Austria's Next Topmodel

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Austria's Next Top Model
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Genre Reality television
Created by Tyra Banks
Presented by Melanie Scheriau (5-)[1]
Lena Gercke (1-4)
Judges Melanie Scheriau (5-)
Papis Loveday (6-)
Michael Urban (6-)
Rolf Scheider (5) [2]
Carmen Kreuzer (5)[3]
Lena Gercke (1-4)
Atil Kutoglu (3-4)
Elvyra Geyer (3-4)
Andrea Weidler (1-2)
Andreas Ortner (2)
Sabine Landl (2)
Alamande Belfor (1)
Opening theme Vera Böhnisch - "Take Me Higher" (1)
Cobra Starship - "Good Girls Go Bad" (2)
Victoria S - "One In A Million" (3)
Jason Derülo - "Breathing" (4)
Country of origin Austria
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 80
Running time 120 mins
Original network Puls 4
Original release 8 January 2009 – present
External links

Austria's Next Top Model is an Austrian reality documentary based on Tyra Banks America's Next Top Model that places contestants against each other in a variety of competitions to determine who will win the title of Austria's Next Top Model, including the cover of a magazine, a contract with a modelling agency, and other prizes that differ throughout the cycles.

Show format[edit]

For the first four Cycles the host of the show was Lena Gercke, the first winner of Germany's Next Topmodel who is also the first winner of a Top Model franchise to later become a host of another Top Model show.[4][5] The jury will also consist of the head of vienna-based agency Wiener Models Andrea Weidler and Dutch-born runway coach Alamande Belfor.[6]

The first cycle aired in January and February 2009 and saw victory for 16-year-old Larissa Marolt from St. Kanzian am Klopeinersee. As her victory was announced, she was directly carried via helicopter to Munich and from there to Los Angeles where she would meet her competitors for the fourth season of Germany's Next Topmodel. Larissa achieved the 8th placement in the fourth season of the German counterpart of the show.

The show had a spin-off called Die Model WG where six of the girls once again moved together and were filmed over ten weeks in their second attempt at a breakthrough in the modelling business.

The second cycle began in late 2009 with the catch phrase More Girls, More Jet Set, More Glamour as promised a radical change. Amanda Belfor was replaced by former model and photographer Dominique Andreas Ortner. Beauty expert Sabine Landl, who styled the girls in cycle 1, also joined the jury. Gercke and Weidler remained. However, many of the changes were not welcomed by the viewers and many did not agree with the choice of winner Aylin Kösetürk, who failed to achieve any significant success after her victory.

The third cycle premiered in January 2011 and introduced new judges; designer Atil Kutoglu and runway coach Elvyra Geyer with Gercke remaining as the host.[7] A significant change was that one girl per federal state plus five wildcards made the cast. Additionally, there was an international destination in every episode, however only the contestants who won the casting were allowed to travel to that destination.

Gercke did not return to host the fifth Cycle in order to concentrate on her own modelling career.[8] Austrian model Melanie Scheriau is currently hosting the new cycle that began to air in January 2013.[1] The sixth cycle will also feature male contestants for the first time and is set to air in late 2014. [9]

Males were introduced to the competition in the sixth cycle of the show. In addition to that, the social media scoring system used in the American version of the show was also implemented. In contrast to the American adaptation, each voter is required to cast their votes via Facebook. Furthermore, there is no grading scale. Each Facebook account is allotted three votes, which can be spent on any combination of contestants. The contestant with the highest number of votes each round is granted immunity, while the contestant with the lowest amount is automatically nominated for elimination along with three other contestants chosen by the judges.


Judges Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Lena Gercke (Host)
Andrea Weidler 1
Alamande Belfor
Andreas Ortner 1
Sabine Landl 1
Atil Kutoglu 1
Elvyra Greyer 1
Melanie Scheriau (Host)
Carmen Kreuzer 1
Rolf Scheider
Papis Loveday
Michael Urban

1 Served as guest judge that cycle.


Show title[edit]

Before the show began, it caused controversy because of another modeling contest named Österreichs (German for "Austria's") Next Topmodel, which was established in 2007. Dominik Wachta, founder of what can be described as a mix between a model casting and a beauty pageant, accused the TV channel Puls 4 for stealing his idea. Further steps to change the name of the show have been unsuccessful as it was already licensed by CBS as the role-model version created by Banks.[10]

Racism controversy[edit]

