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GNTM 2022 starts! Everything about jury, candidates and locations in episode 1.

Heidi’s search for “Germany’s Next Topmodel” is on again! In episode one, the Top 31 cast travels to Athens together with the model mom. Which candidates are there, what challenges lie ahead and who sits on the jury – Tikbow with all the info on GNTM 2022.

This happens in episode 1

While Germany’s next Topmodel" for years started with one or more casting episodes, the model contestants in GNTM 2022 have to prove their skills in a fashion show as early as episode one. Dressed as goddesses and on a slippery catwalk, they have to convince Heidi and her guest judge Kylie Minogue. The backdrop: the Zappeio, a magnificent building in the Greek capital Athens. Who will succeed in their model debut, and who will have to leave straight away? That will be revealed tonight at 8:15 p.m. on ProSieben and on Joyn.

GNTM candidates 2022
In bright dresses and with golden Blätterkrünzen on the head müssen Heidi’s contestants their first fashion show to contestPhoto: ProSieben/Richard Hübner

Das sind die GNTM candidates 2022

The official GNTM Instagram channel already provided a first glimpse of this year’s title contestants, photographed by star photographer Rankin, who regularly appears in the casting show. In fact, this year’s cast is more diverse than ever, especially in terms of age. For example, the Top 31 includes Barbara, who at 68 is the oldest participant in the season, and 61-year-old Lieselotte. Of course, despite their age, I will be just as tough on them as I am on my younger contestants. There are no exceptions. But the energy that the two of them have is palpable. There’s a lot of willpower behind it, and that’s great,” says Heidi, delighted with her new candidates. But the two best-ager models are also happy. Barbara: "To be able to experience that at my age, that does a lot to you. It’s almost the climax." Lieselotte even cried with joy and humility when she found out that she could be part of it, as the official press release for the first episode says.

In addition to the best-ager models, this year for the first time a mother-daughter team is in GNTM and of course Petite and Curvy models are again represented in the cast. All photos can be found on the official website for the show.

Who is on the jury of GNTM season 17?

Last year, Heidi Klum was once again the only permanent jury member on "Germany’s next Topmodel" but for each episode, she brought in guest judges from the fashion industry. Already in season 16, there was a lot of talk about Leni’s role in GNTM – and Heidi’s daughter, who is now successful as a model herself, heated it up again in the fall of 2021. In an interview with "Cosmopolitan" she said in response to the question of whether she would participate in the new season: "Maybe! I tried to persuade my mom to come on as a guest judge for one episode. Be curious if it worked out…" Model mom Heidi also answered the question about Leni’s role in the new season only vaguely – she might come over, that remains to be seen, said the GNTM boss at a press conference in Mykonos.

But one thing is certain: In episode 1, the focus is not on Leni, but on another celebrity next to Heidi. As the model mom revealed on Instagram, she will be advised by singer Kylie Minogue in the first round.

ProSieben also announced star photographers, designers and international top models. Among them are GNTM regular photographer Rankin, designer Christian Cowan, who also took part in the previous seasons, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and photographer Yu Tsai.

The new GNTM theme song – by Heidi höchstpersönlich!

In previous years, "Tokio Hotel", the band around Heidi’s husband Tom Kaulitz, provided the musical background for the casting show. GNTM 2022 is different, the title song is sung by none other than Heidi herself! The model mom has unceremoniously teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg and produced the song "Chai Tea with Heidi" as an opener for the show.

A song that causes divided opinions among the GNTM fans on Instagram – from comments à la "I find it mega" to "Omg please not" and "Heidi, I unfortunately have no Grammy for you today" everything is included.

Where was it shot?

Last year, due to the Corona pandemic, filming took place in Germany, hygiene concept included. The finale also took place in Berlin, without an audience, without guest judges, but with Heidi Klum on site. In GNTM season 17, there is a contrasting program: In episode one, the contestants have to convince the audience directly at a fashion show in the historic Zappeion in Athens, and then it’s on to the Greek island of Mykonos. So trips abroad are obviously part of the concept of GNTM 2022 to be, even a shoot in Los Angeles is planned, as ProSieben now announced. But given the current pandemic situation, will there also be a live final with an audience? We will probably only find out in a few weeks…


  • Leni Klum üabout her new fashion collection and the succession at Germany’s Next Topmodel, Cosmopolitan
  • GNTM 2022: Start, broadcast dates and times, ProSieben