Canada’s Next Top Model

A trip home and a revived spirit wasn’t enough to keep Ebonie, 22 from Quebec, in the competition this week. She was the third contestant sent packing on CTV’s CANADA’s NEXT TOP MODEL. Encore presentations of Episode 3 air on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursday at 10 p.m. ET; and a special Sunday night catch-up broadcast airs on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET. The drama ramps up when Episode 4 of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL’s premieres Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). One of the contenders can’t take the constant pace of the competition and crashes under the intense pressure.

This week the girls tested their modelling skills in extreme elements. First up was a challenge where the models in training were encouraged to cover themselves in berries, beets, and chocolate to illustrate the natural colour influences of Cover Girl’s Outlast Lipstain. Linsay from Edmonton made messy pretty. She took home the challenge and an extra 50 frames at the week’s photo shoot.

The girls had very little time to clean up their smudged looks after the shoot. In just 30 minutes they were off to the Bahamas – CNTM’s first-ever foray out of the country. Excitement turned quickly to tears for Maryam when she learned that she had to stay in Toronto because she didn’t have a passport.

On Rose Island in the sun-soaked Bahamas, the girls were knee-deep in the ocean and heartbreak at the emotional “castaway bride” shoot, where they modelled Ines DiSanto wedding dresses. But the gorgeous sun and sand could only distract them for so long. The worry of who was going home next weighed on each of them while they were away.

At a teary elimination, the girls thought that Maryam’s poor planning gave her a disadvantage, but her at-home photo shoot wowed the judges and kept her in the running for another week. The judges – FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz, and guest judge Helen Pak from Saatchi & Saatchi Canada, a national advertising firm (who oversaw the Cover Girl challenge) – found Ebonie’s photo weak for the third week in a row and sent her packing. Now seven girls vie for a modeling contract with Elmer Olsen Model Management, an editorial spread in FASHION Magazine and a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty: makers of Cover Girl, Olay, Crest Whitestrips and Perfect 10 by Nice ‘n Easy.

The midway point is upon us and in Episode 4 (Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), the girls get a lesson in personal charisma from a surprise Canadian supermodel. Meanwhile, the drama ramps up as one of the contenders crashes under the intense pressure of the competition. After all of their training the one who doesn’t succeed in standing out gets booted out. The remaining competitors are left wondering who who’ll be next. At this stage in the competition, it’s still anyone’s game.

Tune into ETALK tomorrow (Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30 pm ET) for the national broadcast exclusive with Ebonie after the judges sent her home.

Find out more about all 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

Even after losing the first contestant, the girls are upset after apparently feeling so close to Tiffany.  Are they just being nice?  Talking about it until 3am isn’t smart though.  Especially when Nole is arriving at 6:10am, dressed up in a police uniform and blowing a whistle to get them out of bed.  This could be a fun day to watch.

The girls arrive at a court room where Jay is sitting in the judges chair in a robe.  Nole had told them they were guilty of fashion crimes.  Of course, they’re getting told how their make overs are going to look.  Of course, they’re all pretty ecstatic.

Holts Salon and Spa is the location for the the haircuts.  They’re not happy to have the mirrors covered.  Lots of hair ends up on the floor.  Linsay Willier was worried about losing all her hair but ends up loving the end result.  Maryam Massoumi loves her new look.  So do I!

Meaghan DeWarrenng-Waller had her longest ever hair cut.  She likes the finished product.  Nikita Kiceluk isn’t so sure though.  Her new fringe is bothering her and she retorts with a “what the hell is on my head”.  I tend to agree.  She thinks it’s very modelly but she doesn’t like her new look.

Ebonie Finley doesn’t really like her hair after they had to change the style due to her hair not being healthy enough.  Rebeccah Wyse has the biggest change.  She’s gone from brunette to short and blonde.  She looks too much like a male now though IMHO.

Having her eyebrows bleached off to match her new look is Heather Delaney.  Jill Pukesh is also pretty happy with her new look but it’s just a bit shorter.  Tara Gold Scott looks good as well but didn’t enjoy the fine hair removal process on her face.

