Teenager Kelsey Martinovich thought her dream had come true on Tuesday when she was named the winner of “Australia’s Next Top Model.” That dream turned into a nightmare just moments later when the show’s host realized that oops she’d crowned the wrong winner! Fellow teen Amanda Ware had actually won the title, as voted by viewers.
Host Sarah Murdoch put her hands over her face and offered an awkward apology to 19-year-old Martinovich, who proved herself a true winner for how she handled the fiasco. How did this ever happen? Read on to find out, plus see the video.
Apparently the wrong name was fed into Murdoch’s earpiece when she made the announcement. Someone should lose their head over this either the person who made the mistake or Murdoch herself, though that seems unlikely; Murdoch is the daughter-in-law of News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, whose company owns the network “ANTM” is broadcast on.
Martinovich was a true example of grace. She had already made her acceptance speech, and the cameras showed her family reacting with joy.
But then Murdoch’s face blanched and she began stammering, “I’m so sorry, this was an accident.” She then turned to the contestants and said that Ware was really the winner.
Martinovich congratulated Ware, 18, after the mishap and brushed off Murdoch’s apologies (which seemed a little off to me but I guess you don’t want to break into tears on camera).
“It’s an honest mistake. It’s fine,” Martinovich said.
Afterward producers decided to give Martinovich 20,000 Australian dollars and a trip to New York as compensation for the screw-up.
Here’s the unbelievable video.