Talk about an American takeover.
Whitney Port and Tyson Beckford will go from reality stars to reality judges, as they have just signed on to judge "Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model," replacing the outgoing Grace Woodward and Charley Speed.
The news broke earlier this week when Port blogged about her excitement for her new role:
"I'm so excited to finally be able to share some very exciting news with you. I will be joining Elle Macpherson, Julien Macdonald and Tyson Beckford as a judge on Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model! I'm thrilled about this new opportunity in my career and I am honored to have been asked to work alongside industry icons who I truly respect and admire."
For many, this comes as a surprise, as it was rumored "E!'s Fashion Police" member Kelly Osbourne would be the newest judge.
But host Elle Macpherson said Port and Beckford are a perfect match for the show, which will going into its 8th season this summer:
"We knew that Whitney and Tyson would brilliantly complement the show's aspirations and style. It was incredibly important for us, when choosing our new team members, that they shone with charisma and success and would mentor our girls with their personal experience and wisdom."
As you know, neither of these Americans are new to reality shows or fashion. Port became famous for her stints on "The Hills" and "The City" while working at Teen Vogue and Diane Von Furstenberg. Port also has her own fashion line Whitney EVE. And Beckford is best known for his work as a model and host of "Make Me A Supermodel." Beckford was also a guest judge on the show last season.
We're not sure what to make of this, but we can't wait to find out. What do you think of this American invasion?