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EXCLUSIVE: It’s Time for the Acting Challenge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

by Stacy Lambe 7:01 AM PST, February 22, 2017
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There are a few things we’ve come to know and love about America’s Next Top Model -- and one of them will always be the acting challenge.

Since the very first cycle, the contestants have been forced -- or challenged, rather -- to prove they’re worthy of being America’s next top model by showing how well they can cry on cue. In the 22 cycles since, there have been plenty of surprises. Certain frontrunners have crashed and burned when tasked with rehearsing lines opposite of Taye Diggs or reciting technical jargon on CSI, while others have proven their acting chops.

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For instance, cycle 11’s Analeigh Tipton may have placed third in the competition, but she went on to co-star with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love and later star in ABC’s short-lived Manhattan Love Story. AGAIN: A former ANTM contestant shared the screen with two future Oscars frontrunners.

But nothing tops former host and ANTM creator Tyra Banks, who out-acted them all when she pretended to faint in cycle six. The moment she passed out seemed so real that some contestants were in tears and later, in hysterics, when Banks popped back to life to yell: “I was acting, acting, ACTING!”

Give. Her. The. Emmy.

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Now, on cycle 23 -- hosted by Rita Ora -- the remaining contestants have been challenged to prove they’re more than just models. In ET’s first look at the episode, cycle frontrunner Courtney showcases a real knack for fake tears.

Catch all the drama when America’s Next Top Model airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

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