America's Next Top Model (cycle 21)

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America's Next Top Model:
Guys & Girls
(cycle 21)
Cycle 21 cast
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes TBA
Original channel The CW
Original run August 18, 2014 – present
Additional information
No. of contestants 14 [1]
Season chronology
Season summary

The twenty-first cycle of America's Next Top Model (subtitled as America's Next Top Model: Guys & Girls) premiered on August 18, 2014. It is the 15th season to air on The CW, the 2nd season to feature both male and female contestants. Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone will retain their positions on the judging panel. Runway coach J. Alexander will return to the judging panel, replacing former judge Rob Evans while Johnny Wujek, creative director since Cycle 19, will be succeeded by photographer Yu Tsai. In keeping with the last two cycles, social media is a factor in eliminations, with public voting taking place on the show's official page.[1]

The semifinalists were revealed on the America's Next Top Model Instagram page[2] while the fourteen finalists were revealed when voting began.[3]

The international destination for this cycle is Seoul, South Korea.[4] Five of the episodes are filmed in Seoul, one of which features James of Royal Pirates, and the finale will have guest appearances from K-pop girl group 2NE1, boy band BTOB, actor and model Lee Soo-hyuk and fashion designer Lie Sang Bong.[5][6][7]


Returning prizes include: a modeling contract with NEXT Model Management, a spread in Nylon magazine, and a US$100,000 campaign with Guess

Episode summaries[edit]

The Boyz R Back[edit]

Original Airdate: August 18, 2014[8][9]

The season begins with thirty-one hopefuls being flown to Los Angeles for an inaugural EDM themed runway show. Cycle twenty contestant Cory Hindorff and Tyra Banks reveal that runway coach J. Alexander is back on the judging panel.

Immediately afterwards, the models square off in pairs on the runway. Their assignment is to take selfies on the runway for people on social media to see. After the runway show, each contestant is interviewed by the judges before the first cut is made. One of the models, Jamie Rae, arrives several hours after the runway show has concluded.

The following day, all of them are taken to a bowling alley for elimination. Each semi finalist is asked to bowl in order to reveal what is on the score screen. Those who will continue for the second week of casting are greeted with a mark of approval on the screen. Those who have been eliminated are met with a rejection notice. At the conclusion of the episode, the contestants are reminded that only fourteen contestants will make the final cast and move into the top model home.

The Guy Who Gets a Second Chance[edit]

Original Airdate: August 25, 2014[10][11]

The models take part in a competition themed subway challenge, overseen by photographer Franco Lacosta. The goal is to put together a season themed outfit (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) in each station, and hurry into the train before the doors close. Several contestants fail to board the train on time each round. Ultimately only two contestants, Danny and Matthew, remain by the fourth station. Franco declares Matthew as the winner of the challenge.

The following day, the contestants are taken to a beach. There, they are greeted by Kelly Cutrone and Yu Tsai. Kelly reveals that Yu Tsai will be the new creative director of the show. A few moments after, the models are whisked away for a photo shoot in the beach. Each contestant poses alone before gathering together for a massive group shot.

After the photo shoot is over, Tyra and the judges deliberate and select the final fourteen. Unlike previous years, the models are not called forward individually for the final round of casting. Instead, they are called in pairs. Tyra reveals that from each pair, one contestant will be admitted, and the other will be asked to wait. The process is repeated until all the spots are filled. During one of the rounds Tyra accepts both Adam and Denzel, filling all the spots and eliminating the remaining eight semi-finalists

Elimination order
Jamie Rae
     Admitted into the final fourteen
     Asked to wait to be paired up again
     Eliminated from the competition

Immediately afterwards, she announces that the final fourteen will part take in a fashion show wearing nothing but silly string.

  • Featured photographers: Franco Lacosta, Yu Tsai

The Girl Who's a Player[edit]

Original Airdate: September 1, 2014[12][13]

The episode picks up from the moment where the contestants find out about the silly string fashion show announced the previous episode, which is revealed to be the first challenge. Ms. J. Alexander critiques everyone's walks before the challenge. Before the show starts the models are introduced to the director of NEXT models, Alexis Borges. Alexis Borges will determine the winner of the runway show challenge. Will is nervous about the challenge due to his insecurities about his body, while Adam is overconfident.

After the challenge concludes, Alexis points out Adam and Ivy as having been the worst, with Alexis saying he would never book Ivy. He also comments that Adam may not be taking the competition seriously. On the plus side, Chantelle and Keith are singled out as having been the best in the show. Keith is chosen as the challenge winner, and is allowed to stay in the Tyra Suite with any contestant of his choosing until the elimination ceremony. To nobody's surprise, he chooses Kari. Back at home, Ivy and Adam find their names last on the leader board, with a challenge score of 6. Kari and Keith sleep in the same bed, while Matthew and Mirjana do the same. However, Matthew soon finds out that Mirjana has a boyfriend back home, much to his disappointment.