Nikita hates her fringe.  Really.  Everyone agrees.  Nikita isn’t happy. At all.

Canada's Next Top Model Makeovers

Everyone talks to their families on the phone.  Ebonie takes a while longer and has the other girls complaining about having their turn.

The next day, Jay meets the girls with “architect of style” June Ambrose at H&M.  They each need to pick one item off the table and then take 15 minutes to build an outfit to work their new brand.  It’s fairly chaotic.  Jay and June aren’t impressed by what many of the girls are wearing.  Have these girls never shopped for themselves before or do they just have really bad taste in fashion?

Rebecca wins the task and gets a $2500 shopping card from H&M.

The girls are taken to the Art Gallery of Ontario where they meet 5 male models who are there with ladders.  Talk about a challenging shoot needing to balance.  Nole brings them gifts which has teeth whitener.  He encourages them them use it.

Rebeccah’s shoot goes poorly as her balance is fairly non-existent.  Nikita boldly climbs higher once she is assured by the male model that he’d catch her if she fell.

Maryam is very Cirque de Soliel.  Noel loves her gym poses.  Meaghan is sweet and Nole’s favourite.  Jill makes more faces than poses.  Tara can do beauty and elegance and is climbing to the top of more than just a ladder.  Tara is fantastic.  Heather looks like a drag queen with her eye makeup.  Ebonie impresses Nole which she’s pretty happy about.

After the shoot, there are more gifts back at the model mansion.  Tara doesn’t like Heather much and thinks she sounds like a 12 year old.  Heather doesn’t really care that Tara thinks she’s fake.  Another Jay mail arrives which reminds them that tomorrow, one of them is going home.

Getting ready to go, Nikita is complaining about how fat she is and that she can’t fit into some tights.  Mike Ruiz, Yasmin Warsame, Jeanne Beker and June Ambrose are on the panel this week.

I’m not really into this week’s photos.  They all look kinda awkward.  Nikita gets the photo of the day though with Jeanne saying she’d put the photo on a cover.

Eight girls will be here next week.  Jay calls out the girls names in the following order.  Nikita, Heather (who doesn’t fall), Ebonie, Tara, Linsay, Meaghan and Maryam.  Jill and Rebeccah are the bottom two.  Going home is, Jill.

As a new season of Canada’s Next Top Model enters a new season, right in time for the summer programming lineup, viewers can expect to watch some hot up-and-coming models walk the runways and pull out each other’s hair; all under the watchful eye of host and judge Jay Manuel.

On this week’s episode, eleven girls made the final cut, lead on to believe they were going to be sent home, while standing amongst a group of working models placed to make the contestants believe the final cuts had not yet been made. After one photo shoot that had the prospective top models posing with a series of wild animals; including a bobcat, a wolf, a vulture, a hawk, and a few slinky creatures; and a trip out east for those with the best shots to take pictures on the icy tundra while mingling with seals and polar bears.

This week’s photo shoots were filmed by American Idol alum Nigel Barker, who will hopefully continue to appear throughout this season to boost ratings, with this season’s team of judges who include Manuel, Jeanne Baker, Yasmin Warsame, and new judge Mike Ruiz (Canadian fashion photographer).

As the season winds up, Canadian viewers can prepare for some serious drama, and hopefully a few good photos and runway shows during the hunt for Canada’s Next Top Model.

It does seem like a while ago that Jay found a Top Model.  Thousands of young women turned out with the hopes to become Canada’s Next Top Model.  Twenty contestants are greeted by Jay who has arrived via helicopter on what looks to be a rather cool Toronto day.

Jay tells the twenty girls that half of them are going home right now.  They’re each standing on a number which as Jay reads out, he wants them to come over and stand next to him.  The girls who have been left behind are getting anxious.  9 girls are called over and Jay tells them they’re done.  But there’s a twist.  Those 9 girls are already models and the 11 girls remaining are excited once they realise that one of them will be Canada’s Next Top Model.

What a vicious start to this season on CTV! After thinking they were out, they’re in.

