'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 20 Premiere Preview: 'Who Will Dominate?'
'America's Next Top Model' Cycle 20 Premiere Preview: 'Who Will Dominate?'
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
America's Next Top Model's upcoming 20th season, "Guys and Girls," is destined to become a standout among all of the shows' other seasons. The catty competitiveness will kick into overdrive when eight female contestants are pitted against eight male contestants shot for shot. With 16 gorgeous young adults getting their beauty sleep under one roof, there are bound to be some serious hook-ups and expect even more drama, meltdowns and overall fierceness during this battle of the sexiest. Whoever comes out on top will win a $100,000 national Guess ad campaign, a fashion feature in Nylon magazine and a modeling contract with Next Model Management. 

All that is standing between these sixteen hopefuls and the brass ring is the panel of judges which will include: ex-model, ANTM creator Tyra Banks, fashion publicist and bitch on wheels Kelly Cutrone, male supermodel Rob Evans, and the viewers.

As in season 19, fans of the show were given the opportunity to vote for their favorites based on each of the season's photo shoots. The voting period took place from February 24-April 3. These scores will be combined with the judges to determine who stays to pose another day and who goes home. Don't fret if your fave gets eliminated because some contestants will have the opportunity to return based on their photo shoot scores.

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Stylist Johnny Wujek will return as photo shoot creative consultant, and fashion blogger Bryan Grey Yambae "Bryanboy" is back to represent the fourth judge, the fans. As the social media correspondent, Bryanboy has the unenviable task of gathering viewers' scores and comments and relaying the information to each model at panel.

Any intriguing contestant back stories are being kept on the down low, but there are bound to be some girls and boys with issues ranging from body image to anger management. There are also the inevitable competitors with serious sob stories that will tug at viewers' heartstrings.

The female contestants are: Alex, 21, Bianca, 18, Chlea, 20, Jiana, 20, Jourdan, 19, Kanani, 19, Nina, 18, and Renee, 24. 

The male competitors are: Chris H., 25, Chris S., 23, Cory, 22, Don, 25, Jeremy, 19, Marvin, 20, Mike, 26, and Phil, 24. 

Get a sneak peek of the new season of America's Next Top Model

The smizing begins Friday August 2 with a special two hour season premiere at 8pm on the CW.

(Image and video courtesy of CW)