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Idol Vet Clay Aiken Opts to Play Nice as Top Model Judge

Clay Aiken endured his fair share of scrutiny during his American Idol days, but the tables are turning as the singer puts on his best judging face for an upcoming episode of America's Next Top Model . "It was kind of surreal to do a show that's a competition but be on the other side of the judge's table," Aiken told TVGuide.com at the GLAAD Media Awards. Aiken will put in an appearance on Wednesday's episode of The CW 's Top Model, serving as an acting coach during a teaching challenge and joining as the guest judge during panel. "[Clay] has a lot to offer as a performer and in terms of guiding and mentoring girls to bring out their personality and charisma," said Top Model's Jay Manuel. Considering Aiken's first-hand experience with the sass of one Simon Cowell, the new dad hoped to bring something a bit more kindhearted to the judging table. "I have a lot more compassion for the contestants since I've been [in that situation]," said Aiken. "It breaks my heart for anyone that has to be cut or put in that position of scrutiny, so I try to be nicer." So basically, Aiken will play the role of Paula, except come off as slightly more lucid. Source Here

Top Model Gives NYC Auditions Another Try

America's Next Top Model is coming back to New York for an open casting call - this time with a plan in place to prevent another near-riot. The auditions will be held Saturday, April 11, according to The CW . A venue has yet to be announced. This second casting call comes almost a month after a large group of runway hopefuls - freaked out by overcrowding and a rumored bomb threat - caused a melee in which six people were injured and three arrested. But that won't be the case this time around, the CW says. In fact, the network has already released ground rules for all the ladies hoping to make it onto Cycle 13. For starters, no one can line up overnight: The line will begin at 6 a.m. on the day of the auditions. Producers will also hand out wristbands that indicate the time frame for each person's audition. Those who fall into the later windows will be encouraged to leave and come back. Additionally, only women trying out should stand in line, so they should leave their entourages at home. Each person is allowed only one audition, and no line-jumping or advanced place-holding will be allowed. In short, the release says, "Be courteous to others." Women ages 18 to 27, who are less than 5-feet-7-inches tall are eligible to audition. For the complete list of rules visit the CW's website, where the venue will be announced later this week. Source here

Sneak Peek of Clay Aiken on 'America's Next Top Model'

Recovering from the exit of Sandra from " America's Next Top Model ", the fashion show invites one special guest to the upcoming episode. Clay Aiken, the former runner up of " American Idol " season two, is present to mentor the girls in the acting challenge. Clay, who had an acting gig on Broadway's "Spamalot", will be starring opposite the girls in "Acting Like a Model" and be the guest judge to determine who will leave next. Additionally, the girls will be faced with a CoverGirl commercial challenge where last season's winner McKey Sullivan will drop by to offer support to them. The episode where Clay Aiken and McKey Sullivan will be present airs April 8. A clip on the arrival of Clay on the stage is given below. To Watch The Video Click Here . Source here

Ratings: CBS Prank Show Pulls One over the Competition - Featured

Wednesday's ratings recap: 8 pm/ET CBS' I Get That a Lot , in which celebs played jokes on us regular peeps, got enough viewers -- 10.34 million -- to win the hour. Lie to Me placed second with 8.98 mil, dipping 10 percent from its previous outing. A Law & Order: Criminal Intent repeat (5.06 mil) delivered nearly double what the now-canceled Chopping Block had been getting. ABC's Scrubs scored 5.05 mil, discharging 280K, while Better Off Ted held steady at 4.7 mil. America's Next Top Model surged 38 percent, to 3.95 mil. 9 pm American Idol delivered 23.7 million viewers, down 6 percent from last week's results show. Opposite (and yet trailing) a Criminal Minds repeat, Lost found 9.35 million heads, up 6 percent week-to-week. Life , meanwhile, taunted the "bubble" with a 29 percent gain, hitting 5.57 mil. 10 pm As CSI: NY and Law & Order served leftovers, Life on Mars said goodbye to 5.86 million viewers, adding 190 thou in its last hurrah. Source: TVGuide.com - Ratings: CBS Prank Show Pulls One over the Competition Photo courtesy of TVGuide.com

Interview: Kortnie

This morning I had the pleasure of having a chat and a laugh with Kortnie Coles, the latest model to be eliminated on America's Next Top Model . Kortnie and I talked about being the lone plus sized model in the house, being the clown of the cycle, and her thoughts on the upcoming "short girls" cycle of ANTM. Just as she was on the show, Kortnie was hilarious and she had plenty of insight on this cycle's drama queen and who she hopes will take home the title of America's Next Top Model. To Read The Full Interview Click here .

