‘Our queen still Miss Universe’: Colombian president

Monday, December 21st, 2015. Filed under: Beauty & Style World News
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (center), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up, reacts with other contestants after being named the eventual winner and 2015 Miss Universe at the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Mondayin Manila) (MNS photo)

Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (center), who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up, reacts with other contestants after being named the eventual winner and 2015 Miss Universe at the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Mondayin Manila) (MNS photo)

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 12/21/2015 – Colombia’s president said Monday he was shocked when Miss Colombia won and then immediately lost the Miss Universe crown, and said as far as he was concerned she remained the winner.

“I was watching Miss Universe with my family. We started a huge celebration when they said Colombia had won the Miss Universe title for the second straight year,” President Juan Manuel Santos told Radio Nacional.

“To me, our queen is and will remain Miss Universe. They put the crown on her head. The photos are there to prove it. To me, as a Colombian, she is still Miss Universe.”

Santos was among the millions of people watching the pageant on TV Sunday when the host, American comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and announced that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had won the title.

As the beaming, newly crowned queen blew kisses to her fans, Harvey was forced to admit he had goofed.

He apologized, said that Gutierrez was in fact the first runner-up and named the winner as Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (right) reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe after a gaff by the emcee, Steve Harvey, announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (left) as the winner on Sunday (Monday Manila time) at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.(MNS photo)

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (right) reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe after a gaff by the emcee, Steve Harvey, announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (left) as the winner on Sunday (Monday Manila time) at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.(MNS photo)

Santos called the incident “shocking.”

“Our queen was marvelous. She looked spectacular. It was such a disappointment when the host said he’d made a mistake,” he said.

Santos had publicly celebrated a year ago when the previous Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega Dieppa, won the Miss Universe 2014 title.

Sunday night’s mix-up sparked a flurry of outraged comments on social media in Colombia, and made the front page of the main newspapers.

“Colombia was Miss Universe for two minutes,” said El Tiempo daily. “Uncrowned,” said El Espectador.

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