnant and expecting her first child in November. Congrats to her fiance and her.

For the first time the Brits have a one woman advantage and based on next week’s pictures they stand a good chance of keeping the upper hand. Episode 8, titled “Georgina Chapman“, has the girls heading to a casting call for a fashion show. Marchesa founder Chapman is on hand along with a few designers to judge the remaining girls on their catwalk fierceness. I have to say, minus Seymone, they all look like legit working models on the runway.

At next week’s photo shoot, the girls live out every Japanese girl’s teenage dream. They pose for a Hello Kitty-inspired photo shoot complete with couture gowns using the cartoon pussy. Given that it’s not conventional attire, as expected a few of the girls have problems working the heavy and awkward clothing. Check out a few pics from next week’s episode below. If you want an early peek at all the pictures, be sure to head to our ANTM Cycle 18 Gallery.

view next week’s photos after the jump

Previously on America’s Next Top Model, Tyrant continued along her quest to strip any of the show’s remaining credibility by forcing the wannabes to sing and dance to Lisa D’Amato songs about pot ledoms and booty tooching. Then, she had the audacity to boot AzMarie, one of the most unique and talented models the show has had in years. Why? Because she was good and she knew it. She was too good for Tyrant’s gimmicky nonsense. Tyrant loathes independence in her wannabes. So… poof. Gone. There weren’t even any photos last week. There was no modelling… just shtick and a new low for Tyrant. Can she bounce back? Will she wake up to the fact that she is killing this show and driving its committed fans to the drink? Only 8 girls remain. Who will be the lucky girl eliminated tonight so they can go and start their ACTUAL modelling career?

Hey folks. Sorry about last week’s recap. What a week to miss. You’ll be happy to know that I was in Puerto Vallarta sunning myself on the beach, drinking too much tequila and hanging out with scores of super woofy men. The bad news is I missed an epic episode. I’m almost glad I didn’t recap it… as you can tell by my intro I am still pretty damned pissed about what happened. I knew it was gonna be bad because Dan, Nic, and other friends were hitting my Facebook wall ranting about it. What a sad, depressing, and disappointing spectacle that was. And to lose AzMarie like that. Such a waste of an actual talent. Tyrant… this one goes down with Lauren Brie’s boot and Whitney’s win. Just awful and wrong. Here are some more adjectives… just for fun… lame, transparent, manipulative, and egotistical. Don’t even get me started on the booty tooching crap. Just because your booty is getting bigger, does not mean booty tooching is an actual thing.

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