This series has always needed a major revamping and so far this cycle it has done wonders for the show. Elle is a great host and balanced judge (obviously with the right credentials), I think the rest of the panel is very balanced as well. I like Julien's bluntness which doesn't come across like he's just trying to be "that" judge (i.e., the Janice, Simon Cowell, etc.).
Now the show, photos, and even the cast (despite that some of them have no discernable model potential and IMO there aren't any major standouts) seem quite sophisticated and not a cheap knock-off NTM that was worse than the American version which I didn't think was possible.
I kind of like Kirsty (although her blonde streaks look grey), sometimes she can look pedestrian "in person" but her body and walk are great. She's photogenic for sure.
I thought Alisha's makeover was a mistake initially, but now it looks great on her. Now she looks like a potential model rather than just a girl who wants to be a model.