Germany's Next Topmodel
|Germany's Next Top Model|
|Created by||Tyra Banks|
Bruce Darnell (1–2)
Boris Entrup (2)
Qualid Ladraa (5)
Armin Morbach (1)
Rolf Scheider (3-4)
Kristian Schuller (5)
Thomas Rath (6-7)
Enrique Badulescu (8)
Wolfgang Joop (9)
|Opening theme||"Nasty Girl" (1)
"Hit Me Up" (2)
"Amazing (Remix)" (3)
"Fight For This Love" (5)
"Girls Beautiful" (6)
"Turn Me On" (7)
"Scream & Shout"(8)
"It Should Be Easy" (9)
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||120 As of 30 May 2013[update]|
|Producer(s)||Tresor TV (former), RedSevenEntertainment|
|Running time||approx. 60-100 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original airing||January 25, 2006 - present|
Germany's Next Topmodel is a German reality television show, based on a concept that was introduced by Tyra Banks with America's Next Top Model. The competition is hosted by Heidi Klum. She also serves as the lead judge and executive producer of the show.
Each yearly search of Germany's Next Topmodel has 10 to 17 episodes and starts with 12-18 contestants. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though a double/triple elimination or no elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel.
Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the competition (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals).
Differences between ANTM and GNTM
While the American version's season premieres (except cycles 1, 2, 16, 17 and 18) start with thirty-something semi-finalists and they are cut down to a batch of ten to fourteen contestants, Germany's Next Topmodel season premieres begin with highlights from the auditions of 100 candidates (cycles 1 and 2) and 120 candidates (cycle 3) respectively.
The panel challenge in front of the judges on America's Next Top Model is almost always replaced by a runway walk in front of the judges on the German show.
In the elimination process on America's Next Top Model, host Tyra Banks hands out a photograph to each of the contestants who are safe, in order of merit.
The bottom two of each episode are called to stand before Banks and are judged individually. The call-out order does play a major role in determining who this week's best contestant was – quite in contrast to Germany's Next Topmodel where the call-out order does not say anything about the quality of the contestants' performance. Moreover, they are called out one by one while the others are waiting in the backstage lobby. The US contestants are all present. GNTM also starts the finale with 3 or 4 contestants left, it usually takes 2h. In ANTM, the finale starts with 3 contestants left and takes 1h.
The final five or six contestants travel to an international destination on the American show while Germany's version is noncommittal about the number of journeys abroad; cycle 1 went abroad two times, cycle 2 did so four times and cycle 3 went to five different international countries. Cycle 4 completely takes place in the USA, except for the casting, one episode in Singapore and the final episode.
On America's Next Top Model the final two remaining models compete in a runway, and the winner is chosen in the judging room. On Germany's Next Topmodel, the final three or four contestants compete in a runway and a photo shoot in front of live audience in Cologne, Germany before the winner is revealed. The final show is live on TV. Cycle 4 final show was the first to air live from a concert hall instead of a TV studio. Due to the pregnancy of Heidi Klum, the start of the fifth season was postponed and kicked-off in March. Instead a spin-off called Die Model WG was shown featuring several former contestants from the show and hosted by judge Peyman Amin.
Only Heidi Klum herself has been part of the judging panel on every cycle. All the other permanent judges for one cycle has always been male. Peyman Amin was remaining a permanent judges the longest for four consecutive cycles. After leaving the show he eventually hosted the shows spin-off Die Model WG and signed cycle fives winner Alisar Ailabouni despite never meeting her on the show. Although Boris Entrup only was a regular judge on cycle two he still is part of the show (as in 2012) as the make up adviser for the girls.
|Qualid "Q" Ladraa||♦|
Heidi is also often criticized for sometimes choosing the wrong girls because with Lena Gercke, Sara Nuru, Alisar Ailabouni and Luisa Hartema (winner cycle 7) only four of nine winners started an international successful career as a model:
In cycle 2 Hana Nitsche was eliminated in the final, where she placed third. Hana Nitsche started a huge career as a dessous-model after the show. She even did photoshoots for Victoria's Secret. She also gathered attention in the US for having an on-off relationship with Russell Simmons.
In cycle 4 Brenda Kranz was among the last 50 but didn't reach the second round. She later started a career as a model. She walked for Valentino SpA, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani on Milan Fashion Week as well as for some brands on New York Fashion Week. She also had a spread in Vogue Italia.
