Britain's Next Top Model

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Britain's Next Top Model
BNTM 2016 logo.PNG
Also known as Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model
Genre Reality television
Created by Tyra Banks
Directed by James MacDonald
Lorraine O'Keefe
Presented by Lisa Butcher (2005)
Lisa Snowdon (2006–09)
Elle Macpherson (2010–13)
Abbey Clancy (2016-present)
Judges Marie Helvin (2005)
Jonathan Pang (2005–07)
Paula Hamilton (2006–07)
Gerry DeVeaux (2008)
Huggy Ragnarsson (2008–09)
Louis Mariette (2009)
Julien Macdonald (2010–12)
Charley Speed (2010–11)
Grace Woodward (2010–11)
Tyson Beckford (2012–13)
Whitney Port (2012)
Dannii Minogue (2013)
Hilary Alexander (2016-present)
Nicky Johnston (2016-present)
Paul Sculfor (2016-present)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Ireland (2011–13)
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 108
Running time 60mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Thumbs Up Productions
Original network Sky Living (2005–2013)
Lifetime (2016–present)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 14 September 2005 (2005-09-14) – present
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Britain's Next Top Model (or Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model 2011–13), often abbreviated as BNTM, BINTM, or Top Model, is a British reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Britain's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modelling industry. The first "cycle" premiered on 14 September 2005 on Sky Living.

The winner normally receives a modelling contract, cosmetics campaign, and a spread within a fashion magazine which also includes appearing on the front cover. Other benefits which changed from cycle to cycle include a car, holiday, money, or an apartment among other things.

As part of the Top Model franchise, it is based on the American television series America's Next Top Model. From series 7 onwards, the show was named Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model as it has begun to include contestants from Ireland.

On 28 October 2013, Sky Living confirmed that the show had been cancelled.[1] In April 2015, the show confirmed via its Twitter account that it would be returning in 2015 on Lifetime.[2] The title was changed back to Britain's Next Top Model due to licensing issues,[3] but contestants from Ireland were still allowed to apply for the show.[4]


The series features a group of young female contestants who live together in a house for several weeks 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 declared "Britain's Next Top Model" and receives a modelling contract along with other prizes.

In a BBC interview, Elle Macpherson contrasted the show with the U.S. version, describing BNTM as "Uniquely British, the sense of humour and the styling is very British... more hybrid backgrounds... and I think that is really examplatory [sic] of what's going on in the UK today".[5]


Each series of Britain's Next Top Model features from ten to fourteen episodes and begins with twelve to fourteen contestants. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a double elimination or no elimination is given by consensus of the judging panel. Season 6 saw a live finale where the public chose the winner of the cycle. The series was narrated by Fearne Cotton. Due to maternity leave, Fearne did not fulfill this role for the ninth series. She was replaced by Dawn Porter.

Starting with the ninth series, the elimination process was changed. Four contestants were in danger of elimination every week, with the number of contestants in danger being lowered as the competition progressed.


The season nine panel consisted of Elle Macpherson, Tyson Beckford, and fashion designer, pop star, model, and former X Factor Judge Dannii Minogue. It was originally reported for series 8 that Grace Woodward would leaving the judging panel to be replaced by Kelly Osbourne and that both Charley Speed and Julien Macdonald would continue on the judging panel. However it was later announced that both Speed and Woodward were leaving the panel to be replaced by Tyson Beckford and Whitney Port.[6] Previous judges have included Lisa Butcher, Marie Helvin, Paula Hamilton, Huggy Ragnarsson, industry expert Jonathan Phang and fashion expert Gerry DeVeaux. Usually, an additional guest judge will sit in on the panel every week.

Judges Years
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2016
Lisa Butcher Head Judge
Marie Helvin Main
Lisa Snowdon Head Judge
Jonathan Phang Main
Paula Hamilton Main
Huggy Ragnarsson Main
Gerry DeVeaux Main
Louis Mariette Main
Elle Macpherson Head Judge
Julien Macdonald Main
Charley Speed Main
Grace Woodward Main
Tyson Beckford Guest Main
Whitney Port Main
Dannii Minogue Main
Abbey Clancy[7] Head Judge
Hilary Alexander[7] Main
Nicky Johnston[7] Main
Paul Sculfor[7] Main


According to the show's official site, anyone with the right to live or work in Britain is free to apply for the show, but must meet the height requirement of 5'8", and be between the ages of 18-23 at the time they try out for the show.[8] This is true for seasons 6-8. During the first casting episode of cycle 7, some producers stated that 'The requirements would be stricter' in order to accommodate models closer within the range of the real fashion world.


Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model Live was launched by Media 10 in October 2010 at ExCeL London.[9] The event was created to immerse members of the public into the Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model (BINTM) lifestyle. Bringing the TV series to life, the event gave every visitor the opportunity to experience the Top Model lifestyle for themselves. The show featured 45 minute catwalk shows, music performances from celebrities and an exhibition full of clothes and fashion accessories for the visitor to purchase. The 2011 Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model Live took place from 28–30 October at London ExCel.


