Miss Colombia was happy to be crowned as Miss Universe but the crown was taken from herÂ after the show’s host realised his mistake at the end of the ceremony in Las Vegas.
The host rushed to apologise for the mistake ofÂ naming the wrong contestantÂ as winner, leaving Miss Colombia empty-handed.
Steve Harvey Â did not realize his mistake until after Ms. GutiĂ©rrez had begun to soak up the glory of the title.
The beauty was standing center stage, holding a bouquet of flowers with the glittering crown onÂ her head, waving to the audience, when the hostÂ returned to the stage, his steps slow and heavy.
â€śO.K., folks, uh,â€ť he stammered. â€śThereâ€™s. … I have to apologize.â€ť
The crowd laughed, and Ms. GutiĂ©rrez laughed, too, unaware of her impending fate.
â€śThe first runner-up is Colombia,â€ť he said, to the screams of the audience.
â€śHorrible mistake, but the right thing,â€ť he said. â€śI can show it to you right here. The first runner-up is Colombia.â€ť
Mr. HarveyÂ said afterwardsÂ it was “his mistake” and he would take responsibility for not reading the winning card correctly.
I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 21, 2015
He added in another post: â€śSecondly, Iâ€™d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.â€ť
He made another mistake when he misspelled both Colombia and the Philippines in an initial tweet. The tweet was later deleted.
“I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants – they were all amazing.”
After that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was declared runner-up and surrendered her crown to Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
— Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) December 21, 2015
#MissUniverse2015Â toppedÂ Twitter’s most popular trends of the night as social media users expressed their disbelief.
Ms Wurtzbach has since told reporters that she wishes Ms Gutierrez well.
“I’m very sorry, I did not take the crown away from her and I wish her well in whatever she wants to pursue after this pageant,” she said.
However, the reaction on social media was swift, with viewers expressing dismay at the â€śfail of the decadeâ€ť.
Scoring error!! This is the worst news. Ripping away someone's crowning moment?!? #MissUniverse
— Courtney Tezeno (@TezKnows) December 21, 2015
The reaction on Twitter was instant and included both sympathy – and humour:
— Obsev Entertainment (@Hollyscoop) December 21, 2015
When asked why she wanted to be Miss Universe, Miss Wurtzbach replied that, “I will use my voice to influence the youth and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness, that is timely and relevant to my country.”
“I want to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart,” she said.
“Harveyâ€™s mistake is not the first time the wrong woman has been named the winner of a high-profile beauty pageant. In 2010 during a live television broadcast, Australian host Sarah Murdoch read out the wrong name in the finale of Australiaâ€™s Next Top Model,” The Guardian says.
“The competition started with women representing 80 countries between the ages of 19 and 27. For the first time, viewers at home weighed in, with their votes being tallied in addition to four in-person celebrity judges.”