Miss Universe 2015 Made History
It was a beautiful moment when host Steve Harvey announced that the lovely Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo won as Miss Universe 2015. But there’s a “tiny bit” of a problem… she isn’t the winner! The winner of the Miss Universe 2015 was Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, with Miss Colombia as the first runner up!
The pageant, which was televised live in many countries, made history as it became the most awkward ending to the most coveted pageant around the world.
Pia Wurtzbach was in utter shock as Harvey announced that he made a mistake. Then Pia walked to the front of the stage and waited for the crown to be handed over as the crowd cheered on. Harvey stood at the side, clearly embarrassed for the mix up. On the card he was holding, which he showed to the audience and viewers, was both the winner and the first runner up that were printed in small caps.
Harvey quickly apologized and took responsibility for his “horrible mistake”.
In the following moments, the crown was handed and placed on the head of the shocked Miss Philippines as other contestants rushed to comfort Miss Colombia.
Social networking sites were abuzz as netizens and fans react with what seemed to be “the worst mistake in TV awards show history” as ESPN’s Darren Rovell called it.
Harvey is a very popular comedian who is best known for hosting the famous game show the “Family Feud” and other daily talk shows on TV and radio.
Critics were quick to point out that Harvey has much better experience at taped shows than live TV. Following the pageant snafu, he took on his twitter, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.”
He followed that up with another tweet saying, “Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.”
Wurtzbach looked stunned as she walked down in front of the stage. She later said she had conflicting feelings as the mistake happened: joy for winning the crown, concern for Miss Colombia, and confusion at the situation.
According to Wurtzbach, she tried to go to Gutierrez onstage afterward, but she was crying and surrounded with a crowd of women when she realized that it was “probably bad timing.”
“I did not take the crown from her,” Wurtzbach told the reports after the pageant ended. She said she wished Miss Colombia well and she hoped the Latin American community would understand that none of it was her fault.
“None of this was done on purpose. It was an honest mistake,” she said as she apologized on behalf of the organization that she now represents.
According to her, Harvey approached her afterwards and told her that she “should just enjoy the moment.”
It’s the third time that a contestant from the Philippines won Miss Universe. Miss USA, Olivia Jordan, was named second runner-up.