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Amanda wins Australia's Next Top Model ... eventually

Amanda Ware has been crowned this year's winner of Australia's Next Top Model, despite host Sarah Murdoch announcing the wrong winner during the live finale.

Murdoch named Kelsey Martinovich as the winner but declared minutes later that Ware, of Queensland, was the actual winner after an incredibly close public vote.

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"I don't know what to say right now … I'm feeling a bit sick about this," Murdoch said while shaking her head.

"I'm so sorry, oh my god, I don't know what to say. This is a complete accident, I'm so sorry.

"It was fed to me wrong.

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"This is what happens when you have live TV folks, this is insane, insane, insane."

The 18-year-old was announced the rightful winner in front of a live audience during the show's 90-minute finale extravaganza at Sydney's Luna Park last night.

Victoria's Sophie Van Den Akker was the other finalist and was the first of the three to be knocked out of the running.

Foxtel has since announced that it will award Martinovich $25,000 to make up for the error.

"Tonight we saw the perils of live TV. At the time of the result announcement there was a miscommunication between the broadcast truck and the stage," Foxtel spokesman Jamie Campbell said in a statement.

"Sarah handled what was a difficult situation with utmost professionalism and grace. Amanda and Kelsey were neck and neck in the voting all night.

"We apologise to Kelsey for the error and Foxtel will be sending her to New York as well as awarding her $25,000 as a prize," he said.

As the winner, Ware will receive an eight-page spread in women's magazine Harpers Bazaar, a contract with Priscilla's modelling agency, a $25,000 Levi's campaign, a $20,000 cash prize, a Ford Fiesta Zetec and a trip to New York.

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