It turns out you do get a second shot at being “America’s Next Top Model.” Tyra Banks is back with with an all-new cycle of “ANTM” except time around, there are no fresh faces. In cycle 17, Tyra has brought back the show’s fan-favorites. This is the all-star edition of “Top Model.” Tyra must of thought it would be a good idea to put all of the craziest, most dramatic girls on one show. The cycle preview looked crowded with drama, but drama was definitely missing from this photo shoot!

These girls are getting a second shot at winning what they couldn’t win the first time. Will they succeed? Or will they repeat the past?

The Players:

  • Judges: Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker, Andre Leon Talley
  • Guest Judges: Nicki Minaj
  • Cast: Shannon Stewart (Cycle 1), Camille McDonald (Cycle 2), Brittany Brower (Cycle 4), Lisa D’Amato (Cycle 5), Bre Scullark (Cycle 5), Bianca Golden (Cycle 9), Dominique Reighard (Cycle 10), Isis King (Cycle 11), Sheena Sakai (Cycle 11), Allison Harvard (Cycle 12), Laura Kirkpatrick (Cycle 13), Angelea Preston (Cycle 14), Kayla Ferrel (Cycle 15) and Alexandria Everett (Cycle 16).

Episode Title: “Nicki Minaj”

In this episode, the girls jump right into a photo-shoot where they have to re-enact memorable moments from the previous cycles they appeared on. Andre Leon Talley and Nigel Barker join guest judge Nicki Minaj and Tyra Banks on the judges’ live panel for the first elimination of the All-Star cycle.

The Good:

  • The Familiar Faces: This isn’t a reunion but it sure does feel like one. As a fan of the show, it was exciting to see all of the familiar faces walk in through the door. But even though these girls have been on ANTM once before, they have changed and it’s neat to see their transformation. Once they were girls who didn’t know how to dress or speak correctly, and now they look so different. They’re all well-dressed, with their hair and makeup nicely done, and the accents, gone.
  • The Prizes: These prizes just keep getting better and better. The cycle winner will get a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, a $100,000 CoverGirl contract, an Express fashion campaign, and a guest correspondent job for “Extra.” If that doesn’t launch a career, who knows what will.
  • Nicki Minaj: The eccentric female rapper made a great guest judge. Minaj says she’s been a fan of the show for a long time, and last night she was acting like a professional ANTM judge. During her critiques, she’d say things like, “you should’ve shown off your legs because you have great legs,” and “I would stop and stare at this picture.” This is the kind of feedback Tyra would give. Also, Minaj is such a lively and honest character. It was fun to have her around.

The Bad:

  • Same Girls, Same Attitudes: When these girls walked into the house, they physically looked different, but once they started talking, their personalities started to show, and nothing was different. The happy girl is still the happy girl. The creepy girl is still the creepy girl. The diva is still the diva. And the mean girls are still the mean girls. If anything, their personalities have only gotten more extreme (guessing that’s due to more creative editors?). If these girls’ personalities haven’t evolved, then we’re in for a bumpy ride. This cycle won’t affect them in any way, positive or negative.
  • Photoshoot: The idea was to recreate the situation that made these girls stand out. For Shannon Stewart, it was that she refused to pose nude in Cycle 1, so Tyra dressed her as an angel. The idea was great, but the girls were not. It was one of the most boring photoshoots in the history of ANTM. There was no frustration or competitiveness. Either everyone seemed to know what they were doing or the photographer and J. Alexander were too afraid to tell these girls that they were doing it all wrong.
  • Live Judging: Hopefully this was a one time thing because it was horrible. The whole thing felt cheesy. The audio was bad and Tyra kept screaming over the crowd. People in the audience looked grumpy and some were actually yelling profanities. Shame on the producers for leaving those things in. It’s better to stay behind closed doors were it’s just the judges and the girls.

Eliminated (spoiler ahead):

  • Brittany Brower: This girl was known as the party animal during Cycle 4. Bower got comparisons to early-Janice Dickinson, and she made it all the way to the top four. Unfortunately, she was the first to get sent back home. Tyra’s reason was that she wasn’t memorable. She wasn’t a fan favorite after all.


Most of these girls were last seen on the show as teenagers, now they’re in their early to mid-20s, and it’s nice to see them again, if you’re a fan of the show. However, one has to wonder why these girls are really here. Models don’t often launch careers in their 20s, so just how much will the winner benefit from this competition? However, the idea behind this all-star cycle is interesting because we’re getting all the crazy on one show.

Rating: 5/10

Watch “America’s Next Top Model” All-Cast Edition Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. on The CW.

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