Miss Universe Canada crowns wrong winner due to typo
- Photo: Allumski Photography/Us Weekly/.1 of 2
More Celeb News
- Cheryl Cole Reunites With Simon Cowell for 'X Factor' UKMSNEntertainment 3/10/2014 4:34:00 PM
- Fox Reorganizes Development and Programming DepartmentsMSNEntertainment 3/10/2014 4:31:00 PM
- Dan Harmon and Mitch Hurwitz Are Working on a Super-Secret ProjectMSNEntertainment 3/10/2014 4:28:00 PM
- Sean Combs Bids Reported $200 Million for Fuse TV NetworkMSNEntertainment 3/10/2014 4:12:00 PM
- Psych's James Roday to Star in CBS Relationship Comedy PilotMSNEntertainment 3/10/2014 4:07:00 PM
- Cheryl Cole Reunites With Simon Cowell for 'X Factor' UK
Denise Garrido's dream came true on Saturday, May 25, when she was crowned the 2013 Miss Universe Canada winner in Toronto. But that dream quickly turned into a nightmare when pageant officials informed her less than 24 hours later that they were stripping her of her new title -- because of a so-called "typo."
According to Miss Universe Canada director Denis Davila, an error had been made the night before when an employee input the judges' handwritten scores into a computer. The mistake had significantly affected the outcome of the pageant; Garrido, 26, hadn't finished first, second, or even third. In fact, her scores put her in fourth place, the third runner-up to the real winner, Riza Santos, also 26.
"My heart sank," Garrido told the Toronto Star after the typo had been reported. "I was so sad."
Santos, for her part, has mixed feelings about winning under such awkward circumstances. "It was quite a surprise. It's only starting to sink in now," she told Yahoo! Shine of the bittersweet victory. Of the controversy, she added: "I think it's unfortunate and hard to handle, but [Denise Garrido has] been very gracious and [is] handling it very well."
Miss Universe Canada spokesman Andrew Lopez told the Star that an independent party (lawyer Nick Macos of Black Sutherland LLP) usually inputs the results into a computer. However, Macos was unavailable this year, so officials assigned the task to a pageant employee. The error was found on Sunday by a third-party audit.
Beauties of Canada, which produces the competition, issued a mea culpa for the mistake on Sunday, after Garrido had been stripped of her crown and sash. "We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results," a statement on the pageant's website read.
"Miss Garrido's example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada," the statement continued. "We have no doubt she will continue to succeed in her endeavors and we wish her well. We truly hope she remains a strong part of the Miss Universe Canada Organization."
MORE FROM WONDERWALL:
Find out what Oscar winners Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o have been up to since the Academy Awards on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
The Rock flexes massive muscle while getting sentimental on Celebs Gone Social hosted by Wonderwall editor Chris Gardner.Watch Video »
Ladies Who Cook
Find out where Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon are and what they're doing on their latest "girl's trip" on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o shares her awards season journey (and meetings with Oprah, Sidney Poitier and the Dalai Lama!) on Celebs Gone SocialWatch Video »
Drunk In Love
Jessica Simpon, Gisele Bundchen and more celebs share intimate pics of their partners on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Nicole Richie debuts a lavender hair color on Instagram on Celebs Gone Social. What does Kelly Osbourne have to do with it?Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
From Crowd Ignite