The next day the models meet Tyra and Yu Tsai for the first photo shoot, where they will be splashed with buckets of water. It is explained that the shoot will consist of two parts: the first is filming for the season's opening titles, and the second is taking still photos that will be used for scoring. After Tyra films her parts, the models take their turns. Will ultimately struggles with his insecurities about his body once again, while Mirjana is chastised for looking too sexy. Raelia has flashbacks of her almost drowning in the past, and Ivy has trouble coping with the cold temperatures of the water. Keith, Romeo, Kari, and Lenox receive praise during their session.

As the contestants arrive back home, they find elimination mail. Adam begins to drink. Once he is inebriated, Mirjana suggests that he stop, which leads to tensions between Adam and Mirjana. Matthew, still feeling hurt about Mirjana having a boyfriend, defends Adam, much to Mirjana's surprise.

During panel, Keith, Mirjana and Lenox receive positive feedback, while most of the other contestants receive mixed feedback. Denzel is told that his body might be too muscular for fashion. Adam receives positive feedback, but is again reprimanded for not taking the competition seriously. Will produces a great photo, despite struggling at the shoot. Keith receives first call out, and receives keys to the Tyra Suite again. Ivy and Will are given the worst scores for their photographs, and land in the bottom two together during elimination. Will manages to remain in the competition with a score of 33.1. Once she is eliminated, Ivy is reminded that the comeback competition is still in place, and that she still has an opportunity to return.

  • First call-out: Keith Carlos
  • Bottom two: Ivy Timlin & Will Jardell
  • Eliminated: Ivy Timlin
  • Featured director: Tony Croll
  • Featured photographer: Erik Asla
  • Special guests: Alexis Borges

The Guy Who Gets a Beard Weave[edit]

Original Airdate: September 8, 2014[14][15][16]

The remaining thirteen models arrive back home from elimination, and find Keith's photo displayed on the television. Mirjana quickly moves on from Matthew, and begins fooling around with Denzel instead, even though she has a boyfriend back at home. Meanwhile, Romeo insists on being a try hard Wiccan poseur.

The following day, the contestants are taken to Pershing Square, where they meet Yu Tsai and photographer An Le. The concept of the photo shoot is to create photographs depicting a twofold optical illusion by laying flat on the ground. Keith, Lenox, Ben, Raelia, Shei and Will do well during their session. Adam and Kari struggle to impress. Chantelle is called out on her over confidence, which is verging on arrogance. Most of the models struggle to hold their weight to create a pose, most notably Romeo and Denzel, who winds up cursing and storming off set after he is yelled at by Yu Tsai for being unable to hold up a bicycle.

Back at the house the models find a box containing instructions for a scavenger hunt to find boxes each containing a specific make over. One of the boxes also includes a pair of 'magic shears'. The contestant who finds the shears is allowed to know exactly what their make over will be. Denzel ultimately finds the shears, and is told that he will be getting a lace front beard weave. Chantelle becomes agitated when she realizes that one of the boxes contains instructions for shaved hair, believing that that will be her make over.

Make overs are administered at the Cristophe salon the next morning. Tyra brings Cory to the salon to encourage the models to accept whatever 'Ty-over' they are given. In preparation for a later photo shoot the models must also undergo DNA testing to determine their ancestry. Most people are satisfied with their new look, save Kari, who feels that her new hair makes her look like an alien.

The night before panel, Matthew and Will kiss. Mirjana, Denzel, and Keith begin to prod Matthew about why he kissed Will, insisting that he is gay.

At judging, Tyra reminds the models that since there is no challenge score for the week, their fan vote will be the only determining factor as to who gets eliminated once it's added to the judges scores. Lenox, Will, and Raelia and are given good reviews for their photographs. Ben receives the best feedback, and consequently earns best photo. Adam, Shei, Kari and Chantelle receive the heaviest criticism. Chantelle and Kari find themselves in the bottom two.

Chantelle is critiqued on not putting her beauty to good use in photographs, while Kari is reprimanded for her lack of neck in photos, and her inability to embrace her make over. The final scores are revealed, and a shocked Chantelle is eliminated from the competition just 0.1 of a point behind Kari, who is given a second chance.

