Sounds like blogging star BryanBoy (who has been in the news quite a bit lately) will in fact, as was rumored, join the cast of America's Next Top Model for the show's next season, which should start filming pretty soon in Los Angeles.
Page Six reported the rumor about a month ago, along with the sudden dismissal of longtime cast members Nigel Barker, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander--which turned out to be true. BryanBoy denied the rumor to us, saying, “I love Tyra and ANTM–I think it would be amazing to make a cameo (hello Andre! hello Franca!) but no, nothing is in the works as of now. This is the first time I heard of this.”
However--according to a report in this morning's WWD, "sources close to Grey Yambao" have confirmed that he has indeed signed a contract with the show. (WWD also says the show is on CBS, which is confusing since it is on The CW? Typo? Is it moving to CBS?)
Assuming this is true (neither Bryanboy nor "CBS" has confirmed), he'll join judge Kelly Cutrone, who's already one season in, and two other newcomers--model Rob Evans and celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek, who will be a judge and a creative consultant, respectively.
The show was rumored to be adding a social media slant and we think BryanBoy, one of the original blogging phenoms (and one of the most prolific Twitter-ers we know) is a perfect choice to fulfill that role. Plus, it was only a matter of time before a blogger transcended the internet world to become a mainstream media celebrity--and who better than BryanBoy--who, we know from Twitter, has recently moved to Los Angeles. Our favorite tweet so far:
By September I'll be a whole new person... with two DUIs and an Us Weekly cover story under my bekt. Just kidding. Can u imagine me driving?
Good thing he's used to being hounded by street style photographers, so the paparazzi shouldn't faze him too much.
Are you excited to see BryanBoy on the small screen? We've reached out to Bryan and will report back once we hear more.
**Update: BryanBoy confirmed his ANTM role on Facebook this morning with the following update:
Excited with my new role on cycle 19 of America's next top model
So, there you have it! It's happening.