Sunday, March 15, 2009

America's Next Top Model Tryout Disaster

New York police arrested three people following a massive stampede that erupted during a casting call for the new season of the Tyra Banks-powered reality contest—a melee that involved hundreds of people outside a Central Park hotel.

At least six people were injured, two of whom were hospitalized in a scene that left the surrounding vicinity looking like Fashion Week meets Thunderdome and shut down the auditions.

Police said they did not immediately know what triggered the crush of bodies, but according to the New York Daily News, the combination of would-be catwalkers (all under 5-foort-7 this season) waiting on line for hours and a broken-down BMW proved combustible.

A fight had broken out among some of the bystanders and then the car, spewing smoke, reportedly led to shouts that a bomb had gone off.

"The girls were running like it was 9/11 part two," 27-year-old Jennifer Brown of, Brooklyn told the Daily News. "I feared for my life."

Two women and a man were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

In an understatement, the CW said: "An altercation occurred today at a casting call for the next edition of America's Next Top Model in New York City. Representatives of The CW are working and cooperating with local authorities on the matter."

Despite tryouts upcoming in Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles and still a full season ahead, we're not sure Tyra & Co. can top this.