Vietnam's Next Top Model
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|Vietnam's Next Top Model|
|Created by||Tyra Banks|
|Presented by||Vũ Anh Tuấn (live finale)
Hoàng Linh (finale correspondent)
|Judges||Nathan Lee (Presumably Head judge: 2010-1st)
Elizabeth Thủy Tiên (2010-1st)
Hoàng Ngân (2010-1st)
Vũ Nguyễn Hà Anh (Head judge: 2010-2nd)
Vũ Đức Hải (2010-2nd)
Huy Võ (2010-2nd)
Nguyễn Xuân Lan (Head judge: 2011-2012)
Phạm Hoài Nam (2011-2012)
Đinh Nam Trung (2011-present)
Đỗ Mạnh Cường (2011-present)
Phạm Thị Thanh Hằng (Head judge: 2013-present)
|Theme music composer||David Thomas
|Country of origin||Vietnam|
|Original language(s)||Vietnamese & English|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||45 as of 25 November 2012[update]|
|Executive producer(s)||Lê Thị Quỳnh Trang
Nguyễn Văn Dần
Ryan Hoàng Hubris
|Producer(s)||Hoa Thanh Tùng|
|Location(s)||Ho Chi Minh City|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Multimedia JSC
|Distributor||Multimedia JSC (domestically)
CBS Television Distribution(internationally)
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Original run||September 30, 2010 – present|
Người mẫu Việt Nam: Vietnam's Next Top Model (often abbreviated as VNNTM) is a Vietnamese reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Vietnam's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry. The show is based upon America's Next Top Model. And as part of Top Model franchise, there is the host and the head judge like talk-show host and model Tyra Banks in the original franchise. The show shares the same format. The premiere was set to air on September 30, 2010 and was among the highest-rated shows in Vietnamese broadcasting.
The series features a group of young female contestants, aged between 18 and 25, who live together in a house for several months while taking part in challenges, photo shoots and meetings with members of the modelling industry. Normally, one poor-performing contestant is eliminated each week until the last contestant remaining is crowned "Vietnam's Next Top Model" and receives a modelling contract for representation and other prizes.
First season of Vietnam's Next Top Model had 16 episodes and starts with 15 contestants. The second one will feature more hopefuls within 17 episodes. Each episode, one contestant is occasionally eliminated, though in rare cases a multiple elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season.
The first cycle were run by two panels of judges. The first one included male model Nathan Lee, who was set to host the whole season together with his fellows: international female model Elizabeth Thủy Tiên and fashion designer Hoàng Ngân. They, whereas, were axed all and were replaced by the latter one of Hà Anh, Huy Võ and Đức Hải right after the casting process.
During press public reports for cycle two, the judging panel is renewed and is increased in number with more influential people in Vietnamese fashion industry. Past six judging members (from two panels) did not return and are replaced by panel of make-up artist Nam Trung, fashion designer Đỗ Mạnh Cường, fashion photographer Phạm Hoài Nam. Former model Xuân Lan takes the host position and head judge over Hà Anh. Anh this season, Male model can battle with Female model and the head judge of the season is Thanh Hằng replacements Xuân Lân of Last season.
After the controversy of season 2, it is thought that producers are in the process of finding a replacement host before production re-commences. Season 3 casting process will kick off in June 2012 and will be broadcast at 8:00-9:00 pm slot from September 2 as a lead-in for The Voice of Vietnam (9:00-10:30 pm slot) after Sao Mai điểm hẹn done airing on August 26.
