When news linked that the next cycle of America’s Next Top Model would not include longtime judges Nigel Barker, “Mr.” Jay Manuel and “Miss” J. Alexander would not be returning for Cycle 19 of the reality series, fans wondered what could possibly be in store. Today the CW network, which broadcasts Top Model, announced many of the big changes, including viewers taking on the role of judge this year.
America’s Next Top Model: College Edition will premiere on Friday, August 24, at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET. Gone from this cycle is Italian Vogue. Instead, the prize package includes a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine, as well as $100,000 cash and campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics. The winner will also score a modeling contract with LA/NY Models, be named the face of “America’s Next Top Model” perfume Dream Come True and, of course, earn the title itself.
The press notes explain that ANTM “is bringing on top fashion talent this cycle.” Which kind of implies that they didn’t have it in previous seasons. Anyway, the release goes on to say:
In addition to famed stylist Johnny Wujek as photo shoot creative consultant, known for his work with Katy Perry, the show is also introducing its first-ever social media correspondent, top fashion blogger Bryanboy, who even has a handbag named after him by Marc Jacobs. Bryanboy will use his extensive knowledge of both fashion and social media to mentor the models and highlight the scores, comments and video messages from the viewers that will be revealed in the show during judging. Also lending his expertise to the show this cycle for multiple episodes will be dancer and choreographer Jont