Another day, another judge gets the boot from America’s Next Top Model. The latest judge to get fired is Paulina Porizkova. Paulina confirmed on Tuesday’sLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she will no longer be on the show, “Listen, do you know why I am in Los Angeles … because I am looking for a job. I was fired by America’s Next Top Model on my birthday [April 9].”
The 44 year old ex model claims she got fired over the phone, “The reason I was told I was fired was because, it seemed that America’s Next Top Model has gotten too fat and they needed to cut some fat, and the fat was me,” she says.
The CW also confirmed she is no longer with the show.
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.
America’s Next Top Model has announced it will be holding an open audition in New York this Saturday. This comes a month after the previously held auditions had to end abruptly due to a riot that broke out.
The Cycle 13 casting call location has yet to be confirmed but will be posted on the CW’s website later this week.
The rules and guidelines for this casting call are a bit different compared to past seasons. For the first time in the show’s history, only females aged 18 to 27 with a height requirement of 5’7″ and under are eligible.