Video: The most awkward moment in television history

posted at 10:09 pm on September 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

I was going to post the video of Cindy Sheehan proudly declaring herself a 9/11 Truther, just as a friendly reminder to media types who obsess about cranks at tea party rallies that their side’s grassroots heroes have “issues” too. But (a) we already knew that about St. Cindy, and (b) I thought you deserved an even bigger trainwreck to end a slower-than-slow news day. So here you go — three minutes from one of the most excruciating TV screw-ups you’ll ever see. It’s the grand finale of “Australia’s Next Top Model” and they’re down to the final two contestants, Amanda (red dress) and Kelsey (black dress). And the winner, who’s being applauded by the crowd as the clip starts off, is … Kelsey! Or is it?

Imagine how horrifying this would have been if the two women hadn’t been as gracious as they were. Good lord.


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Stunt?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Was this gal a vote counter in Dade County in Florida in 2000?

PappyD61 on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Seemed extremely staged to me. Saw this on D-listed, and the winner loser still got to go to NYC and meet the modeling agency.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

…slower-than-slow news day…

AP, if this was a “slower-than-slow” news day, I eagerly await a day you’d call “stagnant”.

Cheers!

SuperCool on September 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Stunt?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Yes..I am with you it was a stunt..:)

Dire Straits on September 28, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Allah great post and horrrrrible to watch!

Ps for this slow news day: dancing with the stars was downright geraldo-esque in defense of palin booooo gate

They aired UNEDITED DIReCTOR FOOTAGE showing the boos were clearly at the judges

http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/09/dwts-result-show-open-thread.html

Haha what a day. Um. Are we not in 2 wars? Can we not hear about them mainstream media???,

picklesgap on September 28, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Was this gal a vote counter in Dade Palm Beach County in Florida in 2000?

PappyD61 on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Lanceman on September 28, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Dang – that loser was CLASSY in the way she forgave the host & cheered the winner.

poppieseeds on September 28, 2010 at 10:19 PM

The most awkward? I hardly even watch TV and I’ve seen more awkward.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Imagine how horrifying this would have been if the two women hadn’t been as gracious as they were. Good lord.

Like a NOW convention? ;)

picklesgap on September 28, 2010 at 10:19 PM

OT: Charlie Crist grovelling to Lawrence O’Donnell. See, I wasn’t even looking and found more “awkward”.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Oh my…What a Joe Biden moment!!!!

aigle on September 28, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Staged. Fake. Bogus Insert adjective here..

AnthonyK on September 28, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Imagine how horrifyinga cat fight this would have been if the two women hadn’t been as gracious as they were. Good lord.

I think the little scraper would have won.

jerrytbg on September 28, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Stunt?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Yeah the host especially looked like she was acting. Bad acting at that.

terryannonline on September 28, 2010 at 10:26 PM

poor gal.

ted c on September 28, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Sucks to be beautiful. I know from personal experience.

txag92 on September 28, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Was Kanye West in the audience?

AnthonyK on September 28, 2010 at 10:27 PM

The host is a Murdoch. As in FoxNews Murdoch. Guess which network I was watching and learned that.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 10:28 PM

I’ve seen HBO specials that have appeared less staged.

Everyone had the perfect, predictable expressions at the right time. The music slowed at the right time. And the cameras made a smooth transition from face to face at the right time.

amerpundit on September 28, 2010 at 10:28 PM

scrapper…oops

jerrytbg on September 28, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I’ve seen HBO specials that have appeared less staged.

Everyone had the perfect, predictable expressions at the right time. The music slowed at the right time. And the cameras made a smooth transition from face to face at the right time.

amerpundit on September 28, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Plus the host did a horrible acting job.

terryannonline on September 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM

The host is a Murdoch. As in FoxNews Murdoch. Guess which network I was watching and learned that.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Yeah, Sarah Murdoch, Rupert’s daughter-in-law.

amerpundit on September 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Plus the host did a horrible acting job.

terryannonline on September 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Yeah, that didn’t quite look like she wanted to throw up for being about to break the girl’s heart and embarrass herself on national television.

amerpundit on September 28, 2010 at 10:32 PM

This is just plain silly…jez. gone.

jerrytbg on September 28, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Hey, Allah, what ever happened to ‘We Pick, You Click’?

Lanceman on September 28, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I call phooey.

