Australia’s Next Top Model Host Explains Her Embarrassing Finale Mistake


Australia's Next Top Model host Sarah Murdoch put runner-up Kelsey in a terrible position when she accidentally announced her as the winner — then took it back and said, oops, never mind, Amanda is the real winner. Murdoch tried to explain how, exactly, she made that egregious error on a prime-time Australian news program:

"The last thing that had been communicated to me through my earpiece was Kelsey 1, Amanda 2... And we had this great idea that we wouldn’t use a card, that we would have it all communicated to me through an earpiece, so that I too in that moment would find out who the winner was. And I thought it will be great. So having heard the last thing was Kelsey 1, Amanda 2, I went into the read... the winner of Australia’s Next Top Model is ... nothing. Nothing. So all I knew was the last thing was Kelsey 1, Amanda 2 ... The point was, it was going to be communicated through my ear and it didn’t come at that moment. So I went with what I had been told ... just before that segment. It is a genuine miscommunication. As far as I knew it was the right call"

So basically she announced the winner before she knew who it really was. And TV people speak in code.

"We had this great idea that we wouldn’t use a card" - Sarah Murdoch on the ANTM fiasco [Frockwriter]