Credit: CW

After a winner is crowned next week (May 30) on the America's Next Top Model Cycle 18 Finale (Cycle 18, Episode 13: “Season Finale”), Tyra Banks and her ANTM crew will be busy getting ready for the next season, which promises lots of changes. There are the hot new judges, a new night and time, and perhaps most intriguing, a brand new way for viewers to participate in the process online.

So how will it work? According to the official rules (posted here), ANTM fans can review all 13 potential modelstants beginning yesterday (May 24) all the way through June 27. But there’s a catch: Every week, you can only vote on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 2 p.m. ET and midnight. For West-Coasters, that’s between 11 a.m. PT and 9 p.m. PT.

The CW says that a composite score collected from viewer votes “may be” used by ANTM producers “to determine contestants to be eliminated.” What we can see happening is that the judges are torn between two modelstants, and don’t know who to send home. They might then check on how we’ve voted all summer, and make a decision based on which modelstant viewers prefer.

Got all that? If you’re confused, you’re not the only one. Meghan Carlson at BuddyTV doesn’t understand the rules, and frankly, we’re a little lost too. What is still unclear to us is whether or not the models’ photos will change every week on the voting site. Currently, all 13 girls have head shots up, accompanied by brief introduction videos showcasing their personalities.

Will these be updated every week? And if the show is filming while we vote, won’t the number of models to vote on shrink gradually from week to week? If so, won’t it be a bummer to know who gets eliminated every single week before the season has even aired?

Or are the producers making each of the 13 girls participate in four or five photo shoots to be used during this period? We’ll have to wait until Monday, May 28 to find out, since that is the next day we can vote!

You’ve heard from us, so now we want to hear from you! Do you like this new voting system, or is it a little too confusing? Tell us in our poll below!

Catch the finale of ANTM Cycle 18 Wednesday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Source: The CW, BuddyTV

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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