Miss Universe pageant host Steve Harvey had it right after all. Nope, he did not make the same mistake he made in 2015–when he announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez instead of our very own Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe winner—when he announced Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados as the winner of the Miss U National Costume competition .
The confusion sprang when, after the Top 10 ladies were announced, Harvey stated on screen that Miss Philippines won the national costume competition. A photo of Gazini in her silver costume was even flashed on the screen. But when the camera zoomed out, there was Miss Malaysia Shweta Sekhon—in full costume inspired from Peranakan cuisine—standing next to Steve. She corrected the host that it was she and not the Philippines that won.
The 62-year-old host quickly replied: "Well, let me explain something to you. I just read that in a teleprompter.
"Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read," he said addressing the production team which made the audience laughed.
"Now they're trying to fix it. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 - played me short like that.”
This new Harvey-fronted incident earned various reactions and overall confusion from pageant fans online.
It did not help that the Miss Universe official social media pages also announced it was Miss Malaysia that copped the title. Only to correct it later on.
"IT'S NOT PHILIPPINES, IT'S MALAYSIA." — Miss Malaysia Miss Universe 2019 failed announcement of Best in National Costume.Posted by Christian Galang Del Fin on Sunday, December 8, 2019
The Miss Universe’s correction on Twitter read: ".@IAmSteveHarvey had it right: Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the #MissUniverse2019 National Costume competition! Congratulations, Gazini."
A representative from the competition qouted by the New York Post explained: “Miss Malaysia was not aware that we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it so as not to embarrass her, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter, or production.”
Gazini’s winning gown was an intricately-designed silver piece inspired by the country's national bird, the Philippine eagle. It was created by Cebu-based master couture Cary Santiago, who also designed the Miss Philippines' golden phoenix gown that she wore during the evening gown preliminary competition.
During the competition proper, Gazini's national costume was described as "the goddess with two life-size birds on her shoulders."
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