'America's Next Top Model' preview: Tyra Banks talks the 'boxing match' of U.S. vs. Britain



"America's Next Top Model" is back for its 18th cycle Wednesday night (Feb. 29) on the CW. Tyra Banks tells TV Guide it's "the most competitive season" they've ever had.

"We've never had teams before. So it's seven British girls versus seven American girls. And the British girls are from 'Britain's Next Top Model' so they have a little bit of a leg up," says Banks. She also shares some really interesting insight into past seasons.

"In Cycle 3 we had a plus-sized girl, T ocarra, and I felt like she was a star and could win. And I was outvoted. And that haunted me forever," says Banks. "And Nigel confessed about a year ago that he made a mistake by sending her home. He says it was probably one of his biggest mistakes in 'Top Model' history."

"When Tyson Beckford was our guest judge, it went on and on and on. We had to call our lawyers and legal because we were deadlocked and we didn't know what to do! Usually deliberation takes around 20 minutes, but this went on for three hours. Nobody would give in ... I can't remember how we came to the conclusion, but we did," says Banks.

So whet your appetite with the above preview video and get ready for the U.S. vs. Britain in the newest cycle of "America's Next Top Model," premiering Wednesday night (Feb. 29) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.
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