Philippines’ bet Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach may have won the Miss Universe title this year, but during the most awkward, and fail, in the pageant’s history.
After the host Steve Harvey announced that it was Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez which won the Miss Universe title, he corrected himself and said it was the Philippines which won the most coveted crown.
Harvey corrected himself only after Miss Colombia was already crowned and was waving before the cameras.
Wurtzbach looked obviously surprised when the host corrected his earlier announcement and announced her as the rightful Miss Universe.
Gutierrez was shocked when Harvey said she was only first runner-up. Meanwhile, Wurtzbach walked dazed to the front when she was named the rightful Miss Universe.
“Folks, I have to apologize. The first runner up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines. This is exactly what’s on the card. I would take responsibility of this. It was my mistake,” Harvey said.
“Still a great night. Please don’t hold it against the ladies. Please don’t. We feel so badly, but still a great night. Thank you all,” he added, amid boos and screams from the crowd.
Miss Colombia Gutierrez tried to maintain composure as the crown was removed from her by Miss Universe 2014 Pauline Vega (a fellow Colombian) and was transferred to Wurtzbach.
The camera later panned to Gutierrez being comforted by some of the competitors. It would have been a back-to-back victory for Colombia after Miss Universe 2014 Vega.
Harvey took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake.
In a statement on its Facebook account, the Miss Universe organization apologized for what it called a human error.
“The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on The Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fan votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced,” the statement read.
“Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia, Miss Universe Philippines, their families, and fans. We congratulate Miss Universe Philippines as Miss Universe 2015,” it added.
In an interview backstage uploaded by the Miss Universe organization on its Facebook account, Gutierrez was seen sniffing and wiping away her tears even as she said she is happy for coming in at second place.
“Everything happens for a reason. I’m happy for all of this, for becoming this dream. I’m so happy. Thank you for voting for me,” Gutierrez said between sniffs.
Meanwhile, Wurtzbach in the same interview could not find the right words to express her surprise at the unexpected twist.
“Its a very, uhm, non-traditional crowning moment. It’s very 2015,” Wurtzbach said as she was accompanied by Miss USA second runner-up Olivia Jordan.
This is the first time in 42 years that the Philippines finally won the crown. The Philippines won the title in 1973 with its bet Margie Moran. The Philippines also won the 1969 crown with Gloria Diaz.
It was also a long wait for Wurtzbach to finally win the most coveted crown. Wurtzbach, of Filipino and German descent, took three attempts to win the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. In 2013, she first tried the pageant but she only finished first runner-up. In 2014, she again tried the pageant but only got in the top 15. She finally won the Binibining Pilipinas crown as the country’s official bet to the Miss Universe this year.
For the beauty pageant question, Wurtzbach was asked if she supports the return of US military bases in the country.
“Earlier this year there was a controversy about the United States reopening military base in your country. Do you think the US should have a military presence in your country?” the host asked.
” I think the US and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans. We have their culture.. We are welcoming with the Americans. I do not see any problems with that at all,” Wurtzbach said.
For the last question, Wurtzbach was asked why should she be the next Miss Universe.
Wurtbach said she would use the crown to spread awareness on HIV in the Philippines, where the virus has become an epidemic.
“If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and raise awareness on HIV that is a timely and relevant (issue) in my country. I want to show the world – the universe, rather – that I am confidently beautiful with the heart,” Wurtzbach said.
Watch the clip uploaded by Missosology on Facebook.