Make Me a Supermodel



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The geniuses at Bravo came to the conclusion that what TV viewers need most is yet another show about becoming a model. Not to mention this is a great way to fill an hour a week with young, sexy bodies. So I won't.

On Jan. 2, Bravo presented the casting special, in which 35 would-be catwalkers, men and women, were culled from auditions in five cities. In the opener, this lot of shirtless men and anxious women were reduced to the more manageable number of 14. Now, you, the viewers, are being asked to do the judging, until only two are left.

"America has a very hard decision to make," said co-host Niki Taylor, and I don't think she was referring to the presidential primaries. The other co-host is a very sympathetic Tyson Beckford. The winner gets a $100,000 modeling contract with New York Model Management who, not so coincidentally, had three executives help decide the finalists.

The show was adapted from a popular series of the same name in Britain. The obvious inspiration, though, was the successful "America's Next Top Model" on CW and the near certainty that there always will be an audience for heavenly bodies that is big enough for cable.