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    NEW YORK — Three people were arrested and six others hurt Saturday after bedlam broke out while they waited to audition for "America's Next Top Model," police said.

    Police didn't know what prompted the chaos involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel in Manhattan. The panic left the street outside the hotel littered with shoes and clothing, according to news reports.

    "It was pretty scary," Jessica Paravati told WNYW-TV. She said she was caught up in a stampede after waiting on line overnight, hoping for a shot at stardom on the reality show.

    Two women and a man were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, police said. Authorities also shut down the audition, saying it wasn't properly organized.

    Four injured people declined treatment, while two others were taken to a hospital, the fire department said. Their conditions weren't immediately available.

    The hotel's phone rang unanswered. Representatives for The CW Network, which airs the show, released a statement saying it was working with authorities investigating the incident.

    The model competition is hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, who also serves as its executive producer. The current season began March 4.

    Her agent and publicist didn't immediately return telephone calls.

    Banks has said she created the show to counter stereotypes about beauty, and Saturday's auditions were open only to women no taller than 5-foot-7, which is shorter than the industry's conventions.

    Tryouts also were being held this month around the country, including in Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles.

    At least one would-be contestant in the New York throng said the tumult wouldn't stop her from trying again.

    "This is my dream, so I'm not going to give up," Gifty Asika told WNBC-TV.
    America's Next Top Model: Arrests, Injuries At NYC Auditions

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    Jesus H Christ!! Come on people....

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    Did you see how many people were lined up outside??? Let's see how Tyra will explain this one.

    95% of the chicks are probably so damn ugly they'd never get a modeling contract. I think they should have people send in photos and a video, then invite them for an audition.

    Countdown to Tyra statement. I'm guessing by tomorrow a.m. her fivehead will try to explain it all away.
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    I read an article about the auditions in Washington. I seem to remember it said that people are more desperate this year because of the economic climate.

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    Saturday's auditions were open only to women no taller than 5-foot-7, which is shorter than the industry's conventions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    Did you see how many people were lined up outside??? Let's see how Tyra will explain this one.

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    they said there was over 10,000 people there. they interviewed one girl (who was pretty but had a huge bump on her nose) she said that these people had sent in their audition tapes and application prior to the days auditions. i dont have a clue if that meant EVERYONE, or just some peeps.
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    I knew one day Tyra would cause people to riot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I knew one day Tyra would cause people to riot.
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    Wow, how fierce.

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