I rarely comment on reality shows before the season is half over, because that's when things really start to get interesting. However. M. and I caught the new season premiere, and wow. They really went out of their way to find talented contestants this time (possibly to counteract the criticisms of last season?) I would put at least a good handful of them up against all of last season and I bet the new crew would come out on top. Eager to see how this season shapes up.
Also, smart idea moving Models of the Runway to after the main show. I mean, I still won't be watching, but at least that way you will score some lead-in audience.