In a not-so-well-kept secret, Jennifer Hawkins has been announced as the new host of Australia's Next Top Model following months of speculation over who would replace Sarah Murdoch for the eighth cycle of the Fox8 show.
The 28-year-old beauty queen, whose previous show Make Me a Supermodel fell flat on its heels after one season in 2008, beat out competition rumoured to include Megan Gale, Miranda Kerr, Nicole Trunfio and Liz Hurley.
"When people asked, I said I have no idea, but in my mind I was saying, 'Yes! I am the host'," the 2004 Miss Universe told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O on their 2DayFM radio show this morning.
The news had been leaked online overnight before Foxtel confirmed it today.
"We are thrilled to bring Australia's Next Top Model back to Australian television screens with such a star as Jennifer," Foxtel's executive director of television Brian Walsh said.
"Jennifer represents everything all models aspire to be. She's successful, popular, hardworking and has truly made her mark in this country.
" As our new host, she will bring her own personal experience, style and brand to the series, giving the aspiring contestants a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from one of the best."
Fans of the show have met the news with a mix of enthusiasm and frostiness.
"She needs to harden up and poach eggs," wrote a fan on the show's Facebook page.
"Should have been Miranda Kerr," another fan complained.
"Thanks for ruining a show I love," said another fan. "She has no personality and looks down her nose at people. She may as well be a cardboard cut-out."
Others have given Jen, whose other TV credits include stints on Getaway and The Great Outdoors, the benefit of the doubt.
"Give her a chance and just hope it's not utterly ruined," a fan wrote. "The worst that can happen is that no-one watches this season and a replacement occurs but ANTM can withstand a bad season ... You never know she might have been working on her onscreen personality appearance and be good."
"She should have been the host the whole time," wrote another supporter.
Meanwhile, Project Runway Australia host Megan Gale congratulated Jen on joining the Foxtel fold.
"Finally after keeping this fab secret on the DL I can welcome @jenhawkins to the @Foxtel family. Congratulations, lovely!! #awesomenews," Megan wrote.
She also denied a Daily Telegraph report that she was in the running for the job.
"I was never a possibility," Megan tweeted this morning.
Jen will join judges Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson when production starts in January, with an air date of mid-2013.
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