The show is similar to the American version but the Scandinavian contestants are brought to Paris instead of New York or Los Angeles and are competing for a modeling contract with Marilyn modeling agency and a make-up contract with L'Oréal.
The show has some differences from the American version. Most importantly, since three countries are involved, nine women from each country compete amongst themselves before being brought together when only three from each country remain. Yet they still compete only with the contestants from the same country; not until the very end, when one competitor from each country remains, is a final winner chosen.
The hosts for each of the countries have been Mini Anden in Sweden, Kathrine Sørland in Norway, and Anne P in Denmark—all female models. In Sweden, Mini left the show after few seasons, and Malin Persson took over. After the contestants from the three countries have been brought together, the show has been hosted by an American fashion expert, Cynthia Garrett. Tyra Banks, the founder of the original American version, has been asked to host or guest-host the show but she has declined the offer. The coach on all the episodes has been Herve Bernard and the posing coach was Mariana Verkerk who also appears in Holland's Next Top Model, Benelux' Next Top Model, and Norway's Next Top Model as the runway coach and as a permanent judge. The runway coach was the same as in the U.S. version, J. Alexander.
The show has so far been through three seasons. The winner of Scandinavia's Next Top Model in early 2005 was Kine Lauvås Bakke from Norway, in late 2005 Norway won again with Frøydis Elvenes, and in 2006, the winner was Freja Kjellberg from Sweden. Since then, the series has discontinued and all participating countries have started individual cycles.
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