Australia's Next Top Model?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 September 2010
Sarah Murdoch

Sarah Murdoch

Sarah Murdoch - the host of 'Australia's Next Top Model' - announced the wrong winner's name live on air

The host of 'Australia's Next Top Model' announced the wrong winner live on air.

Presenter Sarah Murdoch had the wrong name fed into her earpiece, and was forced to stop second-place Kelsey Martinovich halfway through her heartfelt acceptance speech and explain that brunette beauty Amanda Ware was actually the winner.

After realising she'd made the blunder, Sarah - who is daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch - stammered: "This is insane. Oh my God, I don't know what to say right now. I'm feeling a bit sick about this. No. I'm so sorry about this. Oh my God. I don't know what to say.

"This was a complete accident. It's Amanda, I'm so sorry. It was fed to me wrong."

Luckily, Kelsey took the news with grace and hugged her opponent.

However, the 19-year-old aspiring model won't walk away empty handed from the competition, as Fox8, the network responsible for the mishap, are giving Kelsey a $20,000 cash prize and a holiday to New York.

Meanwhile, winner Amanda will receive a modelling contract worth $25,000, a Ford Fiesta Zetec car, $20,000, a trip to New York to meet with the Elite model agency and an eight-page spread for Harper's Bazaar Australia magazine.

Speaking after the event, host Sarah told 'A Current Affair': "As far as I knew it was the right call, it was what I had been told. You would never put your worst enemy in a situation like that, let alone these girls. I don't know if I love live TV so much anymore."

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