Abbey Clancy named head judge for Britain's Next Top Model

Published Wednesday, Aug 26 2015, 12:34 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Abbey Clancy has been named head judge on the new series of Britain's Next Top Model.

After finding fame as runner-up on the reality show's second series nine years ago, she's now back as head of the judging panel searching for the next superstar model.

Abbey Clancy at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014 London held at Earl's Court - Arrivals, 2 Dec 2014

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Abbey said: "Britain's Next Top Model is a show very close to my heart as it's where I started my career so I am thrilled to be returning as head judge. We have an incredible team working on this series and I can't wait to bring my own spin to the show.

"Lifetime viewers should expect more drama and style than ever before, and the girls better be ready to bring their A game!"

Since her days on BNTM, Abbey has enjoyed a successful modelling career, launched an accessories line and clothing lines with Matalan, and had two children with footballer husband Peter Crouch. She also won Strictly Come Dancing and appears on This Morning as a fashion reporter.

Abbey will be joined on the judging panel by male model Paul Sculfor, who used to date Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, fashion direction Hilary Alexander OBE and celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston.

BNTM was asked by Sky Living in 2013, but will return to our screens next year on a new channel, Lifetime. Filming begins next month.

Lifetime director of programming Koulla Anastasi said in July: "Lifetime is delighted to be working with Thumbs Up to bring the brand new revamped series of Britain's Next Top Model to viewers next year, through this exclusive UK deal."

The Next Top Model franchise was created by supermodel Tyra Banks, who remains the head judge on the American version of the show, which is at cycle 22 already. (Wow!) It's broadcast in more than 120 countries around the world and has its own versions everywhere from Africa to Asia, Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand… actually, pretty much everywhere.


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