When Sarah Murdoch excused herself from both the Host and Executive Producer roles at Australia’s Next Top Model , many thought the series was done. After seven series and all forms of controversy (not least of which Murdoch’s announcement of the wrong winner in S06) perhaps it was done? With the announcement of Jennifer Hawkins as host the franchise will receive a boost of experienced yet fresh blood that will mesh well with continuing mentors Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry. S08 could well be the most interesting season yet. From the press release:

Foxtel announced today that Jennifer Hawkins will host the much-anticipated brand new season of Australia’s Next Top Model only on FOX8 in 2013.

The stunning model and hugely successful brand ambassador and businesswoman will commence filming in January on the eighth instalment of the popular reality series.

Jennifer Hawkins said: “When Foxtel approached me to host Australia’s Next Top Model I was so excited. To me, this is an awesome opportunity to be part of an iconic TV show and I can’t wait for production to start.”

With long term modelling contracts and prestige ambassador roles across some of Australia’s biggest brands, Jennifer is one of the most in demand and popular working models in Australia.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “We are thrilled to bring Australia’s Next Top Model back to Australian television screens with such a star as Jennifer. 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.”

Australia’s Next Top Model has been the number one series on Foxtel for the last five consecutive years. The new series, produced by Shine Australia, will air exclusively on FOX8 in 2013, and girls interested in auditioning can register now at www.FOX8.TV or facebook.com/fox8.