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Germany's Next Topmodel is a German reality television series, based on a concept that was introduced by Tyra Banks with America's Next Top Model. The competition is hosted by Heidi Klum. She also serves as the lead judge and executive producer of the show.

Germany's Next Topmodel
Germanys Next Topmodel Logo.svg
GenreReality television
Created byTyra Banks
StarringHeidi Klum
Opening theme
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes218
Producer(s)Tresor TV (former), RedSevenEntertainment
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeapprox. 60–100 minutes
Original networkProSieben
Picture formatPAL
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release25 January 2006 – present
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Show formatEdit

Each yearly search of Germany's Next Topmodel has 10 to 17 episodes and starts with 12–30 contestants. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though a double/triple elimination or no elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel.

Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the competition (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals).

Differences between ANTM and GNTMEdit

While the American version's usually started with thirty-something semi-finalists who are cut down to a batch of between ten and sixteen contestants, Germany's Next Topmodel season premieres begin with highlights from the auditions of 100 candidates (cycles 1 and 2) and 120 candidates (cycle 3) respectively.

The panel challenge in front of the judges on America's Next Top Model is almost always replaced by a runway walk in front of the judges on the German show.

In the elimination process on America's Next Top Model, host Tyra Banks hands out a photograph to each of the contestants who are safe, in order of merit. The bottom two of each episode are called to stand before Banks and are judged individually.

The call-out order does play a major role in determining who this week's best contestant was – quite in contrast to Germany's Next Topmodel where the call-out order does not say anything about the quality of the contestants' performance, except in the final. Moreover, they are called out one by one while the others are waiting in the backstage lobby. The US contestants are all present. GNTM also starts the finale with 3 or 4 contestants left, it usually takes 2h. In ANTM, the finale starts with 2 or 3 contestants left and takes 1h.

The final five or six contestants travel to an international destination on the American show while Germany's version is noncommittal about the number of journeys abroad; cycle 1 went abroad two times, cycle 2 did so four times and cycle 3 went to six different countries.

On America's Next Top Model, the final two or three contestants compete in a runway, and the winner is chosen in the judging room. On Germany's Next Topmodel, the final three or four contestants compete in a runway and a photo shoot in front of live audience in Cologne, Germany before the winner is revealed. The final show is live on TV. Cycle 4 final show was the first to air live from a concert hall instead of a TV studio.

Due to the pregnancy of Heidi Klum, the start of the fifth season was postponed and kicked off in March. Instead a spin-off called Die Model WG was shown featuring several former contestants from the show and hosted by judge Peyman Amin.

Host and JudgesEdit

Only Heidi Klum herself has been part of the judging panel on every cycle. All the other permanent judges have always been male. Thomas Hayo remained a permanent judge the longest (six consecutive cycles), followed by Peyman Amin (four consecutive cycles). After leaving the show, Amin eventually hosted the show's spin-off, Die Model WG, and signed cycle 5's winner Alisar Ailabouni despite never meeting her on the show. And although Boris Entrup only was a regular judge on cycle two, he still was part of the show until 2017 as the make up advisor for the girls. In 2017 Wolfgang Joop became the first former judge to return as he was a guest judge for one episode as well as the finale, he came back in 2018 as well.

The judging panel for the 14th season will consist of guest judges only with Klum being the only permanent judge.[2]

Judges Seasons
Heidi Klum Main
Judging Panelists
Peyman Amin Main
Bruce Darnell Main
Armin Morbach Main
Boris Entrup Main Guest
Rolf Schneider Main
Qualid "Q" Ladraa Main
Kristian Schuller Guest Main Guest Recurring Guest
Thomas Hayo Main Guest
Thomas Rath Main Guest
Enrique Badulescu Guest Main Guest
Wolfgang Joop Main Guest
Michael Michalsky Main Guest


Since Cycle 5, the show's ratings decreased.[3] In an attempt to increase the ratings, the format is increasingly focusing on conflicts between contestants.[4]

In 2009, German model Julia Stegner said that Germany's Next Topmodel had "little to do with the reality of modelling."[5]

In 2011, cycle 5 winner Alisar Ailabouni withdrew from her contract with ONEeins Management (which is managed by Heidi Klum's father Günther), which she received as part of her prize page for winning the competition.[6] This was first time a winner of the show sued her way out of a prize contract. Ailabouni was not invited to cycle 6's live finale, while several ProSieben-related magazines referred to cycle 4 winner Sara Nuru as "last year's winner", given she was working as a backstage host. Since then, a number of other contestants have withdrawn from their contracts with ONEeins, including Viktoria Lantratova[7] and Miriam Höller (both cycle 5),[8] Jana Beller (cycle 6 winner),[7] Luise Will (cycle 8)[9] and Aminata Sanogo (cycle 9).[10]

In 2012, former judge Rolf Scheider criticized the program, saying, "The show has never produced a new Nadja Auermann or Claudia Schiffer", and that girls who "lack modelling talent" are selected purely for ratings.[11] Regardless of this, he appeared on the fifth cycle of Austria's Next Topmodel as a judge.

