Tonight, the runway opens its arms to, as host Tyra Banks meows, "13 glamorous new reasons to watch." That is, the seventh cycle of "America's Next Top Model."
The two-hour premiere is at 8 p.m. on The CW (Channel 31). And there's a local connection. One of the 13 hopefuls is "A.J." (just A.J., shown right), a 20-year-old student from Sacramento.
I wasn't able to talk to A.J., though, because, unlike "American Idol," "Top Model" allows no interviews until the contestant is either kicked off or wins the competition.
However, I checked out the network's Web site, CWTV.com, and A.J. just happened to be one of the models profiled. Just a snippet, mind you, but it's a bit of a window into what type of model-aspiree she might be:
"I hear they're gonna make it (the show) sober, and I hope they don't make me too normal. I'm weird!"
OK - so maybe she'll shake things up a bit. The other 12 contestants come from all over: Fargo, N.D., Columbia, S.C., Homestead, Fla., Keller, Texas, Chicago and Parkersburg, Iowa - wherever that is. Two are from San Francisco and at least four from Southern California.
Hope they're all ready to walk the walk, and to put their best pout forward.