The finale of America’s Next Top Model: All-Stars season aired last night and while former judge Janice Dickinson would like the world to know the whole thing is rigged, not even the producers saw this ending coming.
It was down to the final three: Lisa D’Amato, Alison Harvard, and fairly obvious frontrunner Angelea Preston, when the judges revealed that Angelea had been disqualified. “It turns out,” Nigel Barker oh-so-helpfully and dramatically explains to the rest of the panel, “that after shooting was wrapped, our production team and the network learned information from Angelea that disqualifies her from the competition.”
A statement released by the CW after airing confirms his explanation.
“After production wrapped on the current cycle of America’s Next Top Model, we learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition. As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during the finale.”
But there have been some persistent rumors circulating online that Angelea was the original winner and that she was disqualified for bragging about the title on her Facebook page. The producers allegedly brought the judges and models back to re-shoot the finale.
Most reality shows have some serious non-disclosure contracts, so that definitely fits. In which case: what was Angelea thinking?
Oh, and for those who care: Lisa won the second time around.