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'America's Next Top Model: All-Stars' premiere recap: Tears, crowd boos and Nicki Minaj guest judges the first elimination

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America's Next Top Model fans around the world can rejoice! The new cycle has begun - and it's not just any old cycle, it's an all-stars cycle jam-packed with all our favourite former contestants!

Tyra Banks wastes no time in telling us that this cycle is going to be bigger and better than ever before with amazing prizes (a spread in Vogue Italia, a national campaign with Express, a guest correspondent role with Extra!), guest judges (the Kardashians, Tyson Beckford, Kristin Cavallari!) and tasks (auditioning for CSI, making a music video, creating a fragrance!)... She also provides the (maybe not entirely accurate) explanation below for why she decided to all-stars...



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The actual all-stars, meanwhile, are busy arriving at an INCREDIBLE house in Los Angeles which actually has 'all-stars' written in glittering light bulbs across the entrance hall!

Angelea Preston from cycle 14 is first to arrive, followed by cycle 13's country girl Laura Kirkpatrick and cycle 9's Bianca Golden. Angelea teases future fireworks when she predicts that if she clashes with anyone it will be Bianca.

Cycle 5's Lisa D'Amato is up next (she's recorded an album since her last appearance) and Bianca's already impressed, pointing out Lisa peed in a diaper and she doesn't know if she wants to be associated with that.

Bre Scullark from cycle 5 is next and Bianca seems a bit unhappy because Bre is her best friend (they moved to Chicago together) but she didn't tell her she'd be on the show. Cycle 4's Brittany Brower and cycle 10's Dominique Reighard (who's just had a baby) arrive next, followed by cycle 11's Sheena Sakai and Isis King, who has undergone gender reassignment surgery.

Cycle 15's Kayla Ferrell (who has swapped her red locks for black), cycle 12's Allison Harvard, cycle 2's Camille McDonald, cycle 1's Shannon Stewart and Alexandria Everett from the most-recent cycle make up the first season of all-stars.

ANTM Cycle 17: Episode 1: 'Nicki Minaj'

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Our all-stars are fittingly welcomed with champagne on ice and photographs of themselves displayed on the walls of the house, before Mister Jay interrupts their party for the first photoshoot. They're going to be posing by the pool outside while representing something about themselves e.g. Allison is "quirky doll", Bianca is "loud and sassy", Laura is "country cutie".

We get our first drama of the cycle when Shannon - who's been branded "angelic" - has a problem with the white lacy underwear she's been given and chooses to wear white bikini bottoms instead. Mister Jay thinks the bikini briefs are more revealing than the lacy pants and Shannon becomes tearful when she feels pressurized into doing something she isn't comfortable with. Nevertheless, she stays strong to her values ("I'd rather go home than wear underwear outside") and poses in the bikini

ANTM Cycle 17: Episode 1: 'Nicki Minaj'

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ANTM Cycle 17: Episode 1: 'Nicki Minaj'

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And it's time for the first elimination of the season! Self-professed Top Model fan Nicki Minaj joins Tyra, Andre and Nigel - who is sporting a brand new hair style - as the guest judge and in a Top Model first the panel is taking place in front of a crowd of thousands at the Nokia Theatre in LA.

All the girls get to strut a runway in front of the crowd to reach the judges' table but unfortunately for poor Alexandria, her triumphant return to the show is marred by one heckler in the crowd who boos her, although she keeps her composure while the judges critique her picture (they don't like it).

Tyra notes that Nicki Minaj is really impressing as the guest judge when she tells Brittany she wants more extension in her legs: "You know how to critique a picture, girl! You really know what you are talking about!"

ANTM Cycle 17: Episode 1: 'Nicki Minaj'

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Influencing the panel's decision this time around is an audience poll conducted at the event where they asked the crowd which models they liked and didn't like. Allison turns out to be the fan favourite, while poor Brittany doesn't seem to have registered with the audience as her name doesn't surface as either a like or dislike.

Isis gets best photo for her "cool, hip" image and high level of rating from the fans. The call-out order is: Allison, Camille, Lisa, Angelea, Laura, Bre, Bianca, Shannon, Dominique, Sheena and Kayla, leaving Brittany and Alexandria in the bottom two.

ANTM Cycle 17: Episode 1: 'Nicki Minaj'

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Brittany's lack of recognition in the crowd poll for her "party girl" photo is a problem, while Andre also thinks she needs to "dial it down" a bit because she's "very abrasive". Nicki, however, thinks Brittany also "lights up the room" when she enters.

In the end, while the judges are concerned about the boos "tough California girl" Alexandria received, she is given a lifeline when Tyra points out having people love you and hate you is the sign of a true star, although she'd obviously prefer opinion on Alexandria to veer to the love side.

"I am completely shocked," says the eliminated Brittany. "I had no idea I was going home first. There is nothing I could have done differently. People remember you or they don't. I honestly thought I was 100% definitely going to go far in this."

Tyra comforts her with the fact that she is returning to a great career as a businesswoman and entrepreneur and is embodying Tyra's motto to be the "CEO of her own life".

America's Next Top Model airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW

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