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America’s Next Top Model Premiere Recap: A New Version Of The College Life

August 24, 2012 09:03 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

When you think of college students, you might picture young adults studying hard and partying harder. But the college life is a bit different for the hopefuls joining this season of America’s Next Top Model. After 19 cycles of ANTM (has the show been on that long already?!) it’s time to switch things up a bit!

There are some big changes afloat for the new cycle of America’s Next Top Model. First, several familiar faces will be missing. These include such favorites as Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel. They were sadly shown the door and replaced by model Rob Evans and fashion blogger Bryanboy. The new photographer on the show is Johnny Wujeck. If you’ve heard his name before, it probably has something to do with Katy Perry. Tyra’s sticking around for now, so you can all breathe a sigh of relief (whew!).

The new format will also take the audience’s opinion into account. Instead of leaving the decision as to which models stay completely in the hands of the judges, the public will now have the opportunity to vote. How this switch-up plays out remains to be seen. The average viewer lacks a keenly-developed sense of what constitutes high fashion, meaning that a contestant’s ability to make it far in the show may not reflect on her ability to make it in the modeling world.

We begin the college edition premiere with one of the more bizarre sketches to be shown on America’s Next Top Model. Tyra’s just chilling with some random dude when she thinks, “Hey! Our show should go to college!” For a show that’s supposed to be the pinnacle of cool, this is certainly a pathetic intro.

In keeping with Tyra’s supposedly-impromptu idea, all the contestants for this cycle are enrolled in institutions of higher learning.  An array of schools are featured, with everything from the Aveda Institute to Harvard Divinity School represented in the lineup. The girls are all introduced to each other and to the audience, and, predictably, it doesn’t take long for the drama to begin. Cue the sneering about how inferior online schools are.

The process of picking the final 13 involves a beach-themed runway show and a quick photo shoot. They’re all a bit distracted by the presence of a major set of muscles belonging to newbie Rob Evans. But Johnny managed to get photos of all the hopefuls, so it’s on to judging! As usual, there’s an interesting batch of rejects, including a girl who can stick her fist in her mouth (why would you show that off on ANTM?!) and another who apparently enjoys meowing for the camera.

After wading through a pack of weirdos, 13 acceptable contestants are chosen and announced. They are…

Kristin (Florida State College of Jacksonville)
Nastasia (East Stroudsburg University)
Laura (Paul Smith’s College)
Allyssa (Florida State University)
Kiara (University of California-Irvine)
Leila (University of Rhode Island)
Darian (Louisiana State University)
Maria (Harvard Divinity School)
Jessie (University of Southern California)
Brittany (Chandler-Gilbert Community College)
Yvonne (University of Texas)

And last but not least…Victoria from Liberty University. She’s already been bashed for attending school online, and her witty remark? “You’re a racist!”

Tyra must think the girls are in high school, not college, because their housing situation is divided up into stereotypical high school cliques…ie. sporty, nerdy and girly. Get ready for some drama in this new household!

What do you think of all the changes? Are you going to miss the old judges or is it good riddance? Sound off below!

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6 Responses to “America’s Next Top Model Premiere Recap: A New Version Of The College Life”

  1. g Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    HATED EVERY MINUTE OF THIS NEW SHOW……….. LAST ONE DID NOT WATCH AFTER FIRST SHOW, WILL NOT BE BACK TO WATCH ANY MORE OF THIS ONE,,,,,,,,,,,,

    She lost the best part of the show several years ago, now the real heart of the show is gone.

  2. stewie Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    It’s too early to tell what the new judges will be like but I can’t stand Kelly Cutrone. I hate her mean spirited attitude and she has no place on this show. She adds nothing decent to the show and she makes me sick.

  3. Booky1961 Says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Sad! I’ve watched this from Cycle 1 and it was suppose to be helping girls who NORMALLY would never get a chance to model. Now it’s (like a previous post mentioned) High School. I too can not stand Kelly Cutrone, I watched her show and she was a B***ch then too. I Love Tyra but, Honey, what are you thinking?!!!! Too many shows on now that are based on what teeny boppers have to say. I’ll watch one more episode and if it doesn’t improve, I’m gone……..by the way, I’m a MATURE woman and am tired of this letting babies make important decisions that effect an adults life.

  4. saunterforward Says:
    September 1st, 2012 at 11:32 am

    We had to stop watching the 2nd show of the new season because it was so raunchy and had nothing to do with modeling. Why did Tyra take it to such a vulgar place? (pole dancing,stereotype cross dresser in raunchy outfit, etc.?) Wow what a mistake to change what was so good! My family has been watching ANTM since it began, but we will no longer watch it. We miss the sophisticated Jay M., the lovable and authentic Mz J, and the elegant Nigel. The new staff and challenges are so nasty and vulgar it made us turn the channel for good. :(

  5. Manisha Winchester Says:
    September 8th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    This is horrible…. where is Jay??? These girls are not college students, they seem way to highschool to be college students. they should be showing some sohpisitication; blasting through the sterotype that college students are drunks and extremely immature. i feel like they havent step into adulthood; they are still “real bitches” (as said on the episode). who are they kidding? none of them are real. I feel Victoria is the one who was mature enough to say “what are you acomplishing by saying ur a “real bitch”?”

  6. Robert Says:
    September 8th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I have to say, and I am not alone on this, a swing, and a BIG miss. You know the saying? If it ain’t broke? Don’t fix it! Remember the fall out from the “new coke”? Well, this fits right up in there.
    This show started losing our interest (family, friends), when they started limiting Miss Jay, and took him/her off of the judging panel.
    Now, you get rid of all of them?
    Tyra, I know this is your show, I know you have to be all about fashion, and you have to keep up with the “trends” and change things up, but, this is a TV show PERIOD. When you are used to certain people coming into your living room, year after year, and then you yank them out (the meat and potatoes of the show if you will), you will lose viewers. You have lost me, and countless others. I gave it the “old college try” no pun intended, but, we just can’t stand the show anymore. Call us when you get the J’s and Nigel back. If you must keep Kelly, then you go right a head and do so, but get back to the way things were, or your show is gone. I am sure the ratings are in the toilet. And they will NOT come back up, until you come to your senses PERIOD!

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