In an almighty Live TV blunder, the wrong winner of Miss Universe 2015 was announced as Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, by host Steve Harvey.
Minutes later he told a Live audience,“I have to apologise. There’s been a mistake.
“The first runner-up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines!”
A shocked Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo was as stunned as the audience when asked to take her victory walk in front of an already-crowned Miss Colombia.
The massive blunder sent social media into meltdown, and is reminiscent of the infamous Australia’s Next Top Model disaster when Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner.
With the audience reeling from the U-turn, host Steve Harvey held up the card to the audience to show Philippines as the correct winner.
“I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card. Horrible mistake…,” he said.
“It is my mistake. Still a great night. Please don’t hold it against the ladies.”
Australia’s entrant Monika Radulovic, was one of the top 5 finalists, wearing a Dame Edna-inspired dress in the bizarre national costume section.
Updated: In a tragic post-script to the event, Reuters reports one person was killed and at least 14 were injured when a car ran into pedestrians outside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino where the Miss Universe pageant was being held.