The CW reveals the identities of its 'America's Next Top Model 8' girls
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 02/01/2007
The CW has revealed the wannabe models that will be strutting the runway during the eighth season of America's Next Top Model, which is scheduled to premiere with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, February 28 at 8PM ET/PT.
Just like the last three editions of the show, Top Model 8 will feature 13 girls (one girl fewer than the franchise record 14 contestants that the show's third and fourth seasons featured) and a judging panel comprised of Tyra, supermodel Twiggy, photographer Nigel Barker, and runway expert J. Alexander. As in previous seasons, Top Model 8 will also feature additional special guest judges.
As the show has done since Top Model 4, Top Model 8's girls lived in a posh Los Angeles mansion during the already-filmed show's production. The eighth edition's winner will receive the same prize package that was introduced in this fall's Top Model 7 -- a management deal with Elite Model Management, a $100,000 contract with cosmetics company CoverGirl, and a cover story appearance in an issue of Seventeen magazine.
Top Model 8's cast ranges in age between 19 and 24 and includes five college students. However none of the finalists are from California -- a noteworthy fact given more than half of last season's Top Model cast had called The Golden State their home. Following its special two-hour premiere, Top Model 8 will air regularly in the show's normal Wednesdays at 8PM ET/PT time period.