In 2013, Klum was criticized by German comedian Cordula Stratmann, who branded Klum "the face and soul of a cold-hearted, disgusting production" and "the trainer in malice and condescension."[12]

In May 2013, during the live finale of cycle 8, Klum was attacked by two topless Femen activists, Zana Ramadani and Hellen Langhorst, who flashed her.[13]

In April 2014, Miriam Höller, from cycle 5 said in an interview that contestants are poorly treated on the show; for example, they are not given enough food or their mobile phones are taken away. She also said that Klum was "extremely cold", and criticized the cooperation with Günther Klum. She also mentioned that a client who had worked with her before the show wanted to book her but ONEeins said Höller was busy, even though she wasn't busy at that time. The client was offered to book Sara Nuru instead of Höller.[8]

In April 2014, German model Eva Padberg said that the show was just entertainment and not the reality of model business. She also expressed her hopes for participating girls to know this.[14]

In May 2015, psychiatrist Manfred Lütz said according to a study "GNTM" promoted anorexia.[15] Also, in that time, "Germany's Next Topmodel" was checked by the German Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz). Since the first cycle, the show is subject of repeated checks by the Commission.[16][17][18]

In September 2015, former judge Wolfgang Joop criticized the show as well, stating he didn't want to be part of that anymore since "The viewers expect things that the fashion expert does not. Namely, contestants collapsing, getting homesick, crying and falling on their heels. These are stories that do not interest us in the fashion world."[19][20]

In 2017 in Episode 9 of Cycle 12 the contestants had a photo shoot on a bed with male models wearing lingerie. The photo shoot took place in the streets of Los Angeles and caused a car accident and Heidi Klum made fun of that accident. The audience and several media criticized Heidi Klum and the show for that.[21][22]

In May 2017 the finale of Cycle 12 aired and Heidi Klum was heavily criticized by the media and audience for her performance. For example, Süddeutsche Zeitung said, that the only winner of the show after 12 cycles is just Heidi Klum and not the participants. They critzied that it does not matter who is winning the show, because it is only about promotion, the showmanship of Heidi Klum herself and about showing a pestilent body image.[23][24][25] Among other things, Heidi Klum had sung by means of Playback and was criticized for the quality of this performance by Spiegel Online.[26] In addition to that, the cycle 12 finale had very low ratings.[27]

Also in May 2017 the German radio and television broadcaster Philipp Walulis criticized the show and its practices within his YouTube-show "Walulis" as well. His main criticism is that the contestants get gagging contracts and that the show is only concerned about advertising campaigns instead of the contestants. Within this video, former contestants have their say.[28]

Beth Ditto said in June 2017: "I see it very critically that in programs like this girls are stirred up against each other. There are so many other ways to do what you want without such a show that destroys so many dreams." [29]

In May 2018 Cycle 13 contestant Victoria Pavlas officially said that Pro7 and the Team behind Germany's Next Topmodel portrayed her in a wrong way on television. She said: "I do not want to be portrayed like this by Pro7 only for Fame." In addition to that, like many contestants in the history of the show, she also got out of her contract, and she did not appear on the live finale.[30][31]

In 2019 Cycle 4 contestant Tessa Bergmeier criticized the show and revealed the practices of the crew behind the camera, stating: "The production people often put words and phrases in the contestants mouths that they would never have said." She also said, that she never applied for the show, she was hired because of her emotional nature.[32]

In 2019 in Cycle 14 there was a physical fight between contestants Jasmin Cadete and Lena Lischewski shown on Television, leading to the disqualification of Cadete. The lawyer of Lischewski sued ProSieben and the cameramen saying: "It is unacceptable that a television station films how a minor is beaten by another participant during the filming and the present camera crew does not intervene immediately, but continues to film the scene." [33]

