The Miss Universe FIASCO, Steve Harvey Miss Phillipines & Miss Colombia

The Miss Universe FIASCO, Steve Harvey Miss Phillipines Miss Colombia & THE SHADE!
Last Night’s Miss Universe pageant concluded with a shady fiasco, as the announcer apparently misunderstood the final rankings and announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, as the winner. Miss Colombia was crowned, presented with flowers and paraded around the stage for a couple of minutes when, to the astonishment of all, the announcer returned and said that he had made a mistake: the real winner was Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. They mercifully pulled the plug on the broadcast a few moments later.
This must be the worst disaster in pageant history. The bizarre finish will overshadow what was otherwise a top-notch competition.

For the record, the ten finalists were France, Curaçao–one of the underdogs whom I promoted–Colombia, Philippines, Venezuela, Japan, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Australia and USA. For the most part, this list parallels the betting favorites leading up to the finale. Viewers around the world cast more than ten million votes, which played some role in the selection of the top ten.

The ten were winnowed down to three, Miss Colombia, Miss USA and Miss Philippines. Of the three, my favorite by far was Miss Colombia. Miss USA enjoyed a home field advantage but was overshadowed, I thought, by a number of other competitors. Miss Philippines came across to me as robotic. It looked like two in a row for Colombia, as Paulina Vega, Miss Colombia 2014, is the reigning Miss Universe.
Then came the announcer’s appalling blunder. 

Last Night’s fiasco will no doubt reverberate for some time.


Here’s a message from Miss Colombia:
A message from Miss Universe Colombia.
Posted by Miss Universe on Sunday, 20 December 2015

And here’s an apology from Steve Harvey!

Hey Everyone, I made a terrible mistake tonight in announcing the wrong winner and runner-up for the Miss Universe...
Posted by Steve Harvey on Sunday, 20 December 2015

UGH! That was a MESS. And both of these gorgeous ladies deserve an apology because that was embarrassing for both of them. I literally felt both of their pain. Congratulations to Miss Philippines though. And go Miss Colombia! You're still beautiful.

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