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|America's Next Top Model (cycle 19)|
Cycle 19 cast
|No. of contestants||13|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||The CW|
|Original release||August 24 –|
November 16, 2012
The nineteenth cycle of America's Next Top Model (subtitled as America's Next Top Model: College Edition), consisted of thirteen episodes and was broadcast on The CW. It aired from August 24, 2012, until November 16, 2012, and was promoted by the catchphrase "Only One Can Be Top of the Class". The program saw thirteen women, all of whom were enrolled in higher education, compete for the title of America's Next Top Model, providing them with an opportunity to begin their career in the modeling industry. Its premise was originated with model Tyra Banks, who additionally serves as its executive producer and presenter.
This was the first cycle to feature a cast of all-new contestants since cycle 16 (cycle 17 (All-Stars) featured only returning contestants from previous cycles, while cycle 18 (British Invasion) featured seven new American models alongside seven returning contestants from previous cycles of Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model).
Judge and fashion photographer Nigel Barker, runway coach Miss J. Alexander and photo shoot creative director Jay Manuel were dismissed from the show after the previous cycle in an attempt to revitalize the show. They were replaced by British model Rob Evans and Filipino fashion blogger Bryanboy. Johnny Wujek also joined the crew as the new creative director of photo shoots. Evans and Bryanboy joined the judging panel with Banks and Cutrone, marking the return of four permanent judges since cycle 12. This cycle did not feature guest judges at panel
Another change was the incorporation of public voting as a factor in eliminations. A 1–10 scoring system was implemented to determine the merits of each contestant's performances at challenges and photo shoots, and the results for each week were calculated on a 50-point scale, with a maximum possible score of 10 from each of the three judges (Banks, Cutrone and Evans) and for each challenge and a maximum possible average social media score of 10.0. Each week, the girl with the lowest combined score was eliminated from the competition.
The eliminated girls still participated in every photo shoot (including those taking place after the comeback competition was finished), and their photos were also still available to be voted on by the public. This separate competition was documented on the "Comeback series", which was untelevised and instead shown on The CW's official website. It lasted for six weeks, and the winning contestant, with the highest average social media score throughout the cycle (Leila Goldkuhl), was allowed to rejoin the main competition.
The prizes for this cycle were a modeling contract with LA Models and NY Model Management, a position the face of the America’s Next Top Model fragrance Dream Come True, a fashion spread in Nylon magazine, campaigns with Nine West and Smashbox cosmetics and a $100,000 cash prize. The following prizes were removed: A position as guest correspondent for Extra, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, a cover of and fashion spread in Beauty In Vogue, a single produced and released by CBS Records and a US$100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, the series' long-time sponsor.
(ages stated are at start of contest)
|Jessie Rabideau||23||5 ft 9.75 in (1.77 m)||Speedway, Indiana||University of Southern California||Episode 2||13|
|Maria Tucker||22||5 ft 7.25 in (1.71 m)||Las Cruces, New Mexico||Harvard University||Episode 3||12 (quit)|
|Darian Ellis||22||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||Louisiana State University||11|
|Destiny Strudwick||18||5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)||Columbus, Ohio||Aveda Institute Columbus||Episode 4||10|
|Yvonne Powless||20||5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)||Minneapolis, Minnesota||University of Texas at Austin||Episode 6||9|
|Allyssa Vuelma||20||5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||Florida State University||Episode 7||8|
|Brittany Brown||18||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||Gilbert, Arizona||Chandler–Gilbert Community College||Episode 8||7|
|Victoria Henley||18||5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)||Colquitt, Georgia||Liberty University||Episode 9||6|
|Kristin Kagay||19||5 ft 7.25 in (1.71 m)||Jacksonville, Florida||Florida State College at Jacksonville||Episode 10||5|
|Nastasia Scott||19||5 ft 8.25 in (1.73 m)||East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania||East Stroudsburg University||Episode 11||4|
|Leila Goldkuhl||20||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Framingham, Massachusetts||University of Rhode Island||Episode 12||3|
|Kiara Belen||22||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)||Las Vegas, Nevada||University of California, Irvine||2|
|Laura James||21||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Cambridge, New York||Paul Smith's College||1|
Thirteen finalists were selected from a group of thirty semi-finalists.
The contestants' first challenge was a dance-themed runway show at Club Eden, Hollywood; the judges for the challenge were panelist Rob Evans and choreographer Jonte'. Yvonne won the challenge and she was allowed to stay in the "Tyra Suite" for the rest of the week. The contestants portrayed taxidermied animals for their first official photo shoot.
Leila received the highest score of the week, while Jessie received the lowest and was the first contestant eliminated.
The contestants were taken to the Cristophe Salon for makeovers. For the first time in the series' history, they were allowed to choose whether or not they received a makeover, but the makeovers would not be revealed until after everyone had made their decision, and they would not be able to revoke their decisions after the makeovers were revealed. Maria and Victoria refused their makeovers, while everyone else accepted. For the photo shoot, they posed nude with Rob Evans. Maria withdrew from the competition while the shoot was in progress. Victoria received the highest score of the week, while Darian received the lowest and was the second contestant eliminated.
The contestants were judged by Tyra Banks and Tyler Perry for their next challenge, which took place on 3rd Street, Santa Monica Boulevard; they portrayed "over-the-top" characters. Kiara won and was given a role in one of Perry's newest productions. The week's photo shoot took place at Universal Studios, where the contestants portrayed zombies.