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner(s)-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants International Destination(s)
1 14 September 2005 Lucy Ratcliffe Edwina Joseph Marina Fallahi, Claire Hillier, Shauna Breen, Anne Kent (quit), Hayley Wilkins, Marisa Heath, Stephanie Jones, Naomi Teal, Tashi Brown, Jenilee Harris 12 Italy
2 24 July 2006 Lianna Fowler Abigail Clancy Yvette Stubbs, Nina Malone, Asha Hibbert, Lucy Flower, Sophia Price, Samantha Gerrard, Tamar Higgs & Georgina Edewor-Thorley, Sarah Butler, Amber Niemann, Jasmia Robinson 13 Morocco
3 2 July 2007 Lauren McAvoy Louise Watts Dani Lawrence, Krystal Hancock, Abigail Galatia, Natalie Nwagbo, Holly Alexander, Carly Thompson, Sherece Campbell, Lucy Bennett, Stefanie Webber, Rebecca White 12 Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
4 21 April 2008 Alex Evans Catherine Thomas Sophie Roberts, Musayeroh Barrie, Louise Heywood, Lauren Donaldson-Stanley, Lynzi Arnott, Lisa Fowler, Martha Braddell & Leanne Nagle, Aaron Hunt, Charlotte Denton, Rachael Cairns, Stefanie Wilson 14 South Africa
Cape Town
5 20 April 2009 Mecia Simson Sophie Sumner Lisa-Ann Hillman, Lauren Wee, Kasey Wynter & Chloe Cummings, Madeleine Wheatley, Hayley Buchanan, Annaliese Dayes, Daisy Payne, Viola Szekely, Ashley Brown, Jade McSorley 13 Iceland
Buenos Aires
6 5 July 2010 Tiffany Pisani Alisha White Hannah Goodeve (quit), Rachelle Harry, Susan Loughnane, Harleen Kaur Nottay, Delita Cole, Amba Hudson-Skye, Nicola Wright, Kirsty Parsons, Olivia Oldham-Stevens, Amelia Thomas, Charlotte Holmes, Joy McLaren 14 Spain
Kuala Lumpur
7 4 July 2011 Jade Thompson Justė Juozapaitytė Kimberleigh Spreadbury & Joanne Northey, Ufuoma Itoje, Hannah Devane, Holly Higgins & Amy Woodman, Tanya Mihailovic & Stacey Haskins, Jessica Abidde, Imogen Leaver & Anastasija Bogatirjova 13 Republic of Ireland
United States
8 9 July 2012 Letitia Herod Emma Grattidge Amelia Raven (quit), Emma Sharratt, Penelope Williamson, Tasmin Golding, Anne Winterburn, Kellie Forde, Jennifer Joint, Madeleine Taga, Roxanne O'Connor, Risikat Oyebade, Lisa Madden, Anita Kaushik 14 United Arab Emirates
9 20 June 2013 Lauren Lambert Emma Ward & Sarah Kennedy Christina Chalk, Danielle Sandhu, Jess Patterson, Abigail Johns, Laura Young, Emily Garner, Saffron Williams, Holly Carpenter, Angel Mbonu, Naomi Pelkiewicz, Sophie Ellson 14 Barbados
10 January 2016[10] TBA TBA TBA 15 TBA

America's Next Top Model: British Invasion[edit]

In 2012, it was announced that seven past contestants, them being Jasmia Robinson, Louise Watts, Catherine Thomas, Ashley Brown, Annaliese Dayes, Sophie Sumner, and Alisha White, would be appearing on cycle 18 of America's Next Top Model. cycle 1 and cycle 7 were unrepresented. The returning contestants from Britain's Next Top Model and their placements for cycle 18 were:

Previous season Contestant Original rank Cycle 18 rank
Cycle 2 Jasmia Robinson 3rd 14th
Cycle 3 Louise Watts Runner-up 12th (quit)
Cycle 5 Ashley Brown 4th 10th
Cycle 4 Catherine Thomas Runner-up 6th
Cycle 6 Alisha White Runner-up 4th (quit)
Cycle 5 Annaliese Dayes 7th 3rd
Cycle 5 Sophie Sumner Runner-up Winner

Russia's Next Top Model[edit]

In 2014, runner-up Justė Juozapaitytė was chosen as one of the 20 semi-finalists and eventually as one of the final 14 contestants on Top Model po-russki (Russian: Топ-модель по-русски: Международный сезон Top-model po-russki: Mezhdunarodnyy sezon), subtitled as Top Model po-russki: International season, which included contestants of Russian descent and Russians living outside Russia. She represented the United Kingdom and she ended up as the runner-up once again.


Since the seventh cycle, the show is sponsored by TRESemmé and Revlon Cosmetics.


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