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When live TV award shows go wrong

When Australia's Next Top Model presenter Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner during the live final on Tuesday, it caused embarrassment for everyone involved.

But it is not the first time mistakes have been made at award ceremonies.

Here are a few examples of when live TV can go very wrong.

Terry Wogan's Eurovision gaffe

In 2007, Sir Terry Wogan announced the wrong winner of the public vote to find the UK's song for Eurovision.

The veteran broadcaster had to be corrected by co-host Fearne Cotton after he said singer Cyndi had beaten Scooch.

The mistake led to the BBC issuing a statement, insisting that Sir Terry had been given the right information in his ear-piece and "no technical problem" had occurred.

The corporation admitted the studio was noisy and emphasised Sir Terry was not being blamed for the mix-up.

Katy Perry picks up wrong prize

US pop star Katy Perry was wrongly handed one of the main prizes at a music award ceremony in France in 2009.

She collected the trophy for best international song at the NRJ Awards in Cannes, but it was intended for Rihanna for her track Disturbia.

Host Nikos Aliagas admitted the error at the end of the show.

However, Perry did not leave empty-handed after giving the prize back, as she legitimately won the best international album prize.

Michael Jackson makes mistake on stage

It was at the 19th MTV Video Music Awards in 2002, when Michael Jackson accepted a non-existent award in front of a bemused all-star crowd.

Britney Spears invited the late pop star onto the stage to present him with a 44th birthday cake.

The mistake was made when she announced that Jackson was the artist of the millennium and he promptly delivered a heartfelt speech thanking organisers for the honour.

A spokeswoman for the music channel said later admitted that "some wires got crossed."

Catherine Tate bumped in favour of comedy rivals

Ant and Dec were presented with the people's choice trophy at the British Comedy Awards in 2005.

An independent report revealed that pop star Robbie Williams had been given assurances that he could present the duo with the prize if he agreed to appear at the ceremony.

But BBC comedy The Catherine Tate Show collected more votes and should therefore have been declared the winner.

Ant and Dec later agreed to give back the award.

Academy accolade goes to wrong Frank

When cowboy movie star Will Rogers announced the winner for best director at the Oscars in 1933, he failed to announce the winner's full name.

And with two directors - both called Frank - nominated in the same category, it caused some confusion.

Frank Capra, who was nominated for his film Lady for a Day, started to make his way up the aisle, but it was in fact Frank Lloyd who had won the award for his film Cavalcade.

Capra was made to head back to his seat amongst jeers of "Sit down" being yelled at him.

He later called the walk back to his seat the "longest, saddest, most shattering walk in my life".

Brandon Block's Brits blunder

In 2000, DJ Brandon Block was convinced by one of his friends that he had been called to the stage to accept an award.

He stood on stage beside Stones musician Ronnie Wood, who announced the real winner and declared Block was an "intruder" before swearing at him.

Block who had been led off stage by security, ran back on stage and Wood ended up throwing his his drink over the DJ.

Was Marisa Tomei the true trophy winner?

When actress Marisa Tomei won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1993 for My Cousin Vinny, many were surprised she was picked over veteran actresses Joan Plowright and Vanessa Redgrave.

After Tomei won the award, rumours circulated that presenter Jack Palance had been unable to read the winner's name or was drunk and had simply read out her name by mistake.

However, the claims were never proven and Oscars organisers insisted two certified accountants were at either end of the awards stage to prevent such a mistake from ever happening.

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