Wednesday 25 April 2018

Doors close for Irish models as Sky axes Elle McPherson’s catwalk show

Elle Macpherson hosted the show
Elle Macpherson hosted the show
Yvonne Keating
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

IRISH models hoping to launch themselves overseas may find it more difficult to get noticed, as television search ‘Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model’ has been axed.

Producers of the Sky Living programme, hosted by Elle Macpherson, have decided to cut the show from their schedule line-up.

The series provided a platform for aspiring catwalk stars, with ‘Love/Hate’ actress Susan Loughnane getting her first break into the business when she appeared on the show in 2010.

Yvonne Keating and photographer Barry McCall featured as guest judges for an episode in 2011 and former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter made it through to the final 10 contestants of the 2013 series, which aired over the summer.

The 22-year-old told the Irish Independent that the production has opened doors for her career in the UK.

“I absolutely loved filming the series,” she said.

“It was hard work, the days were long and it was very emotional being so stressed and away from home, but it was so worth it.

“I made some friends for life and some great contacts in the UK that I have remained in touch with.

“I’ve been so busy with work since the show aired and I’ve gotten more opportunities in TV too, which is where I want to be.”

Carpenter added: “My experience on the show encouraged me to start my acting and presenting course in the Gaiety.”

The show was created by American model Tyra Banks, with Macpherson serving as head judge and executive producer for the UK edition, which first aired in 2005.

Dannii Minogue and model Tyson Beckford joined McPherson on the panel for the last series, which was eventually won by Lauren Lambert.

"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats - Voltaire #thoughtoftheday,” McPherson wrote on her Twitter page yesterday after the axing was confirmed.

Meanwhile, Sky has introduced Naomi Campbell’s model reality show ‘The Face’, for the first time in the UK this year.

Campbell is joined by Irish supermodel Erin O’Connor and Caroline Winberg as mentors, each taking a team of four girls to compete for a lucrative contract.


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