Rita Ora to host VH1′s “America’s Next Top Model”

The Viacom-owned cable network has revealed that British singer and actor Rita Ora (pictured) will serve as host on the revamped modeling competition series.
July 22, 2016

Viacom-owned cable network VH1 has revealed that British singer and actor Rita Ora (pictured) will serve as host on the revamped modeling competition series America’s Next Top Model.

Ora will now lead the reinvented supermodel series in place of Tyra Banks, who is the series creator and remains as an executive producer. The British singer previously served as a coach on BBC’s The Voice and as a judge on ITV’s The X Factor.

Banks confirmed in October that she will no longer host America’s Next Top Model following the wrap of the competition series’ 22nd season on The CW last December. She will EP alongside long-time executive producer Ken Mok and will make surprise appearances throughout the season.

In addition, the rebooted series will now feature a judging panel made up of plus-sized supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach.

The restored franchise is slated for a fall debut with a series order of 14 New York-based episodes. It will aim to preserve “the DNA” of America’s Next Top Model while appealing to a new audience and reflecting the current modeling industry.

CBS Television Distribution will handle distribution efforts for the 10 by 10 Entertainment- and The Tyra Banks Company-made series.

Banks, Mok, Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson serve as executive producers.

Last week, Banks was named as co-host – alongside skateboarding entrepreneur Rob Dyrdek and marketing guru Rohan Oza – of NBC’s forthcoming business competition series Funded.

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