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America’s Next Top Model is returning for a 19th Cycle, with unprecedented changes.
For the first time ever, the public will now be able to vote for their favorite contestants, determining who stays and who gets booted from the contest. The results will help Tyra and her panel of judges decide who will be eliminated.
In what is definitely a more interactive move for the popular TV show, it certainly does help temper the recent controversy over the firing of well loved judges from last cycle’s panel.
Speaking of judges, for the new cycle, male model Rob Evans joins Tyra Banks and fashion PR icon Kelly Cutrone, as the third permanent judge. According to The CW, Johnny Wujek, stylist to the stars, including singer Katy Perry, rounds out the group as the new creative consultant, who will guide the models through their photo shoots.
Cycle 19 delivers another first for ANTM with its college focus, including students enrolled in all aspects of tertiary education: colleges and universities, beauty schools, you name it.
The prize package, the details of which are unconfirmed, will help the winner launch her modeling career and help her with the completion of her degree.
The new cycle kicks of in early October on a new night, Fridays at 8 p.m.