America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model, is a reality TV show, where Tyra Banks (who is the presenter of the show) is searching America to find, Americas next top model! Eventually after going through lots of young women, she picks 13 to move into the Americas Next Top Model house, and to face challenges, and after 13 weeks she picks the 'winner' and the new Americas Next Top Model. The winner will win prizes, (which sometimes change every series) but they are normally a contract with cover girl cosmetics, a front page cover in a magazine, and they get signed up with a modelling agency.
Every week a girl is eliminated until there is one left, (the winner) and to help choose which girl gets eliminated is the ANTM judges. Some series have different judges every time. At the moment with the series that is on telly now there is Nigel Barker - a fashion photographer, twiggy - fashion icon, and J. Alexander - Runway trainer, and of course there is Tyra Banks - model. There is also a guest judge every week. On past series there has been judges such as Janice Dickinson, who can be very mean to the girls, however she is very entertaining to watch, and that's what makes a programme good right, if its entertaining?
Every week the girls are faced with challenges, and photo shoots, the ones who do the worse in these challenges and photo shoots are more likely to get eliminated. The photo shoots are always very creative and fun to watch being shot, they are not boring at all. There has been photo shoots where girls dress up as superheroes and were 'flying' in the sky, and photo shoots where the girls were dressed up as mermaids. The girls are also faced with all sorts of challenges such as dancing ones, to runway challenges, to personality challenges. There are all sorts to keep you entertained.
What can especially be entertaining about this programme, is that all these girls staying in a house together after 13 weeks, they can get rather bitchy towards each other. Most people probably find this annoying, however I find it funny to watch, it adds drama to the programme. I mean it would be boring if they were all quiet girls that never did anything.
There is also 'shock' events that happen on this programme which makes it all the more interesting, there has been cases where no one gets eliminated, where both of the girls in the bottom 2 get eliminated, and there has even been cases where people have chosen to leave the competition, and where people have been took into hospital as they have had an illness. Also when there are around 6 contestants remaining Tyra normally announces that they are going abroad somewhere to finish the competition. In the past the girls have gone to places such as London, Thailand and Africa! This makes the programme way more interesting!
I like that Tyra Banks presents this show, as she is not just a good presenter, she is also experienced in modelling, so she actually knows what she's talking about. Also another thing i love about this programme is the makeovers. Basically near the start of the series the girls get haircuts and makeovers to transform them to look like 'real models'. I love watching the transformation of the before and after, I don't really know why, i just think it is really interesting!
I have never wanted to be a model, I have never even thought about modelling, however I still love to watch this programme. If anyone was interested in modelling, I am sure this would probably help them a great deal! If your not interested in modelling, you may just want to watch it for entertainment reasons, like me!
I wouldn't say I am a big fan of reality TV, I don't watch Big Brother, Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here or Britain's Got Talent, but one reality TV show that I cannot get enough of is America's Next Top Model.
The idea of the show is to find America's Next Top Model. Every series a nationwide search is carried out, with ten's of thousands of girls applying, these are whittled down to around 13 girls (the amount varies). The girls then live in a big house together and each week perform challenges and photo shoots. Their performances are judged by a panel of judges and each week the girl who performed the worst is sent home until one girl is left and is crowned America's Next Top Model.
America's Next Top Model or ANTM for short was the brainchild of the successful supermodel Tyra Banks and she hosts and judges on the show. ATNM is currently in its 14th series, so as you can see that is a lot of 'Next Top Models' and it has been commissioned to run for at least another 2 seasons.
On the whole the girls are as annoying as you would expect 13 wannabe models to be. Over the 14 seasons there have been a number of nice girls, but most of them are bitchy, selfish and thick and although you might not believe it this adds to the fun of the show as there is always a new incident for the girls to argue over. Sometimes the girls evilness goes too far and watching it becomes slightly uncomfortable, like the time one of the girls developed a serious skin rash. The other girls were constantly gossiping behind her back and spread the rumour that she had a flesh eating disease. In the end the girl found out she just had a normal skin complaint and the girls seemed a little guilty, but it hadn't been nice to see someone treated that way. So far my favourite contestants have been Eva Pigford (ugly name, but beautiful girl!) as she was funny but tough and Danielle Evans who was quite down to earth, but also tough.