In cycle 6 Rebecca Mir was eliminated in the final where she placed second. She started a career as a model after the show in contrast to winner Jana Beller. She regularly walks on Berlin Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. She also shot a cover for German Cosmopolitan, what is normally one of the winning prices.
In 2011 Cycle 5 Winner Alisar Ailabouni withdraw from her winning contract with ONEeins. ONEeins is managed by Günther Klum. It marked the first time a winner of the show sued her way out of the contract and obligations not even one year after her victory. Ailabouni was not invited to the final of Germany's Next Topmodel, Cycle 6, also a first on the show while several ProSieben-related magazines referred to Sara Nuru as "last years winner" given she was working as a backstage host.
In 2012, ex-judge Rolf Scheider said, that the program "has not produced any top models" and "talentless but contentious girls stay in the show for dramatic factor as long as possible."  Regardless of that, he appeared on Austria's Next Top Model, Cycle 5 as a judge.
In 2013 Heidi Klum got criticized by the well-known German comedian Cordula Stratmann where she stated that "Heidi Klum is the face and soul of a cold-hearted, disgusting production. [...] She is the trainer in malice and condescension." 
In September 2013 Luise Will (Cycle 8) also withdraw from her contract with ONEeins. She stated that her time with that agency were "the worst two months of her life" and "thanked Jana Beller (Winner Cycle 6) for her help".
In April 2014, Miriam Höller (11th-placed Cycle 5) said in an interview, that behind the scenes the girls are driven to their boundaries, as for example, they do not get enough food or their mobile phones are taken away. She also said that Heidi Klum is a different person, when the cameras are not rolling and criticized the cooperation with Günther Klum. She also mentioned that a client, who had worked with her before the show, wanted to book her but got a refusal because she was busy and an offer to book Sara Nuru (winner cycle 4) instead of Miriam. Miriam later stated she didn't get to know anything about the offer from Klum or the agency but form the client and that she hasn't been busy. She mentioned Günther Klum to try to push the winners instead of the other candidates. She also withdrew from her contract with ONEeins and said that girls are forced to sign the contract with that agency, otherwise they have to leave the show.
In June 2014, Larissa Marolt (8th-placed Cycle 4) withdraw from her contract with ONEeins with the help of a lawyer due to Günther Klums unprofessional and unfriendly behavior towards the models.
In July 2014 Aminata Sanogo (Cycle 9) withdraw from her contract with ONEeins with the help of a lawyer. Her new agent Ted Linow from "Mega Model Agency" said "The girls have with Klum balls on the leg. That borders on human trafficking." 
Also in July 2014 Luisa Hartema (winner cycle 7) withdrew from her contract with ONEeins. She signed a contract with IMG Models.
In August 2014 Karlin Obiango (cycle 9) stated that she will withdraw from her contract as well.
In September 2014 Jacqueline Thiessen (cycle 8) stated that she withdrew from her contract with oneeins management.
Heidi Klum is also often criticized for not being objective enough as a judge. She often has a girl she likes the most, who always reach the top ten at least even if they don't have enough potential to work as professional models, for example Marie-Luise Schäfer (cycle 6), Jacqueline Thiessen(cycle 8) or Nathalie Volk (cycle 9).