Nole Marin greets the girls who introduces them to their first task.  Modelling with some interesting animals.  A dog, a vulture, a bobcat, snakes and a hawk.  Charming.  It’s an eighties theme in a room that looks like the animals tore it apart.

The girls are incredibly excited to be working with Nigel Barker for their first photoshoot.

Jill is first up with a snake and she’s a little nervous.  Maryam takes the vulture but Nigel thought she took it too far.  Meaghan was adorable but let her braces prevent her from moving her mouth.

Nikita didn’t like the snake.  Neither did Tara.  Does anyone like snakes anyway?

Tiffany disappointed Nigel with little energy but impressed him with her ability to take direction.  Heather did an extraordinary job with the bobcat.  Alexandra is worried about being bitten by the dog.  I can understand why.

Rebecca needed to be a little more versatile with the vulture.  Lindsay though, stood composed while the hawk latched on with its talons.

Ebonie needed more expression with the bobcat who was the real star of her photoshoot.

After the photoshoot, Alexandra drops a bombshell.  After less than 15 minutes of the show going to air, she’s pulling out.  What?  The girlscan’t believe it as they only just got there.

Heather wins the first shoot and the chance to take two other models up to the snowy north for another shoot with Nigel.  Heather takes Jill and Nikita.  Gotta love jumping in a helicopter and being whisked away so quickly.

While Heather, Jill and Nikita fly north the other girls arrive at their new home.  The lavish Next Model mansion complete with their own runway.  It’s got a load of photos of Rebecca Hardy, season two winner, on the walls which should be plenty of inspiration for them.

The girls are a little perplexed to discover only 8 beds and wonder how that is going to work with 10 girls.  They wonder if there is a secret room which, according to the “sealed off” sign, would suggest there is.

112km off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Nigel introduces Heather, Jill and Nikita to the white coat seal pups.  They’re amazed at how cool the whole experience is.

Back in Toronto, the other girls get their first Jay mail which suggests they should be practicing as well while the others are getting additional experience.

After visiting the seal pups, Nigel takes them to have a fashion shoot out on the ice.  They send a video message back to the girls back at the mansion.  When they get it, they’re a little jealous.  There’s one more surprise.  Nigel has the keys to the sealed off room.

When they get back, they check out their sealed off room which has more gifts and their own bathroom. Talk about a way to generate jealousy.  Spectacular!

The first judging session introduces the prize for this year’s winner.  A modeling contract, an 8 page editorial spread in Fashion magazine, a $100,000 contract with the company that makes Olay and Covergirl.

Jay wants the girls to really value the opportunity they have and doesn’t want to see any more girls walk.  I mean, seriously.  If you auditioned for the show and was the twelvth girl, how mad would you be that you missed out uneccesarily.

The judging panel consists of photographer Mike Ruiz, International model Yasmine Warsame, fashion editor and journalist Jeanne Beker as well as guest judge, Nigel Barker.

At the verdict, the photo of the week goes to Maryam.  They love how dynamic the photo is.

Maryam Massoumi - Canada's Next Top Model

When Jay calls Heather, she trips.

Heather Delaney - Canada's Next Top Model

Tara is next to get her photo.

Tara Gold Scott - Canada's Next Top Model

Meaghan

Meaghan DeWarrenng - Canada's Next Top Model

Rebeccah

Rebeccah Wyse - Canada's Next Top Model

Nikita

Nikita Kiceluk - Canada's Next Top Model

Ebonie

Ebonie Finley - Canada's Next Top Model

and Lindsay

Linsay Willier - Canada's Next Top Model

Jill and Tiffany find themselves in the bottom two.

Jill Pukesh - Canada's Next Top Model

When it comes to the crunch, the last photo goes to Jill.

And with that, the first round of farewells begins.  Of course, Tiffany is upset to have been the first to be cut.

Tiffany MacDonald - Canada's Next Top Model

The series premiere of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL on CTV last night was the #1 program on Canadian television last night for its target audience, A18-34.* In all, 694,000 viewers watched the premiere episode, preliminary overnight data reveals, making it one of the most-watched premieres of an original Canadian program this season. CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL was the #1 non-sports program from 8 – 9 p.m. among A18-34, A18-49 and A25-54.

