Next Top Model birthday bash

By Lynley Bilby

Bianca Cutts, from New Zealand's Next Top Model.  Photo / Chris Loufte
Bianca Cutts, from New Zealand's Next Top Model. Photo / Chris Loufte

Former NZ Top Models are reuniting for a special birthday party for finalist Bianca Cutts as producers confirm the hit reality TV show is coming back to our screens.

The quirky year-13 Western Springs College student shed her shy, swotty image during the show to make the New Zealand Fashion Week walk-off and finish second equal in the live finale.

She is holding her 18th birthday bash at Auckland's Alberton historic mansion for her closest family and friends, including models from the show's third cycle.

Alberton manager Rendell McIntosh confirmed he had a private booking in early October.

"She's such a special young lady and we're really proud of her," he said.

Meanwhile Mediaworks publicity manager Rachel Lorimer said a fourth cycle of the top rating show would definitely go ahead.

"We certainly intend to make another season of Top Model," said Lorimer.

She said it was a matter of slotting it into the network's busy reality production schedule.

"That part of it is not clear."

Mediaworks was initially concentrating on producing the local version of the reality vocal show X-Factor and a second series of top-rating home renovation series The Block during the first half of next year.

Both shows involved the same executive producers from NZ's Next Top Model.

However interest was still widespread among prospective contestants and viewers alike with comments regularly left on the NZNTM Facebook page, Lorimer said.

- Herald on Sunday

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