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'Australia's Next Top Model' mayhem as announcer crowns wrong winner (Video)


The "winner" of "Australia's Next Top Model" gave a heartfelt acceptance speech in a live finale before the host realized she had announced the wrong name.

Host Sarah Murdoch on Tuesday night named 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich the winner of the reality show and watched as she gleefully thanked the crew and the judges for all their help.

But a stricken-looking Murdoch stopped the celebration a moment later, when she announced, "It's Amanda." The actual winner, as voted by television viewers, was 18-year-old Amanda Ware.

She blamed it on live television and apologized profusely for the mistake.

The ladies handled it with model grace. The now-not winner Martinovich had to comfort the host as Ware thanked her fans. She took the winning walk down the ramp as Murdoch clung to the second-place Martinovich.


But don't feel too bad for the runner-up. Foxtel, the network that broadcasts the show, announced it will award Martinovich almost $25,000 in cash to make up for the error and the two models will both appear on the cover of Australia's Harper's Bazaar.

By Melissa Bell  | September 29, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
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