Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The painfully awkward moment when they crowned the wrong Miss Universe live on television

miss universe.jpg

If you thought watching First Dates was the most cringeworthy viewing on television, think again.

Last night, following three weeks of competing in Las Vegas, the 2015 winner of the Miss Universe competition was announced, live on television, shortly before being decrowned when the real Miss Universe was announced.

Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was proclaimed to be winner of the beauty pageant by host, Steve Harvey, presented with an enormous bouquet and crowned as Miss Universe 2015. She wept tears of joy at winning the title for the second year running.

miss universe

The two finalists await the announcement

But, midway through blowing kisses of gratitude to the audience, Harvey interrupted to say:

“Folks, I have to apologise.”

He then explained that actually, Miss Colombia was not the winner but the first runner-up. Instead, the real winner of this year's contest was Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

miss universe

Miss Colombia has her crown removed and passed to Miss Philippines

The mistake came out because host Harvey read his cue cards in the wrong order.

“I will take responsibility for this, it was my mistake,” he said.

Wurtzbach looked on in complete shock and confusion, as the $30,000 (£20,000) blue diamond and topaz crown was then removed from Gutierrez’s head, and transferred onto hers.

miss universe

Philippines is crowned Miss Universe 2015

The live broadcast was swiftly cut from air, and Miss Philippines was not able to do her live victory lap.

Following the monumental error, Harvey took to twitter to apologise, saying:

“I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia.”

Having misspelt both contestants' countries, he deleted the message and tweeted it again to say:

The Miss Universe organisation also released a statement saying:

“The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on the Miss Universe stage…

“Unfortunately, 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.”

miss universe

Backstage, Miss Colombia dealt with the humiliating and upsetting blow gracefully, saying:

“Everything happens for a reason. I'm happy for all I did, I'm so happy. Thank you for voting for me.”

Meanwhile, Miss Philippines said: “It's a very...non-traditional crowning moment.”

Well, that’s for sure.

Watch the full announcement in the video below. 

Related

bikini body.jpg

The fearless feminists of 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-187401190.jpg

“Attractive women are more likely to succeed” A debate on body image

rexfeatures_5279915gj.jpg

Kate Winslet writes ‘no airbrushing’ clause into her contract

kendall gigi.JPG

This is how much the world's top models are making on Instagram

Norway.jpg

This is the best country to live in the world

freethenipple.jpg

The top 15 feminist hashtags of 2015

HonestBody_10_2515834a.jpg

The Honest Body Project: new mums bare all in striking portraits

12033007_10206573649572420_2786700592232307966_n.jpg

Model writes powerful open letter to fashion industry

strongman.jpg

“Why we need International Men's Day”

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Sienna Miller’s backstage inspiration to Jennifer Lopez’s cosy couple snap

by Nicola Colyer
23 Aug 2017

Prince Harry emotionally criticizes the paparazzi over Diana’s death

“She was still very much alive on the back seat of that car”

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Aug 2017

Chrissy Teigen gets real about her troubled relationship with alcohol

“I need to fix myself”

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Aug 2017

5 famous women have been targeted in disgusting private photo hack

Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell are the latest stars to have their pictures leaked.

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

Tom Hardy's final CBeebies Bedtime Story is a tribute to his late dog

“Run with the angels... I will see you when I get there”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Aug 2017

UKIP candidate suggests paying British Indians to leave the UK

And Twitter responds perfectly

by Moya Crockett
21 Aug 2017

Elisabeth Moss denies that Scientology is anything like Gilead

The Handmaid’s Tale star discusses the parallels between her show and her faith.

by Moya Crockett
21 Aug 2017

JK Rowling spots mansplainer in the wild, and deals with him perfectly

The Harry Potter author won’t let any woman’s confidence be knocked by mansplaining

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Nicki Minaj’s vintage look to a Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reunion

by Nicola Colyer
18 Aug 2017

Chris Brown tried to excuse his attack on Rihanna, and it’s not OK

“Violence is a choice he made – and he alone is responsible for it”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017