|Cycle||Premiere date||Winner||Runner-up||Other contestants in order of elimination||Number of contestants||International Destination(s)|
|1||January 25, 2006||Lena Gercke||Yvonne Schröder||Andrea Lichtenberg, Anne Mühlmeier, Celine Roscheck (quit), Rahel Krüger, Micaela Schäfer, Luise Mikulla, Charlotte Offeney, Lena Meier, Janina Ordmann, Jennifer Wanderer||12||
Los Angeles / New York
|2||March 1, 2007||Barbara Meier||Anni Wendler||Janine Mackenroth, Antje Pötke, Enyerlina Sanchez, Janina Küpper, Alla Kosovan, Denise Dahinten, Aneta Tober, Tonia Michaely, Milla Gräfin von Krockow, Anja Platzer, Mandy Graff, Fiona Erdmann, Hana Nitsche||15||
|3||February 28, 2008||Jennifer Hof||Janina Schmidt||Rubina Radwanski, Aisha Grone, Sandra Korte, Aline Tausch, Tainá Santos Silva, Elena Rotter, Katharina Harms, Gina-Lisa Lohfink, Bianca Schumacher, Sophia Maus, Vanessa Hegelmaier (quit), Sarah Knappik, Raquel Alvarez, Gisele Oppermann, Wanda Badwal, Carolin Ruppert, Christina Leibold||19||
New York / Los Angeles
|4||February 12, 2009||Sara Nuru||Mandy Bork||Olivia Bermann, Johanna Popp, Daphne Braun, Tessa Bergmeier, Dana Franke, Aline Bauer, Tamara Busch, Stefanie Theissing, Katrina Scharinger, Larissa Marolt, Ira Meindl, Sarina Nowak, Maria Beckmann, Jessica Motzkus, Marie Nasemann||17||
Los Angeles / Las Vegas / New York / Honolulu
|5||March 4, 2010||Alisar Ailabouni||Hanna Bohnekamp||Aline Kautz (quit), Lena Kaiser, Petra Roscheck, Lara Emsen, Luisa Krüger, Catherine Kropp, Nadine Höcherl, Miriam Höller, Wioleta Psiuk, Jacqueline Kohl, Viktoria Lantratova, Pauline Afaja, Leyla Mert, Louisa Mazzurana, Neele Hehemann, Laura Weyel||18||
New York / Los Angeles / San Francisco
|6||March 3, 2011||Jana Beller||Rebecca Mir||Chiara Breder, Lilia Doubrovina, Valerie Blum (quit), Concetta Mazza, Ivon Zito, Christien Fleischauer, Amira Regaieg, Franziska König, Simone Rohrmüller, Tahnee Keller, Natascha Beil, Paulina Kaluza, Florence Lodevic, Isabel Rath, Sarah Jülich, Joana Damek (quit), Jil Goetz, Marie-Luise Schäfer, Lisa-Marie Könnecke, Sihe Jiang, Aleksandra Nagel, Anna-Lena Schubert, Amelie Klever||25||
Rio De Janeiro
|7||February 23, 2012||Luisa Hartema||Sarah-Anessa Hitzschke||Isabell Janku, Sabine Snobl, Franziska Poehling, Valerie Kirchner von Schröder, Anelia Moor, Michelle Lafleur, Natalia Kowalczykowska, Maxi Böttcher, Jasmin Abraha, Annabelle Rieß, Melek Civantürk, Shawny Sander, Laura Scharnagl, Inga Bobkow, Lisa Volz, Diana Ovchinnikova (quit), Evelyn Keck (quit), Sara Kulka, Kasia Lenhard, Dominique Miller||22|
|8||February 28, 2013||Lovelyn Enebechi||Maike van Grieken||Lisa-Giulia Wendt, Michelle Maas, Höpke Voss (quit), Bingyang Liu (quit), Leandra Martin, Sophie Jungblut (quit), Anna Seebrecht, Jessika Weidner, Janna Wiese, Veronika Weddeling, Jacqueline Thiessen, Leonie Marwitz, Carolin Sünderhauf, Christine Gischler, Marie Czuczman, Anna-Maria Damm, Sabrina Elsner, Luise Will||20||
Los Angeles / New York / Honolulu
|9||February 6, 2014||Stefanie Giesinger||Jolina Fust||Jill Schmitz, Lisa Seibert, Fata Hasonovic (quit), Ina Barták (quit), Laura Hass (quit), Pauline Cottin (quit), Franziska Wimmer, Laura Kristen, Emma Kahlert, Antonia Balzer, Simona Hartl, Jana Heinisch, Sainabou Sosseh, Lisa Gelbrich, Sarah Weinfurter, Anna Wilken (quit), Samantha Brock, Nancy Nagel, Karlin Obiango, Aminata Sanogo, Nathalie Volk, Betty Taube, Ivana Teklic||25||
Los Angeles / Salt Lake City / New York
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- This time no official cast was announced. There was no fade-out group shot at the end of each episode, the opening clips only featured the top 18 and several girls did not appear on the annual final runway walk of the live final neither were they shown during the actual episodes. however OneEins management lists the entire top 25 as cast members of the Cycle while Pro Sieben lists profiles of only 22 original cast members plus one contestant that was eliminated in the top 50 round.
- Official promotional poster shows 22 girls dressed in gold
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