The series became the first series among regular programming to air on the network. Prior to the announcement of merging with The WB, UPN had committed to renewing the series through its ninth cycle on January 20, ,  for which casting was conducted throughout mid The writers sought representation through the Writers Guild of America, West , which would allow them regulated wages, access to portable health insurance , and pension benefits.
These benefits would be similar to those given to writers on scripted shows. The strike was the focus of a large rally of Hollywood writers coinciding with the premiere of the new network on September 20, Blau, a former recapper on the site who covered the series, and at the time was an America's Next Top Model show producer.
It reviewed the best cat fights, mishaps and most memorable photoshoots, personalities, defining moments and contained other segments about the show since cycles 1 to 9, and featured a special opening fusing all three openings together. Camille McDonald cycles 2 and 17 , Toccara Jones cycle 3 , Eva Pigford cycle 3 winner , Bre Scullark cycles 5 and 17 , Cassandra Whitehead cycle 5 , Joanie Dodds cycle 6 , Jael Strauss cycle 8 , Dionne Walters cycle 8 , Heather Kuzmich cycle 9 , and Bianca Golden cycles 9 and 17 all returned to comment on events that happened in their or other cycles.
After announcing that the seventeenth season would be an All-Stars version, Banks said on The CW upfronts in May , that there wouldn't be a "normal" season of the show anymore. The show is syndicated to NBCUniversal 's cable division , with Oxygen as well as Style Network carrying the series, usually in marathon form throughout the daytime period on either network, and running through most of or an entire cycle.
Each season of America's Next Top Model has from 9—16 episodes and starts with 10—16 contestants. Contestants are judged weekly on their overall appearance, participation in challenges, and best shot from that week's photo shoot; each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a double elimination or non-elimination was given 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 about two-thirds of the way through the season. Judges The series employs a panel of judges who critique contestants' progress throughout the competition.
Throughout its broadcast, the program has employed thirteen judges. In the first eighteen cycles, an additional guest judge was welcomed to the panel each week. The recent lineup features Banks, Kelly Cutrone , and runway coach J. For the nineteenth and twentieth cycles, public voting was represented on the panel by Bryanboy. Though not a judge, Jay Manuel served as the creative director during contestants' photo shoots for the first to eighteenth cycles.
During the nineteenth and twentieth cycles, Johnny Wujek replaced Manuel as the creative director of all the shoots, and Yu Tsai replaced Wujek in the twenty-first and twenty-second cycles. On the twenty-third cycle, British singer-model Rita Ora hosted for that cycle and left the show immediately. For the 24th cycle, Banks was returned as the main judge and presenter.