The CW confirms 'Top Model' finale "new scenes" but mum on details
By Reality TV World staff, 12/08/2011
The CW has confirmed it shot new scenes for the ending of Wednesday night's finale broadcast of America's Next Top Model All-Stars, which featured the crowning of winner Lisa D'Amato and largely unexplained disqualification of fellow finalist Angelea Preston. But the network is declining to reveal whether the new scenes may have altered the competition's ending or what resulted in Preston's removal.
"After production wrapped on the current cycle of America's Next Top Model, we learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition. As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during last night's finale," the network said in a statement to Reality TV World on Thursday.
However, The CW declined a subsequent request for clarification on the statement -- including confirmation that, as the statement appears to suggest, the Top Model all-stars edition initially crowned a winner during a final judging panel which included Preston but was later replaced by a second Preston-less panel that was re-shot in Los Angeles, or whether D'Amato had originally been declared the competition's winner prior to the "new scenes."
"We have no further comment beyond the statement," a network spokesperson told Reality TV World.
In addition, the network is also declining to make Preston available for media interviews alongside D'Amato and Allison Harvard, who was shown finishing as the competition's runner-up after the announcement of Preston's disqualification.
"Because of the disqualification, we will only be doing interviews with the winner and the runner up," the spokesperson said.
After showing the competition's three remaining finalists competing in a final runway show challenge in Greece, America's Next Top Model's finale broadcast transitioned to footage of a L.A.-based final judging panel in which Preston was suddenly absent and her disqualification for undisclosed reasons was announced.
"It turns out that after shooting was wrapped, our production and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition," Nigel Barker was shown telling his fellow judges as the panel session began.
"So what does that mean?" judge Andre Leon Talley asked.
"Well, it means we're now going to do our final judging with the remaining two girls and in the interest of fairness, the producers and the network thought it best to evaluate Allison and Lisa on their own without the added competition of Angelea," Barker replied.
"Well you know what guys? We wish Angelea the best in all her future endeavors," photo shoot director Jay Manuel said.
"Oh absolutely, absolutely," Talley agreed.
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Tyra Banks was shown adding little to the Angelea discussion, despite her status as Top Model's creator, executive producer and lead judge.