5 Things We Need From the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ VH1 Reboot
We have mixed feelings about the America’s Next Top Model reboot at VH1 — but there are a few things that can be done to ease our worries.
The network released the first promo image of the upcoming revival and, to be honest, it has us worried about what to expect because it’s a little, you know, lackluster.
See for yourself:
Thus far we know its set in NYC, consists of 14 episodes, and will premiere sometime this fall — though an exact date hasn’t been announced.
While everything is being ironed out, we have a few suggestions that might help the new version win over ANTM fans all over again:
1. Tyra Banks.
Tyra Banks is confirmed to be back as an executive producer — which makes sense because she’s a co-creator and has been involved since the very beginning — but that’s all we know. The 42-year-old is enjoying time as a new mom, but it just wouldn’t be the same show without seeing Tyra on a weekly basis.
Maybe she shouldn’t have to fulfill the duty of being a host and judge, but pick one! We need the queen of smizing in our lives at all times.
2. Alumni involvement.
Since we’re likely filling a hosting job and an entire judging panel, how about we call on some of the successful people the show has turned out in the past to fill the roles? We have a few ideas as to which alums would be great choices, but we’re pretty much open to any former contestants.
3. More fashion substance, less dumb drama.
One of the things that turned us off of the show in the later years was the increased drama between the ladies — and men, when they were introduced (more on that later). We’re not saying to shut out the drama because we know that’s what gets ratings and makes the world go ‘round, but let’s get back to the roots of what made ANTM successful.
At the end of the day, there is a limit to how much scandal is still fashionable.
4. Get rid of the male models.
The pink and blue lettering of the poster seems to suggest that both women and men will still be involved, and we’re not into that. While the old show was already in decline by the time male models were introduced, we can’t help but long for days when it was just ladies.
Perhaps instead of shutting out dudes completely (because, hello, we did get Keith Carlos and Nyle DiMarco out of it), it could be split like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and focus on one gender each season. That would be the best of both worlds.
5. Don’t make it all about celebs.
We’re not saying to shut out celebrities entirely — we still need a host and judges — but let’s not load the show with famous people who don’t make sense. ANTM hasn’t focused on the rich and the famous in the past and has always filled the panel with those who are influential in the fashion world, not just someone who will make headlines.
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