MODEL FEVER

JEN­NIFER HAWKINS: NEXT TOP MODEL LINE-UP IS TES­TA­MENT TO LO­CAL TAL­ENT

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Three Gold Coast girls will ce­ment the Glit­ter Strip’s place in the fash­ion world as

Australia’s Next Top

Model re­turns for its ninth cy­cle tonight.

Lucy Markovic, Jor­dan Bur­ridge and Cassie Har­grave are the three lo­cal dar­lings set to grace the small screen along­side nine other hope­fuls.

ANTM host Jen­nifer Hawkins says the in­flux of Gold Coast girls to the re­al­ity show cast is tes­ta­ment to the tal­ent here.

“Girls are re­ally beau­ti­ful up there,” she says. “They are con­fi­dent as well, which helps in this busi­ness.”

But Jor­dan, Lucy and Cassie have some tough com­pe­ti­tion.

The three mod­els-in-the­mak­ing are fac­ing off against what Jen calls “the most in­cred­i­ble” batch of contestants yet.

“Ev­ery sea­son is dif­fer­ent but this time the pro­duc­ers have dwin­dled it down to 12 amaz­ing girls,” she says.

“I had my stand­outs straight away but over­all it’s a roller-coaster. Some go well one day but oth­ers will step up the next. It changes all the way though.” Hav­ing last aired in 2013,

ANTM re­turns to Fox 8 tonight.

Last year’s sea­son was post­poned af­ter the sud­den death of for­mer judge Char­lotte Daw­son.

This year, Syd­ney model Cheyenne Tozzi will fill Char­lotte’s shoes as a judge along­side designer Alex Perry and model Di­dier Co­hen.

On tonight’s open­ing episode, Tyra Banks reads a spe­cial trib­ute to Char­lotte.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing her – she was a jokester and her spirit lives on in the show,” says Jen.

Cheyenne isn’t the only new ad­di­tion to this sea­son of

I AN­NOUNCED WHAT EV­ERY­ONE WAS GET­TING AND THEY ALL SCREAMED LIKE CRAZY. SOME WERE CRY­ING IN SHOCK

ANTM, which first aired in Australia in 2005.

There’s also a for­mat change, which means judges have to award points for each mod­el­ling as­sign­ment.

“The scor­ing sys­tem is re­ally good – it makes ev­ery­one hon­est and means the judges have to give ex­am­ples of how the girls can im­prove,” says Jen.

Re­al­ity TV show queen Kim Kar­dashian also makes an ap­pear­ance this sea­son.

The guest judges in­clude Kelly Os­bourne, one of the orig­i­nal su­per­mod­els Linda Evan­ge­lista, French fash­ion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret model Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio.

“It’s re­ally good to have Kim Kar­dashian on the show and the guest judges bring some­thing new to the ta­ble – they have a wealth of knowl­edge about the in­dus­try,” says Jen.

“Kelly Os­bourne is a fire­cracker. She goes head to head with Alex. It’s all a lot more hon­est this sea­son.”

While Jen says it was never her dream to be­come a model, she can un­der­stand why so many young beau­ties long for a life un­der the bright lights.

“This show is a real chance for undis­cov­ered girls,” she says.

“When you are start­ing out you have to be self-aware and self-con­fi­dent. Some of the girls come across as ar­ro­gant, so they have to tone that down.”

As for the makeovers this sea­son, Jen says there’s the usual mix of fears and tears.

“The trans­for­ma­tions are amaz­ing – I an­nounced what ev­ery­one was get­ting and they all screamed like crazy. Some were cry­ing in shock,” she says.

Mid­way through the sea­son is when Jen thinks we start to un­der­stand the per­son­al­i­ties of the contestants.

“There are a few break­downs,’’ she says. “And a few dra­mas with dif­fer­ent girls team­ing up. But it makes for good re­al­ity TV.” Australia’s Next Top Model re­turns to Fox8 for Sea­son 9 tonight at 7.30pm

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMPSON

Gold Coast fi­nal­ists on Australia's Next Top Model Cassie Har­grave, 17, Jor­dan Bur­ridge, 17, and Lucy Markovic, 17.

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