Australia’s Next Top Model Finale – I Thought The Story Was Over
Clearly I was deluded in thinking the Australian Next Top Model Final story was dead and buried, as Foxtel have sent out yet another release saying they have identified the culprit AND it is not Sarah Murdoch. I never thought it was her fault. I think the amount of releases being circulated on this issue is starting to become the yarn. It was live TV, mistakes happen – move on.
In fact it should turn out to be a positive for the girls involved.
Anyway here is what the release said:
FOXTEL and production company Granada have concluded a thorough internal investigation following the broadcast of the final episode this week of Australia’s Next Top Model. Both have accepted full responsibility for the fault which resulted in the wrong name of the winner being announced live to air. It has been confirmed that it was human error, and not a technical glitch, which caused the incident.
Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television, said “It was important that FOXTEL, as broadcaster, and Granada, as the series producer, conducted our own review of Tuesday night’s events. In doing so, we have confirmed that the fault was a human communications error to the host Sarah Murdoch and that an assumption had been made by the producer which has now shown to be incorrect.
“Live television can be unpredictable and people can be forgiven for making a mistake. What isn’t acceptable, though, is any suggestion that the host, Sarah Murdoch, was at fault or that this was a publicity stunt. Nothing could be further from the truth and we apologise to Sarah for any embarrassment it, and the subsequent publicity, has caused her,” he said. “We have also expressed our apologies to the two contestants, Amanda Ware and Kelsey Martinovich.”
Leonie Lowe, Managing Director of Granada Productions, said “We have identified where and how the error occurred and spoken at length with those responsible. They have conceded the mistake and have personally expressed their apology to Sarah.
“Both Granada and FOXTEL would like to express their thanks to Sarah for a marvellous job this season. She has gone beyond the call of duty, having gone back to work on the show just three weeks after having given birth to her daughter, Aerin. The show’s finale was a flawless piece of television up until that last moment when one producer simply got it wrong. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and it’s disappointing that this communications error should overshadow what has been a wonderful series,” she said.
In other ANTM news Priscilla’s has signed on nine of the girls who were on this season.
The Daily Telegraph says:
Leading Australian model manager Priscilla Leighton-Clark, who is only officially obliged to represent the winner of the reality series, has scooped the pool of talent, stating the “calibre of girls this year was incredibly high”.
Martinovich along with Sophie Van Den Akker, Joanna Broomfield, Jessica Moloney, Kathryn Lyons, Chantal Croccolo, Brittney Dudley and Ashton Flutey are all on the books. It is believed the most Leighton-Clark had signed in the six-year history of the show was three in one year. Judge Charlotte Dawson agreed: “We’ve had an amazing cast.”