Tyra is always a judge, but the other 4 are guest judges and often change. One regular is Miss J a rather tall man who is the girls runway coach, he can often be quite cruel to the girls, likening one girls bushy eyebrows to Groucho Marx! Another frequent judge is a British photographer named Nigel Barker, he seems to get away with saying quite mean things to the girls, probably because as a former male model the girls think he is too good looking to be annoyed at. Twiggy has appeared frequently on the show as has another model called Janice Dickenson and whereas Twiggy has some dignity Janice Dickenson is quite clearly mental or drunk (or both!!). She is often very rude to the girls and claims that she coped with such criticism and so should they, though nobody has pointed out the fact that she humiliates them in front of a worldwide audience! I would say that Tyra is a good judge as sometimes she give the girls really good advice to help them with their modelling and she is always spot on with her comments about the girls, however she does also annoy me as she acts a bit phoney. For example there was once a girl with bulimia on the show and the judges decided to eliminate her (not because of the bulimia, but because her photos weren't good) and the next episode began with Tyra and her mother on a bed, with Tyra crying saying she felt she let the girl down and her mother saying that she had done all she could for the girl. To me the whole thing just seemed a little staged and fake.
Definitely my favourite part of the whole show are the photo shoots and seeing the resulting pictures. Sometimes you see a girl and you cannot really understand why they chose her as a contestant until you see the pictures and often the transformations are amazing. I think that was why Danielle was one of favourite contestants as she looked like any girl you might see in the street, but when they put the camera on her to use one of Tyra's words she 'Popped' and looked like she had been modelling for years.
So overall I really love America's Next Top Model as it has drama, laughs and pretty people.
If you ever want to catch America's Next Top Model, it seems to be on Living TV on a constant loop and don't worry if you don't watch the series from the beginning as it is really easy to get into and unless you are really obsessed you can miss episodes and it still stays interesting (I say this because it is on every day on Living TV and not everybody can watch something every day)
Britain and Australia also made a version of this show, but if I was you I would stick to the original and best.
America's Next Top Model
It all started in 2003 when Tyra Banks started the show America's Next Top Model and started a nationwide search for the new Top model. After 14 seasons they are still looking for a top model and I'm not surely if they really ever succeeded, but its good entertainment. The program has even left America and is now almost in every country in the world and quiet a success.
What's the show about?
The show is a competition where girls compete to become the winner and the next top model of America. Just like a show as The X-factor, they have to go to auditions that are hold all over the country and only a select group of girls will actually see the judges. These judges will choose 13 potential models that they think can become a new top model. These 13 models will have to compete against each other and every week they got a photo shoot and a challenge. Every week they will learn more and more to become a real model. The girl that performs the weakest by the judgement of the judges will be voted out and will have to leave the competition. At the end there will be one girl left and she is then the winner of America's Next Top model.
America's Next Top Model has judges that will choose every week which girl will be voted out. These judges are people familiar in the modelling world and are so called experts. The judges contain of course Tyra Banks, but also new judge Andre Leon Talley and Miss J. Alexander, who have been a judge for several seasons. Every week they have a guest judge. This quest judge is normally a fashion designer, photographer ect, know in the modelling world.
Like I said in the beginning its entertainment and I do wonder if they ever managed to find a real top model from this show. The show is well put together where the models stay all in one house and the camera's shows the models living together and often fights together. This is purely entertainment and the drama is fun to watch. Next to the drama you got the photo shoots and challenges where the models have to compete against each other and of course the moment where they stand in front of the judges. What I like from the judges is that they gave constructive criticism. The models can actually learn from the things they are being told. But of course it's easy entertainment, so you got your make-overs that the girls receive in the beginning of the show and you get a lot of drama shown between the girls. But overall a nice show to watch.
