Australia’s Next Top Model host Sarah Murdoch put runner-up Kelsey in a terrible position when she accidentally announced her as the winner — then took it back and said, oops, never mind, Amanda is the real winner. Murdoch tried to explain how, exactly, she made that egregious error on a prime-time Australian news program:
“The last thing that had been communicated to me through my earpiece was Kelsey 1, Amanda 2… And we had this great idea that we wouldn’t use a card, that we would have it all communicated to me through an earpiece, so that I too in that moment would find out who the winner was. And I thought it will be great. So having heard the last thing was Kelsey 1, Amanda 2, I went into the read… the winner of Australia’s Next Top Model is … nothing. Nothing. So all I knew was the last thing was Kelsey 1, Amanda 2 … The point was, it was going to be communicated through my ear and it didn’t come at that moment. So I went with what I had been told … just before that segment. It is a genuine miscommunication. As far as I knew it was the right call”
So basically she announced the winner before she knew who it really was. And TV people speak in code.