Niki Taylor, judges dropped for Make Me a Supermodel 2

The second season of Make Me a Supermodel is getting a makeover, and will feature 50 percent fewer wooden models-turned-reality show hosts, as Bravo has dumped first-season host Niki Taylor. The network didn’t say that, though; its press release simply announces that Tyson Beckford is “returning as the show’s host and mentor to the male models.”

The series has also replaced its judges, Jennifer Starr and Cory Bautista, with “world-renowned designer Catherine Malandrino, model Jenny Shimizu, and famed photographer Perou and international model scout Marlon.” Australian model Nicole Trunfio will mentor the women but not be a host or judge.

The announcement never mentions Beckford as a judge, so perhaps he’ll remain hidden during judging like Tim Gunn does on Project Runway. That’d be good, since he wasn’t bad as a mentor but was downright sucky as a host and judge; watching Niki Taylor and him host was coma-inducing.

The second season debuts “first quarter 2009,” so by the end of March.

Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel” Returns with Host Tyson Beckford [Bravo press release]