Rules, knife checks keep Top Model contestants from rioting in Dallas

After last weekend’s stampede/riot at auditions in New York, Top Model producers issued rules and hired security to ensure that didn’t happen at Dallas auditions. But while there was no stampede, there was a random scream, and people had problems following the rules–including the people hired to enforce the rules.

Among the rules were ones ensuring that boyfriends who’d pick fights with other boyfriends wouldn’t be around (“Only women applying should stand in line.”) and that no one would have a reason to punch someone standing near them (“No jumping in line or holding places for others.”).

The rules also insisted there was “No lining up overnight and no lining up prior to 6:00am,” but dumb models showed up early anyway, and then security let them in. The Dallas Morning News reports that “Security guards patrolling the lot … say that so many girls showed up at 2 a.m. they had to open the gates early.”

After lining up, the “nearly 3,000 models” who attended went through security, including a knife check, according to the paper: “An imposing and heavily-highlighted official waves a metal-detecting wand. While looking through a purse, the guard asks a bewildered teenager, ‘any knives?'”

The best part of the paper’s account, though, involves a mysterious incident:

9:14 a.m.: A scream erupts from behind the curtain. Guy passing out breakfast sandwiches doesn’t know what happened.

9:15 a.m.: Dallas Morning News is asked to leave the area.

Maybe the scream was from a model who smelled food for the first time in weeks?

15 minutes of fame at ‘America’s Next Top Model’ auditions in Dallas [Dallas Morning News]

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

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