“America’s Next Top Model” kicked off its 20th cycle, this time featuring male contestants for the first time in the show’s history. The premiere episode featured casting calls that narrowed the field to 26, who then were put through their paces in order to make the Top 16 that we will watch all season long.
It was interesting with the guy/girl dynamic because the flirtations and the potential for hooking up provides a whole new facet to the game that was not previously there. Also, with the guys, there was an extra “fraternity house” vibe going on, particularly with Chris H., who decided it was fun to put on boxing gloves and tag guys in the balls. It went over about as well as you’d think.
Standouts for us included Cory and Don on the guys’ side — they are very striking men, particularly Cory. On the girls’ side, Jourdan is a very pretty girl, but the ones who really caught our eye are Kanani, Jiana and Bianca.
It was a shame to see transgender Virge go home, but the hormones she’s taking are making her sick and she chooses to take herself out of the competition. We hope to see her back.
Check out the full Top 16 here in our photogallery. What did you think of the premiere?