EXCLUSIVE: Foxtel is set to announce the new host for Australia’s Next Top Model in a Live announcement at 8:10am via News Ltd and the Kyle and Jackie O Show.
But TV Tonight understands they will reveal Jennifer Hawkins as the new host.
Hawkins has eclipsed other front runners for the job including Project Runway Australia‘s Megan Gale along with other rumoured names including Miranda Kerr, Nicole Trunfio and Liz Hurley.
Hawkins, who has previously presented Make Me a Supermodel and The Great Outdoors, will attract considerable publicity as the show’s front-person.
Australia’s Next Top Model is Foxtel’s most enduring local brand and after the exit of Sarah Murdoch the show was rested in order to find a marquee name.
A former Miss Universe would seem to do the trick.
Update: Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “We are thrilled to bring Australia’s Next Top Model back to Australian television screens with such a star as Jennifer. Jennifer represents everything all models aspire to be. She’s successful, popular, hardworking and has truly made her mark in this country.
“As our new host, she will bring her own personal experience, style and brand to the series, giving the aspiring contestants a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from one of the best.”
Audition info is at fox8.com.au