Tyra Banks is one of America's most famous supermodels, and one of the few famous black ones besides Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Alek Wek. Being a smart businesswoman and entrepreneur, she saw a lucrative opportunity in the reality TV market. She combined 'reality' with the fashion world and produced America's Next Top Model. This led to spin offs in other countries like Canada, Britain, Germany and Australia.
ANTM is about twelve wannabe models trying to impress four judges every week until the grand finale. Each week there is a small competition followed by a photoshoot. The competition earns the winner perks like $500 gift vouchers, discounts, and even free clothes at major designer stores and websites. The photoshoot determines who will be eliminated. The eliminated contestant must immediately leave the judging area, pack their bags and leave.
-Modelling is easy? Not quite...
I always thought that models had it easy, but the things the judges pick up on every week show how difficult modelling can be. Smiling with the eyes but not the face, elongating the neck, using props that push you in a certain direction but doing something original instead i.e. one model had a salsa outfit but the judges were not impressed that she did a salsa pose. Modelling seemed so easy before I watched this show, but this job is HARD.
There is no Simon Cowell-like bashing here. Every model receives constructive comments so they can improve before the next competition or when they are eliminated. No matter whether they leave during the first week or the final, they all get valuable experience and advice from the best in the industry. The judges clearly care about moulding future supermodels, not just attracting millions of viewers worldwide.
I cannot stand when 'reality' TV shows have judges who have no clue what they are talking about or have no right to be on the judging panel e.g. judges who sing off key judging music contests. Every week ANTM has four judges, and one is a special guest who took charge of that episode's competition. The judges are past and present supermodels, fashion designers, photographers, etc who are highly influential people in their field. They know exactly what they are talking about, so the advice the contestants receive is priceless.
The show pushes models who would not usually be given such an opportunity. This includes black, Asian, slightly overweight, very overweight, short, tattooed, pierced, and models who do not speak in an eloquent manner. It is nice to see a variety of models representing women who are not always associated with the media's idea of beauty i.e. blonde, white, blue-eyed and skinny.
-Never the same task
The only time the show repeats a task is when the models must walk down the catwalk, and even then the catwalk could be anything from a zebra crossing to a slippery wet bar counter. Photoshoots are various themes: dance, animals, perfume, nude, etc. The producers always bring something original to its viewers, so you can never guess what to expect.
I understand that the models need to break free from their comfort zones. They need to be living mannequins, moulded to fit the designer's vision. Tyra readies them for this by giving everyone a drastic makeover. However, the makeovers are VERY predictable. Tyra makes it seem like she has thought long and hard over every makeover, but you can foresee how she will change each model. It follows this pattern: short-haired models get hair extensions, long-haired models get a hair cut, blondes go brunette and vice versa, curls are straightened and vice versa. Every model will contrast how they looked when they first arrived. Sometimes the models do look worse because Tyra clearly felt the need to change something, even when it was not necessary.
At times there appears to be favouritism taking place. Some models have several poor weeks but live to see another week, whilst others have one or two bad days and are sent packing. It is irritating to see lesser wannabe models taking the place viewers feel someone else has earned.
The show seems to stroke Tyra's ego whenever it's possible. In the fourteenth season, the house is full of Tyra's photoshoots. I understand that the contestants need inspiration, but Tyra could have include pictures by various models throughout the history of modelling and fashion. Instead she focused on herself.
Despite its flaws, I LOVE this show. Every season feels fresh and takes the show to another level. Unlike most 'reality' TV shows, the winners have actually gone on to do big things. It is nice to see the winners out there doing major campaigns whilst remembering how much they have improved from the first episode. For future models and everyone else, this show is one you should not miss.
I love this program. America's next top model is hosted by the former world famous model Tyra Banks. She is a great host, although slightly crazy, and makes the show a really interesting watch.
The show starts with approximately 32 want-to-be models, who are quickly cut down to 13 competitors, after having an interview with Tyra. The remaining girls when move into a house together, which is normally an amazingly kitted out luxury apartment. The girls then take part in a number of photo shoots, each with different themes. They also take part in weekly challenges which allow them to gain different skills which will aid them in becoming successful models in the future.
