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2008 Winter TV Preview: Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me a Supermodel - Season 1
Premieres: Thursday, January 10th at 10:00 p.m. EST
Creator(s): Jaime Munro, Lisa Perrin, Andrew Zein
Starring:: Niki Taylor, Tyson Beckford
Based on the popular British TV series hosted by Rachel Hunter, Make Me a Supermodel is pretty much exactly what you would expect. The Niki Taylor/Tyson Beckford version features 14 models competing for a $100,000 prize and a modeling contract with New York Model Management. The contestants live together in a loft during the 12-week process, with much laughing, fighting and nudity surely to ensue.
There are a few things that make Supermodel different from other modeling shows, such as Americaís Next Top Model. Instead of a house full of 14 young women catfighting their way to VHI Celebreality stardom, Supermodelís loft is co-ed. There are 7 female contestants and 7 male. Another aspect of this show that sets it apart from almost every other reality show on the air is that itís happening almost in real time. Now, itís not quite Big Brother real time, but instead of a standard 5 or so months between production and air, thereís about a week. January 10thís premiere was just shot on January 4th.
It takes a good hook to make me give a crap about models, super or otherwise. I watch Top Model because I find Tyra Banksí growing insanity completely captivating, but anything having to do with the models is invariably the most boring part of any given Project Runway episode. Make Me a Supermodel almost had me for a minute when I heard that one of the female contestants was actually a man. Unfortunately, I did a little research and found that the actual quote was, "My name's Shannon, and one of the most interesting facts about me is that despite my extremely feminine physical appearance, I'm actually a man." Then, after a very, very long pause, "I'm one of the most masculine girls you'll ever meet. I'm like one of the boys." BORING.
So, what Iím trying to say is, I donít know. Bravo generally has good reality shows and itís not like thereís anything else on. Iím also intrigued to see how the week-long episode turnaround will affect the season. I just donít know if any of these things will be enough to help me get over my model apathy. Iíll probably tune in when they rerun it on Sunday afternoon or whatever, but as soon as I start having nightmares about Niki Taylorís headstone-sized teeth; Iím out.
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