Sunday night’s surprise ending to the Miss Universe Pageant saw host Steve Harvey accidentally announce Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez the winner only to backtrack on air moments later and announce Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach the winner.
Wurtzbach told The Philippines Daily Inquirer after the pageant that she had a tough time celebrating her win.I felt calm when I was called first runner-up because I felt it was fate. But when they announced that I was Miss Universe I had mixed emotions. I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia she said.
Philippines presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda praised Wurtzbach following the pageant for being graceful throughout the competition and during the announcement. “In the first few moments of the original announcement, she showed tremendous poise and control, and even more tremendous graciousness when the real verdict was finally announced he said.
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