*Controversy hovered over the Wednesday’s season finale of “America’s Next Top Model’s” first all-stars cycle due to an out-of-the-blue and largely unexplained disqualification of one of the final three contestants.
Lisa D’Amato, Allison Harvard, and Angelea Preston were battling for the crown, but after an unusual panel, the judges declared that Preston was disqualified – without saying exactly why – and that D’Amato and Harvard would square off for the title.
Eventually, D’Amato was named the winner, but the buzz around the Internet continued to focus on the nature of Preston’s dismissal.
In a statement, the CW said it had learned information about Preston after the show wrapped that disqualified her, and actually re-shot scenes, suggesting Preston might have been declared the winner the first time around.
The network said: “After production wrapped on the current cycle of ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ we learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition. As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during the finale.”
Although it has not confirmed, word has it that Preston might have bragged about her victory on her Facebook page before the finale, thus breaking the rules of the competition.