America's Next Top Model is introducing men into the competition and host Tyra Banks says they better smize just as fiercely as the ladies.
Cycle 20, which premieres on Friday at 8/7c on The CW, marks the first season that both guys and girls will compete for the ultimate title of being named Top Model and becoming the face of Guess. As viewers have seen before, the reality competition has already seen its fair share of drama, but Banks says the addition of males brought the crazy to a whole new level.
The CW has announced premiere dates for a slew of reality programming in addition to the return of America's Next Top Model, Remodeled and the scripted series L.A. Complex.
America's Next Top Model: College Edition will debut its 19th cycle on Friday, Aug. 24 at 8/7c. The upcoming season will include the return of Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone, but with new judges Rob Evans and Johnny Wujek who have replaced J. Alexander and Nigel Barker, and mentor Jay Manuel. It will also include an interactive element where fans can vote for which contestants should stay and who should be eliminated.
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America's Next Top Model judges J. Alexander and Nigel Barker, and mentor Jay Manuel are leaving at the end of next season.
"After many fun filled years with America's Next Top Model, I will not be returning to the program for cycle 19," Barker wrote on his blog late Thursday night.
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America's Next Top Model judge André Leon Talley will be replaced by Kelly Cutrone next season.
"We have greatly enjoyed working with André Leon Talley and he has been an amazing asset to the America's Next Top Model family," executive producer Ken Mok told People. "We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
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