Ford and Elite are both actually better agencies than Wilhelmina. As far as the switch from IMG to Ford, I do suspect that it ultimately had to do with the selection of contestants and could be that they weren't given much say in the matter. Plus, the show was making a major shift towards a "commercial spokesperson" focus and Ford fits in well with that.Originally Posted by Vivican;2711473;
Special Arrangements isn't really a new division -- it's for celebrities, which kind of explains how Ford viewed the winners that they signed. Elite used to have such a section (before they were involved with ANTM), but it's no longer. So far the winners that they have signed go directly into the New Faces section like any other model.
While I do think that Elite perhaps has more of a say and is establishing more of a presence on the show than Ford, the only non-winner that Elite has signed from a season that it was involved in is Samantha. None of the other girls from C7 or C8 (it remains to be seen for C9 yet) were picked up by them or arguably better agencies. I guess what I'm saying is that in theory it does seem entirely possible, but there doesn't seem to be much evidence.Originally Posted by Vivican;2711473;
Otherwise, I think that they would have worked to boot someone like Jenah early. This season in particular, many of the ones with real potential went relatively far into the competition and much of the dead weight was cut early. Then again, I was surprised by several of the Elite rep's comments about who he thought was good or not, so who knows.