In the third cycle, contestant Magalie Berghahn was eliminated from the show due to the racist comments she made during a phone conversation with her boyfriend. She referred to fellow competitor Lydia Nnenna Obute as "Neger Oide" (negative afflicted Austrian slang for "Black Woman") and to Vanessa Lotz as "Deitsche" (slang for German Woman). Both Obute and Lotz won a go-see that episode. The conversation was fully taped and aired during the show. She was confronted by host Lena Gercke with the video material in front of the other two girls. Gercke then told her that she was expelled from the show because the competition had no room for racist ideas and thoughts. Puls 4 was later accused of using the controversy for promotional purposes as Berghahns comments had already shown in the preview for the episode and had not censored when the episode aired.[11] Berghahn was not invited to the final runway show during the cycles finale. She later stated that the scandal had ruined her life.[12]

Death of Sabrina Rauch[edit]

In January 2012, 21-year-old Sabrina Angelika Rauch (a cycle 4 contestant) died in a car crash after spinning out of control on her way home from a party. Her vehicle collided with a concrete mast with Rauch being killed at the scene of the accident instantly.[13] Her co-driver, a 26-year-old male friend, survived the accident.[14] Only three days before the episode featuring Rauch's elimination was aired, a nude photo shoot she did prior to her participation on the show was exposed. She was confronted by the judges for having taken the photos, and they stated that it was 'too low for a top model' while the other contestants witnessed the scene. A friend of Rauch criticized the program for the editing of that certain scene.[15] At the beginning of the next episode of the show, the broadcast station expressed their condolences to Rauch's relatives and friends on a silent screen.


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants International Destination(s)
1 January 8, 2009 Larissa Marolt Victoria Hooper Piroschka Khyo, Birgit Königstorfer, Kordula Stöckl & Christiane Pliem, Julia Mähder, Kim Sade-Tiroch, Constanzia Delort-Laval, Tamara Puljarević 10 Italy
2 November 25, 2009 Aylin Kösetürk Sarah Unterberger Julia Huber, Lisa Schottak (quit), Angelika Czapka, Manuela Frey & Vanessa Hooper, Iris Shala, Anna Steinwendner, Jennifer Kogler, Lina Köberl, Johanna Gruber, Nina Kollmann 13 Turkey
South Africa
Cape Town
3 January 6, 2011 Lydia Nnenna Obute Katharina Theuermann Lisa Berghold (quit), Victoria Vogeler, Sarah Preiml, Magalie Berghahn (disqualified), Nadine Oberteiler, Linda Linorter, Vanessa Lotz & Valerie Heidenreich, Nicole Gerzabek, Julia Trummer, Darija Gavrić, Romana Gruber 14 United States
New York
4 January 12, 2012 Antonia Hausmair Gina Adamu Isabelle Raisa & Alina Chlebecek, Sabrina Rauch & Katharina Mihalović, Nataša Marić, Michaela Schopf (quit), Christine Riener, Mădălina Andreica, Yemisi Rieger, Izabela Pop Kostić, Bianca Ebelsberger & Nadine Trinker, Lana Baltić, Melisa Popanicić 16 Israel
Tel Aviv
United States
New York
5 January 3, 2013 Gréta Uszkai Katrin Krinner Charlotte Rothpletz, Nadja Sejranić, Tatjana Catić (quit), Sabrina Kastner, Iris Mann, Sina-Lisa Petru, Sabrina-Nathalie Reitz, Luca-Mercedes Stemer, Vanessa-Doreen Rolke, Isabelle Postl & Charlotte Aichhorn, Stefanie Wedam, Aleksandra Stanković 15 Egypt
6 September 11, 2014 Oliver Stummvoll Sanela Velagic Stella Challiot, Anna-Maria Jurisic, Sylvia Mankowska, Michael Molterer, Mario Novak, Michelle Hübner & Rene Neßler, Miro Slavov & Carina Kriechhammer, Sonja Plöchl (quit), Kajetan Gerharter, Christoph Tauber Romieri, Damir Jovanovic & Lydia Zoglmeier, Manuel Stummvoll, Manuela Kral 18 Cyprus
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
7 September 15, 2015 Fabian Herzgsell Angelina Stolz Johannes Spilka, Felix Schiller, Lukas Krammer (quit), Jelena Vujcic, Alexandra Kröpfl, Benedikt Cekolj, Adrian Oshioke, Bianca-Olivia Konarzewski, Junel Anderson, Nicole Fried, Katja Peterka, Patrick Treffer, Maximilliano Mantovani (quit), Bernhard Stich, Melisa Sretkovic, Tassilo Herberstein, Gloria Burtscher, Mia Klara Sabathy 20 Morocco
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Monte Carlo