I think what would make the show better is (1) hire your old writers back! You can PINPOINt the season where it just went down, down, down, down, downhill because it's the season where they lost their writers. (2) Do what "Project Runway" does and force the talent pool to constantly get better. "Project Runway" keeps getting better and better designers. Instead of having a bulk majority of the girls on for drama and just a handful that are REAL potential models, keep setting the bar higher with each season! They have already had girls on there with plenty of modeling experience, since this is no longer season 1 where girls were banned if they had done anything major, just set the bar higher and throw a few girls in with NO modeling experience in, but have real potential.
Oh! And enough with the "surprise" elimination. It's always when it's down to 5-6 girls and it's "the shocking" elimination (e.g., Lisa cycle 5, Nnenna cycle 6, etc.).
Just my two cents anyway! =)