Live television is not for the faint of heart.
Tonnes of cameras, lights, producers, directors, castmates, awards to announce, teleprompters, earpieces. There’s a LOT going on. So it’s no surprise quite a few epic fails have been captured on film.
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Australia’s Next Top Model: The wrong winner.
In a clip that went global but stung particularly sharply in the hearts of all Aussies, was the fateful f**k up of Australia’s Next Top Model.
The 2010 series (yes, it was 10 years ago. Permission to feel ancient, granted) saw the finalists Kelsey Martinovich and Amanda Ware fighting for the top spot. During the live finale, host Sarah Murdoch announces Kelsey as the champion and celebrations and victory speeches ensue.
But then this happens...
That fateful moment when Sarah says, “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m feeling a bit sick about this.”
AREN’T WE ALL, SARAH.
“No. I’m so sorry about this. Oh my god. I don’t know what to say. This is a complete accident. I’m so sorry, it’s Amanda. It was fed to me wrong.”
And at that moment, all of our hearts felt directly through our arses.
If you want that hideous sinking feeling again, you can relive the moment right here:
And if you’re wondering what happened after that monumental stuff up, Foxtel decided to gift Kelsey a consolation prize of $25,000 and a free trip to the USA. Which, to be honest, is the least they could do after ridiculing her live on national television.
The Oscars: The wrong winner.
The two presenters had a bit of a fumble before announcing that the winner of the Academy Award was La La Land - which wasn’t a huge stretch as it had been nominated for this category and already won six other Oscars that night.
So the cast and crew kissed, hugged, cheered and made their way up to the stage. The directory started his thank you speech, shouting out the production company and giving a heartfelt vote of thanks to his wife who was watching proudly in the audience.
Everyone behind him has their sparkly Oscars in their hands, but it’s only when the mic is passed on to another member of the team that things get a little… shifty.
Cast members eyes are darting across from one another. People are shaking their heads and shrugging their shoulders. Academy Award crew are running riot in the back and a dude with a headset shuffles onto the stage.
As Emma Stone whispers in the background, “Oh my god,” another crew member steps forward to say his thanks before concluding it with: “We lost by the way.”