It was a cringe-worthy moment for viewers of "Australia's Next Top Model" as host Sarah Murdoch accidentally named the wrong winner on live television. Murdoch initially declared 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich as the audience-voted Top Model, but then paused and uttered, "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."
The real winner, Amanda Ware, 18, will be signed with modelling agency Priscilla's, receive a $25,000 contract to appear in a Levi's campaign, visit New York to meet with ELITE agency, get a Ford Fiesta Zetec, $20,000 cash and pose for an eight-page spread for Harper's Bazaar Australia. But Sarah won't go away empty-handed. Foxtel, the broadcasting company, released the following statement:
Sarah handled what was a difficult situation with utmost professionalism and grace. Amanda and Kelsey were neck and neck in the voting all night.
We apologise to Kelsey for the error, and Foxtel will be sending her to New York as well as awarding her $25,000 as a prize.
WATCH the mix-up: