Bravo announces new 'Top Model'-like 'Make Me a Supermodel' series
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 07/16/2007
Bravo has announced that it has ordered Make Me a Supermodel, a new America's Next Top Model-like reality competition series that will pit 14 aspiring runway walkers against one another with home viewers deciding the fate of each catwalk wannabe.
Make Me a Supermodel will begin with a cast of 14 -- but instead of featuring an all-female line-up, ala Top Model -- the Bravo show will be co-ed and feature seven guys and seven girls. Over a 12-week period, the contestants will live together in a Manhattan loft and deal with their personal relationships with one another while also competing in a series of challenges designed to test their potential on the catwalk.
Rather than letting its Top Model-like panel of judges decide each contestants' weekly fate, Make Me a Supermodel will -- in a move that marks a first for a Bravo reality competition series -- also incorporate an American Idol-like twist and let home viewers vote to determine which contestant gets eliminated each week.
Following 11 weeks of eliminations, Make Me a Supermodelwill then get to decide which remaining contestant wins the competition and receives the show's grand prize package -- $100,000 and a modeling agency contract.
Make Me a Supermodel's format is based on a U.K. show of the same name, which premiered in March 2005 and aired two seasons on Britain's Five broadcast network. Former Dancing with the Stars participant and The Real Gilligan's Island castaway Rachel Hunter served as the host and lead judge of the U.K. editions.