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Here's an attention-getting story from Australia. You can watch it before you read the news.
This was a big story in Australia earlier this week. It dealt with a popular television show named Australia’s Next Top Model. Before you read about what happened, I suggest you watch what happened.
Red faces over top model gaffe
Producers of Australia's Next Top Model have been left red faced after supermodel host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner in what newspapers said was the country's most awkward TV moment.
Murdoch, the daughter-in-law of media baron Rupert Murdoch, was close to tears after realizing she had mistakenly announced Sydney 19-year old Kelsey Martinovich as the winner of the Foxtel TV series during the live finale.
Martinovich had completed her acceptance speech before Murdoch backtracked on stage to reveal the real winner from a public vote was 18-year-old Gold Coast rival Amanda Ware.
"I don't know what to say right now. I'm feeling a bit sick about this," Murdoch told a 2,000-strong live audience.
"I'm so sorry. Oh my God, I don't know what to say. This is what happens when you have live TV folks, this is insane, insane, insane."
Foxtel publicity director Jamie Campbell on Wednesday blamed a miscommunication between series directors in a broadcasting truck control room and Murdoch on stage.
Series judge and fashion designer Alex Perry told Sydney radio that Murdoch had made a genuine mistake, denying accusations in media reports that the bizarre mix-up was a publicity stunt.
"Everybody wants to put something sinister on it and say it was done for ratings. I know Sarah and I know the executive producer. It's just not their style," Perry said.
It wasn't all bad news for Martinovich as Foxtel said she would receive a A$20,000 ($19,360) cash prize and trip to New York as consolation,
Ware won an appearance in Harpers Bazaar magazine, a modeling contract, A$20,000, a trip to New York and a car. (Reuters)
gaffe – an embarrassing mistake that you make in public, especially one that offends or upsets someone การผิดมารยาทสังคม,การเสียมารยาท
host – a person who introduces guests and performers, especially on television or radio พิธีกร, ผู้จัดรายการ
awkward – difficult to deal with; causing problems กระอักกระอ่วน
daughter-in-law – the wife of your son ลูกสะใภ้
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
baron – a powerful person in a particular type of business นักอุตสาหกรรม
finale – the last part of (especially a TV series, musical or theatrical performance), which is often very exciting or emotional ฉากสุดท้าย(ในละคร), ตอนจบ, ตอนสุดท้าย
backtrack – to say that you did not mean something you said earlier or say that you have changed your opinion กลับคำ
reveal – to let something be known เปิดเผยข้อมูลว่า
rival – a person, group, team or business that competes with another คู่แข่ง
insane – crazy, very stupid or crazy, especially in a way that is likely to cause serious problems, harm, or injury บ้า,ประสาท. ซึ่งขาดสติ
miscommunication – failure to communicate ideas or intentions successfully
genuine – real; honest แท้
bizarre – very strange and unusual แปลกประหลาด,วิตถาร,ผิดปกติ
publicity stunt – something that is done to get attention for the person or people responsible for it
sinister – threatening to do harm or to do something evil เป็นลางร้าย,
consolation – something that makes you feel less unhappy or disappointed การปลอบโยนปลอบขวัญ,ทำให้สบายใจ
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