Also to note, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL:

– Won its timeslot against a simulcast encore of NCIS (Global/CBS) by 158% (A18-34); 48% (A18-49) and 20% (A25-54);

– Had double-digit growth from its first half-hour to the second among A18-34 (+32%; A18-49 (+26%) and A25-54 (+22%);

– Was the most-watched among four premieres last night on Canadian television in the key demos, with CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (377,000) outranking MENTAL (Global/FOX, 9-10 p.m., 273,000) by 38% among A18-49.

In last night’s episode, Tiffany from Toronto was the first girl eliminated from the competition. In an unexpected turn of events, Alexandra from Penticton, BC withdrew herself from the competition due to ongoing pain from a previous injury.

Next week, (Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), Jay Manuel and Nolé Marin turn the girls into models with the beloved – and sometimes dreaded – makeovers. Then the newly-polished models face another challenge with someone who knows celebrity style and a photo shoot at the stunning Galleria Italia – The Art Gallery of Ontario’s sculpture gallery designed by Frank Gehry. But the fun of photos, makeovers, and challenges all come to an end when another girl gets the boot and goes home.

Viewers who missed the premiere of Canada’s Next Top Model can watch encore presentations on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET Thursdays on MTV, and a special 10 p.m. ET Sunday night catch-up broadcast on ‘A’. Episode 2, which follows the girls through their highly anticipated makeovers, airs Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

Tonight ETALK will have the national broadcast exclusive interview with departed competitors Alexandra and Tiffany after they left the show. ETALK is the only television show to have behind-the-scenes footage not seen on CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Find out more about the 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

Tonight’s premiere of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL on CTV saw drama of statuesque proportions with not one, but two finalists packing up their high heels. Alexandra, 22, from Penticton, BC, chose to leave the competition and Tiffany, 23, from Toronto, ON, was the first girl eliminated by the judges. Viewers who missed the premiere can watch encore presentations on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET; on MTV, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET; and a special Sunday night catch-up broadcast on ‘A’ at 10 p.m. ET. Episode 2 premieres next Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

The first episode strutted right into action unveiling the Top 11 finalists. The girls were immediately thrown into their first photo shoot challenge where Creative Director Nolé Marin introduces them to their exotic partners – a vulture, a wolf, a snake, and a bobcat – and their equally fierce photographer, Nigel Barker. Heather from Halifax best rocked the big hair, bold prints, and feral sidekicks at the 80s-glam shoot and took home the first challenge title. The prize: a fashion shoot on the ice floes off Canada’s East Coast. Heather chose Jill and Nikita to go along for the cool ride.

At the photo shoot, the first causality of the CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL competition was revealed when Alexandra tearfully quit the competition due to pain from a previous injury. Her unexpected exit had the girls atwitter as they moved into their new, celeb-calibre digs at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel overlooking Toronto’s skyline. More drama ensued and the first sign of cattiness reared its ugly head when Heather, Jill, and Nikita returned to the loft to find that they have their own room and a spread of special gifts waiting for them.

During the first elimination, the girls were introduced to the judging panel: FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz, and guest judge Nigel Barker. Although one competitor had already gone home, the judges still sent Tiffany packing.

Now nine contestants are left to vie for a modeling contract with Elmer Olsen Model Management, an editorial spread in FASHION Magazine  and a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty: makers of Cover Girl, Olay, Crest Whitestrips and Perfect 10 by Nice ‘n Easy.

In Episode 2 (Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), Jay Manuel and Nolé Marin turn the girls into models with the beloved – and sometimes dreaded – makeovers. Then the newly-polished models face another challenge with someone who knows celebrity style and a photo shoot at the stunning Galleria Italia – The Art Gallery of Ontario’s sculpture gallery designed by Frank Gehry. But the fun of photos, makeovers, and challenges all come to an end when another girl gets the boot and goes home.

