‘Top Model’ Makes Way for Higher Stakes, Big-Name Judges

Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model (The CW)

Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model (The CW)

Na na na na na na—are you ready to be on top? Tonight is the CW season premiere of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Cycle 15 (8pm ET), and the stakes have just gotten schnazzier for this season’s 14 Amazonian posers! Why? Because Miss Tyra Banks and the two fierce Jays are looking to launch the winning IT Girl into the world of high fashion—not only is a $100K contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics up for grabs, but also a contract with IMG Models, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia, and a cover in Beauty in Vogue! Are you smizing (a.k.a. smiling with your eyes) yet?

Slideshow: Meet The New Models!

If the upgraded prizes don’t make these models-in-the-making trip in their six-inch stilettos, the guest judges including the likes of fashion designers Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Roberto Cavalli, and supermodel Karolina Kurkova will. Oh, and don’t starve yourselves with worry: Our fave Vogue Editor-at-Large André Leon Talley will be there to judge the “dreckitude” moments, along with Hottie McHottie photographer Nigel Barker.

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Here are some highlights to look out for in tonight’s season premiere that’ll make even Janice Dickinson’s face seem refreshing:

No more mishmash: Tyra puts the girls into categories and pits them against each other! The categories are: Blondes, Brunettes, Sexy, Quirky, and Strong Bone Structure. (And no, the last type doesn’t mean there’ll be Neanderthals on the show.)

Waist-Gate: The whole media freak-out over Tyra supposedly praising the scary-small waist of one of the models was total dreckitude. Totally overblown.

30 G’s: We’re not talking about money; we’re talking about a model’s bra size.

Look out for the Lady Gaga wannabe with a bowl haircut!

Move over 5’10—we got a 6’2 quirky gentle giant in the building!

Is Cynthia Rowley impressed at the models’ photo shoot…or merely amused? We’re thinking the latter.

Apparently, Eminem’s long-lost sister is on the show, and she’s got a few painful rhymes that makes Miss Jay turn grey!

Did someone say ‘Ewww’ about a ‘black girl’ in her diary? Uh oh. Racial tension hits the fan, and the judges are arching their threaded eyebrows in disappointment.

The Wayans Brothers seem to have forgotten to tell the world that they have two crazy younger sisters who want to strike a pose. Watch out—because these girls can hollerrr!

Now that you’ve perused the highlights, will you be watching the new and improved ‘Top Model’?

The season premiere of ‘Top Model’ airs tonight on The CW at 8pm (ET).

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