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Dubliner vies to be Britain's Next Top Model

A Dublin girl has made it to the finals of this year's Britain's Next Top Model, the Herald can exclusively reveal.

The young woman has been sworn to secrecy about her involvement with the show, but a source close to the aspiring model said she is "very excited" about entering the house with the other finalists at the end of the month.

Although the programme won't be aired until the summer, filming will begin next week as the models enter the luxury house that they will be sharing.

All of the contestants have been instructed to remain tight lipped about the upcoming series of the show, but it has been confirmed that one of the final dozen girls hails from the capital.

The Irish representative will be fighting it out with 11 other girls for the coveted title as Britain's Next Top Model for the sixth season of the hit programme.

This year's show is set to be one of the most memorable as legendary supermodel Elle McPherson, dubbed 'The Body' has taken over from Lisa Snowdon as host of the show.

Thousands of girls entered the competition, which was inspired by Tyra Banks' US version, America's Next Top Model. However just over twenty are selected to make the semi finals, then the competition is whittled down to the final 12.

The catwalk queen is expected to put the girls through their paces, as she has also signed on as executive producer of the show.

"I am really enthusiastic and motivated to work with the team of Britain's Next Top Model," she said. "We are looking forward to finding the face that can represent the next generation."

If our Irish contestant takes home the prize, she will have to uproot her Dublin life and move to London to avail of the contract awarded to the winner.

Last year's winner Mecia Simone Simpson scooped up the coveted prize of a modelling contract with London based Models 1, a cover and fashion spread in Company magazine and a £100,000 contract with Max Factor.

Although the show's set up is expected to change since the Aussie model's involvement, the judging panel has previously consisted of some of the leading names in the fashion industry including model Lisa Butcher, photographer Huggy Ragnarsson and hat designer Louis Mariette.

Speculation has been rife among viewers as to which celebrity guests will be featured this season.

The model search programme, which airs on Living, has become one of the network's most popular shows and has attracted some of the biggest names in the business since its debut in 2005.