Following in the wake of Janice Dickinson’s claims that America’s Next Top Model is “rigged”, TV3 has assured kiwi fans that the New Zealand version is legitimate.
Dickinson, who had appeared on the US version for four seasons, claimed that sponsor CoverGirl would pick the winner of the show as opposed to the judges.
“While Janice Dickinson is hugely entertaining , this is certainly not the case with NZNTM,” TV3 said in a statement.
“Our three judges Sara Tetro, Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Chris Sisarich are the only people who decide on who wins NZNTM.
“We would be more than happy to invite Janice to be a guest judge and show her how we do it in NZ.”
Last week Dickinson told the FilmOn website what was really happening behind the scenes on the reality series.
“CoverGirl are the people that choose the model… Not any of the judges, not what Tyra says. It’s who CoverGirl thinks should win, each season.
“People don’t know that. When I found out I split. The fact of the matter is now she’s made like £90 million or she makes something like that… she has a lot of money a year still hawking that franchise worldwide. In essence they’re doing it in every country, it’s Cover Girl that chooses the winner.
“Definitely on Tyra’s show it’s rigged. It’s rigged. I was so depressed sitting there knowing that… None of my picks ever got to stay.”