  • First call-out: Ben Schreen
  • Bottom two: Chantelle Young & Kari Calhoun
  • Eliminated: Chantelle Young
  • Featured photographer: An Le
  • Special guests: Cristophe, Cory Hindorff

The Guy Who Starts a Fight[edit]

Original Airdate: September 15, 2014[17]

Back at the top model house, the contestants marvel over Ben's photo before heading off to bed. As part of having won best picture, Ben opts to take Adam with him to the Tyra Suite. Despite having a boyfriend back home, Mirjana continues her flirtatious behavior with Denzel. Romeo feels like an outcast because everyone in the house seems to get along, except for him.

The following day, Tyra teaches the models about being sexy for a commercial before they asked to practice what they have learned. Raelia, Keith, and Will shine during the practice run, while Adam struggles to find the correct movement. Tyra evidently becomes irritated after Lenox gives up in the middle of her practice session.

The next Morning, Yu Tsai wakes up the models and reveals that they will be doing a commercial in pairs for a fragrance, Spyder Byte with the women embodying black widow spiders and the men posing as their victims.

Kari & Denzel
Lenox & Romeo
Raelia & Ben
Shei & Adam
Mirjana & Keith
Matthew & Will

At the shoot, Will, Matthew, Keith, Mirjana, Romeo, and Raelia excel. Denzel and Kari struggle at finding chemistry with each other, and Denzel becomes distracted by Mirjana, who is giving all her attention to Keith. Lenox struggles to embody the sexual character, while Adam struggles with movement once again.

Back at the house, the contestants celebrate Romeo's birthday.

Most of the contestants are surprised at how personable Romeo is being with everyone. Adam retires after a while, as do a majority of the contestants. After having become drunk, Romeo staggers into the Tyra Suite before being blocked by Adam. They playfully exchange words before Romeo suddenly becomes combative towards Adam. The two exchange threats, with Romeo goading Adam to hit him and Adam trying to get Romeo back to his room. It eventually ends with Romeo headbutting Adam on the side of the face before he is restrained by the producers. The following day, Romeo is still berating Adam, while Adam refuses to argue with him.

The models later meet up with Yu and Ms. J for a runway challenge. Before the challenge can commence, Yu and Ms. J immediately state that because of a no physical altercation policy, Romeo has been disqualified from the competition due to the events that had taken place the previous night. He is asked to leave immediately, much to his shock and dismay.

  • Disqualified: Romeo Tostado

Mirjana struggles backstage during practice, but excels on the runway. Raelia falls before making her entrance. Ben, Will and Mirjana are praised for their performances. Ben is ultimately declared as the challenge winner.

At panel Adam is commended for taking the high road in the confrontation between him and Romeo. He is also congratulated on his improvement during the week, but is chastised for his walk. Shei, Kari, Denzel and Lenox all receive negative feedback. Will and Raelia both receive a high level of praise. In a top model first, Lenox becomes the first contestant to receive a 1 from Tyra for not having taken the commercial seriously and neglecting the time she was given to practice what she had been taught.

Will's performance at the shoot earns him best picture, while Adam and Lenox are revealed to be the bottom two. After the final scores roll, Lenox is eliminated from the competition. Immediately after reprimanding Lenox, Tyra reveals that due to Romeo's disqualification, Lenox will be allowed to stay. As a punishment for having had the lowest score, she is given only five frames for the following shoot.

  • First call-out: Will Jardell
  • Bottom two: Adam Smith & Lenox Tillman
  • Originally eliminated: Lenox Tillman
  • Featured director: Franco Lacosta
  • Special guests: None

The Girl Who Got Five Frames[edit]

Original Airdate: September 22, 2014[18][19]

  • First call-out:
  • Bottom two:
  • Eliminated:
  • Featured photographer:
  • Special guests: Nina Burns, Nick Cannon

The Guy Who Wears Heels[edit]

Original Airdate: September 29, 2014[20]

  • First call-out:
  • Bottom two:
  • Eliminated:
  • Featured photographer:
  • Special guests:


(Still in the running unless stated otherwise & ages stated are at time of contest)[2]

Contestant Age Height Hometown Outcome
Ivy Timlin[21] 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Buffalo, New York Eliminated in Episode 3
Chantelle Young[22] 19 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Toronto, Ontario Eliminated in Episode 4
Romeo Tostado[23] 24 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in) Salinas, California Disqualified in Episode 5
Adam Smith[24] 26 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Memphis, Tennessee (heritage from Malaysia)
Andrea "Shei" Phan[25] 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (heritage from Vietnam)
Ben Schreen[26] 24 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in) Waverly, Iowa
Denzel Wells[27] 23 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in) Houston, Texas
Kari Calhoun[28] 23 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Coppell, Texas
Keith Carlos[29] 26 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Bridgeport, Connecticut
Lenox Tillman[30] 19 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Newnan, Georgia
Matthew Smith[31] 24 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in) Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Mirjana Puhar[32] 18 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in) Charlotte, North Carolina (originally from Serbia)
Raelia Lewis[33] 22 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
William "Will" Jardell[34] 23 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Nederland, Texas
  • Romeo celebrated his 24th birthday in the filming week of episode 5.


