Supermodel Sarah Murdoch, daughter-in-law of Rupert Murdoch, crowned Kelsey Martinovich winner of Australia’s Next Top Model during the show’s live 90-minute finale at Sydney’s Luna Park on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for all involved, Murdoch identified the wrong winner … and didn’t correct the mistake until a minute or so passed.
As the audience cheered and Martinovich began to thank everyone who helped her, Murdoch pressed on her ear-bud, then stammered: "I’m so sorry. Oh God, I don’t know what to say. This is a complete accident. I’m so sorry. It was fed to me wrong." She finally proceeded to declare Amanda Ware, 18, the real winner.
As the victor, Ware will receive an eight-page spread in Harpers Bazaar, a contract with a modelling agency, a $25,000 Levi’s campaign, a $20,000 cash prize, a Ford Fiesta Zetec, and a trip to New York.
Fox Television has since announced that Martinovich will receive $25,000 to make up for the error. Sophie Van Den Akker was the other finalist and was the first of the three to be knocked out of the running.