Each week, the girls have to go into the judging room when one of the girls are eliminated. During judging, the four judges, Tyra, Nigel Barker, Miss Jay and Twiggy (in the old series), view each of the girls photos for that week and give each girl an individual comment. Sometimes during the judging, the judges give the girls on the spot challenges as well which are always funny to watch. The judges then send the girls out of the room whilst they make the decision about who is going to be eliminated that week. This continues until there are only two girls left, who then take part in a major fashion show and they are judged on their runway walk.
The winner receives a $100,000 contract with Elite Model Management, a front cover and 8 page spread in 17 magazine and a contract with Covergirl Cosmetics.
It's a really interesting show, which allows you to watch the potential models either flourish as the show continues, or the over-confident ones fail miserably.
America's Next Top Model or ANTM is America's very popular modelling competition now in season 13! It is hosted by the formidable Tyra Banks who along with a panel of 3 judges decides who will become America's Next Top Model. The judges have changed over the seasons but two have remained fairly constant- Nigel Barker a British fashion photographer and more recently Miss J - runway coach
Each week the wannabe models compete in a challenge and a photoshoot. Their photographs are scrutinised by the panel and one girl is eliminated. The finale inevitably involves a spectacular runway show.
The reason I love this show is that it is so over the top. Tyra Banks makes it - she is so dramatic - it is hilarious! Her catch phrase is 'smile with you eyes' as she demonstrates to the girls how to smile without moving your mouth. In fact she regulalry demonstrates how to model.
My favourite part of the show is the elimination, where Tyra compares the last two and is emotional in talking about their strengths and weaknesses. She talks about their life stories, struggles, personalities leaving you questioning whether they are actually competing to model or be president! It isn't a model competition but a search for a 'role model'????
ok so I may be overly cynical but that is why it makes such great TV.
The new season is shown on Monday nights 9pm on Living but the old series are often repeated throughout the week.
Being drawn to reality shows is really something i feel i am a little addicted to. I try my best to keep away from them but i do find watching other peoples trials and tribulations makes my own look trivial!
America's Next Top Model is a show presented by model Tyra Banks, that takes a group of mainly stick thin women (although the odd normal size 12-14 is thrown in for good measure) and dwindles the numbers down to about 12 women who each week have different photo shoots and are judged by some of the most outrageous people i have ever seen, who decided which person should be eliminated.
Miss J Alexander, who is actually a Mr but acts like a Miss, wears the most outrageous of outfits and hairstyles and is a proper Diva on the judging panel. His face tells you everything he is thinking and he would win a gurning competition any day of the week.
The models are sometimes quite pitiful. In all fairness, the odd one is beautiful, but the remainder look as though they need a good pan of stew down them to stop their ribs from caving in. They all live together for the duration of the competition until they are eliminated.
The bitchiness is class. One fair maiden will throw the gauntlet down to the person she dislikes the most and then the whole house full of insect like women throw abusive comments at each other. Someone inevitably ends up crying and a house full of under nourished and hormonal women is not a pretty sight.
Tyra Banks, although beautiful, shows the girls how to look good and how to pull all the expressions they need to convey every emotion known to humans. Her face twists and contorts as she shows them how you face can stick if the wind changes direction too quickly.
At the end of the series, one person is crowned Americas Next Top Model and gleefully obtains a modelling contract and a nice wad of dollars.
All too much for us normal women to take but gives me a few belly laughs, just for the pure sight of Miss J Alexander in tights and high heels
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I got into ANTM at about series 3. I'm not quite sure why it appealed to me although my partner does joke that I'd watch football if someone got voted off at the end of every match.
The format is that Tyra Banks searches the country for about 12 young girls with model potential. Then with the help of Mr J (shoot director) and Miss J (runway expert - he is a man though in case you're wondering) and a variety of people from the industry they put them through their paces and each week send a girl home, until they have found America's Next Top Model.
The girls are generally quite silly and bitchy, a lot are very young and don't know anything about the real world. Each week they have a lesson in some aspect of modelling, eg. make-up, a challenge, eg. a dance routine and a themed photo shoot. After this the panel; Tyra, Miss J, Nigel Barker (a photographer) and a couple of others decide who is not up to scratch.