Laura received the highest score of the week, while Destiny received the lowest and was the third contestant eliminated.
For the week's challenge, the contestants walked in a fashion show wearing designs by Mara Hoffman, in collaboration with HIV charity Keep a Child Alive. The audience were allowed to bid on the dresses the contestants wore, and Kiara's received the highest bid, making her the winner of the challenge. As her prize was allowed to join Alicia Keys on her Set the World on Fire tour. For the photo shoot, the contestants portrayed cheerleaders while being thrown in the air.
Nastasia received the highest score of the week, while Leila received the lowest and was the fourth contestant eliminated.
The contestants went to Culver Studios for the challenge, where they acted out a video game scene; the judges for the challenge were model Chrissy Teigen and Naughty Dog narrative lead Taylor Kurosaki. Laura won the challenge and was given the opportunity to be featured in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. After this, the contestants took part in a Steampunk-themed photo shoot with an owl from Harry Potter film series.
Laura received the highest score of the week, while Yvonne received the lowest and was the fifth contestant eliminated.
For the week's challenge, the contestants were split into two groups and photographed each other doing "random acts of modeling" on a road trip. Laura won; her prize was a segment as a host on Nylon TV. For the week's photo shoot, the contestants did a photo shoot in which they had to pose in "off-guard" situations.
Nastasia received the highest score of the week, while Allyssa received the lowest and was the sixth contestant eliminated.
Laura received the highest score of the week for the third time, while Brittany received the lowest and was the seventh contestant eliminated. After Brittany's elimination, the six previously-eliminated contestants, who had taken part in all of the previous photo shoots, filed into the judging room for the results of the "comeback" competition. The episode ended on a cliffhanger, with the results being revealed the following episode.
Leila was revealed as the contestant with the highest average fan vote score out of the seven eliminated contestants, meaning she was reinstated into the contest. The final six (Leila, Kiara, Kristin, Laura, Nastasia and Victoria) were flown to Jamaica for the remaining rounds of the competition. They were split into pairs for the challenge, in which they performed dancehall routines; they were judged by Jonte' and dancehall recording artist Konshens. Kiara and Nastasia won; their prize was over $3,000 worth of jewelry from Piece-is of Bianca. For the photo shoot, the contestants created a love triangle scene, with Rob Evans and other male models as featured extras.
Nastasia received the highest score of the week for the third time, while Victoria received the lowest and was the seventh contestant eliminated.
For the challenge, the contestants modeled bikinis by Cedella Marley (daughter of singers Bob and Rita Marley) while rising out of the ocean on a dolphin. Leila won and received a House of Marley package worth over $3,000 and a spa treatment courtesy of Half Moon resort. For the photo shoot, photographed by Tyra Banks, the contestants portrayed warriors at Dunn's River Falls.
Leila received the highest score of the week, while Kiara's photo was chosen by Banks to hang in her house. Kristin received the lowest score and was the eighth contestant eliminated.
For the challenge, the contestants filmed a trial television commercial for the Jamaica Tourist Board. Kiara won and got to shoot an official television spot that would be broadcast worldwide as her prize. Following this, they did a photo shoot for Dream Come True.
Kiara received the highest score of the week. Nastasia received the lowest score and was the ninth contestant eliminated, leaving Kiara, Laura and Leila as the final three finalists.
The final three contestants, Kiara, Laura and Leila, along with the previous-eliminated contestants walked in the final runway show at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, and shot for Nine West and Nylon magazine photo shoot.
At the end of the episode, Laura was crowned the nineteenth winner of America's Next Top Model.
This episode recapped the cycle, with previously unaired footage being shown.
For this cycle, America's Next Top Model launched a web-series called The Comeback Series. After being eliminated, the girls continued to participate in the photo shoots under the premise that the audience would select one of them to return to the competition later. Leila returned to the competition in episode 9 for having accumulated the highest average fan score for her photographs.
|Nº||Model||Public vote average|
No episode aired on October 12 due to the network's re-airing of the pilot episode of Arrow.
|Episode||Air Date||18-49 (Rating/Share)||Viewers (m)|
|229||1||"The Girl Who Makes The Grade"||August 24, 2012||0.4/2||1.09|
|230||2||"The Girl Who Cries Home"||August 31, 2012||0.4/2||1.07|
|231||3||"The Girl Who Wants Out"||September 7, 2012||0.6/2||1.49|
|232||4||"The Girl Who Does What Tyler Perry Says"||September 14, 2012||0.6/2||1.41|
|233||5||"The Girl Who Sings For Alicia Keys"||September 21, 2012||0.5/2||1.32|
|234||6||"The Girl Who Gets Pwn'd"||September 28, 2012||0.5/2||0.96|
|235||7||"The Girl Who Licks the Floor"||October 5, 2012||0.5/2||1.11|
|236||8||"The Girl Who Comes Back"||October 19, 2012||0.6/2||1.47|
|237||9||"The Girls Go To Jamaica"||October 26, 2012||0.4/1||1.14|
|238||10||"The Girl Who Becomes Art For Tyra"||November 2, 2012||0.4/1||1.26|
|239||11||"The Girl Who Freaks Out On Horseback"||November 9, 2012||0.6/2||1.41|
|240||12||"The Girl Who Becomes America's Next Top Model"||November 16, 2012||0.6/2||1.36|
|241||13||"The Girl With The Best Top Model Freakout"||0.3/1||0.77|