America’s Next Top Modelis back for cycle 13, premiering Sept. 9 on the CW — can I get two snaps, a smile with your eyes, and a ‘stomp it out, gurrl?’ And from what we’ve already heard, this cycle is shaping up to become either the most Tyrifically ferocious yet, or the biggest Tyranosaurus-sized wreck.
Before it kicks off, how is this cyle adding up so far?
-Things started off on the right stiletto when complete chaos erupted at a NYC audition earlier this year with a stampede of hundreds of models. Yes, Miss Jay, they were running fiercely. +3
-It’s the first cycle where Tyra is actively seeking girls under 5’7″, attempting to make another point (now that she finally got her plus-sized winner out of the way) that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. No, Tyra, you’ll never become the Oprah of the fashion world. Ever. -1
-Paulina Porizkova, the square-chinned, brusque-but-lovable judge from cycles 10-12, was fired from the show earlier this year…on her birthday. We deeply contemplated who would dare have the audacity to replace her — Mr. Jay? Ann Shoket? Jade Cole? -4
-A few weeks ago there was rampant Tweeting from fan girls and boys reporting that they were at the final runway show in the very exotic, foreign destination of…Maui. International failure.-6
-Instead of bringing on a permanent judge there will be weekly celebrity guest judges throughout the season. This includes true top models (finally!): fashion darling Chanel Iman and the ultra fabulous Jessica White. Tres chic! +6
-Other guests will include some of reality TV’s fashion’s “elite”: Kim Kardashian who owns the boutique, Dash, and Lauren Conrad from the Lauren Conrad Collection. Tres tacky! -6
Final score: -8
While this cycle of Top Model will definitely be entertaining, from our early research, it’s likely that this cycle could potentially turn out to be another cycle 5 or even *gasp!* cycle 8.
What do you think PopWatchers? Agree with my final score? Do you think this season will be one of Tyra’s best, or is she really designing it to become an obvious TV faux pas?
PHOTO CREDIT: Banks: Jim De Yonker/The CW; Iman: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Kardashian: PR Photos; White: PNR/PR Photos