'America's Next Top Model' reschedules halted New York casting call
By John Bracchitta, 04/06/2009
The CW has rescheduled the New York America's Next Top Modelcasting call that was shut down after a nearby car breakdown resulted in a wild scene in which hundreds of wannabe models stampeded through the streets of Manhattan after false rumors that the smoking vehicle was actually a bomb spread through the crowd.
The network has announced that the casting call has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 11. Registration for the casting call will begin at 7AM ET at an as-yet-undisclosed location that will be posted on The CW's website later this week.
Similar to the new rulesTop Model adopted beginning with its next casting call in Dallas, TX, anyone attending the rescheduled New York casting call will have adhere to a new set of guidelines that were developed in response to the Manhattan casting call incident.
Two people were sent to the hospital while four other declined treatment for injuries. In addition, three people -- two women and a man -- were arrested for disorderly conduct by police, who shut down the casting call.
For the April 11 auditions, auditioners will only be allowed to begin lining up at the the site at 6AM. Instead of remaining in line all day until their audition turn arrives, the casting call organizers will hand out color-coded wristbands and encourage the auditioners to leave the casting call site, with the color of the wristband they receive indicating the specific time that they should return for their audition opportunity.
In addition, only women will be allowed to stand in line and any under-18 auditioners will be allowed only one guardian to stand with them. Anyone standing in line will also only be allowed to carry one bag that "can fit comfortably on your lap inside the venue," according to the network.
The unusually large crowd that came with the first New York City auditions are believed to be have been due to America's Next Top Model's thirteenth season audition requirement, which in a complete turnaround of the casting requirements of its first 12 seasons, is requiring all contestants to be 5'7" or under.
The reason for the previous 5'7" minimum height requirement was to match "industry standards," according to The CW.
"There have been top supermodels in the past that weren't as tall as the industry demands, like fashion icon Kate Moss," Top Model host Tyra Banks had said in the season's original casting announcement. "So we are changing up Top Model for Cycle 13 and making it a year for the shorter model!"
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