‘America’s Next Top Model’ Is BACK: Here’s What You Need to Know

Let’s face it, we were all heartbroken when America’s Next Top Model was discontinued back in December 2015. So many years were spent watching women smize their way to Top Modeldom. And every elimination, we recited “I have two beautiful girls in front of me, but I only have one photo in my hands” along with Tyra Banks. Things were getting promising when ANTM introduced men to the show, but it was only shortly after that it announced its cancellation. Well, that elimination didn’t last for long. Our favorite binge-watching show is back! Here’s what you need to know about Cycle 23:

When is it coming back?

VH1 has picked up where the CW Network dropped off in 2015 and is completely revamping ANTM.

As of right now, VH1 hasn’t released a premiere date but it is set to run later in 2016. We’re just as excited as you are, so we’ll keep you updated on the dates and times.

Filming has already started. Pop star Rita Ora, a new judge, described her new gig as more intense than her previous reality show experience on The Voice and Britain’s The X Factor. “I actually just finished my first elimination,” the star said. “I can’t go into detail, but it was definitely an emotional one.”

Who are the new judges?

ANTM Cycle 23 will feature a brand-new panel of judges with none of the original judging panel experts coming back to the show.

The new panel includes Ora, celebrity stylist Law Roach, Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott and model Ashley Graham.

VH1 President Chris McCarthy explains that with some of the new changes to the show, “What we wanted to do was really infuse that panel with style fashion and pop culture experts.”

Where’s Tyra?

Although Tyra Banks will continue on as the show’s executive producer, she will not be returning as the show’s host or as a judge.

Ora will be taking over Banks’ former role in terms of guiding the contestants throughout the show.

However, Banks hints that she will make guest appearances on ANTM from time to time, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for her.

America's Next Top Model

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How will the show be different?

USA Today reports that the series will be including some new elements for the upcoming Cycle 23, including a weekly pop culture challenge in addition to the usual fashion aspects.

Banks explained that her goals for the reboot will focus on balancing fashion and business.“It’s no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair,” she said in a phone interview. “My goal is to really get into these girls’ heads that I’m not looking for some successful model and I’m not looking for some social-media star. I’m looking for both. I’m looking for a hybrid because that’s where the world is.”

Like Banks, Ora wants the contestants to focus on the fashion industry as a business rather than exclusively on modeling. “The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time,” Ora explains.

Cycle 23 will feature 14 all-female contestants for its first revival. It will be set in New York for the time being, though we’ll see if the location changes (aka the usual Top 6 surprise travel).

The show does not have a premiere date yet, but once it does, we’ll all be glued to our screens until we find out who will be the next America’s Next Top Model.

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