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IN one of the most shocking ends to the Miss Universe final, Miss Colombia was first crowned the winner. But the host read out the wrong name.
The final to 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 being made the official winner.
After Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez was crowned and had been given her flowers and moment of glory on stage, she was then forced to give up her crown to Miss Philippines Pia 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, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, looking stunned.Miss Colombia was then stripped of the crown, and was forced to look on as it went to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Miss Colombia looked visibly upset by the incident after it unfolded on live television.
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 the error.
“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.