Is it just me?
I watched last night’s episode of Australia’s Next Top Model and I kept waiting for Sarah Murdoch to appear.
She didn’t turn up until 40 minutes into the episode and yet she is the show’s host.
Charlotte Dawson accompanied the girls through another challenge and Josh Flynn mentored at a photo shoot.
I haven’t watched every week but I was concerned when I noticed she didn’t accompany the girls to Paris during an earlier episode either. Maybe she had a personal commitment. But as a Producer of the show I’d be a tad concerned if anything went wrong, especially when there are minors involved. I guess that had been left to the series producer.
Another episode I saw did see Murdoch appear at a challenge involving ‘live mannequins’ at a David Jones store. She was there when one girl was about to faint. One of the good things Murdoch has brought to the show since she joined is a sense of empathy. But we’re seeing less of it this year, due to selective appearances.
I can’t help but recall Manu Feildel edited into Dinner Date after the event and billed as the show’s Cupid host. Or the 90 seconds that Stephanie Rice appeared in Make Me a Supermodel or the 80 seconds that Pamela Anderson cha-cha’d on Dancing with the Stars.
Surely the role of a good host is to be there to observe, comment, question and experience what the contestants and viewers are seeing?
Foxtel told me there was nothing unusual from previous seasons, although they did acknowledge Charlotte Dawson has an increased presence this year. They assured me Sarah Murdoch was still actively involved behind the scenes, including in the editing studio. Or is that just for voice-overs?
Maybe they could get her out of the editing studio and into the challenges a little more. A little less ‘Sarah Mail’ SMSs and more visibility please.
This is a show that thrives on controversy (I’m not even buyin’ those Alex Perry headlines about overweight models) so I hardly think I’m speaking out of school….
I’m interested to hear what others think.