Australia's Next Top Model (season 8)

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Australia's Next Top Model
Season 8
No. of contestants15
WinnerMelissa Juratowitch
Country of originAustralia
No. of episodes12
Original networkFox8
Original release9 July (2013-07-09) –
24 September 2013 (2013-09-24)
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The eighth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model began airing 9 July 2013 on Fox8. Former host Sarah Murdoch left the show and was replaced by Jennifer Hawkins. Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson returned as judges for this season with Didier Cohen joining the show as a new judge.[1] This is the last series of Australia's Next Top Model to feature Dawson, before she died of an apparent suicide five months after it ended.

The prizes for this cycle included a one-year modelling contract with IMG Sydney and worldwide representation by IMG London, New York, Milan and Paris, as well as a A$20,000 cash prize thanks to TRESemmé, a brand new Nissan Dualis, an overseas trip to Paris to meet with IMG Paris, and an eight-page editorial spread and the cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia.[2]

The winner of the competition was 16-year-old Melissa Juratowitch from Melbourne, Victoria.[3]

Series summary[edit]

Fifty semi-finalists were selected to take part in this years' competition.[4] The first episode of the show was shown in a special screening for fans of the series. Fifteen official contestants were chosen to compete for the title.[5]


The all contestants had to be aged 16 or over in order to apply for the show. Those auditioning had to be at least 172 centimetres (68 in) tall. To qualify, all applicants had to be an Australian citizen currently living in Australia. Additional requirements stated that a contestant could not have had previous experience as a model in a national campaign within the last five years, and if a contestant was represented by an agent or a manager, she had to terminate that representation prior to the competition.


Auditions for cycle 8 began to take place on 13 January in Adelaide, continuing in Perth, Brisbane, Townsville, and Sydney throughout the rest of the month before wrapping up in Melbourne on 23 January.[6]



(Ages stated are at start of contest)

Contestant Age Height Hometown Finish Place
Chanique Greyling[7] 20 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Newcastle Episode 2 15
Taylor Henley[8] 17 177 cm (5 ft 9+12 in) Adelaide Episode 3 14
Rhiannon Bradshaw[9] 19 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Brisbane Episode 4 13
Brooke Hogan[10] 21 179 cm (5 ft 10+12 in) Melbourne Episode 5 12–11
April Harvey[11] 18 172 cm (5 ft 7+12 in) Tweed Heads
Taylah Roberts[12] 18 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Perth Episode 6 10 (DQ)
Madeline Cowe[13] 19 176 cm (5 ft 9+12 in) Cairns Episode 7 9
Ashley Pogmore[14] 18 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Sydney Episode 8 8
Shannon Richardson[15] 18 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) Gold Coast Episode 9 7
Jade Collins[16] 20 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Sydney Episode 10 6–5
Dajana Bogojevic[17] 17 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Queanbeyan
Abbie Weir[18] 17 181 cm (5 ft 11+12 in) Maclean Episode 11 4
Duckie Thot[19] 17 179 cm (5 ft 10+12 in) Melbourne Episode 12 3
Shanali Martin[20] 16 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Melbourne 2
Melissa Juratowitch[21] 16 172 cm (5 ft 7+12 in) Melbourne 1



No. in
TitleOriginal air date
761"Episode 1"9 July 2013 (2013-07-09)

The judges met the top 50 semi-finalists for bootcamp at Cockatoo Island. As part of Australia's history as a penal colony, the contestants took part in several challenges and photo shoots relating to different convict themes. After taking part in group interviews with the judges, half of the contestants were eliminated. The elimination was followed by a runway show on a plank and a jailbird photo shoot session which Abbie, Shanali, Taylah, Melissa & Duckie received the highest praise. After deliberating one final time, the final 15 were selected, and it was revealed that they would be travelling to Thailand for the next stage of the competition.

  • Featured photographer: Michael Naumoff
772"Episode 2"16 July 2013 (2013-07-16)

The 15 finalists arrived in Bangkok and were taken to a Buddhist temple for a meditation lesson before taking part in a styling challenge at the local market, where they were split into teams of five. For the photo shoot, the models were photographed as rich Thai travelers lost in the countryside.

  • Featured photographer: Kane Skennar
783"Episode 3"23 July 2013 (2013-07-23)

The remaining models moved into the model mansion and had a lesson on healthy eating with James Duigan, while Ashley was taken to the hospital due to a case of appendicitis. In preparation for an upcoming challenge, the contestants received a message from Candice Swanepoel regarding the importance of body endurance, fitness, and strength in the field of modeling. At the challenge, they were faced with an arduous and grueling obstacle course in which the winner received $2,000 worth of fitness apparel and a years' supply of health supplements, before being styled as sports luxe athletes for the photo shoot.

