Here’s Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, better known as Miss Philippines and the new Miss Universe, all smiles despite the drama around her receiving her crown. Host Steve Harvey accidentally announced Miss Colombia the winner when she had actually won. Pia isn’t letting the mix-up get her down!
Pia was just thrilled that the Philippino contestant finally won again!
Forty-two years is a loooong time, isn’t it?
After being crowned, Pia was asked about how she felt about the flub, which occurred on live television.
I’m still in awe, I can’t believe what just happened. It’s been 42 years since the Philippines won in Miss Universe.
“I was very confused obviously as you might have seen in my reaction. I did not expect that to happen at all. I was a little hesitant on going up to the stage. I was looking for cues from the floor director still to bring in to the front of the stage. No one really knew who was going to take the crown from Columbia to me, so even they were a little bit confused.
“I’m sorry for what just happened. It’s very unique, but I’m going to see how Ariadna is doing later on, I think now is just bad timing but I hope that she’s OK.”
I don’t blame Pia for not letting anyone rain on her parade: she worked hard for that crown and won it fair and square! It’s not her fault there was some confusion on the production side. However, that didn’t stop Miss Germany, Sarah-Lorraine Reik (who didn’t place in the competition). from throwing a bit of shade.
I really couldn’t believe it, I was so upset. For me, she was robbed, as the real winner … I was very happy for Miss Colombia because she really deserved it. I’m really not happy with the result and so are the other girls, I’m sorry to say it.”
OUCH. When asked why some of the contestants still congratulated Miss Colombia before congratulating Miss Philippines, she said:
Because no one of us voted for Philippines…I’m not happy with the results.”
Yikes. I’ve heard that it’s pretty cutthroat behind the scenes at beauty pageants. Well, something tells me Pia isn’t going to let this get her down, either.
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