A group of aspiring models showed up for last week’s America’s Next Top Model auditions in New York last Saturday but do any of them really stand a chance at being the Next Top Model?
According to the NYDailyNews, the answer is no. Their sources claim Tyra Banks and the ANTM producers choose at least some of their contestants at private tryouts and that the open cattle calls around the country are mostly just publicity stunts.
A rep for the CW network declined to comment, while another source claimed, “The producers had already picked some of the girls they wanted in private meetings. They had to sign agreements promising not to reveal how they were chosen.”
Aspiring model Dehea Abraham who flew from Atlanta for the March 14 open call was told by a friend that she didn’t stand a chance. “My friend is a dancer who’s represented by a talent agency that also handles models,” says Abraham. “Someone from the show saw her MySpace page and invited her to a secret pre-audition. My friend doesn’t really want to model. But she figured she’d try it out. She had to sign a confidentiality agreement.” Dehea continues saying, “When I got to New York, she called me and said, ‘Please tell me you’re not in New York City. You’re wasting your time.’”
Another aspiring model Dionne Sherrae, who injured her shoulder in the March 14 fiasco, says she’s “not surprised” to hear that the 13 girls who get into the Top Model House may not all come from cattle calls. “You never hear about people saying, ‘Oh, I stood in line next to that girl.’” Must say she brings up a valid point.
Do you believe the ANTM tryouts are rigged?