'America's Next Top Model: College Edition' to debut on August 24 on The CW
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/12/2012
The CW has revealed America's Next Top Model: College Edition, the franchise's nineteenth season, will premiere on Friday, August 24 at 8PM ET/PT.
In addition, the network has also disclosed details on the prize package the contestants will be competing for.
The model crowned the "America's Next Top Model" will receive a fashion feature in Nylon Magazine, $100,000 cash, campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox Cosmetics, a modeling contract with LA/NY Models, and become the new face of Top Model's perfume "Dream Come True."
The CW had announced last month this fall's nineteenth edition of America's Next Top Model will feature international male model Rob Evans as a new judge and stylist Johnny Wujek as the reality competition's new creative consultant.
Evans will sit alongside returning Top Model judges Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone and serve as the third regular member of the panel, while Wujek will guide the competition's contestants through their photo shoots. Evans and Wujek will replace fashion photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach Miss J. Alexander and photo shoot director Jay Manuel -- who were all axed from Top Model in April.
The show's "College Edition" twist -- which will feature contestants who are all participating in some type of program to further their educations -- will also allow home viewers to participate in the show's elimination process during the currently-occurring filming process.
"We are excited about all of the new changes with America's Next Top Model, especially the addition of the viewer as the fourth judge," executive producer Ken Mok said. "Viewers will get to see the results of all of their votes, which girls stayed and which girls went home each week as a result of their votes, as well as all of the exciting stories and drama beyond the photos when the show airs in August."
Top Model's upcoming season will also introduce its first-ever social media correspondent, top fashion blogger Bryanboy, who will mentor the models and highlight the comments, scores and video messages from the viewers that will be revealed during the show's panel critiques.
Dancer and choreographer Jonte has also come onboard for Top Model's next cycle and will often be shown working with the models on their movements, along with motivating the girls to show personality during various photo shoots and challenges.
Home viewers will have the opportunity to vote online and pick their favorite contestants based on photo shoots taken during filming. The audience vote will then be "compiled from an average of each of the viewer's numerical online and mobile votes. These scores will be added to scores from Banks and the judges to help determine who is eliminated each week," according to the network.
In addition, America's Next Top Model: College Edition will also utilize a new twist in which some of the eliminated girls may be able to return to the competition depending on home viewer votes for their photos, which gives fans the opportunity to try to save their favorite models.
America's Next Top Model is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company, with Banks, Mok and Laura Fuest Silva serving as the show's executive producers.