Jay Manuel says 'huge surprise twists' are ahead on 'ANTM' All-Stars

Jay Manuel says 'huge surprise twists' are ahead on 'ANTM' All-Stars
Jay Manuel poses for a photo in a Toronto hotel room on Tuesday March 15, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
by: Sheri Block

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With all the big personalities and drama queens that have returned to “America’s Next Top Model,” the All-Stars cycle has already been one to remember, but Jay Manuel says things are about to heat up even more as “huge surprise twists” are ahead.

“This season is going to arc in a way like you’ve never seen a season unfold on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ just by the fact that it’s All-Stars and the game is different,” Manuel tells CTV.ca.

“The storylines that unfold are unique and right through to the end, it was just very, very surprising… I think it’s going to make a lot of news as it unfolds.”

Manuel, who serves as photo shoot director on ‘ANTM,’ won’t say any more as to what these shocking events are but says he and the judges, who include Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker and André Leon Talley, were even taken aback.

“It was surprising for all of us,” he says.

Cycle 17 brought back 14 of the most popular contestants to ever appear on the show and Manuel admits he wasn’t sure what was going to happen.

“At first I just thought it was just going to be insane, with all these weird personalities mashing together from Bianca to Bre to Alexandria to Angelea, but you know what’s interesting is they all kind of knew each other, just by watching each other, and then what ended up happening was they started feeling each other out.”

Manuel says even though the girls were getting along, it wasn’t long before “the patience wore off” between them.

“You know, sparks fly,” he says with a laugh. “But the best is (still) to come.

Manuel, who recently was back in his hometown to show his Attitude Jay Manuel clothing line at Toronto Fashion Week, says All-Stars is completely different from all of the previous cycles and in order to win, a girl is going to have to prove she can go the distance beyond the competition. 

“These girls have already gone out and had various levels of success and we’re really looking for someone who’s not only thinking about starting there, but it really should be a true extension of everything they’ve already been building.”

The winner will take home an “all-star” prize package, which includes a spread in Italian Vogue, a blog on Vogue.it, a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl, a national campaign with Express and a guest correspondent spot on “Extra.”

The All-Stars have also already had the chance to work with more celebrities than any other cycle, including Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, the Kardashians and LaToya Jackson. 

“I’ve never worked with Latoya before but when we met, it was like, ‘Hey!’ and we hugged,” says Manuel.

For the photo shoot challenge that week, the girls had to dress up like LaToya’s iconic brother Michael from different eras of his career and personify him in their photos.

“It might sound cliché but we said it at the end of the day, we really felt Michael’s spirit in the room and it wasn’t because the girls truly embodied his spirit and his physicality, but there was just something in the room that was different that day.”

The next episode of 'America's Next Top Model' airs Wednesday, October 26 at 9 ET/PT on CTV Two. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.



About SheriSheri Block has been covering entertainment for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to covering Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in London, Sheri’s highlights have included going on tour with “Canadian Idol,” being a stand-in on “Canada’s Next Top Model” and meeting Colin Farrell at the Toronto International Film Festival.Follow her on Twitter!


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