Pulling a major faux pas on live teevee – the emcee would have at least blushed or blanched.

tru2tx on September 28, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Also it appears by the fireworks and all the stage production this isn’t a cheap show. Would a well-produced show really wait till the last minute to count the votes and feed it to the host? I don’t think so. This is the kind of mistake I can see happening at the local beauty pageant….but on a Fox production….I don’t think so!

terryannonline on September 28, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Seemed extremely staged to me. Saw this on D-listed, and the winner loser still got to go to NYC and meet the modeling agency.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

LMAO! That’s a funny site that I visit daily.

Apologetic California on September 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Seemed extremely staged to me. Saw this on D-listed, and the winner loser still got to go to NYC and meet the modeling agency.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM

LMAO! That’s a funny site that I visit daily.

Apologetic California on September 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Guilty! Many times a day.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Apologetic California on September 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM
Guilty! Many times a day.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Dlisted and MediaTakeOut are two of my other MUST CLOCK sites behind HotAir.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM

So which one actually won? I don’t speak Aussy.

Mr_Magoo on September 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM

What a class act. Makes me smile that people can be civil and adult in these sorts of things

thebrokenrattle on September 28, 2010 at 11:10 PM

I’d hit it…

Seven Percent Solution on September 28, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Is this how Fox News picks their anchor babes?

docjeff on September 28, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Ah well the runner up still has a great career at the Bikini Stakes!

ronsfi on September 28, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Fake. They should have ended it with a catfight, it would have gone viral.

29Victor on September 28, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Super model fail.

Mojave Mark on September 28, 2010 at 11:29 PM

If this happened in the US there would be a lawsuit.

deewhybee on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 PM

So which one actually won? I don’t speak Aussy.

Mr_Magoo on September 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM

haha same here

SlimyBill on September 28, 2010 at 11:32 PM

“I ahpulajoize”

That clip needed subtitles. Some Aussies should bring interpreters with them wherever they go.

fogw on September 28, 2010 at 11:37 PM

So which one actually won? I don’t speak Aussy.

Mr_Magoo on September 28, 2010 at 10:55 PM

The one in the red dress.

Australians have no problems understanding the American accent. I wonder why Americans have problems with the Australian accent?

Crux Australis on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM

It don’t get any classier than that Kelsy woman. We need more people like her.

cjk on September 28, 2010 at 11:49 PM

someone give that girl something to eat sheesh

equanimous on September 28, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Imagine how horrifying this would have been if the two women hadn’t been as gracious as they were. Good lord.

They would have spent months in court arguing over which judges’ votes should be recounted.

pedestrian on September 28, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Australians have no problems understanding the American accent. I wonder why Americans have problems with the Australian accent?

Crux Australis on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM

It’s called Hollywood.

pedestrian on September 28, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Australians have no problems understanding the American accent. I wonder why Americans have problems with the Australian accent?

Crux Australis on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM

What?

Ronnie on September 28, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Where’s the part where they make out?

WisCon on September 29, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Stunt?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Cunning stunt.

justltl on September 29, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Actually three of them, now that I watch it again.

justltl on September 29, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Stunt?

John the Libertarian on September 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Cunning stunt.

justltl on September 29, 2010 at 12:06 AM

..nah, mate, three cunning stunts.

The War Planner on September 29, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Hmmmm. I never would have expected this from… Australian models.

greggriffith on September 29, 2010 at 12:13 AM

Viva Australia!

I love America more, but what a great country!

And NO Tyra Banks! The men are spunks and the women beautiful!

Gob on September 29, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Crux Australis on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM

I know CA…they tend not to be able to differenciate between the English and Aussie (??) but don’t even try to explain the kiwi one to them…aye,aye, aye.

Still, sometime in the urban movies, it can be quite thick (“Chopper”, Animal Kingdom” and “Two Hands”) but I hafta say…NOTHING is more incomprehensible than the Scottish accent!

Gob on September 29, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Bugga…isn’t that MC Kylie Bax? She’s a kiwi…

Gob on September 29, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Fake but accurate. Is Dan Rather their new media consultant.

Dhuka on September 29, 2010 at 12:35 AM

If that happened on America’s Next Top Model, Tyra would have got the beat down.

I guess their version has the public vote. The public has no say in ANTM. So i guess this couldn’t happen.

rosewaning on September 29, 2010 at 1:07 AM

Don’t know anything about ANTM but the fake winner was a bit cuter, hell its Australia everything is backwards isn’t it?

Atleast the host can just come work for her Father-In-Law at Fox if things get rough out there.

Rbastid on September 29, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Don’t know anything about ANTM but the fake winner was a bit cuter, hell its Australia everything is backwards isn’t it?

