Oops! Australia's Top Model Crowns Wrong Winner on TV

Host Sarah Murdoch has to pull it back
By Nx Doyle,  Newser User
Posted Sep 28, 2010 5:01 PM CDT Posted Sep 28, 2010 5:01 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Sep 28, 2010 5:18 PM CDT

In what's been called an epic fail, the finale of Australia's Next Top Model was thrown into confusion yesterday when the host announced the wrong winner. Sarah Murdoch (daughter-in-law of Rupert) named 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich as victorious, but was informed minutes later via her earpiece feed that the actual winner was Amanda Ware. (Check out the video in the gallery.)

Murdoch, who Australia's ABC reports was "close to tears," then had the unenviable task of telling Martinovich, who'd already made her acceptance speech, that she was not the winner. In front of a live studio audience, Murdoch said, "This was a complete accident. I'm so sorry. It's Amanda. I'm so sorry." A gracious Martinovich took it on the chin and congratulated Ware. FOX8, the show's broadcaster, offered the runner-up $20,000 and a trip to New York. Read the full article here or here at the Frisky.
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