  • Special guests: James Duigan, Candice Swanepoel
  • Featured photographer: Justin Ridler
794"Episode 4"30 July 2013 (2013-07-30)

The models were driven to Elizabeth Bay House for a lesson on proper etiquette. They later had a red carpet challenge in which they had to face the press, paparazzi, and fans of the show for a mock movie premiere at the Ritz Cinema to win the chance of appearing in a national Nissan Dualis commercial. At the photo shoot, the contestants had to embody a modern interpretation of the 1950s housewife.

805"Episode 5"6 August 2013 (2013-08-06)

The models were driven to the Australian Reptile Park in order to overcome their fears by touching the animals, and later had makeovers before walking in front of members of the industry and media, as well as their loved ones. They later arrived at Hyde Park for a vintage Calvin Klein inspired photo shoot.

  • Special guests: Julie Mendezona, Troy Thompson, Thelma McQuillan, Danielle Ragenard
  • Featured photographer: Harold David
816"Episode 6"13 August 2013 (2013-08-13)

The contestants arrived at Broken Hill for a lesson on line dancing to learn about teamwork, and later took part in a painting challenge. Conflict escalated after a paint fight between Ashley and Taylah turned physical, and the judges alluded that the issue would be addressed at panel. The models then had to work in pairs to embody fugitives escaping into the Outback in a photo shoot inspired by the film Thelma and Louise. During elimination it was revealed that Taylah was disqualified from the competition, and that as a result, no one would be eliminated that week.

  • Special guests: Tin Gauci, Kathy Ferry
  • Featured photographer: Jordan Graham
827"Episode 7"20 August 2013 (2013-08-20)

The models were taken to Manning Cartell for a crash course on runway walking, and received pointers from Jennifer Hawkins and Gabby Manning. They then took part in a casting challenge for Colgate Optic White to front one of their new campaigns, and secretly had their behaviour monitored as they reacted to awkward situations planted by producers of the show. Later, the models arrived at the Hilton Hotel for a glamorous photo shoot that showcased their smiles.

  • Special guests: Gabby Manning, Julian Watt, Matt O'Brien
  • Featured photographer: Simon Upton
838"Episode 8"27 August 2013 (2013-08-27)

The remaining contestants arrived at the Sydney Opera House for a ballet lesson from a principal artist of The Australian Ballet, and later put their knowledge to the test in a mute fashion film for the new flavor range of Mount Franklin's Sparkling Water. The best performer was rewarded with a custom made Samantha Wills jewellery set worth over $1,000. For the photo shoot, the models posed in surfwear to create an image that was representative of Australian beach culture.

  • Special guests: Amber Scott, Alex Goddard, Camilla Franks, Jordan Stenmark, Zac Stenmark
  • Featured photographer:
849"Episode 9"3 September 2013 (2013-09-03)

The models arrived at House of Yoga Redfern for a session of anti gravity yoga to learn how to make more dynamic poses. They later went to garden square for a constricted styling challenge in a telephone booth to re-create looks from the Alex Perry Spring/Summer collection, and one of the models made and offhand comment that didn't sit well with Alex Perry. The winner of the challenge was treated to high tea with a friend at the Langham Hotel. After an emotional discussion with Didier Cohen regarding their lives before the show, the contestants had a photo shoot with mirrors for an editorial spread to be published in Cosmopolitan.

  • Special guests: Evangeline Yeun, Bronwyn McCahon, Nicole Adolphe
  • Featured photographer: Richard Freeman
8510"Episode 10"10 September 2013 (2013-09-10)

The contestants met ex-rugby player Kris Smith for an exercise session to help them channel their inner male qualities. They were later introduced to drag king Rocco DÁmore, and were dressed in male attire for a challenge in which they had to pretend to be men and stay in character whilst talking to a stranger. The winner received a $700 Microsoft Surface tablet. The models were then taken to the beach for a timeless 90s B&W masculine styled photo shoot.

  • Special guests: Kris Smith, Rocco DÁmore
  • Featured photographer: Georges Antoni
8611"Episode 11"17 September 2013 (2013-09-17)

The remaining four contestants were flown to the island of Mauritius to take part in two photo shoots that would help determine which three models would make it to the grand finale. Their challenge took the form of an underwater runway show for which the best performer was treated with a traditional Mauritian sugar scrub massage. The first photo shoot was a moody session on the beach with gothic styling, followed the next day by a colorful couture shoot among residents of the Mauritian fishing village. The contestants also received letters from their families back at home. Back in Australia, the judges decided which three girls would become finalists.