|Elizabeth Thủy Tiên||♦|
|Nguyễn Hoàng Ngân||♦|
|Vũ Nguyễn Hà Anh||♦|
|Vũ Đức Hải||♦|
|Nguyễn Xuân Lan||♦||♦|
|Phạm Hoài Nam||♦||♦|
|Phạm Thị Thanh Hằng||♦|
|Đinh Nam Trung||♦||♦||♦|
|Đỗ Mạnh Cường||♦||♦||♦|
|Period||Premiere date||Winner||Runner-up||Other contestants in order of elimination||Number of contestants||Destination(s)|
|1||September 30, 2010||Khiếu Thị Huyền Trang||Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Lan||Lại Thị Thanh Hương, Trần Lê Hoài Thương, Bùi Thị Thu Thùy, Nguyễn Thanh Hằng, Bùi Thị Hoàng Oanh, Nguyễn Diệp Anh, Hồ Mỹ Phương, Phạm Thị Hương, Nguyễn Giáng Hương, Đàm Thu Trang, Trần Thị Thu Hiền, Đỗ Thị Thanh Hoa, Nguyễn Thu Thủy||15||
|2||September 25, 2011||Hoàng Thị Thùy||Nguyễn Thị Trà My||Lưu Khánh Linh, Kikki Le, Huỳnh Thị Kim Tuyền, Dương Thị Dung, Phan Ngọc Phương Nghi, Nguyễn Thị Hoàng Oanh, Nguyễn Thùy Dương, Lê Thị Phương, Trần Thanh Thủy, Nguyễn Thị Tuyết, Nguyễn Thị Phương Anh, Nguyễn Thị Thùy Trang, Lê Thị Thúy||15||
Buôn Ma Thuột
|3||August 19, 2012||Mai Thị Giang||Kha Mỹ Vân||Nguyễn Thi Châm, Nguyễn Thi Hằng, Lương Thị Kim Loan, Lê Thị Hằng, Cao Thi Hà, Lê Thanh Thảo, Đỗ Thu Hà, Vũ Thị Minh Nguyệt, Nguyễn Thị Nhã Trúc, Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Thúy, Dương Thị Thanh, Nguyễn Thị Ngân, Cao Thị Thiên Trang||15||
|4||October 6, 2013||Mâu Thị Thanh Thủy||Vũ Tuấn Việt||Nguyễn Quốc Minh Tòng, Lê Uyên Phương Thảo, Đỗ Thị Kim Ngân, Ngô Thị Quỳnh Mai, Tạ Thúc Bình, Phan Thị Thùy Linh, Phạm Thị Kim Thoa, Trần Mạnh Kiên, Nguyễn Trần Trung, Đinh Hà Thu, Nguyễn Thị Thanh, Trần Quang Đại, Dương Mạc Anh Quân, Nguyễn Thị Hằng, Lê Văn Kiên, Nguyễn Thị Chà Mi||18||
Criticism and controversies
At the beginning of producing season 1 and now season 2, Vietnamese version of Top Model franchise faced up with so many issues that Người lao động, among well-known daily newspapers, dubs it a clear failure of the original in Vietnam.
After just two episodes of the first season aired, there was a bunch of mess involved judges. Actually two panels of judges were revealed. The first panel included male model Nathan Lee, who was set to host the whole season together with his fellows: international female model Elizabeth Thủy Tiên and fashion designer Hoàng Ngân. They, whereas, were axed all and were replaced by the latter one when the main competition started. According to reports, producers sent Nathan Lee out for many reasons, namely: conflicts, unprofessional work and object to Elizabeth for host role. They, the former panel and producers, even declared filed lawsuit against each other to make everything clear.
After first judge quickfire, the second panel was stunningly introduced but failed to impress fashionistas. Male model Đức Hải just gained fame by some recurring roles in made-for-television films rather than his model career. Besides, Huy Võ is very strange to audience and is in fact better known as a judge of VNNTM after airing. Moreover, it was discovered Huy Võ was just a student at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising at filming date.
The ultimate purpose of Top Model is to search for not only the winner, but the potential models for modelling industry as well among girls living in such an ordinary life. VNNTM, on the contrary, has been harshly criticized for featuring girls who worked previously as models. Some among the first season cast members who were discovered are Tuyết Lan (the runner-up), Đàm Thu Trang, Hoàng Oanh, Bích Trâm and Bảo Trân.
In an episode of final five, Thu Hiền at first asked Đức Hải for more clearer reasons why her photo was deemed worse and then received a brawl with him about how the attitude a professional model should have. She was sent home for attitude rather than for the worst photo of the week and got a 'Goodbye' in tears from Hà Anh.
- Unsecured info
Although the info of the show was leaked out, audience could easily know who was eliminated next due to some contestants' appearances on other shows before their elimination date on air.
