If you thought ‘America’s Next Top Model‘ provided a healthy dose of diva on CW’s Wednesday nights, get ready for some over-the-top modelzillas on Cycle 14.
Kicking off the upcoming March 10 premiere of ‘Top Model,’ Tyra Banks spoke to reporters on the red carpet en route to the CW Reality Party in New York last night. The Smizing (aka “Smiling With Your Eyes”) Host Extraordinaire dished about how shocked she was at the “combative” nature of the girls and said she was so overwhelmed with the in-fighting, she didn’t know which story her producers should follow.” ‘Real’ in the house this cycle is ‘rude’–so when did ‘real’ become ‘rude’ and ‘fake’ become ‘nice’?” she asked.
But according to frosty-haired judge Jay Manuel, the clawing wasn’t exclusive to the wannabe models–the judges were pulling out the whips on each other as well! “When it got down to the final five girls, it got pretty emotional. André and I got into a bit of a scuffle over which girl should be moving on,” he said with a smirk.
Of course, the André he’s speaking of is newest judge, André Leon Talley, Vogue Editor-at-Large. The ANTM judges were profusely complimentary of Mr. Talley, whose presence, according to them, brings a new cachet to the reality show. Hotter-than-hot judge/photographer Nigel Barker summed it up best: “André is a colossus in the fashion industry…he sort of brings a credit worthiness you might say ‘Top Model’ lacked from early on. The fact that we have the endorsement by the Editor-at-Large at Vogue says mountains on how ‘Top Model has progressed.”
But the new fabulous judge doesn’t just bring his industry expertise to the table–he brings his own catchphrase: “dreckitude” (i.e. dreadful). Apparently, “smizing” was so last cycle.
Although the show tried to keep it under wraps, word got out quickly that the cast and crew were shooting in New Zealand. So what should we expect to see amid such natural scenery? According to Jay Manuel, lots of sheep poop: “Expect a few accidents in sheep dung.”