The CW to debut next 'Top Model' on Feb. 29, cast and twist revealed
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/10/2012
The CW has revealed the identities of the 14 contestants who will compete on the eighteenth season of America's Next Top Model, which will feature a new twist to the reality modeling competition, and announced the new season will premiere on Wednesday, February 29 at 9PM ET/PT.
The reality franchise's eighteenth edition entitledAmerica's Next Top Model: British Invasion will star amateur American hopefuls battling all-stars and former Britain's Next Top Model contestants for the grand prize.
Hosted by Top Model creator and judge Tyra Banks, America's Next Top Model: British Invasion will feature seven experienced British models attempting to make it as a model in America as they compete against not only each other but a group of seven aspiring American models, according to the network.
In addition to Banks, the eighteenth-season judging panel will consist of returning judge and fashion photographer Nigel Barker and previously announced new judge Kelly Cutrone, the People's Revolution fashion publicity company head who appeared on MTV's The Hills and The City before landing her own Kell on Earth reality series on Bravo in 2010.
The news that Cutrone would take the place of former judge Andre Leon Talley -- who joinedAmerica's Next Top Model's judging panel four seasons ago for the show's fourteenth edition -- for the upcoming season had previously been announced in September.
Former The Osbournes star Kelly Osbourne, Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kris Jenner, singer Estelle, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley, actor and musician Nicolas Tse, singer Nadine Coyle, former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta, model Beverly Johnson, fashion designer Barney Cheng, and fashion photographer Jez Smith will all serve as guest judges throughout the season.
Jay Manuel will reprise his role as creative director for America's Next Top Model: British Invasion, while Miss. J. Alexander will also return to the show and serve as the runway trainer.
The model crowned "America's Next Top Model" will receive a modeling contract with LA/NY Models, a chance to be a guest correspondent on Extra, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, a cover and spread in Beauty In Vogue, the opportunity to be the face of America's Next Top Model perfume Dream Come True, a single to be released with CBS, and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.
America's Next Top Model: British Invasion is being produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with Bankable Productions and executive produced by Banks, Making the Band's Ken Mok and Laura Fuest.
The seven American contestants who will be competing on America's Next Top Model: British Invasion -- and their The CW-supplied bios -- are:
- AzMarie, a 5' 9 3/4" 24-year-old from Milwaukee, WI
- Candace, a 5' 9" 22-year-old from Brooklyn, NY
- Eboni, a 5' 9" 18-year-old from Seattle, WA
- Kyle, a 5' 10" 20-year-old from Magnolia, TX
- Laura, a 5' 10 1/2" 20-year-old from Scotia, NY
- Mariah, a 5' 10" 20-year-old from Pendleton, OR
- Seymone, a 5' 11" 19-year-old from Augusta, GA
The seven former Britain's Next Top Model contestants who will be joining them are:
- Alisha, a 20-year-old from South London, England
- Annaliese, a 5' 7" 24-year-old from London, England
- Ashley, a 5' 8" 22-year-old from Armadale, Scotland
- Catherine, a 5' 9" 22-year-old from Folkestone, England
- Jasmia, a 5' 8 1/2" 24-year-old from London, England
- Louise, a 5' 9" 25-year-old from Essex, England
- Sophie, a 5' 9" 21-year-old from Oxford, England
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