Call-out Order[edit]

Tyra’s Call-out Order
Order Episodes
2 3 4 5 6
1 Chantelle Keith Ben Will
2 Will Lenox Lenox Raelia
3 Keith Mirjana Will Keith
4 Mirjana Matthew Raelia Mirjana
5 Kari Denzel Keith Matthew
6 Matthew Chantelle Matthew Shei
7 Lenox Ben Mirjana Denzel
8 Ben Romeo Romeo Kari
9 Romeo Kari Denzel Ben
10 Ivy Adam Shei Adam
11 Raelia Raelia Adam Lenox
12 Shei Shei Kari Romeo
13 Adam Will Chantelle
14 Denzel Ivy
     The contestant was eliminated from the competition
     The contestant was disqualified from the competition
     The contestant was the original eliminee but was saved due to a contestant being disqualified
  • In episode 5, Romeo was disqualified from the competition after getting involved in a physical altercation with Adam. Lenox was originally eliminated when she landed in the bottom two, but was allowed to stay due to the vacant slot left by Romeo after he was disqualified.

Scoring chart[edit]

Model Episode Scores Total Score Average
3 4 5 6
Adam 34.7 26.8 33.0 94.5 31.5
Ben 36.9 33.7 34.6 105.2 35.1
Denzel 37.3 28.2 35.6 101.1 33.7
Kari 35.4 26.4 35.2 97.0 32.3
Keith 41.8 30.8 39.3 111.9 37.3
Lenox 39.6 33.6 30.3 103.5 34.5
Matthew 37.7 30.3 37.9 105.9 35.3
Mirjana 37.9 29.4 39.0 106.3 35.4
Raelia 33.9 30.9 40.3 105.1 35.0
Shei 33.6 27.3 37.3 98.2 32.7
Will 33.1 31.8 40.9 105.8 35.3
Romeo 36.7 28.8 Disqualified 65.5 32.7
Chantelle 37.1 26.3 63.4 31.7
Ivy 32.8 32.8 32.8
     Indicates the contestant had the highest score that week.
     Indicates the contestant was eliminated that week.
     Indicates the contestant was disqualified that week.
     Indicates the contestant was originally eliminated that week, but was saved.

Photo Shoot Guide[edit]

  • Episode 1 photo shoot: Runway selfies for social media (casting)
  • Episode 2 photo shoots: Four seasons wardrobe in the subway; Leather swimwear on the beach (casting)
  • Episode 3 video & photo shoot: Opening titles; Wet and wild in black and white
  • Episode 4 photo shoot: Twofold illusion atmosphere
  • Episode 5 commercial: Black widow fragrance in pairs


  • Adam: Buzz cut
  • Ben: Buzz cut
  • Chantelle: Ombre style long weave
  • Denzel: Lace front beard weave
  • Kari: Platinum blonde weave, bleached eyebrows
  • Keith: No makeover
  • Lenox: Dyed dark brown, tips trimmed
  • Matthew: Shaved sides
  • Mirjana: Karlie Kloss inspired blunt bob cut
  • Raelia: Voluminous curly weave
  • Romeo: Dyed ice blonde, grey contacts
  • Shei: Half platinum blonde, half jet black
  • Will: Pompadour style


The premiere of the twenty-first season was the CW's most watched Monday night show since 2011. It was The CW's highest rated Monday night show in ages 18–49 (0.6/2) in almost two years (December 17, 2012, Gossip Girl finale) and its highest rated Monday in ages 18–34 (0.6/2) since February 4, 2013.[35]

No. in
No. in
Episode Air Date Viewers (m) 18-49
258 1 "The Boyz R Back" August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) 1.18 0.5/1 [35]
259 2 "The Guy Who Gets a Second Chance" August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25) 0.97 0.4/1 [36]
260 3 "The Girl Who's A Player" September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01) 1.23 0.4/1 [37]
261 4 "The Guy Who Gets A Beard Weave" September 8, 2014 (2014-09-08) 0.99 0.4/1 [38]
262 5 "The Guy Who Starts a Fight" September 15, 2014 (2014-09-15) 1.00 0.4/1 [39]


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