Tahnee Atkinson, 17 (pictured, right), won the audience vote by a landslide to win the title of Australia’s Next Top Model 2009.
The public tipped her over the line to win the title from Cassi Van Den Dungen, despite only having three of four judges votes.
A Foxtel spokesperson told TV Tonight: “With seven professional judges, we created a voting system that saw each judge’s decision count for ten points (or 10%) and the audience vote was made up of 30 points, 30%.
“With the judges voting 4-3 in Cassi’s way – Tahnee needed a public vote of higher than 67 per cent to overturn the judges.
“Final public voting saw Cassi receive 17.5 % of the votes and Tahnee scored 82.5%.”
Foxtel is also cheering at 342,000 viewers who tuned in across its two screenings last night on FOX8 and FOX8+2, up from last year’s 309,000. It is claiming the favourite show as the highest rating television series ever on subscription television.
Director of Television Brian Walsh, said: “Australia’s Next Top Model has cemented itself as the flagship program for subscription television and there is no stopping this ratings juggernaut. Once again the series has continued to build and grow and last night’s finale was an incredible success.”
Last year the show had 6 judges for its finale, who tied with 3 votes for each finalist leaving the audience to effectively decide the winner, Demelza Reveley.