Can male contestants save 'Top Model?' Tyra Banks hopes so
Over the past 19 seasons, the girls of "America's Next Top Model" have basically done it all -- from massive makeover meltdowns to girl-on-girl catfights. So what does creator and star Tyra Banks do when the girls can no longer deliver high ratings? Bring in the boys!
For the first time ever, the upcoming season of "Top Model" will feature male models. Eight men and eight women will live together and compete for a national ad campaign with GUESS, a spread in Nylon magazine and a modeling contract with Next Model Management.
"It's guys and girls," one female contestant says in the season's trailer. "What could be more dramatic than that?"
"Girls, you think you run the show but you have no idea what you're getting yourselves into with the guys," offers one of the buffed and bronzed male contestants.
Last season, the show underwent some major revamping, including contestants who were all college students, a new judges' panel and a move to a new night, but the tweaks failed to bring the show back to its glory days of high ratings.
"This cycle will explore the similarities and differences that male and female models face in the pursuit of their careers, bringing on experts and celebrities to mentor and challenge them each week," the show's website claims. "There will be more than a little opportunity for rivalry, flirtation and romance."
Will it be enough to save "Top Model?" We'll have to wait until the new season premieres on Friday, Aug. 2 to find out.