While Cassi won extra votes from the judges, it was the audience vote that tipped Tahnee as the title winner.
Sarah Murdoch hosted FOX8’s live finale under the big top at Luna Park, opening the show by asking a huge audience if the winner would be “Boganista Cassi” or “Gorgeous goofball Tahnee?’
“What a bunch of scrags they’ve been,” said judge Charlotte Dawson. “Talk about bitching.”
Co-judge Alex Perry agreed, “If there’s no bitching what’s the point?”
So it seems…
Before a throng of fans, industry, celebrities and media, the finale brought back all 11 eliminated contestants, and featured Jessica Mauboy performing, Project Runway Australia contestants, a message from Bruno, and a surprise reunion with Cassi’s mother who now resides in the US.
Ruby Rose hosted behind-the-scenes moments with contestants and members of the audience.
But an unexpected nosebleed for Tahnee nearly upstaged them all.
“I think that’s a first,” said Murdoch.
All 13 contestants also participated in a ‘forum’ style chat with Dawson and Perry asking questions about the series, including their conduct and comments. Much of it focussed on bitching, dummy spits and tantrums with clip highlights.
“I called you a mole, so I apologise,” Dawson said to one contestant.
Another girl clarified that the bitching was, “more sibling rivalry than bitching.”
img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-34545″ title=”antm” src=”http://www.tvtonight.com.au/wp-content/uploads/antm.jpg” alt=”antm” width=”290″ height=”200″ />Murdoch’s hosting of the finale capped off a confident, often empathetic, debut as the new series host. Last year’s finale was upstaged by the last minute walkout by jost Jodhi Meares. This year, Murdoch put an end to any insecurity with the role.
As the winner of ANTM’s fifth cycle, Tahnee wins agency representation, a trip to New York, features as the face of a Maybelline collection, a magazine shoot for Harper’s Bazaar and $20,000 cash.