The plot thickens. I’ve just had a lengthy conversation with a source involved with America’s Next Top Model and this is what they told me. The show will begin filming on either Thursday 3 December or Friday 4 December. The entire production company is American and has been flown out for the job. My source is unsure if there are any New Zealanders involved in the production of the show, but presumably TV3 will be on board in some capacity (since they’re the screening channel). I’ve heard from another source that Tourism New Zealand has had some input – location scouting perhaps.
According to the source the final six episodes will be filmed here, not the final three like I originally reported. At least six girls will still be left in the running to be America’s Next Top Model when they arrive in New Zealand.
The show will be filmed at several locations around the country, including Queenstown and Auckland. The runway challenge featuring local models provided by 62 Models will possibly be filmed here in Auckland.
New Zealand designers will be featured on the show. This could possibly take the form of go-sees or guest judging spots, but at this stage I have no confirmed information regarding this.
And finally, Andre Leon Talley, editor-at-large of Vogue Magazine, fan of Louis Vuitton and much loved star of The September Issue is apparently coming to New Zealand as guest judge for one or more of the final episodes.
Oh, and by the way, the USD$5,000,000 confidentiality contract is currently worth NZD$7,034,327.60 at today’s exchange rate.
I’ll report more as I hear more, until then if you hear anything I should know please send me an email on email@example.com or comment below.
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