Janice Dickinson accuses America’s Next Top Model of rigging the competition

Danielle Fox ('13)/Eastside entertainment editor

Do you want to be on top? According to recent allegations, this might not be possible for top-model aspirers, as Tyra Banks, former model and hostess of “America’s Next Top Model,” allegedly does not actually pick her new stars-on-the-rise.

Recently, former model and “Top Model” judge, Janice Dickinson accused Tyra of running a “rigged” competition.

“CoverGirl [chooses] the model—not any of the judges. People don’t know that! When I found that out, I split,” said Dickinson, who served as a judge for four seasons.

The show’s parent network, The CW, issued a statement denying Dickinson’s accusation.

Dickinson’s disparaging remarks regarding the validity of the show have been in response to “Top Model” contestant Angelea Preston’s controversial disqualification in the season finale of “America’s Next Top Model: All Stars.”

In an issued statement to the public, The CW said, “It turns out, our production team and the network learned information that made Angelea ineligible and she was subsequently disqualified from the competition. As a result, new scenes were filmed to address this for the audience during the finale.”

According to People magazine, The CW’s statement suggests that Preston may have originally been selected as the first “Top Model” All Star, thus, explaining the need to film additional scenes.

Further allegations released by fans have indicated that a now deleted post on Preston’s Facebook page may have contained information about the out-coming of the season finale; perhaps, even a hint that she herself was crowned Top Model.

Thus far, Preston has declined to comment on the controversy.

“I have a distaste for [Tyra]. In America you say the truth. On TV you can fabricate it, but eventually we all find out,” said Dickinson.

As the allegations continue to take their course, it will be interesting to see if both Banks and her show will eradicate the criticism to make its way back on top.