As America”s Next Top Model crowns Lisa its All-Star winner, former judge Janice Dickinson claims competition is rigged
America”s Next Top Model All-Stars last night delivered a series finale that, true to form, was packed with action and unexpected twists, leaving many wondering exactly what happened behind-the-scenes.
In a shock change of fortunes, Angelea Preston was suddenly disqualified with no explanation given. Water-themed shoots in Greece, a Cover Girl ad shoot and plenty of skimpily-clad Grecian guards later, Lisa D”Amato, 31, was crowned America”s newest Top Model.
But, adding controversy to the climacticevening, former ANTM judge and ebulliently outspoken model Janice Dickinson declared just a day before the finale that the show”s outcome is entirely set up.
Victorious: Lisa D”Amato, ANTM All-Star finale winner, take a turn on the Grecian, water-themed catwalk. Her rival Angelea was disqualified
Speaking with FilmOn.com, the 56-year-old veteran said of the Tyra Banks-hosted reality TV hit, that “definitely… it”s rigged.”
She described herself as “conned” and said that she went into the show “thinking that I was actually helping judge a TV franchise, that actually my say had any input, but it really didn”t.”
Tirade: Janice Dickinson said she was conned by the show and that it is rigged
“Cover Girl are the people that choose the model… Not any of the judges, not what Tyra says. It”s who Cover Girl thinks should win, each season.”
The candid tirade continued: “WhenI found out, I split. The fact of the matter is now [Tyra”s] made like $90million… she makes a lot of money per year still hawking that franchise worldwide… it”s Cover Girl that chooses the winner.”
She said that the realisation made her “so depressed” – and proved to viewers that her competitive streak towards Tyra runs deep.
“Noneof my picks ever got to stay…and I was the only person on that panel that actually did something in the fashion world – the only person, nextto Tyra, who did Elle. I did Vogue…”
Riggedor not, the finale saw Californian Lisa take the crown, after she and Allison Harvard, 23, looked visibly shocked by Angelea”s disqualification.
Judging panel: L-R, Andre Leon Tally, show host Tyra Banks, Nigel Barker and J Alexander watch on in Greece as the battle commences
CW network released a statement explaining that entire scenes needed to be re-shot after the show”s rules were compromised.
“After production wrapped on the current cycle of America”s Next Top Model, we learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition,” said CW. “As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during the finale.”
People.com suggests that the young model, 25, may have bragged about winning on Facebook, throwing her career into jeopardy.