Tune into ETALK tomorrow (Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm ET) for the national broadcast exclusive interview with departed competitors Alexandra and Tiffany after they left the show. ETALK is the only television show to have behind-the-scenes footage not seen on CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Find out more about the 11 finalists, with interviews, episode recaps, behind-the scenes photos and videos, and biographies, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

The wait is over! CTV confirmed today that the Gemini Award-winning series CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is set for its CTV debut. The first program to be announced for CTV’s sizzling summer schedule, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning May 26 on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). With an encore Super Simulcast on Star! and FashionTelevisionChannel on Wednesday, a Thursday broadcast on MTV, and a special Sunday night catch-up broadcast on ‘A,’ CTV is bringing CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL to the biggest audience possible. Four different television platforms give Canadians multiple opportunities to join Host/Executive Producer Jay Manuel as he coaches 11 of the nation’s most beautiful girls on their way to modeling stardom.

CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL – Broadcast Schedule:

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (Premiere)
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Star! and FashionTelevision
Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV
Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on ‘A’

After scouring the country from Vancouver to Halifax, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL has un-earthed 11, all-Canadian beauties bound for the big-time.

They are:

Jill, 19, Vancouver, British Columbia, Student
Maryam, 18, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Student
Alexandra, 22, Penticton, British Columbia, Sales Employee
Linsay, 22, Edmonton, Alberta, Student
Nikita, 20, Calgary, Alberta, Sales Representative  
Meaghan, 19, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Retail
Tiffany, 23, Toronto, Ontario, Receptionist
Rebeccah, 19, Ottawa, Ontario, Retail Sales Associate
Tara, 19, Chateauguay, Quebec, Student
Ebonie, 21, Repentigny, Quebec, Receptionist
Heather, 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Student 

“CTV has had great success with programs that identify and nurture undiscovered Canadian talent, said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.  “Following in their shoes, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL gives 11 young women the opportunity of a lifetime, while inviting viewers to join in on this journey from the sidewalk to the catwalk.”

Find out more about the 11 finalists, including biographies and photos, as well as up-to-the-minute series info, at the series web portal at model.ctv.ca.

CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is an intense competition that can frazzle even the toughest, most-confident, and most-beautiful people. From auditions to makeovers to photo shoots, the finalists experience the exciting and demanding world of fashion as they fight for a place in Canada’s fashion legacy.

As previously announced, world-renowned fashion icon Jay Manuel leads the panel of judges, comprised of FASHIONTELEVISION’s Jeanne Beker, supermodel Yasmin Warsame, and Montreal native and A-List photographer Mike Ruiz. Nolé Marin returns in the role of creative director for the second time. The winner of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL receives a modeling contract with Elmer Olsen Model Management, a $100,000 beauty contract from P&G Beauty: makers of Cover Girl, Olay, Crest Whitestrips and Perfect 10 by Nice ‘n Easy, and is featured in an editorial spread in FASHION Magazine.

Each week, finalists undergo breathtaking image transformations and learn the important skills and business savvy to help them succeed in an industry about which they are genuinely passionate. Viewers can expect edge-of-seat suspense when finalists face the panel of expert judges for no-holds-barred critiques after competing in intense challenges designed to test their modeling abilities. One cast member is eliminated each week and the last model standing wins the coveted title of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

Tuesday, May 26 8 p.m.

After scouring the country from Vancouver to Halifax, CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL has un-earthed 11, all-Canadian beauties bound for the big-time. Join Host/Executive Producer Jay Manuel as he coaches the girls on their way to modeling stardom.

Saturday, May 23 beginning at 8 a.m. ET – 11 p.m. ET (Cycle 1)

Sunday, May 24 beginning at 8 a.m. ET – 10 p.m. ET (Cycle 2)

Before the latest cycle of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns to Star!’s schedule (May 27), Star! gives viewers the chance to relive every model moment with encore presentations of Cycle 1 & 2 airing all weekend long (May 23/24). Viewers can catch full episodes of CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL back-to-back – that’s 30 hours of model mania!

Canada's Next Top Model Fashion Magazine Cover 2009How cool is this?  The week Canada’s Next Top Model premieres – Tuesday May 26, 8pm ET on CTV.  On the 28th, the cast, and Jay of course, hit newsstands on the cover of FASHION Magazine.