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Thirteen girls. Who will become America's Next Top Model?

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Model9_l_2I swore that I would stop watching America’s Next Top Model after Cycle 4, but five seasons later, here I am, counting the days until these 13 would-be catwalkers strut their stuff across my TV. This year’s crop of doe-eyed, long-limbed beauties include Janet, an aesthetician from Georgia who looks like she’s been in front of a camera or two; Kimberly, an Ali Larter doppelganger; and the sixth Sara/Sarah to compete in the show (the last five were less than spectacular).

Fashion icon Twiggy, photographer Nigel Barker, and runway expert J. Alexander are back for another season behind the judges’ table. I’m curious to see what Miss J will be using to countdown the fallen models. First it was numbers, then ruffles. Might I suggest a subtle, yet fierce candelabrum this year?

Unlike past cycles — and despite Tyra’s well-publicized embracing of women of all sizes — there are no plus-sized models this year (although plus-size is relative on ANTM). My money is on Saleisha, a 21-year-old receptionist from Los Angeles whose first photo screams “this is the walk that’s going to me famous.” She looks like she has a take-no-prisoners attitude which, of course, should serve her well when facing Tyra and company.

Cycle 9 of America’s Next Top Model premieres Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on The CW.