It really pays off to have celebrity friends. Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model” has been seeing the ratings dip for the past couple of seasons. After cleaning house of long time judges Mr. Jay and Nigel Barker, Banks is hoping to infuse some new energy into the show.
Executive producer Tyra Banks has booked Alicia Keys and Tyler Perry to make appearances on season 19 of the modeling competition show. Perry will give the aspiring models an acting challenge. According to TV Guide, the acting challenge winner will get a role in a Tyler Perry movie.
In another episode, super star singer Alicia Keys will serve as a celebrity mentor.
The 19th cycle of America’s Next Top Model, which will be the show’s first college-themed edition, premieres on The CW on August 24.