- Miss Universe clarified Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados won the national costume award
- Audience thought Steve Harvey made a blunder when he named Gazini, only to be corrected by Miss Malaysia who was beside him on stage for the award
- Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume was only on stage “to be featured”
Miss Universe tweeted to clarify that Philippines bet Gazini Ganados won the national costume award.
There seems to be a lot of confusion on who the real winner of the national costume award was. In an odd and confusing twist of events, everyone thought Steve Harvey made another blunder when he mistakenly called Miss Philippines as the national costume winner when he was in fact joined by Miss Malaysia Shweta Sekhon.
“It’s not Philippines, it’s Malaysia,” contestant Shweta Sekhon told Harvey.
A clearly flustered host, Harvey, explained that his teleprompter made the mistake of showing Miss Philippines as the winner. Harvey said, “Let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read…… Now, they are trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 – played me short like that. That’s crazy.”
Harvey has often made of his 2015 blunder when he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the Miss Universe 2015 only to have the crown removed shortly and be given to Miss Philippines as the real winner.
Using their official Twitter account, Miss Universe tweeted the clarification and said, “[email protected] had it right: Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the #MissUniverse2019 National Costume competition! Congratulations, Gazini.”
Meanwhile, the earlier post showing Miss Malaysia as the Best in National Costume awardee has been deleted.
In an official statement, Miss Universe clarified that Harvey didn’t make a mistake. “Mr. Harvey made a joke out of it, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter, or production,” it said.
“As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news,” the pageant organizer said.
Now that explains it!