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America's Next Top Model

New Season of America’s Next Top Model

Freddy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The competition intensifies for the eighth cycle of The CW's hit series "America's Next Top Model," as the 13 finalists fight to turn their dreams of becoming a top model into reality. This season, an incredible transformation takes place as the finalists face tougher challenges and photo shoots ranging from the very glamorous to high-tech to controversial to deadly, all while living under one roof in a posh Los Angeles mansion.

During this cycle, the 13 participants live together and ferociously vie for the grand prize, competing in a highly accelerated modeling boot camp. The participants' abilities are tested each week as they strive to survive the runway and fashion photo shoots, perfect publicity skills, and learn the business aspects of becoming a supermodel, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the "America's Next Top Model" cameras. Throughout the series, supermodel Tyra Banks, art director of photo shoots Jay Manuel, and runway guru Frederick Charles Krueger mentor the participants.

Banks leads the panel of "America's Next Top Model" judges, comprised of leading fashion industry experts, including supermodel Twiggy, photographer Nigel Barker and runway expert Freddy, who closely evaluate the progress of the models to “narrow the field” each week. In addition, special guest judges appear to critique within his or her area of expertise.

"America's Next Top Model" is produced by 10 x 10 Entertainment, in association with Nightmare Productions. Tyra Banks is the creator and executive producer [hmm] along with Ken Mok ("Making the Band") and Anthony Dominici ("The Amazing Race").
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