Also in Cycle 14 in 2019 after Vanessa Stanat quit, ProSieben took over her official Instagram account. Shortly after, Stanat did not have access to her personal account either. Many, including Stanat herself, believe that this happened due to ProSieben being angry about her announcing her quit just a few weeks before the finale. Rebecca Mir took to Instagram to discredit Stanat, however she and ProSieben received backlash, because ProSieben shared personal information about Stanat with Mir.[34]


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants International Destination(s)
1 25 January 2006 Lena Gercke Yvonne Schröder Andrea Lichtenberg & Anne Mühlmeier, Céline Roscheck (quit), Rahel Krüger, Micaela Schäfer, Luise Mikulla, Charlotte Offeney & Lena Meier, Janina Ortmann, Jennifer Wanderer 12  
Los Angeles
New York City
2 1 March 2007 Barbara Meier Anni Wendler Janine Mackenroth, Antje Pötke & Enyerlina Sanchez, Janina Cüpper, Alla Kosovan, Denise Dahinten, Aneta Tobor & Tonia Michaely, Milla von Krockow, Anja Platzer, Mandy Graff & Fiona Erdmann, Hana Nitsche 15  
St. Moritz
Cape Town
Los Angeles
3 28 February 2008 Jennifer Hof Janina Schmidt Rubina Radwanski & Aisha Grone & Sandra Korte, Aline Tausch & Tainá Santos Silva, Elena Rotter, Katharina Harms & Gina-Lisa Lohfink, Bianca Schumacher, Sophia Maus, Vanessa Hegelmaier (quit), Sarah Knappik, Raquel Alvarez, Gisele Oppermann, Wanda Badwal & Carolin Ruppert, Christina Leibold 19  
Tel Aviv
New York City
Los Angeles
4 12 February 2009 Sara Nuru Mandy Bork Olivia Bermann & Johanna Popp & Daphne Braun, Tessa Bergmeier, Dana Franke, Tamara Busch & Aline Bauer, Stefanie Theissing, Katrina Scharinger, Larissa Marolt, Ira Meindl, Sarina Nowak, Maria Beckmann & Jessica Motzkus, Marie Nasemann 17  
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
New York City
5 4 March 2010 Alisar Ailabouni Hanna Bohnekamp Aline Kautz (quit), Lena Kaiser & Petra Roscheck, Lara Emsen, Luisa Kreuger, Cathérine Kropp & Nadine Höcherl, Miriam Höller, Wioleta Psiuk, Jacqueline Kohl, Viktoria Lantratova, Pauline Afaja & Leyla Mert, Louisa Mazzurana, Neele Hehemann, Laura Weyel 18  
Cape Town
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
6 3 March 2011 Jana Beller Rebecca Mir Chiara Breder & Lilia Doubrovina, Valerie Blum (quit), Concetta Mazza, Ivon Zito, Christien Fleischhauer, Amira Regaieg, Franziska König, Simone Rohrmüller, Tahnee Keller, Natascha Beil & Paulina Kaluza, Florence Lodevic, Isabel Rath & Sarah Jülich, Joana Damek (quit), Jil Goetz, Marie-Luise Schäfer, Lisa Könnecke, Sihe Jiang, Aleksandra Nagel & Anna-Lena Schubert, Amelie Klever 25


Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Rio de Janeiro
Sao Paulo
7 23 February 2012 Luisa Hartema Sarah-Anessa Hitzschke Romina Djurovic & Laura Wittek & Abiba Makoya Bakayoko, Isabell Janku & Sabine Snobl & Franziska Poehling & Valerie-Charlotte Kirchner von Schröder, Anelia Moor, Michelle Luise Lafleur & Natalia Kowalczykowska, Maxi Böttcher, Jasmin Abraha, Annabelle Rieß, Melek Civantürk, Shawny Sander, Laura Scharnagl, Inga Bobkow, Lisa Volz, Diana Ovchinnikova (quit), Evelyn Keck (quit), Sara Kulka, Kasia Lenhard, Dominique Miller 25

