*As previously reported, the CW’s upcoming Cycle 19 of “America’s Next Top Model” will be its first-ever “College Edition,” with 13 co-eds – from universities to trade schools – facing off for $100,000 in cash, a spread in Nylon Magazine, campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics, a contract with LA/NY Models and becoming the face of the “America’s Next Top Model” perfume Dream Come True.
“Every time they win a challenge, they get $10,000 deposited into a personal bank for scholarship money that adds up,” Tyra told us at the CBS/Showtime/CW TCA party Sunday night in Beverly Hills. “If they win, they get that extra money. So there’s a possibility of getting $120,000 more for the winner.”
Also new this season, Jay Manuel will be replaced by stylist Johnny Wujek as the show’s photo shoot creative consultant, and popular fashion blogger Bryanboy has signed on as its first-ever social media correspondent. He’ll mentor the models and highlight the comments and video messages from viewers that will be revealed in the show during judging.
Dancer and choreographer Jontè will replace Ms. Jay Alexander as a “movement mentor” for the models, helping them with their charisma in the various challenges and photo shoots.
On the judging panel, Banks and fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone will join former boxer and international male supermodel Rob Evans. He replaces photographer Nigel Barker, who has moved on to the new Oxygen series “The Face.”
“I’m happy for Nigel,” Tyra said. “He’s amazing. He built ‘Top Model’ with us, so I can only wish him success.”
There is also a new fourth judge this season … you.
“The fourth judge is the home audience, which we’ve never done before,” said Tyra. “I was very nervous to start the show that way ten years ago because I felt that they would choose who they thought was prettiest, not necessarily who was a model. Now, they’re very educated and they’re saying it’s not about pretty, it’s about being a high fashion model and finding beauty in the atypical. That wasn’t the case in the beginning.”
Throughout the season, which has already been filmed in its entirety, fans had opportunities each week to vote online, through social media and via cell phone, to choose their favorite contestants based on photo shoots taken during production. These scores were added to scores from the judges to help determine who was eliminated throughout the cycle.
“We targeted the actual fans to do that, because we didn’t want to do it too broad,” said Tyra, fearing it would become a popularity contest. “We made it very targeted to the diehard fans on their Facebook pages, on our Twitter – you know, the people that follow us.”
Also, in a new twist, girls who were eliminated had the chance to get back into the game based on votes from their photo shoot pictures, allowing the audience a chance to save their favorite model.
Currently, “America’s Next Top Model” is seen in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production. “ANTM – College Edition,” shot in Los Angeles and Jamaica, will premiere Friday, Aug. 24 (8-9 p.m. ET) on The CW. Scroll down for short bios of the 13 contestants.
Below, our interview with Tyra Banks was interrupted by “CBS: This Morning’s” Gayle King, who was also attending the CBS/Showtime/CW party. After they dipped away for a few minutes to chat, we asked Tyra what Gayle and Oprah Winfrey’s friendship has meant to her throughout her career.
“AMERICA’S Next Top Model” CYCLE 19 PARTICIPANTS:
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Last School or College: Florida State University
Height: 5’10 ½”
Movie: Slumdog Millionaire
Food: Macaroni and cheese
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Last School or College: Chandler-Gilbert Community College/Disney College Program
Movie: The Lion King
Magazine: Teen Vogue
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Last School or College: Louisiana State University
Magazine: Elle, W, Vogue
Food: Crawfish stew over fried catfish
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Occupation: Cashier at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
Last School or College: Aveda Institute of Columbus
Height: 5’8 ½”
Hometown: Speedway, IN
Last School or College: University of Southern California Graduate School
Height: 5’9 ¾”
Magazine: Architecture magazines
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Last School or College: University of California – Irvine
Movie: Love and Basketball
Food: Apple salad, salad with fruit, white pizza
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Last School or College: Florida State College of Jacksonville
Height: 5’7 ¼”
Hometown: Cambridge, NY
Last School or College: Paul Smith’s College
Movie: Groundhog Day
Magazine: Self, Fitness, Cosmopolitan, W, Vogue
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Last School or College: University of Rhode Island
TV Show: Project Runway
Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
Occupation: Student/Mobile Editor of AdMonsters
Last School or College: Harvard Divinity School
Height: 5’7 ¼”
Magazine: Vogue, Fitness, New Yorker, U.S. News
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA
Occupation: Student/Sales Associate
Last School or College: East Stroudsburg University
Height: 5’8 ¼”
Movie: The Notebook
Magazine: Harper’s Bazaar
Hometown: Colquitt, GA
Last School or College: Liberty University
Height: 5’9 ½”
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Last School or College: University of Texas at Austin
Height: 5’8 ½”
Movie: Harry Potter (series)
Magazine: Harper’s Bazaar
Food: Nerds, Macaroni and cheese, sushi, “everything in the world”
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