Rbastid on September 29, 2010 at 1:29 AM

I wouldn’t complain dating either, Allah wouldn’t complain dating anyone…

Tim Burton on September 29, 2010 at 3:08 AM

People call it the Australia’s Next Top Model Muddle

Don’t worry. Both these models will be soon forgotten.

Don’t know anything about ANTM but the fake winner was a bit cuter, hell its Australia everything is backwards isn’t it?

Rbastid on September 29, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Yes, quite often the best person in these reality TV programs don’t win in Australia. Mediocrity wins the day.

Crux Australis on September 29, 2010 at 3:48 AM

There, but by the grace of God, goes Obama.

nico on September 29, 2010 at 4:28 AM

I’m glad you showed it. If not staged, it demonstrates some true grace and humility. Way to go Australia. Class acts.

hawkdriver on September 29, 2010 at 5:17 AM

don’t = doesn’t??

Crux Australis on September 29, 2010 at 6:00 AM

I don’t believe it was staged. These women are paid (or at least, trying to be paid) to control their looks. I believe the error was that the wrong magazine cover photo was posted, and everything went from there–the sound booth then corrected the hostess, and the “winner–oh, wait” girl showed grace under pressure and great disappointment. The show would be foolish not to send her to New York, too–great publicity, and who wouldn’t want to work with a gorgeous woman who is also so decent? Both these girls are going to get lots and lots of work.

DrMagnolias on September 29, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Australians have no problems understanding the American accent. I wonder why Americans have problems with the Australian accent?

Crux Australis on September 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM

What?

Ronnie on September 28, 2010 at 11:57 PM

OK, I LOL’d.

No problems here w/ the Australian accent (too many Mel Gibson movies I guess) but Scottish accents, as someone said above, are sometimes really thick and tough to get.

inviolet on September 29, 2010 at 7:08 AM

If you have HBO, watch the Documentary by the Adrian Grenier from Entourage about the 13-year old paparazzi. It’s a hard look at our celebrity obsessed culture.

TheBigOldDog on September 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Not staged. Not a chance.

Or if it was stage … they didn’t clue in the host beforehand.

Watch it again – and just watch the host. Watch her eyes.

They are talking in her ear a good 30 seconds before she speaks up – and you can see the exact moment when the mistake dawns on her. You can pretty much read her thoughts: “How did I get stuck fixing this screw-up?”

Then there’s quite a pause before she starts speaking back to the unseen producer – and she has the clearest raccoon-stuck-in-a-bear-trap look.

Not staged.

Unless that woman is such an acting prodigy she makes Olivier look like a piker.

Professor Blather on September 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Why are all three of them wearing ponytails? Is this some Ds Subliminal message?

BrideOfRove on September 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Non-factor.

IronDioPriest on September 29, 2010 at 8:30 AM

In reality show contests like this, there is no loser. They will both become famous models.

Also, THANKS! I have always had a thing for Austrailian girls! LOL

jeffn21 on September 29, 2010 at 8:45 AM

People actually watch these shows?

capejasmine on September 29, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Yup. Stunt. Don’t think the announcer carried it off.

Pablo Snooze on September 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Staged

ButterflyDragon on September 29, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Genuine screw-up.

The host starts hearing from the producer before they go to the runner-up for comments; the contestants all figure it out before she tells them; the photo behind them has been changed before the host tells them.

If it was staged the host was not in on it.

rwenger43 on September 29, 2010 at 2:17 PM

MaybeI’m naive, but what would really be gained by the show by this kind of stunt? (I can see the girls benefitting from the extra publicity, but the show itself?)

They’ve embarrassed themselves, gone to extra cost to make up for it, put themselves under the microscope for next season (probably instituting new vote-counting rules or procedures and possibly having to retain an additional layer of auditors to ensure integrity) for what positive benefit? Only answer I can see is that today thousands of persons are watching their mistake.

But we are not advertisers, and we are not all paying to watch this clip. And we will not be setting our TiVos for the start of next season, nor subscribing to Aussie TV. This was the last show of the season, so whatever viewer interest has been raised will subside before next year. What is the net positive if this mistake were staged?

rwenger43 on September 29, 2010 at 2:29 PM

This is quite a bit different than the American version. The winner isn’t announced before an audience. The final two are brought before the judges as they are every week, and then the winner is informed. Maybe the Aussies should consider doing that after this screw up.
As for the winners, at least here they do get a one year contract with an agency, a contract with Cover Girl, and a magazine cover, after that they are on their own. Most have had modest, by model standards success. We tend to only hear about the so-called super-models but there is money to be made in catalogs, magazine ads, store shows, etc. and not just for clothing or beauty products.

Deanna on September 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM