After all the buzz about bloggers replacing America's Next Top Model long-standing cast members (who were let go a month ago), the show has finally announced the new additions to the team, and there's not a blogger in sight.
According to TV blog Zap 2 It, male model Rob Evans will be joining Kelly Cutrone and Tyra Banks as the permanent third judge on the show, while celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek will take over Jay Manuel's job as creative consultant--meaning he'll be the one to walk models through difficult shoots and hold their hands when they get all their hair chopped off.
The new hires are interesting choices for ANTM, considering they're relatively unknowns. Wujek is apparently stylist to Katy Perry and Shakira, which means he'll be well-equipped to help the models on shoots, while Evans is, well, hot. We're looking forward to some awkward flirtatious moments involving the male model stud. The show is also moving to a new time slot: It will now air on Fridays at 8pm.
The best news to come out of this, though, is that viewers will get to have a hand in voting for who is eliminated. Starting May 24, photos from the show's production will be posted on www.cwtv.com, and fans will have two opportunities to vote each week for the model hopeful of their choice, until the show wraps. The scores will be factored into each round of eliminations, which means you will kind of get to be the fourth judge on the show. Pretty cool. Fans will also be able to leave comments and video messages, which may be featured on the show when it airs in the fall. Could this be the new "social media slant" the show was rumored to be adding?
Then again, perhaps bloggers will make appearances on the show as guest judges. We'll just have to wait and see.
What do you think of the new hires?