Pageant gives crown to wrong woman

AFP-JIJI

Losing is never easy, but for one unlucky contestant in Canada’s Miss Universe competition the bad news came 24 hours later — after she had been crowned the winner.

Red-faced organizers admitted Wednesday that a typo led to a counting error that resulted in Denise Garrido, 26, being wrongly named the victor at Saturday’s event. She was stripped of her sash and crown the next day.

Pageant Director Denis Davila blamed an inexperienced employee for the typo when transferring the judges’ handwritten scores into a computer program that determines the winner. An independent audit later spotted the error.

It turned out that Garrido had actually finished third runner-up to Riza Santos, also 26, of Calgary, who will now collect her crown in that city on Saturday, according to a pageant spokesman.