It’s a new day for VH1’s America’s Next Top Model! Season 24 is bringing us a more diverse cast than ever, with Tyra Banks declaring that beauty has no age, no color, and no size limitations. Hurrah! And the cast of potential models this year reflects Tyra’s mantra. They come from every corner of the country and this time, they truly are a diverse reflection of us all.
In their quest to find out who is “next level fierce,” the judges begin this season by whittling down a group of 26 to 14 models straight out of the gate. Joining Tyra on the panel are the sweet and salty Drew Elliot (Creative Consultant/Director), the hilariously catty Law Roach (Image Architect), and the gorgeous body image empowerment speaker and Supermodel, Ashley Graham.
Yes, it was great to have Tyra in the house, but NeNe was the real star of the show. I’m sure Porsha Williams, Kim Zolciak, and Sheree Whitfield did not enjoy the episode. Even if they didn’t watch it, NeNe had some noteworthy quotes about all of them that I’m sure they’ll have to address at some point.
VH1 is bringing back a lot of your favorite reality shows for even more seasons of craziness. Not only that, but Ricky Martin is set to have his own show as well. There are no specifics on the premise, but Ricky is in good company with the other famous people who took their lives to reality TV on the network.
Hopefully there will be more info about Ricky’s new show at some point soon.
Who will Kim be competing against? Well, my eye is on, Full House star Jodie Sweetin, mixed martial artist Paige VanZant, and America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco. Not only is Nyle easy on the eyes, but he is also deaf, which presents an interesting challenge for his partner Peta Murgatroyd. Check out the full cast list below and let us know if you plan to watch.
Tyra Banks shocked fans of her reality cult classic America’s Next Top Model when she fired Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel, three cast members who had been on the show for approximately one million years.
US Magazine reported this week that two replacements for the men have been announced, Katy Perry’s stylist Johnny Wujek and model Rob Evans will join publicist Kelly Cutrone at judge’s table.I’m a bit worried that Katy’s stylist is being added. I guess we’ll have to expect some really weird challenges next cycle. Who can shoot ice cream out of the cone bra the best a la Katy’s California Girls video is one idea.
Tyra also announced that the show would add a voting element, like almost every other reality show. “Cycle 19’s judging panel will include your votes, comments and video messages. You will have a say in which models stay… and who goes home.”
Egomaniac and wanna-be media queen Tyra Banks recently shocked America’s Next Top Model fans by firing her long time co-judges Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel, and J. Alexander (better known as “Miss Jay”). Can you imagine an ANTM universe without Miss Jay? I don’t think I want to, and it turns out, most fans don’t, either. It was bad enough when she fired the divine Andre Leon Talley and replaced him with Kelly Cutrone, but now this?
The host and executive producer gave walking papers to photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach J. Alexander and creative director Jay Manuel!
She confirmed news of the major overhaul on her Facebook page.
To my Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Mr Jay: Thank you for all of our years together on America’s Next Top Model! Working with you is always an absolute pleasure. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO, TyTy
Rumor has it they were just told yesterday that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed for next season.
Wow, that’s a big shakeup! I can’t wait to see who she replaces them with!
TELL US – ARE YOU GLAD TO SEE THEM GO? WHO DO YOU THINK SHOULD REPLACE THEM? ARE YOU STILL WATCHING THE SHOW AFTER ALL THESE YEARS?
Angela, alongside Lisa D’Amatoand Allison Harvard, was competing for the crown. However, during an odd final judges panel,Tyra Banks and the other judges revealed Angelea had been disqualified… without giving viewers any reason or explanation.
“We’re back in Los Angeles on the Top Model set and we’re here for a special finale that’s being conducted under unusual circumstances,” said Tyra. “It turns out, our production team and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition,” added fashion photographer Nigel Barker.
With Angelea (pictured far right) disqualified, Lisa and Allison were left to battle for the win and Lisa came out on top. Unfortunately for Lisa, viewers are more concerned with Angela’s disqualification.
According to PEOPLE, the speculation is that Angelea might have given away some finale spoilers and her possible win on her personal Facebook page before the show aired, which would equal violating the rules of the competition.
Yes, the rumor now is that Angelea was actually the original winner and that following her disqualification, the show had to re-tape the ending. In fact, the CW network admits they only learned of the information about Angelea AFTER the show wrapped, and that they did have to re-shoot scenes.
The network said in a statement: “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.”
Wowzers. As for Angelea, she seems to be taking her disqualification rather well as she tweeted the following last night: “OMG!!!! IM TRENDING WORLDWIDE on twitter right now!!!!!!!!!! Wowwwww!! That’s the whole world!! Lol! #humbled!! Thanks y’all!!! #LOVE.”
Meanwhile, runner up Allison had the following to say when asked about Angelea’s disqualification. “I think what happened with Angelea is more of a personal thing that went on with her. Out of respect and undying love for her, I think I will remain silent,” said Allison to Zap2It. And the mystery continues…
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE ANTM FINALE AND DISQUALIFICATION SCANDAL? DID LISA DESERVE TO WIN?