Los Angeles
New York
San Diego

8 28 February 2013 Lovelyn Enebechi Maike van Grieken Katharina Oltzow, Merle Lambert (quit) & Nancy Limonta & Lisa Quack & Linda Niewerth, Lisa-Giulia Wende, Michelle Maas, Höpke Voss (quit) & Bingyang Liu (quit), Leandra Martin, Sophie Jais (quit), Anna Seebrecht, Jessika Weidner, Janna Wiese, Veronika Weddeling, Jacqueline Thiessen, Leonie Marwitz, Carolin Sünderhauf, Christine Gischler, Marie Czuczman, Anna Maria Damm, Sabrina Elsner, Luise Will 25  
Hong Kong
Los Angeles
New York City
9 6 February 2014 Stefanie Giesinger Jolina Fust Jill Schmitz & Lisa Seibert, Pauline Cottin (quit) & Laura Haas (quit) & Ina Bartak (quit) & Fata Hasanovic (quit), Franziska Wimmer, Laura Kristen, Emma Kahlert, Antonia Balzer, Simona Hartl & Jana Heinisch, Sainabou Sosseh, Lisa Gelbrich, Sarah Weinfurter, Anna Wilken (quit) & Samantha Brock, Nancy Nagel & Karlin Obiango, Aminata Sanogo & Nathalie Volk & Betty Taube, Ivana Teklic 25


Los Angeles
Salt Lake City
New York City
10 12 February 2015 Vanessa Fuchs Anuthida Ploypetch Sarah Kocar (quit) & Annabel Paasch (quit), Laura Weidner & Ariana Xhatova, Adriane Sutsch, Jovana Bulic & Lena Stockhausen & Daniela Wolking, Irene Pichler & Neele Busse, Erica Santos Silva, Sandy Provazek & Varisa Caluk, Laura Dünninger & Sara Faste, Kiki Hölzl, Jüli Ürküt & Lisa Bärmann, Darya Strelnikova, Katharina Wandrowsky, Ajsa Selimovic 23
Los Angeles
New York City
11 4 February 2016 Kim Hnizdo Elena Carriere Luisa Bolghiran (quit), Fred Riss & Laura Penelope Baumgärtner (quit) & Saskia Böhlcke, Sophie Schweer & Shirin Kelly, Cindy Unger, Jennifer Daschner & Laura Bräutigam, Christin Götzke & Yusra Babekr-Ali, Lara-Kristin Bayer, Camilla Cavalli, Julia Wulf (quit), Laura Franziska Blank, Laura Bleicher, Luana Florea, Elena Kilb, Lara Helmer, Taynara Silva Wolf, Jasmin Lekudere, Fata Hasanovic 24  
Los Angeles
New York City
12 9 February 2017 Céline Bethmann Serlina Hohmann Christina Wiessner & Saskia Mächler, Elisa Weihmann & Victoria Wanke, Claudia Fiedler, Milena Ziller & Chaline Bang & Kimberly Pereira, Helena Fritz (quit), Aissatou Niang, Deborah Lay, Melina Budde, Neele Bronst, Julia Fux, Greta Faeser (quit), Julia Steyns, Soraya Eckes, Giuliana Radermacher, Brenda Hübscher, Sabine Fischer, Anh Phuong Dinh Phan, Carina Zavline, Lynn Petertonkoker & Maja Manczak, Leticia Wala-Ntuba, Romina Brennecke 28  
Los Angeles
New York
Las Vegas
13 8 February 2018 Toni Dreher-Adenuga Julianna Townsend Selma Toroy, Ivana Rajić-Hrnjić (quit) & Viktoria Wendell & Lania Barzanji, Liane Polt, Julia Freimuth, Lis Kanzler & Valèrie Wersche, Karoline Seul, Franziska Schwager & Isabella Özdemir, Sarah Amiri, Gerda Lewis, Anne Volkmann, Stephanie Groll, Shari Streich, Abigail Odoom, Bruna Rodrigues & Victoria Pavlas, Zoe Saip, Trixi Giese, Klaudia Giez & Sara Leutenegger, Sally Haas, Jennifer Michalczyk, Christina Peno, Pia Riegel 29  
Las Terrenas
Los Angeles
San Diego
New York City
14 7 February 2019 Simone Kowalski Sayana Ranjan Anastasiya Baskakova & Marlene Donner & Ann-Kathrin Grünewald & Debora Goulart, Olivia Rhode (quit), Maria Willhauk & Naomi Ufelle & Celine Hamann & Loriane Glocke, Kim Dammer (quit), Joelle Pascai-Quednau & Melina Lucht & Catharina Maranca, Leonela Hires, Luna Dzek Dukadjinac, Enisa Bukvic (quit), Jasmin Cadete (disqualified), Melissa Hemberger, Justine Klippenstein, Theresia Fischer, Julia Helm, Lena Lischewski, Tatjana Wiedemann, Sarah Almoril, Caroline Krüger, Alicija Köhler, Vanessa Stanat (quit), Cäcilia Zimmer 30  
Los Angeles
New York City
15 2020


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