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Ovation: “America’s Next Top Model” To Include Men In Cycle 20.


Those in my inner circle know that I love game shows.  When I win the lottery, I’m going to apply to be a contestant on all my favorites including Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, The Amazing Race and Big Brother.  I watch several television competitions (not to be confused with “reality” programs that simply follow housewives or mean people with a camera) and look forward to rating the contestants on my own to see if the onscreen judges agree with me.  Basically, if a show has an “elimination” I’ll probably tune in, or at least record it, for commercial-free viewing later on.

Of course, there are many of these programs of which I couldn’t possibly be a part.  Since I cannot cook, sing, dance or bake I do not possess the qualifications necessary to participate on The Next Iron Chef, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance or Cupcake Wars.  And I’m certainly not going to take a stab at modeling!

There will certainly be a bigger “contestant pool” for the twentieth season (they call them “cycles”) of America’s Next Top Model.  The CW has ordered another round of competition from their long-time hit but with two big changes.  This time, it will premiere in the summer of 2013 instead of its typical early fall or late winter start.  And, for the first time, the competition will include men.

In an ongoing strategy to increase the amount of original summer programming on the network, the next season will see the male models move into the models’ house alongside the women.  Any changes to the rules have not been revealed in an effort, I presume, to create more interest in the news.  As with most competitions of this nature, viewers will continue to have a direct impact on the competition by voting for their favorite models to help determine who gets eliminated and when.

After last week’s announcement that The Price Is Right will introduce its first male model, Rob Wilson of Boston, exposure for men in the field is surging.  Good for them!

As for me, I’ll stay put on my end of the sofa where I belong, cheering when the villain gets “blind-sided” on Survivor and laughing when Heidi Klum tells a designer on Project Runway that the dress they worked so hard to create “looks cheap and ugly! Who would BUY that?  Not ME!”

That is, of course, unless I win the lottery.

Will you be watching?


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One Comment
  1. I’m so glad someone else makes a distinction between reality shows and competition shows. ANTM is a competition show. I never watch it week to week but have been caught by some of the marathons. As for adding men, it’s been done before by Janice Dickinson (America’s 1st Super Model and original ANTM judge – I hate that I know/remember this). It ran for 2 seasons and was okay but she was no Tyra and the show failed. See he for the 1st season standout and possible winner JP Calderon who was interviewed by one of my all time favorite bloggers Kenneth in the (212):


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