Tyra is an amazing woman and very inspiring and this is very lightweight escapist entertainment which is fun to watch and makes you look at models slightly differently, if you can put up with a bunch of girls screaming every few minutes.
At 10am each weekday morning, the Living Channel shows America's Next Top Model. It is a show that my wife has watched since it first started near the beginning of this decade. It essentially is a talent contest much like any other that we see, such as X Factor or Britain's Got Talent. The only difference is that they're not looking for singers or performers in this sense, they're looking for someone to potentially be the next supermodel.
The show is hosted by Tyra Banks, who is also the main judge and heads the panel. I like the way this works, as we have someone presenting the show who is an expert as opposed to someone who is just a good presenter. I feel that some reality TV shows have presenters who don't really have an expert opinion on what they are talking about, they just appeal to the camera. Tyra does both.
Okay, it's fair enough to say that this isn't really my cup of tea, but havign endured years of my wife watching it week in week out, and then watching the reruns, I have to admit that I find parts of it quite intriguing. The models taking part are all female, and they all must stay in the same house and do the same tasks as each other. Each week sees one model selected by the experts to leave, with the decisions rarely being a surprise.
There are, naturally, quite a few divas, and the egos run high at points. I enjoy watching the interaction between them when they're not performing for the camera, when they're in the house, etc. I find it intriguing more than anything else, and some of the bitchiness astounds me.
Occasionally the show has guest judges such as Twiggy and Janice Dickinson, as well as famous photographers, and the prize for the winner is a coveted cover shoot for 17 magazine, one of the most popular teen mags in the States. It's a good prize, and many emotions run high throughout the weeks of the show. By the end of the show, when there are two of them left, they look absolutely shattered, but completely resolute, and it is the personalities that I find more interesting than the format of the show.
I will still only watch this when the wife has it on, but when it is her choice, there are many worse things. Yes, bits of the show annoy me, but it's entertainment and a solid reality TV show.
I LOVE Americas Next Top Model. I work from home so i watch it every day at 10AM on living. Luckily it is repeated at 11 on living+1 and at 12 on living+3 so there is no chance of missing it!
For me it is the perfect light entertainment tv programme. I'm a photographer and have dabbled with a bit of alternative modeling in the past. I also love bitchy reality TV. And this is a wonderful mixture of the two. The girls are always great entertainment and I really enjoy stealing makeup ideas and fancy dress costumes from the photo shoots!
I watched Britains Next Top Model this year and there is no comparison. The girls just weren't as interesting and the judges were nowhere near as fun.
I really admire Tyra Banks, she's so beautiful and confident. And she has fingers in many pies! I also love Miss J and his outrageous fashion. I'm always DELIGHTED when they have James St James ("club kid extraordinare!) doing challenges. I must say I can't stand Janet Dickinson but she provides entertainment none the less!
It's funny watching reruns of much earlier series because the models clothes are all awful. In general it seems like most of them have no taste in fashion. That's one thing the British models had over them! Perhaps that is just American style though?
This is NOT "Americas-Next-Top-Best-Friend".....famous last words spoken by a particularly ambitious, deluded and very self confident but strangely compelling contestant named Jade.
America's Next Top Model...reality TV at it's finest. And we all know that the American's do it bigger and better than us Brits. With season (or "cycle", as the American's call it) 12 about to air on Living TV - who have UK exclusivity on airing the show - I thought now is a better time than any to review the show.
The premise of the program is largely based around a group of between 12-15 (it has varied from season to season) girls/women competing to be crowned America's Next Top Model, they are put through their paces every week in order to test their model-like 'abilty' and 'potential'. Those girls that fall short of the expectations are eliminated week by week, and it has even been known for two girls to be 'cut' in one week.
