Seven American hopefuls will go up against seven seasoned women from Britain's Next Top Model

By Aaron Parsley
Updated February 17, 2012 12:00 PM
Credit: Pottle Productions Inc

The British are coming!

Tyra Banks‘s hit show America’s Next Top Model returns to the CW for its 18th cycle on Feb. 29 with a brand new twist: seven young women will compete against seven favorite contestants from Britain’s Next Top Model.

“This cycle will feature a variety of seasoned women from across the pond that will do whatever it takes to make it as a model in America,” reads a press release for the show. “They will compete against not only each other but a group of aspiring American models. Emotions run high, the women are divided and the competition is intense as they vie for the grand prize.”

At stake are a modeling contract with LA/NY Models, a chance to be a guest correspondent on Extra, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia and the cover of and spread in Beauty In Vogue, the face of a new perfume, a single to be released with CBS and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl cosmetics.

The ladies will be in good hands with Tyra at the helm of the judges’ panel, which also includes Nigel Barker, Kelly Cutrone and various guest judges such as Kelly Osbourne, Kris Jenner, Georgina Chapman, Estelle, Beverly Johnson and Cat Deeley. Jay Manuel and Miss J. Alexander return as creative director and runway coach.

Get ready to hear Tyra say, “Wanna be on top?” in her best British accent.