Aussie presenters left red-faced after NYE countdown blunder

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

If you thought your 2019 got off to a bad start, spare a thought for the guys over at The Loop, whose NYE countdown didn’t exactly go as planned.

Presenters Liv Phyland and Scott Tweedie were hosting the Channel 10 music show on New Year’s Eve when the countdown began.

However, instead of simply going from 10 down to 1, the numbers were jumbled up, leaving the hosts red-faced.

Just to make matters that little bit worse, the screen flashed with a huge 2018 sign at the end of the countdown, instead of 2019.

If you thought your 2019 got off to a bad start, spare a thought for the guys over at The Loop, whose NYE countdown didn’t exactly go as planned. Photo: The Loop/ Channel 10

However, the presenters took the whole thing in their stride, as Scott could be seen picking up a phone and calling down to producers, saying ‘ it’s 2019’.

The Loop posted a video of the moment on their Facebook page, alongside the caption: “If you didn’t quite get things right in 2018, today is the day to hit refresh and try again…and that includes our graphics department.”

Two years ago, The Loop went viral after they invited 10 winners to join them on the set of the programme as they rang in 2017.

The video soon went viral after the so-called winners looked absolutely miserable during the countdown. However all was not as it appeared.

It turns out that The Loop fooled us all and the whole thing was a massive prank.

Presenters Liv Phyland and Scott Tweedie were hosting the Channel 10 music show on New Year’s Eve when the countdown began and flashed up with a big 2018 sign. Photo: The Loop/Channel 10

The bunch of 10 people were thought to have been chosen as competition winners who were invited onto the show on New Year’s Eve to join the hosts in the countdown.

However instead of screaming out in excitement as they rang in the New Year, all ten of the winners stood awkwardly to the side of the TV set with uninterested looks on their faces, while the hosts whooped around in glee.

Scott Tweedie appeared on Studio 10 breakfast show to reveal that it was actually just a prank.

“We decided instead of doing the greatest countdown ever, how can we make this as awkward as possible?” he said, claiming that the show’s regular viewers knew exactly what was happening.

“We love awkward,” he said.

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