MANILA, Philippines – The world's eyes were on the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, as host Steve Harvey accidentally announced Miss Colombia as the winner instead of Miss Philippines.
On social media, Miss Universe tweeted videos of the two contestants, reacting to the mix-up.
While wiping tears from her eyes, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez said, "Everything happens for a reason, so I'm happy." Ariadna also thanked her supporters for voting for her.
A message from #MissUniverse Colombia, @gutierrezary. https://t.co/KBzZyyHJzy — Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 21, 2015
Pia, on the other hand, could be seen with 2nd runner-up, Miss USA Olivia Jordan. Struggling for words she says, "It's a very non-traditional crowning moment, isn't it? It's very – very 2015."
The road to the #MissUniverse crown is never easy. A message from Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. https://t.co/GO7VBf45MW — Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 21, 2015
Miss Universe also issued an apology on social media, saying, "a live telecast means that human error can come into play."
Still, social media users have reacted to the mix-up, with a number saying Steve "only had one job." The hashtag #Miss Universe2015 trended worldwide, garnering almost 4 million tweets in just 4 hours.
Miss Universe 2015 coronation night was held on Sunday, December 20 (Monday, December 21 in Manila) at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Pia is the 3rd Miss Universe from the Philippines. Gloria Diaz won the title in 1969 and Margarita Moran won in 1973. – Rappler.com