Germany's Next Topmodel
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|Germany's Next Topmodel|
|Created by||Tyra Banks|
Thomas Hayo (6–present)
Michael Michalsky (11-present)
Peyman Amin (1–4)
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 (9-10)
|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)
"What I Did for Love" (10)
"In The Night & Work" (11)
"24K Magic" (12)
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||178 (as of 10 March 2016)|
|Producer(s)||Tresor TV (former), RedSevenEntertainment|
|Running time||approx. 60–100 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||25 January 2006 – present|
Germany's Next Topmodel is a German reality television series, 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 12–25 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 usually started with thirty-something semi-finalists who are cut down to a batch of between ten and sixteen 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, except in the final. 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 2 or 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 six different countries.
On America's Next Top Model, the final two or three contestants 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 have always been male. Thomas Hayo remained a permanent judge the longest (six consecutive cycles), followed by Peyman Amin (four consecutive cycles). After leaving the show, Amin eventually hosted the show's spin-off, Die Model WG, and signed cycle 5's winner Alisar Ailabouni despite never meeting her on the show. And although Boris Entrup only was a regular judge on cycle two, he still is part of the show (as of 2017) as the make up advisor for the girls. In 2017 Wolfgang Joop became the first former judge to return as he was a guest judge for one episode as well as the finale.
|Heidi Klum||Head Judge|
|Qualid "Q" Ladraa||Main|
In 2011, cycle 5 winner Alisar Ailabouni withdrew from her contract with ONEeins Management (which is managed by Heidi Klum's father Günther), which she received as part of her prize page for winning the competition. This was first time a winner of the show sued her way out of a prize contract. Ailabouni was not invited to cycle 6's live finale, while several ProSieben-related magazines referred to cycle 4 winner Sara Nuru as "last year's winner", given she was working as a backstage host. Since then, a number of other contestants have withdrawn from their contracts with ONEeins, including Viktoria Lantratova and Miriam Höller (both cycle 5), Jana Beller (cycle 6 winner), Luise Will (cycle 8) and Aminata Sanogo (cycle 9).
In 2012, former judge Rolf Scheider criticized the program, saying, "The show has never produced a new Nadja Auermann or Claudia Schiffer", and that girls who "lack modelling talent" are selected purely for ratings. Regardless of this, he appeared on the fifth cycle of Austria's Next Topmodel as a judge.
In April 2014, Miriam Höller, from cycle 5 said in an interview that contestants are poorly treated on the show; for example, they are not given enough food or their mobile phones are taken away. She also said that Klum was "extremely cold", 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 ONEeins said Höller was busy, even though she wasn't busy at that time. The client was offered to book Sara Nuru instead of Höller.
In May 2015, psychiatrist Manfred Lütz said according to a study "GNTM" promoted anorexia. Also, in that time, "Germany's Next Topmodel" was checked by the German Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz). Since the first cycle, the show is subject of repeated checks by the Commission.
In September 2015, former judge Wolfgang Joop criticized the show as well, stating he didn't want to be part of that anymore since "The viewers expect things that the fashion expert does not. Namely, contestants collapsing, getting homesick, crying and falling on their heels. These are stories that do not interest us in the fashion world."
In 2017 in Episode 9 of Cycle 12 the contestants had a photo shoot on a bed with male models wearing lingerie. The photo shoot took place in the streets of Los Angeles and caused a car accident and Heidi Klum made fun of that accident. The audience and several media criticized Heidi Klum and the show for that.
In May 2017 the finale of Cycle 12 aired and Heidi Klum was heavily criticized by the media and audience for her performance. For example, Süddeutsche Zeitung said, that the only winner of the show after 12 cycles is just Heidi Klum and not the participants. They critzied that it does not matter who is winning the show, because it is only about promotion, the showmanship of Heidi Klum herself and about showing a pestilent body image. Among other things, Heidi Klum had sung by means of Playback and was criticized for the quality of this performance by Spiegel Online. In addition to that, the cycle 12 finale had very low ratings.
Also in May 2017 the German radio and television broadcaster Philipp Walulis criticized the show and its practices within his YouTube-show "Walulis" as well. His main criticism is that the contestants get gagging contracts and that the show is only concerned about advertising campaigns instead of the contestants. Within this video, former contestants have their say.
