No, it wasn’t a massive fit over the chopping of hair or a fight over a stolen granola bar. This time around, drama stemming from the CW’s America’s Next Top Model came from an audition being held in New York City on Saturday. Six would-be contestants were injured and three arrests were made on the scene after a stampede occurred when Tyra Banks appeared and shouted into a megaphone, “I want to see you smile with your eyes, ladies! Smile… with…your…eyes.” Just kidding! Ms. Banks wasn’t there, but that sounded pretty feasible, didn’t it?
It’s still unclear what caused the mass hysteria – published reports suggestlack of organization and nerves (a few girls had slept overnight in sleeping bags just to keep their spot in line), and a panic that exploded when someone screamed that an overheated car nearby was on fire. Whatever the cause, the open casting call was immediately canceled and dreams of becoming a Cover Girl were crushed, at least for now. “We are concerned by the events that occurred Saturday,” said Banks and ANTM exec producer Ken Mok in a joint statement.”At this time, we still don’t know all the details of what happened orwhat triggered the incident. We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD andwill assist them in any way possible in this matter.”
PopWatchers, take a look at the video taken at the scene below and let us know your immediate response. I’ll go first: Holy s—, thank God I wasn’t anywhere near that street when that happened!