Australia’s Next Top Model Gets Ugly
A new series of Australia’s Next Top Model and another controversy. This time it is not about the models being to thin but an issue that has raised its ugly head before bullying.
According to news.com.au a contestant has been kicked off the show after a serious incident.
While the reality series is still in production and won’t go to air on Foxtel for at least two months, backstage sources say a problem inside the Sydney home used to house the top 16 would-be models forced producers and incoming host Jennifer Hawkins to step in and eliminate the antagonist.
It’s understood the situation centres around bullying. There are also suggestions of a physical fight.
“It was serious and it needed to be handled carefully,” an insider said.
Hawkins, who has replaced Sarah Murdoch as host this year, acknowledged the issue during an interview with Confidential this week but would not elaborate.
“I don’t know why but I went into (the show) thinking ‘oh, there won’t be drama, everything will be fine’, but of course there is always drama,” she said. “A lot of things have happened in the house and we were dealing with something that hasn’t happened before.
“It was really intense.”
Foxtel similarly wouldn’t talk about the incident yesterday, saying the show was still being filmed.
Alamela Rowan was bullied by her series winner Demelza Reveley and she told the paper at the time there were no chaperones in the house.
This goes against standard practice of reality show where there are contestants that are under 18 normally they have chaperones normally a parent. It is unclear whether this season of Australia’s Next Top Model is following this practice and considering they will probably have a higher ratio then most of under age contestants maybe they should.