Beth Ditto said in June 2017: "I see it very critically that in programs like this girls are stirred up against each other. There are so many other ways to do what you want without such a show that destroys so many dreams." 
|Cycle||Premiere date||Winner||Runner-up||Other contestants in order of elimination||Number of contestants||International Destination(s)|
|1||25 January 2006||Lena Gercke||Yvonne Schröder||Andrea Lichtenberg & Anne Mühlmeier, Céline Roscheck (quit), Rahel Krüger, Micaela Schäfer, Luise Mikulla, Charlotte Offeney & Lena Meier, Janina Ortmann, Jennifer Wanderer||12||
New York City
|2||1 March 2007||Barbara Meier||Anni Wendler||Janine Mackenroth, Antje Pötke & Enyerlina Sanchez, Janina Cüpper, Alla Kosovan, Denise Dahinten, Aneta Tobor & Tonia Michaely, Milla von Krockow, Anja Platzer, Mandy Graff & Fiona Erdmann, Hana Nitsche||15||
|3||28 February 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 City
|4||12 February 2009||Sara Nuru||Mandy Bork||Olivia Bermann & Johanna Popp & Daphne Braun, Tessa Bergmeier, Dana Franke, Tamara Busch & Aline Bauer, Stefanie Theissing, Katrina Scharinger, Larissa Marolt, Ira Meindl, Sarina Nowak, Maria Beckmann & Jessica Motzkus, Marie Nasemann||17||
New York City
|5||4 March 2010||Alisar Ailabouni||Hanna Bohnekamp||Aline Kautz (quit), Lena Kaiser & Petra Roscheck, Lara Emsen, Luisa Kreuger, Cathérine Kropp & Nadine Höcherl, Miriam Höller, Wioleta Psiuk, Jacqueline Kohl, Viktoria Lantratova, Pauline Afaja & Leyla Mert, Louisa Mazzurana, Neele Hehemann, Laura Weyel||18||
New York City
|6||3 March 2011||Jana Beller||Rebecca Mir||Chiara Breder & Lilia Doubrovina, Valerie Blum (quit), Concetta Mazza, Ivon Zito, Christien Fleischhauer, 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 Könnecke, Sihe Jiang, Aleksandra Nagel & Anna-Lena Schubert, Amelie Klever||25||
Rio de Janeiro
|7||23 February 2012||Luisa Hartema||Sarah-Anessa Hitzschke||Romina Djurovic & Laura Wittek & Abiba Makoya Bakayoko, Isabell Janku & Sabine Snobl & Franziska Poehling & Valerie-Charlotte Kirchner von Schröder, Anelia Moor, Michelle Luise 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||25|
|8||28 February 2013||Lovelyn Enebechi||Maike van Grieken||Katharina Oltzow, Merle Lambert (quit), Nancy Limonta & Lisa Quack & Linda Niewerth, Lisa-Giulia Wende, Michelle Maas, Höpke Voss (quit) & Bingyang Liu (quit), Leandra Martin, Sophie Jais (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||25||
New York City
|9||6 February 2014||Stefanie Giesinger||Jolina Fust||Jill Schmitz & Lisa Seibert, Pauline Cottin (quit) & Laura Haas (quit) & Ina Bartak (quit) & Fata Hasanovic (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, Nathalie Volk & Betty Taube & Aminata Sanogo, Ivana Teklic||25||
Salt Lake City
New York City
|10||12 February 2015||Vanessa Fuchs||Anuthida Ploypetch||Sarah Kocar (quit) & Annabel Paasch (quit), Laura Weidner & Ariana Xhatova, Adriane Sutsch, Lena Stockhausen & Jovana Bulic & Daniela Wolking, Neele Busse & Irene Pichler, Erica Santos Silva, Varisa Caluk & Sandy Provazek, Sara Faste & Laura Dünninger, Kiki Hölzl, Lisa Bärmann & Jüli Ürküt, Darya Strelnikova, Katharina Wandrowsky, Ajsa Selimovic||23
New York City
|11||4 February 2016||Kim Hnizdo||Elena Carriere||Luisa Bolghiran (quit), Saskia Böhlcke & Laura Penelope Baumgärtner (quit) & Fred Riss, Sophie Schweer & Shirin Kelly, Cindy Unger, Laura Bräutigam & Jennifer Daschner, Yusra Babekr-Ali & Christin Götzke, Lara-Kristin Bayer, Camilla Cavalli, Julia Wulf (quit), Laura Franziska Blank, Laura Bleicher, Luana Florea, Elena Kilb, Lara Helmer, Taynara Silva Wolf, Jasmin Lekudere, Fata Hasanovic||24||
|12||9 February 2017||Céline Bethmann||Serlina Hohmann||Christina Wiessner & Saskia Mächler, Elisa Weihmann & Victoria Wanke, Claudia Fiedler, Milena Ziller & Chaline Bang & Kimberly Pereira, Helena Fritz (quit), Aissatou Niang, Deborah Lay, Melina Budde, Neele Bronst, Julia Fux, Greta Faeser (quit), Julia Steyns, Soraya Eckes, Giuliana Radermacher, Brenda Hübscher, Sabine Fischer, Anh Phuong Dinh Phan, Carina Zavline, Lynn Petertonkoker & Maja Manczak, Leticia Wala-Ntuba, Romina Brennecke||28||
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- It was never announced which contestants were part of the final cast. There was no fade-out at the end of each episode, the opening sequence only featured the top 18 and several girls were not present at the live finale for the runway walk. However, ONEeins Management listed the entire top 25 as cast members of the cycle.
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