February 09, 2010 12:10 PM by Nancy Floyd
The fourteenth cycle of America’s Next Top Model will kick off on March 10 on the CW and the new cast of wannabes has been announced. That’s not all…the new season finds a new judge taking the seat that formerly belonged to “Miss J” Alexander while the eccentric runway coach steps into a new role. Keep reading to find out what’s in store for the hit show’s new season…
The CW has just announced the new competitors for cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model. The show was originally slated to return to the air on March 3, but new episodes won’t begin until March 10. There are a lot of exciting changes in store for the new season of the hit modeling competition.
Perhaps the biggest change comes with the arrival of a new judge to join Tyra Banks and Nigel Barker on the panel. Former judge, “Miss J” Alexander will vacate his seat on the judging panel and serve in a new role as mentor to the aspiring models. “After cycles of watching the girls not get it right, I thought they would benefit more from my ‘high heels’ and hands-on approach than my sitting in a chair judging their photos,” Alexander said.
The CW has finally announced his replacement:Â Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. Talley is one of the most influential men in the fashion world and will certainly bring his own wisdom and experience to make cycle 14 one of the most exciting seasons to date. Banks, Barker, and Tally will be joined by a rotating cast of celebrity guest judges that include fashion designer Rachel Roy, supermodel Patricia Cleveland, star of The City Whitney Port, andÂ Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket.
Another notable change on cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model is that the girls are going international. The competition this year was shot in Auckland, New Zealand. The models lived in the lap of luxuryÂ staying in a penthouse suite called Sentinel Apartments on the North Shore.
The 13 contestants competing to be America’s Next Top Model range from 18 to 26 years old and include several students, a bartender, and a stay-at-home mom. The women are competing for a management contract withÂ Wilhelmina Models, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl, and Â a six-page fashion spread inÂ Seventeen magazine.