New York - Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe 2015 on Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
New York – Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe 2015 on Sunday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miss Philippines represented her country with poise, elegance, beauty and pride, becoming the third Miss Universe from the Philippines.
One of the worst controversies in the history of Miss Universe occurred when the winner was named. Steve Harvey, co-host of the pageant made a huge mistake and called Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner.
A few moments after Miss Colombia was crowned and walked for the first time as Miss Universe 2015, Harvey interrupted the broadcast to say “I made a mistake, the Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines.”
The crowded booed and cheered as Miss Universe 2014 took the crown off of Miss Colombia, who remained in shock, to pass it on to Miss Philippines, who was speechless, while Miss USA Olivia Jordan cried in the background in disbelief.
Miss Philippines received the crown from Miss Universe Colombia 2014, Paulina Vega as it aired live on FOX. No other comments were made as the live broadcast stopped airing
Beauty queens representing more than 80 countries competed at the 64th Miss Universe pageant amidst cheers and applause from the audience-filled stadium at Planet Hollywood Resort-Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
The contest launched a new way for contestants to garner votes. For the first time in the pageant’s history, viewers at home were able to vote for their favorite contestants online.
The innovation was a success – there were over ten million votes registered online.
Another surprise this year was a sixth judge that the contestants did not know beforehand, who spent three weeks around the 80 contestants.
The five finalists were Miss Australia, Miss Colombia, Miss France, Miss Philippines and Miss USA.
Since Miss Universe becomes an Ambassador not only of her country but of women around the world, the questions asked to the top five finalists were about current events affecting the world.
The final five were asked controversial questions about their own countries of origin, which all five responded firmly and without hesitation.
The topics were on U.S. cooperation in the Philippines, the legalization of marijuana in Australia, drug abuse in Colombia, the fight against terrorism in France and gun control in the United States.
The new Miss Universe 2016 will wear the highly-coveted crown made out of blue topaz and diamonds with a value of US $300,000.
The live competition boiled down to the final three who were rejoiced with the opportunity to represent their country around the world.
They were asked the same final question, “Why should you be the next Miss Universe?” Now Miss Philippines will have the opportunity to realize her dream.
Miss Colombia Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was first-runner up and Miss USA Olivia Jordan was second-runner up.
The pageant, was owned by Donald Trump for years and broadcast by NBC. However, following Trump’s anti-immigrant comments, NBC sold its 50 percent stake to Trump.
Donald Trump later sold 100 percent of his shares to William Morris, who now owns the Miss Universe pageant.