Beauty pageants are places where grace and poise are meant to rule, but a decidedly awkward moment stole the show Sunday.
Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey wrongfully declared Miss Colombia the winner when she was the first runner-up. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines, had won.
Host Steve Harvey wrongfully declares Miss Colombia the winner which Miss Philippines had actually won. “I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake,” Harvey says.
Moments before, he’d announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, and she was crowned. Waving a Colombian flag and smiling broadly, she blew kisses at the audience.
When Harvey returned to the stage, Wurtzbach appeared at a loss of what to do.
Stunned, she walked to the front of the stage, where the coveted crown was taken off the head of Miss Colombia and put on hers.
Steve Harvey strolled up on stage, the shame already evident on his face, when he told the crowd ‘Folks, I have to apologize.’
‘The first runner-up is Colombia,’ he announced.
Miss Philippines stared wide-eyed at the audience, her lip quivering as Miss USA whispered into her ear and she realized what exactly those words meant.
‘Miss Universe 2015,’ Harvey then dramatically clarified, ‘Is Miss Philippines.’
Wurtzbach joined Gutierrez on stage as they both stared into the audience in shock. Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega gave her fellow countrywoman a comforting pat on the back.
‘Folks let me take control of this,’ Harvey told the sea of boos and cheers.
‘This is exactly what’s on the card,’ he then said, displaying the results on the camera.