Benelux' Next Top Model

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Benelux' Next Top Model
Created by Tyra Banks
Starring Daphne Deckers
Ghislaine Nuytten
Geert De Wolf
Bastiaan van Schaik
Mariana Verkerk
Jani Kazaltzis
Country of origin Belgium
No. of episodes 20
Running time app. 46 minutes (app. 60 with commercials)
Original channel 2BE (Belgium)
RTL 5 (Netherlands)
Original release September 14, 2009 – November 16, 2010
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Benelux' Next Top Model is a Dutch language reality television show aired in Belgium and the Netherlands. The show is hosted by Dutch writer and former top model Daphne Deckers. It was a merge between Holland's Next Top Model, and the Belgian television series Topmodel. The first cycle premiered in September 2009, and was based on the top rated series America's Next Top Model with supermodel Tyra Banks.[1] Despite the Benelux reference in the title, the program was not broadcast in Luxembourg or Wallonia.

On May 9, 2011 it was announced that no third season of Benelux' Next Top Model would follow. The Dutch production team would continue with a domestic fifth season in the Netherlands, again under the title of Holland's Next Top Model. In Belgium, the Belgian Topmodel did not return its own individual third season after the merge resumed.

Show format[edit]

The first season of Benelux' Next Top Model has 10 episodes and starts with 13 contestants. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though there have been cases of a double elimination by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals), and a trip to an international destination is scheduled at about two-thirds of the way through the season (usually with five or six contestants remaining).

Each episode covers the events of roughly a week of real time (however, while overseas, an episode roughly covers three to four days, totalling two weeks of filming abroad), and features a fashion challenge, photo shoot or commercial, judging, and critique of each contestant and her performance by the judging panel led by Daphne Deckers, and the elimination of one or more contestants. Usually, an additional guest judge will sit in on the panel every week. Each episode is usually associated with a theme in the world of modeling, such as dealing with the press in interviews, selling a commercial product, appearing in a runway show or going on "go sees".

An episode usually begins with the contestants receiving training in an area concurrent with the week's theme. For example, contestants may get coached in runway walking, improvisational acting, or applying make-up to suit various occasions. A related challenge soon follows, such as a mock runway show or interview, and a winner is chosen by a judge. She receives some prize, such as clothing, a night out, or an advantage at the next photo shoot, and she is usually allowed to share the benefits with a certain number of other contestants of her choice.

The next segment is a photo shoot, and each contestant's performance will reflect heavily on her judging for that week. Each season features photo shoots such as bikini or lingerie shots, beauty shots, posing nude or semi-nude, posing with a male model, and posing with animal(s). Usually one photo shoot per season is replaced with a commercial shoot.

The final segment of each episode is judging. Each contestant's photo is then shown and evaluated by the judging panel. After all photos have been evaluated, the contestants leave the room as the judges deliberate. The elimination process is ceremonious, as Daphne reveals and hands out the photos of the contestants that have not been eliminated one-by-one, in order of merit. The last two contestants who have not received their photos are brought up as "the bottom two", and Daphne Deckers critiques each one before revealing which of the two has been eliminated.

The three remaining contestants compete in a runway show in front of the judges and a live audience. After the runway show, the judges may vote on the contestants and the results will declare a winner.


See: Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium's Next Top Model Flag of the Netherlands.svg Holland's Next Top Model
Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner(s)-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants International destination
1 September 14, 2009 Rosalinde Kikstra Denise de Menes &
Maxime van Steenvoort
Alexandra Carnewal, Adinda Kennedy, Roxanne de Craene, Sarah van der Meer, Melanie Weterings, Tessa Kort, Justine Desmet, Bianca Kortzorg, Catharina Elias, Lianne Bakker 13 United States
2 September 13, 2010 Melissa Baas Renée Trompert Jacqueline Sorbie, Lisse Habraken, Daisy Koller, Lesley van Helden, Epiphany Vanderhaeghen, Aïcha Cissé, Frederieke Bonn, Jaelle Leclerc, Marjolein de Velder, Alix Schoonheijt 12 France
United States
Los Angeles
See: Flag of the Netherlands.svg Holland's Next Top Model, Cycle 5

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