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First Look: Australia’s Next Top Model Season Ten

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Megan Gale joins Alex Perry and Jen Hawkins as a judge on season ten of Australia’s Next Top Model.  Image Credit: Foxtel 2016

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Fox8’s “Australia’s Next Top Model” is set to pull out all the stops to not only salute the past nine seasons of this hit modelling show, but to also showcase just why our local version of Tyra Banks model search competition is serving up some of the best winners in the world.

Returning to season ten is host Jennifer Hawkins, panel judge Alex Perry and model coach Cheyenne Tozzi who are joined this season by the addition of Megan Gale to the judging panel  Gone is co-model coach and uber swoon-worthy Didier Cohen, now replaced with the Stenmark Twins, Jordan and Zack, who both seems a little ‘carboardy’ in the first two episodes given for preview.

In honor of this tenth season, a gaggle of well-known models from Elle ‘the body’ McPherson to Miranda Kerr and past contestants who have more than done well for themselves since their seasons ended including winner Montana Cox and Season 7’s Simone Holtznagel all make appearances throughout the season.

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Belinda from NSW is my dark horse pick this season.

Also back this season is the terrible scoring system introduced back in season nine  which has all the girls ranked on a scoring system with points coming from the weekly challenge and the weekly photo shoot and once again, has Alex Perry literally determining the fate of who stays and who goes home with his final score offering.  The ‘blind’ scoring system used by Tyra Banks and co in the US version seems to be much more fairer (to the viewers) than the scoring system our Aussie version is using.

The top 13 girls this season all meet the brief of being young, gorgeous and tall, some with more potential than others and some who stand out right from the get-go as potential front runners and unlike last season, there’s no bogan-turned-international-runway-model.  There is stunner Aleyna from NSW who shines in the Alex Perry branded runway show and NSW’s Daisy who has a little bit of the Chloe Moretz-Grace’s about her features but is way to cocky for her own good.  Sofie from Tasmania is the girl who apparently complains about shoes that are too small (I didn’t see that happen) and gets the usual “I’ve put my size 17 feet into a size 2 shoe” quip from Cheyenne Tozzi and Summer from VIC has little to no control over her ‘dear in headlights’ eyes.

Tuesday’s first episode has Alex Perry kicking off this seasons first challenge – again, surprising the girls with an Alex Perry runway show in front of 400 industry power houses. One girl slays the runway while another has trouble dealing with critiques from the judges.

Australia’s Next Top Model – Season Ten starts Tuesday, Sept 20th at 7:30pm on FOX8

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Australia’s Next Top Model Final 2 – Who Will Win?

Alex, dear Alex, we were rooting for you to win!
                                                           Alex, dear Alex, we were rooting for you to win!

Anyone else like me and feeling a little ‘ripped off’ when top model hopeful and obvious final two choice, Alex, was sent packing in the pre-finale double elimination?  I know more than a fair share echo my thoughts…

One interesting comment I came across regarding the elimination was how the final photo’s chosen in the Nigel Barker photo shoot differed from what we had seen the models do and what would happen if the models themselves were to chose their photo.  Let’s take a look below:

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Front runner Brittany was the weakest during this shoot and even when she ‘got it’ she was still quite stiff when compared to the other girls.  She of course ended up with a stunning photo and rightfully nabbed her place in the final two.

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It also too some time for Jess to warm up-to the outfit and platform sneakers but when you compare her chosen shot versus her actual shoot, you can clearly see a huge difference in the energy in the image.

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Lucy came out guns blazing from the go for the shoot, but she also had the easiest of outfit’s to wear.  Her chosen shot almost matched what we had seen her do during her shoot.

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Last but not least is little Alex.  The bulkiest of outfits, we saw this girl running and jumping and leaping and working that outfit for….this chosen shot on the right.

CONSPIRACY THEORY!!!

So we have our final two – tomboy truck driver Brittany from Victoria and sweet as pie teen Jess from QLD.  The Aussie Top Model crew are changing it up this year by removing the live finale and the choice of winner based on public vote and in return, giving us a pre-taped finale with Top Model Mother Tyra Banks selecting the winner.  The negative here….the winner has already been leaked.

Guess it means no one can stuff up the winners announcement.

Tell me your thoughts people – Lucy or Brittany?  Who is Cycle 9’s Australia’s Next Top Model Winner?

Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 finale airs Thursday night, 7:30pm on FOX8

First Look: Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9

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Didier Cohen, Jennifer Hawkins, Cheyenne Tozzi and Alex Perry play judges and mentors in this new AusNTM cycle

We’re almost at that time where I get to plant myself in front of the TV, watching wannabe models battle for top spot, with a large glass of moscato in hand and an over sized plate of various cheeses and crackers in my lap – seriously, it’s my guilty pleasure!

April 30th will see Cycle 9 of Australia’s Next Top Model begin on FOX8 and this year, there are changes aplenty that not only shake up the competition but also makes me question just how personal the judges will be in their critiques of the models with some new-found power.

The first of the major changes is a new point system brought in to ‘fairly’ rank the models from best to worst on a week to week basis.  The girls will each earn points out of 10 for their mini challenge and their maxi challenge (photo shoot), with the model on the lowest amount of points sent packing.  As of writing, the three episodes I have seen to date, judge Alex Perry is the final judge to offer up his score, thus determining which model stays and which one goes.

So, a word of advice to the models – don’t piss off Alex Perry!

And while we’re on the topic of Alex Perry, he seems rather pissed off this season.  That familiar facial growl looks more darker than normal…I know he’s happy with the final 12 (he says it’s the best to date)..perhaps he’s trying to bring some sharp edged fork tongue to the panel but so far, 3 episodes in, Perry is yet to look like he’s enjoying his experience with the show.

Fresh off beating Naomi Campbell on The Face Australia, the ridiculously stunning Cheyenne Tozzi joins the show as a mentor along side regular Didier Cohen.  I don’t know if her time spent with Campbell on The Face gave Tozzi some coping skills but we see her calmly deal with models having anxiety attacks back stage at a catwalk challenge and erratic bitch fit tantrums over ill-fitting shoes at a photo shoot all-the-while offering words of wisdom and friendly critiques.  Didier Cohen is still the same however…not that that’s a bad thing.  The girls fawn, I fawn, he smiles, the girls smile, I smile…it’s a win win.

Tanahya, Alex and Kaitlyn are just some of the new faces this season.  Source: Fox8
Tanahya, Alex and Kaitlyn are just some of the new faces this season. Source: Fox8

With the sudden death of my favorite judge Charlotte Dawson, a judges chair has been left wide open, so Cycle 9 sees an injection of international faces on the judging panel (none of whom can match Dawson’s biting wit) with Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio, TV personality Kelly Osbourne, fashion designer icon Jean-Paul Gaultier, Kim Kardashian (via video) and Tyra Banks among other names, all set for appearances.

So let’s talk those with their ‘smize‘ on the prize for cycle 9.  There’s your typical fare of gorgeous blondes and brunettes (Jessica, Phoebe, Lucy, Tanahya etc) and the one who’s stunning but Alex Perry finds too short (Alex), there’s your sweet girls with legs up-to their ears (Kaitlyn, Jordan, Lauren, Jess), your token bogan-turned-model (Brittany), the girl who knows shes fabulous but can’t walk in heels (Ayieda) and finally the if-she-were-anymore-laid-back-she’d-be-dead girl (Jess).  To be honest though, there’s no real surprises with the top 12 here, but then again, it’s a modelling competition so as long as the girls look good and can squeal with delight over famous folk, then there off to a good start.

Last but not least is host and judge Jennifer Hawkins.  With a full season now under her tiny belt, Hawkins now seems very at ease with her hosting duties and interactions with the models.  The awkward and uncomfortable banter from season 8 is gone, replaced with a more confident host who seems to have found her stride in getting the job done.

Thursdays first episode opens with ‘Top Model’ herself Tyra Banks praising our local version of the show, noting the numerous success stories that have come from the model search and touchingly, adds a beautiful message and tribute to our dearly departed Charlotte Dawson.

There’s no messing around this season as we jump straight into a final 12 selection who are thrown right into a catwalk in-front of 400 fashionistas.  Yes…there are tears and also a moment where you’ll be uttering the words “It’s like watching Bambii learn how to walk”.  Who will be the first model sent packing?  Who will win?  When will Georges Antoni turn up to grace my screen take stunning photos of the models?  Will Jean-Paul Gaultier whisk one of the models away to France? How much cheese will I have to buy to see me through the entire season?  It all begins Thursday April 30th, 7:30pm on FOX8