Oh, Celia

Last week's America's Next Top Model had one of those moments that will go down in Top Model history. It will be something that is replayed on clip show after clip show. A moment that will be referred to by fans as a pinnacle of Top Model drama. I am, of course, speaking of Celia's attempted Top Model mutiny at judge's panel. It's all Top Model fans are talking about: was Celia in the right or wrong telling Tyra that Tahlia had said she wanted to leave the competition? 355 of you have voted in a BuddyTV poll on that very topic, with 72% of you saying that Celia was "way out of line" for bringing up Tahlia's negative comments at panel. Only 28% of you said that "someone had to" bring up Tahlia's comments to Tyra. My feelings about Celia's comments to Tyra aren't so cut and dry. On one hand, she should have realized there was no way Tyra was going to completely reverse her decision and go from Tahlia winning that week's photo shoot to kicking her out of the competition. On the other hand, if you've watched any previous cycle of Top Model, as Celia obviously has, you know that at times Tyra has cared more about wanting to be America's Next Top Model, than performance. Still, I was personally disappointed in Celia's behavior, just because it's the only thing that she's done all cycle that I haven't loved her for. To Read More Click Here

America's Next Top Model: Episode 5 Predictions

Last week was all about the runway, while this week's America's Next Top Model will be all about posing. That means one of our absolute favorite ANTM guests, Benny Ninja will make an appearance, as he tries to teach these girls what a fierce poser is made of. The girls will be putting Benny's posing lessons to work in a posing challenge and in this week's vintage-inspired photo shoot at New York's historic Ellis Island. The fact that the episode is all about posing will surely benefit some of this Cycle's natural posers: London and Fo. I just know that both these ladies, while short in stature, are going to serve up some gigantic poses. Each cycle Benny Ninja falls in love with one girl, and we predict that this Cycle it will be London. Though jack-of-all-trades Celia and the awkward adorableness of Allison may also impress Mr. Ninja. (Yes, I had to call him Mr. Ninja, at least once.) While some girls will soar during the posing challenges, some girls will most certainly sink. Save last week's stunning photo, Sandra has proven time and time again that she doesn't know her angles and is thus far, an uninspired poser. I also foresee Kortnie struggling with the posing challenge. Kortnie's a gorgeous girl, but none of her poses have impressed me and she still has a lot to learn about how to work her body. The other girl who is surely going to struggle is Tahlia, who's total lack of confidence is going to hurt her. The dark-horse to stun in the posing challenge is alien-beauty Teyona, who seems to know her angles and who wowed Nigel Barker with her poses. To Read More Click Here .

Video Preview of Episode 4

Last week's America's Next Top Model was all about makeovers, and this week the transformation will continue. With their brand new hair-do's (and plenty of don'ts) the girls will be schooled in runway etiquette and charm by the one and only Miss J. Just like the makeover episode, Miss J's runway school is always an episode to look forward to, especially since Miss J's teachings get more ridiculous with every cycle. And of course, there's a hilarious humiliation aspect to the episode, because without fail at least one of the girls will somehow look like she has never walked before taking her first runway steps. (Our bets for this cycle's awful walker? All signs point to Allison.) After their runway lessons with Miss J, the girls' walks will be put to the test in a Jill Stuart fashion show. At the show the girls are surprised by two previous Top Model contestants, though who the contestants are will be a surprise to all of us. We're guessing, since they are there to offer runway advice, it would be a couple of ANTM's better runway strutters. In my dream ANTM universe that would mean Cycle 10's Anya Kop and Cyle 3's Toccarra Jones offering advice to the girls, but it will more likely be someone like Saleisha Stowers. For this week's photo shoot, the girls will be seeing the sights of New York City in one of the city's famous double-decker tour buses and doing their shoots at some important NYC landmarks. The girls will be posing in pairs as well-heeled New York high society ladies. How much do you want to bet that Mr. Jay and Tyra cite The CW 's own Gossip Girl as a source of inspiration for the girls to draw from? From the preview video it looks like our early favorite Celia is paired with the evil one, Sandra, for her photo shoot. We're keeping our fingers crossed that Sandra doesn't find a way to sabotage the fabulous Celia and that the two manage to take a fierce shot, in which Celia outshines Sandra, of course. Take a look for yourself at what's coming this week: To Watch The Videos Click Here .

Tyra Keeps Top Model Dream Alive for NYC Scuffle Sufferers

For those lovely ladies who were prevented from trying out for America's Next Top Model Saturday, fear not. Tyra Banks has your back. "To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition-we'll update you on our plans very soon," read a bit of Tyra Mail released Monday. "ALL" the girls weren't seen because a stampede broke out among the horde of petite posers gathered in Manhattan for an open casting call, triggered by a fight further down the line, as well as by panic that ensued when rumor of a car bomb (really just a smokey BMW) broke out. At about 6 p.m., long after the cops (three people arrested) and ambulances (two hospitalized) had done their duty, about 100 women lingered outside the Park Central Hotel. About a half hour later, they were informed that the auditions were over and they should head on home. But Banks is determined to keep the dream alive. "It is so important to me to redefine beauty, and make sure that everyone gets a fair chance to pursue their dream," she said. "I am beyond excited for Cycle 13; for the first time ever, young women 5'7" and under have a shot at becoming America's Next Top Model! I encourage each girl to come out ready to rock the runway and show off their fiercest pose. I'm rooting for all of you!" Source here

Video: Chaos in 'America's Next Top Model' Season 13 Audition

Somebody captured the frenzy happening at 'America's Next Top Model' New York audition over the weekend. Read more.