Tyra Banks at the NBC and Time Inc. celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on January 14, 2014
*Tyra Banks takes pride in the fact that her reality series “America’s Next Top Model” has no hangups about the weight of its contestants. However, the models are apparently slapped in the face with reality when they leave the show and try to book jobs in the real world.
Needless to say, this disappoints the former supermodel.
”The sad thing is that on average, my girls on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ are larger than the high fashion girls on runways, and when they leave they’re excited; they’re like, ‘Yay, I’m going to start modeling.’ And then they get in the real world, and they’re like, ‘My agent is saying I need to lose 20lbs.’ I’ll see them four months later and they are a bone. A bone. It’s just like, ‘What?’
The CW has confirmed a 21st cycle of Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model,” which will again feature men and women contestants.
Casting is currently underway, while dates for the start of production and premiere will be announced at a later date.
The announcement states:
For the past two years, “America’s Next Top Model” has played an important part in The CW’s original summer programming strategy, as the long-running reality series kicked-off during the late summer months and carried on into The CW’s fall launch. The current cycle, airing Fridays, 9-10 p.m. ET, will name the newest winner of “America’s Next Top Model” during the finale on November 15.
*Eva Marcille has announced that she and her songwriter boyfriend Kevin McCall are expecting.
The “America’s Next Top Model” confirmed the news to BET, insisting she’s thrilled to become a first-time mother.
“Being able to bring a life into the world is every woman’s dream but for me it’s more than just a dream, it is a magical, mystical journey which I get to share with this amazing man,” said the 28-year-old. “Kevin is the only man who I would share this moment in life with.”
America’s Next Top Model on The CW. Pictured: Cycle ANTM20 contestants Jiana, Kanani, Renee, Nina, Jourdan, Alex, Chlea, Bianca, Judge Tyra Banks, Jeremy, Don, Chris H., Mike, Marvin, Cory, Chris S. and Phil - Photo: Massimo Campana/Pottle Productions Inc
*Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun for Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model,” she’s gone and added men.
The first official promo pic of the 16 co-ed contestants has surfaced for Cycle 20’s “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls.” [See above pic.]
14 of the 16 contestants of “America’s Next Top Model: Guys and Girls”
The male and female models, revealed in February (above), include Alex, Bianca, Chlea, Chris H., Chris S., Cory, Don, Jeremy, Jiana, Jourdan, Bianca, Marvin, Mike, Nina, Philip and Renee.
The new season premieres Friday, August 2 at 8/7c. Watch the promo below.
*“Project Runway” will look a lot like the social-media enhanced upgrade of “America’s Next Top Model” when the Heidi Klum-hosted reality series returns to Lifetime on Thursday (July 18).
In a move to salvage “Top Model” from sinking ratings,host and executive producer Tyra Banks added viewer video commentary and online voting for last fall’s college-themed Cycle 19. “Project Runway” is doing the same, giving fans a “second screen experience” that will be available via mobile, tablet and desktop.
“Runway” viewers will be able to voice their own opinions about the contestants and their creations at www.playrunway.com, with responses displayed instantly during live broadcasts. Elements will include real-time voting and polling segments that show voter results on-screen, as the events are actually happening.
Cast of Project Runway season 12
Other fan integration elements for season 12 include:
• Runway Redemption (#RunwayRedemption) – a mystery contestant from a past season, chosen by fans on mylifetime.com and Twitter, will be unveiled as the 16th designer for season 12.
• Project Runway Superfan Contest – via video submissions, seven super fans will be chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode this season for a fashion makeover.
• More Tim Gunn – This season, Gunn will join Klum and the judges to watch the runway show, answer questions the judges have about what transpired in the workroom and give them an opportunity to physically examine the workmanship of each design. Also, for the first time in Project Runway history, Gunn will be able to “rescue” one designer during course of the season he feels deserves a second chance.
Klum shot season 12 before beginning work on her other primetime gig, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The supermodel and ex-wife of singer Seal joined former Spice Girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown as newbies to the judging panel alongside returning vets Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.
Klum’s experience as one of four judges on “Project Runway” came in handy when it was time to fight for her opinions on “AGT.” Listen below.
Among “Project Runway’s” season 12 designers are Dom Streater, 24, of Philadelphia; Kahindo Mateene, 34, of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Ken Laurence, 24, of Birmingham. Watch their video profiles below.
Naomi Campbell, Supermodel Coach and Executive Producer speaks onstage at the “The Face” panel discussion during the Oxygen portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 4 at the Langham Hotel on January 7, 2013 in Pasadena, California
*Naomi Campbell says she wishes a show like her new Oxygen series “The Face” existed when she was slaying runways 20 years ago.
“Coming from the ’90s, we basically just had to learn as we went along,” she told reporters at the TCA press tour in Pasadena this week. “Of course, I would ask Iman or other models who were around me to show me how to do things. But I think things have changed, and now I think a show like this is absolutely needed.”
“The Face,” yet another modeling competition series, features Campbell as an executive producer and one of three supermodel coaches for 24 contestants competing to become “the face” of cosmetics retailer ULTA Beauty. The hopefuls are divided into three teams, each led by a supermodel coach. (Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha are the other two.)
Viewers will watch the ladies participate in real life assignments, including photo shoots and commercials, as they work toward the grand prize.
(L-R) Eden Gaha, Executive Producer, Naomi Campbell, Supermodel Coach and Executive Producer, Karolina Kurkova, Supermodel Coach, Coco Rocha, Supermodel Coach, and host Nigel Barker speak onstage at the “The Face” panel discussion during the Oxygen portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 4 at the Langham Hotel on January 7, 2013 in Pasadena, California
Host Nigel Barker, who snatched this gig after being fired from rival show “America’s Next Top Model,” claims “The Face” is “different from any other show that’s ever been out there in this genre.”
“This is the real world of modeling with three of the biggest names in the business, and you really get an inside look at exactly how they operate and why they are supermodels, and it’s a unique take that you’ve just never seen before,” he said.
Of course, viewers will be the judge of that. The premise doesn’t seem to stray far from “Top Model.” So after the panel, we asked Campbell point blank how this show is any different from Tyra Banks’ operation on the CW.
Listen to her answer below.
“The Face: The Fight To Make the Final 12″ airs Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 9pm ET/PT and the series premiere a week later on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9pm ET/PT. Watch the promo below.