Every single series of this show from right off the bat has followed the same format. The first episode in every season see's Tyra Banks, host and huge ego of the program narrow a shortlist of around 30 girls down to the 15 (ish) finalists, with the aid of her trusty fellow 'judges', by auditioning them, making them strip down to their bikini's and do silly things in the name of good TV. More often than not the viewer with an experienced ANTM eye can accurately pick out which girls will make it into the main show. There tends always to be a 'bitchy' girl who the viewer instantly hates, then there's the geek chic girl who doesn't make the most of her underlying potential, there is often a gay girl who will usually tempt one of the straight laced girls into a drunken snog. It's all so delightfully predictable, but for me this doesn't detract from the appeal of the show.
In each episode therein, camera men follow the gaggle of model-wannabe's around for around a week (this is a guestimate, timescales are never mentioned in the ANTM show), where they follow a weekly fail safe routine of carrying out a task designed as a sort of "Model 101" where they will learn valuble skills that will help take them to the top. More often than not, the tasks are randomly selected and somewhat ridiculous if you allow yourself to think too much into it - but hey, this is reality TV! Why think too much into it? It's entertaining watching these desperate girls believe that wobbling their way down a bowling alley lane in 7 inch heels will prepare them for industry that awaits them at the top.
The task is invariably followed by a themed photoshoot where is girls will be caked in make up and shoved in front of a camera. For the themes think homelessness (where the girls are made to pose as bag lady's on a street set), or posing with diamond's and tarantula's, maybe a snake curled around their net, they've even been known to imitate animals of the serengetti. The most controversial shoots have been the nude ones, reducing the religious girls to tears and tantrums, whereas the extrovert girls whip their robe's off and thrive under the bright lights.
Each show finishes with a judging session. The judging panel has varied over the years, including the likes of Janice Dickinson (wonderful television, she was known to refer to some of the girls as "fat and old" and was always on hand for a loud and shocking opinion) and Twiggy. Photographer Nigel Barker has been a mainstay throughout and whose charm and eye pleasing good looks have kept the panel interesting. Each girl is hauled up in front of the panel and shown her 'best frame' from the photoshoot, they then take turns then either praising the girl for her ability or ripping her to shreds for her inability and lack of improvement. The girls are narrowed to the weakest two ("bottom two") and one is then unceremoniously booted off the show. And so it all begins again in the next episode.
The final show is aired when there are only 3 girls left in the competition, they shoot a CoverGirl commercial and print advertisement before one of them is eliminated. The strongest two then walk a professional runway show with other established models, often for a designer. The final judging panel see's the judges deliberating over the most consistent, able and gifted model, before the winner is crowned. The prize received by the lucky winner is a modelling contract with a top agency, a £100k advertising campaign with CoverGirl cosmetics and a large photo spread in an American teen magazine.
Personally, I adore this show, and have followed it from the beginning. I get more excited as each new season is advertised than I did for the last one. ANTM is unlikely to engage the old grey matter or educate any one in any way, but it's the perfect indulgent television. As a fashion lover, I revel in watching the contestants being decked in couture's finest and hoping to strike that elusive perfect model pout, while I simultaneously enjoy being manipulated to hate the "bitchy" character and watching it week after week hoping she is the unlucky loser at the end of the show.
Whilst I enjoy the show immensely, it does have its downside, like most things I suppose. The editing of the show is anything but subtle. The girl who gets eliminated in one of the shows is always heavily featured throughout that episode. Likewise, a girl can be doing extremely well in the competition for weeks on end, and all of a sudden the show will be edited heavily to show the girl's shortcomings and she will be eliminated in that same episode, whereas they'll be a girl from the group who is performing consistently badly, but the judge's will give her another chance week after week because they see "potential" in her. It is far from a level playing field, and in my opinion a very rigged competition.
And then there's Miss Tyra. The show really should be called the Tyra Banks Show, nothing less. Although she is a likeable character in this programme, she will take any opportunity to showcase herself and her 'talents', to show the girls how it's done. She can talk for hours about her experiences of being a model, how successful she was and still is, her industry friends, etc etc etc.....!