Final two girls and producers also was claimed playing trick on audience when producing live photographs on stage. The photo of them appeared sooner on screen than the photoshoot started.
New set of judges which were introduced on the first day of audition brings much happiness and excitement to audience. Some critics, however, have complained that this panel, which boasts loads of fashion industry expertise in Vietnam, but has no international experience is in contrast with axed panels.
Responding to VTC News about qualification of a Top Model, Ms. Thúy Nga Director of Elite Vietnam stated mostly body shapes of finallists are rough, not proportioned, and they have serious troubles of measurement and the face of no one has inspired her. She did emphasize 'being a Top Model for 3 months is unbelievable'. And she also thought the competition is possibly considered a game show of recreation in a point of view, so in that viewpoint audience should be softer and get funnier when watching.
At the beginning of the competition, head judge Xuân Lan unveiled Thùy Trang, Hoàng Oanh, Hoàng Thùy, Thùy Dương have served as professional models with much modelling experience.
- Dramatic acts / Boycott threats
Lê Thúy's crying prior to overcoming troubles, the request from Xuân Lan for contestant Lê Phương to praise her attractiveness over landscape, Khánh Linh's eligibility for VNTM only by jumping to swimming pool during cold weather or times of hardly reasonable circumstances turn viewers confused. Some viewers doubt whether they are watching a TV film (exactly drama) rather than a reality show.
During filming finallists Hoàng Oanh, Thùy Dương and Phương Nghi are faced with a lawsuit from producers for spoiling and leaking elimination order of unaired episodes. The lawsuit in its progress claims three girls mentioned earlier would pay about $714.000 (15 billions VND) due to contract violation.
Also, first season head judge Hà Anh has showed the intention to file lawsuit regarding her privacy of tweeting online. She and Đức Hải who is also a former judging member had commented ironically about runway challenge for a so-called top model winner on episode 9 this season. However ironic jokes seem raise tension and thus they receive boycott.
Post - Cycle 2 controversies
It occurred around New York Fashion Week (NYFW F/W 2012) in which Huyền Trang (cycle 1 winner), Tuyết Lan (cycle 1 runner-up) and Hoàng Thùy (currently cycle 2 winner) seemingly participated. Reportedly Tuyết Lan got a prominent appearance on season 2 finale and then was named cycle 1 winner over actual winner Huyền Trang, leading to a controversy on which whether Huyền Trang was dethroned so as for Tuyết Lan took all the advantages. Exec Quỳnh Trang responded that it was a typing mistake for making a formal request to enter New York City more easily and Huyền Trang was still being the first ever winner. When asked about New York Fashion Week in an interview, former host Hà Anh shared some of her real modelling experience, also revealing that Hoang Thuy and Tuyet Lan might not be walking at the actual New York Fashion Week (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week), based on the invitation letter. This upset producer Quỳnh Trang and fellow judge Đỗ Mạnh Cường, leading them to create the controversy with anger towards Hà Anh. Hà Anh then accused the exec of rigging and was concerned with their unfair treatment for Huyền Trang. She also revealed that Quỳnh Trang might have misled the audience in Vietnam, and that neither Lan nor Thùy got chances at NYFW given by the show executive, but H.Trang by herself. Fellow judge Huy Võ, on team Hà Anh, thought H.Trang went too nice to be stolen the main prizes of her original cycle. Later H.Trang tweeted to affirm on Hà Anh's statements and on not receiving the 1 billion VND modelling contract, a trip to NY for training nor a contract with Revlon cosmetics worth 200 million. Trang even declared to seriously break up the relationship with the show. Tweeting back on the official Facebook page in a sorrow mood, the show found HTrang and they were misunderstanding each other and thus H.Trang herself violated rules to destroy contracts. A make-up artist from season 1 crews laid all the blame on Q.Trang's unprofession, not on Revlon particularly nor on H.Trang.
On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, vice headmaster of Performing Art Agency Nguyễn Thành Nhân refers guilty to Vietnam Television even though it did not help producing, sneakily suggesting VTV should reject the rights owing to VNNTM.
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