Harper’s Bazaar editor: Foxtel “wanted Amanda to win”
Edwina McCann says Foxtel kept live voting open in the hope Amanda Ware would win Australia' Next Top Model.
The Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Edwina McCann, has claimed Foxtel kept live voting for Australia’s Next Top Model open until Amanda Ware won the contest over Kelsey Martinovich.
Indicating the “monumental screw-up” has now required two magazine covers for November, she told the Today show, “We had a cover ready to go to print last night. We’ve had to swap our printing presses.
“I think what happened was the network did want Amanda to win. They were keen for Amanda to win. They kept the voting lines open for a long time, I think, in the hope she would get over the line.
“I’m told it came down to 3 votes,” she said.
“Apparently the 3 other votes came in, and they couldn’t get away with not correcting it because they’re audited.
“We were told about quarter past nine they had shut the voting. I don’t know, does it take that long to tally them, perhaps it does.”
The claim follows persistent campaigning by Alex Perry for Amanda Ware to win while live voting continued, an hour ahead of other judges revealing their preferred choice.
Foxtel has attributed the error as a miscommunication between the broadcast truck and the stage.
You can watch the video on Today here.
Sarah Murdoch and both Kelsey and Amanda will be interviewed on A Current Affair tonight.