  • Featured photographer: Jez Smith
8712"Episode 12"24 September 2013 (2013-09-24)

The live show opened with a catwalk performance from the fifteen models to Rudimental's song "Feel the Love", and the judges were asked their opinions of the final three. The final shoot for the cover and spread in Harper's Bazaar was shown, and the judges interviewed their favorite girls on their thoughts about their careers and modelling. After a second runway performance, the show highlighted each girls' journey throughout the competition, before going over interviews with their friends and family. Immediately afterwards, the third-placing finalist was announced. The models then perform in a rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" with Cirque du Soleil, and Melissa was revealed to be the eighth winner of Australia's Next Top Model.

  • Special guests: Rudimental, Ricki-Lee, Cirque du Soleil


Order Episodes
1[a] 2 3 4 5[b] 6[c] 7 8 9 10[d] 11 12
1 Abbie April Taylah Melissa Melissa Jade
Duckie Shanali Dajana Abbie Shanali Shanali Melissa
2 Ashley Brooke Melissa Madeline Jade Jade Abbie Duckie Shanali Melissa Melissa Shanali
3 Dajana Duckie Duckie Shanali Duckie Ashley Dajana Dajana Abbie Melissa Duckie Duckie
4 Rhiannon Melissa Rhiannon Duckie Shanali Shanali Shanali Duckie Jade Duckie Abbie
5 Taylah Ashley Shannon Ashley Abbie Dajana Shannon Melissa Melissa Dajana
6 Shanali Taylah Jade Taylah Shannon Abbie Ashley Shannon Shanali
7 Brooke Shanali Brooke Jade Madeline Shannon Abbie Jade Shannon
8 Chanique Dajana Dajana Brooke Dajana Duckie
Melissa Ashley
9 Taylor Abbie Ashley Shannon Ashley Madeline
10 Madeline Taylor April April Taylah Taylah
11 Jade Madeline Abbie Dajana April
12 Duckie Rhiannon Shanali Abbie
13 Shannon Jade Madeline Rhiannon
14 Melissa Shannon Taylor
15 April Chanique
  The contestant won the reward challenge
  The contestant was eliminated
  The contestant was disqualified
  The contestant was part of a non-elimination bottom two
  The contestant won the competition

Bottom two[edit]

Episode Contestants Eliminated
2 Chanique & Shannon Chanique
3 Madeline & Taylor Taylor
4 Abbie & Rhiannon Rhiannon
5 April & Brooke April
6 Duckie & Melissa Taylah
7 Madeline & Melissa Madeline
8 Ashley & Jade Ashley
9 Shanali & Shannon Shannon
10 Dajana, Duckie & Jade Dajana
11 Abbie & Duckie Abbie
12 Duckie, Melissa and Shanali Duckie
Melissa & Shanali Shanali
  The contestant was eliminated after her first time in the bottom two/three
  The contestant was eliminated after her second time in the bottom two/three
  The contestant was disqualified from the competition
  The contestant was eliminated in the final judging and placed third
  The contestant was eliminated in the final judging and placed as the runner-up


  1. ^ In episode 1, the finalists were selected. The top 50 was reduced to a pool of 25 girls, which were in turn reduced to the final 15 contestants. The first official elimination took place in episode 2.
  2. ^ Episode 5 was a surprise double elimination.
  3. ^ In episode 6, Jade and Madeline were awarded best picture as a pair. Taylah was disqualified from the competition. As a result, no one was eliminated.
  4. ^ Episode 10 was a three way double elimination.

Average call-out order[edit]

Final two is not included.

Rank by
Place Model Call-out
Number of
1 3 Duckie 38 11 3.45
2 1 Melissa 41 3.73
3 2 Shanali 45 4.09
4 5-6 Jade 47 9 5.22
5 5-6 Dajana 52 9 5.78
6 4 Abbie 60 10 6.00
7 8 Ashley 45 7 6.43
8 10 Taylah 33 5 6.60
9 11-12 Brooke 28 4 7.00
10 9 Madeline 43 6 7.17
11 7 Shannon 59 8 7.38
12 11-12 April 32 4 8.00
13 Rhiannon 29 3 9.67
14 Taylor 24 2 12.00
15 Chanique 15 1 15.00


Prior to the airing of the cycle, it was reported that a contestant had been disqualified from the competition for bullying. Host Jennifer Hawkins said of the incident, "I don’t know why but I went into (the show) thinking ‘oh, there won’t be drama, everything will be fine’, but of course there is always drama. A lot of things have happened in the house and we were dealing with something that hasn't happened before. It was really intense."[22][23] Hawkins later specified that the cause for disqualification was not bullying, but violence among two of the contestants on the show. She also revealed that Foxtel and the show's production company Shine Australia requested for the girl to be ejected.[24] The disqualified contestant was revealed to be Taylah Roberts from Perth, who physically attacked Ashley Pogmore. The day before the airing of the episode in which Roberts was disqualified, footage of Roberts choking Pogmore was shown on A Current Affair.[25]


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