America's Next Top Model
fans can finally mark down the date for Tyra Banks' proper return to the franchise. VH1 has announced the premiere date for the next season of America's Next Top Model
and Tyra Banks' return as host and judge isn't the only big treat in store. When America's Top Model
returns in January 2018 it will see many guest stars and judges, including a crossover with RuPaul's Drag Race
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The next season of America's Next Top Model
will premiere Tuesday, January 9 at 8/7c on VH1. As was previously reported
this will be Tyra Banks' real return to the franchise after appearing briefly in the season 23 finale.
Tyra will not be the only returning face. It's also been announced that former judge Nigel Barker and season 3 winner of ANTM, Eva Marcille, will make guest appearances. Other guests include beauty and social media guru Patrick Starr, choreographer Jermaine Browne, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and hip-hop artist Maejor.
The most noteworthy guest stars are involved in the previously mentioned Drag Race crossover. Fan-favorite contestants from the popular reality series, Valentina, Katya and Manila, will appear in the next season of America's Next Top Model, which will remove the previous age limit on the show and promises "more contestant diversity than ever before." While it's not clear exactly how the Drag Race contestants will appear on ANTM, it's reasonable to assume they'll be involved with some kind of drag-related competition.
While America's Next Top Model is promising to be an exciting influx of new blood, ideas and faces, there will be some connective tissue with the previous revival season of the show. While season 23's host Rita Ora is no longer with the series, the rest of her judging panel will return.
Supermodel Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach will all be joining Tyra as the judges of season 24. While not surprising, this news might be disappointing for fans who though Tyra's return would bring all of the previous judges.
Are you excited about the new season of America's Next Top Model? Are you excited that Tyra is back? Do you wish more returning faces were coming back with Tyra? Are you excited to see how the worlds of Drag Race and ANTM collide?
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