Every week I look forward to watching New Zealand’s Next Top
Model. I feel that the production team and the hosts behind the show are doing
an excellent job. This season they have nailed the drama factor with
interesting and varied girls and somewhat interesting challenges. But overall I
think what I appreciate about this show is the professionalism of the hosts. Mostly
from Sara Tetro and Chris Sisarich. Sara, who is the rock of the show serves as
an inspiration, hard task master and deep down quite soft and mother like
leader to the girls. I have heard Sara speak in person and for me she was a
great role model as a strong, attractive person and her success in the field and
life shows. This influences the show to a great deal. Chris (although a little
overdressed in the free Workshop garter) leads and provides the girls with
direction well, he provides good influence to the judging panel and offers fair
criticism – he gives the feeling that he knows what he is doing.
As Daniel Carter, Kate Sylvester, Paul Serville, ?name? (an
international Gucci model) and others, including the photographers (which are
excellent) all show up on the show week in and week out it gives the show a
feeling of quality. As they are New Zealanders doing well internationally it is
something to be proud of, an inspiration element which again lifts the show to
a surprising level of quality.
I have not watched other Next Top Model shows from around
the world like I have with the NZ one, but from watching snippets it seems that
the NZ one feels less bitchy and more focused on actually building young girls
confidence. Proving that New Zealand is successful internationally in the field
of fashion and that we can produce local content well.
Some of the challenges feel like they have been created by a
group of people brainstorming (with few ideas) – and influenced by sponsorship.
This then allows girls to be criticised in silly challenges. I do not think it
really matters if the girls do not know how to put make up on somebody else,
dress someone else in only Glassons clothing (height of fashion) or various
trivia about the world of fashion. Although the challenges may be entertaining
(sometimes), they could be improved. I feel that the improvement could follow
something like Shear Genius where there are two challenges a show, and one can
gain immunity from the first challenge, with both challenges being quite
similar to the first one – showing personal improvement, or not.
I watch the show recorded on MySky, which means the timeslot
does not affect my watching of it. But I think that the show would be watched
by more people if either it was on at 8.30 not 7.30 on Friday, or at least on
another night – getting around 250,000 viewers is not too bad, but it could be
Colin is a joke, but everyone knows that.
Overall I love watching the show every week and am quite
impressed by the quality exhumed from Chris and Sara. The show feels quite
professional and not as petty as it may imply. For young girls wishing to
either enter the field of modelling, fashion design or business in general the
show is quite inspirational – particularly showing that our little old New
Zealand is home to some very successful people in such an international field.
I hope they keep making it.