Miss Universe 2015 final ended in tears
21 December 2015, Nirapad News: In one of the most unexpected endings to a Miss Universe final, Miss Colombia was mistakenly crowned as the winner. The host had accidentally read out the wrong name.
His mistake meant one of the world’s most watched beauty pageants ended in shock and tears as Miss Colombia was demoted to being the first runner-up, and Miss Philippines was declared the official winner.
For around 90 seconds, Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez was crowned the winner and had been given her flowers. She was basking in her moment of glory on stage.
She was then forced to give up her crown to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The ending left viewers on the edge of their seats.
Miss Colombia was blowing kisses when host Steve Harvey awkwardly interrupted to say: “I have to apologise. The first runner up is Colombia.”
“Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines,” he added, with the Colombian contestant left like a deer in headlights and the actual winner, Ms Wurtzbach, looking stunned.
Miss Colombia was then stripped of the crown, and was forced to look on as it went to Miss Philippines.
Miss Colombia looked visibly upset by the incident after it unfolded on live television.
Backstage, Miss Philippines described the ending as a “very non-traditional crowning” in a video posted by the Miss Universe Organisation on Facebook.
In another message on the Miss Universe Facebook page, Miss Colombia said she was still “happy” while wiping away tears with a tissue.
“Everything happens for a reason … I’m so happy, thankyou for voting for me,” she said.
Footage of the mistake has gone viral on social media, sending fans into a spin as they vent their anger over host Steve Harvey’s error in reading out the wrong name on his card.
He apologised on stage and took full responsibility for it.
“It was my fault,” Harvey stammered as a perplexed audience held its breath.
“Please don’t hold it against the ladies,” added the talk show host.
The contest is wildly popular in Latin America and much of Asia.
Harvey later apologised for the error on Twitter, but copped more criticism when he misspelt their countries of origin. He wrote Colombia as “Columbia” and the Philippines as the “Philippians”.
The Miss Universe Organisation has also issued a public apology, saying that “a live telecast means that human error can come into play”.
“We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia, Miss Universe Philippines, their families and fans. We congratulate Miss Universe Philippines as Miss Universe 2015.”
The beauty pageant controversy comes after Australia just missed out on taking out the crown at the Miss Universe final in Las Vegas today.
Miss Australia Monika Radulovic made the final five after she unveiled her Dame Edna-inspired national costume, and impressed judges and social media viewers early on.
She lost out to Miss Colombia, Miss Philippines and Miss USA who all made the final three after the hotly-contested question round, where she was asked about legalising medicinal marijuana in Australia.
She said that legalisation has been proven to be beneficial in helping people in certain circumstances, but “the government should weigh up both sides”.
Boasting an honours degree in psychology and a desire to tackle major political issues, she said she wouldn’t be sticking to the usual pageant queen script.
“I’m going to be myself,” the 24-year-old said.
Her parents, Goran and Vinka, came to Australia as refugees from war-torn Bosnia in 1994 when she was four years old.
She also impressed onlookers in the swimsuit and evening wear sections of the competition, before she secured a spot in the final part of the pageant.
This year’s pageant went ahead without Donald Trump due to his controversial comments about immigrants.
The pageant that pits international beauties against one another returned on a new network, with a new Spanish-language broadcaster and a new pageant owner.
The women, between ages 19 and 27, represent 83 countries. For the first time, viewers at home got to weigh in, with their votes being tallied in addition to four in-person celebrity judges.