Another bad point is that ANTM don't try hard enough to promote a healthy body image. Although the majority of the contestants are just very slim figured some of them have been 'model skinny', aka walking skeletons. They do admit approximately one "plus sized" model per season into the group, but the outcome of this admission is usually the once bubbly and outgoing plus sized girl withdraws into herself and becomes self conscious that the designers she is modelling for often don't have clothes to fit her, while her slimmer counterparts easily slither into those ten thousand dollar dresses. It's like clockwork, you can set your watch by this process.
As a whole, the entertainment value of the programmes far outweighs the bad points (and if you're a superfan like me you can easily overlook these!) and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any other girl who would enjoy indulgently delving into the fiercly competetive, bitchy and superficial world of the Top Model.
Thanks for reading!
This programme is brilliant! 10 girls are chosen for a chance to become americas next top model for a modelling contract deal and usually a spread in a famous magazine!
It is very entertaining as the models have to do various tasks to make them become a better model. They have to learn to walk on the catwalk with the help of miss. Jay, who in my view is the funniest person in the show and is also a man haha!
Tyra banks is great in this, she is very nice to the models and also helps them out with problems.
The downside to this programme is when people are entering they always seem to have a sob story which bugs me a little bit as they seem to get in with it! So if you dont like sob stories dont watch!
Its a great programmed to give an insight in to the modelling industry and how tough it actually is!
America's next top model is the pioneer show for all the other coutry spin offs; britains next top model, austrailia, holland...the list goes on. The american show is hosted by Tyra Banks, and features 3 constant judges and one special guest judfe, the usual judges are usually paulina, miss jay and nigel, although in past series, janice dickinson and twiggy have been judges on the show.
The show is based around usually about 12 contestants, although inrecent years there have been more, who battle it out with photo shoots, go sees and commericials to be crowned America's Next Top Model, where they will be given a £100, 000 modelling contract with elite managment, a cover and 6 page spread of of sixteen and a cover girl ad.
The show becomes pretty bitchy and but is really interesting sometimes...this year featured a pre op man, who was all but a woman apart from...you know!
The show does some crazy themed photoshoots, which keeps me tuning in every week!!
America's next top model is a show hosted by Tyra Banks who herself is a very successful model, which is why she helped to create this show that aims to give ordinary girls a chance of fulfilling their dream of becoming a top model.
I find this show very addictive to watch. I'm not neccessarily that into the modelling world, but watching this show gives you a real insight into what models have to go through.
To begin with there is usually about 14 girls and each week they takes part in a photoshoot and then whoever doesn't do that well is eliminated until one girl remains the winner. Basically it follows the same method as all reality TV shows except the viewers don't get to decide.
The best part about this show is the photoshoots. I find it fasinating watching the girls transform into these glamourous models and seeing them struggle with doing the photoshoot.
It is a highly entertaining show. However, they girls themselves are sometimes very unlikeable. They are all bitchy and will do anything to backstab each other.
I also think that as it is a modelling show, weight always becomes a big issue and sometimes the judges can be cruel about weight and many other issues. I think it can lead to girls becoming very insecure.
That aside, it is a fun, enertaining show that i watch when there is nothing else on. I've watched most of the 10 seasons it has had and after a while it gets a bit samey and repetitive and sometimes i end up switching off. It was good when it first started as it was new and different, but now they need to do something to shake it up.
If you like modelling and seeing what goes on behind the scenes then this show would be for you.
Rather self explanatory reality TV.
That's all it is however.
Not to say it isn't entertaining.
The whole process is widely glamorous (or not in some cases) and who wouldn't want to watch girls bitch to each other with an aggressive background track.
The tension has had me near tears, and I have always found myself attached to at least one model per cycle, and rooting them on when they succeed with a stunning photo, and screaming when they fail at go-sees (really, actual screaming).
However, when this show tries to fob itself off as one that will find "America's Next Top Model", this is just a facade.
The magazine Seventeen and Covergirl cosmetics which back ANTM, aren't very high fashion, thus won't get the contestants into serious modelling in my opinion.
The most successful of the models so far have been the ones that haven't won, ones that have been scouted without Tyra's help.
Most of the winners so far, in my eyes have been winners undeservedly (although this may be the dodgy editing)