Oops! Miss Universe Canada crowns wrong winner
OTTAWA (AFP) - Losing is never easy, but for one unlucky contestant in Canada's Miss Universe competition the bad news came 24 hours later - after she'd been crowned the winner.
Red-faced organisers admitted on Wednesday that a typo led to a counting error that resulted in Ms Denise Garrido, 26, being wrongly named the victor at Saturday's event. She was stripped of her sash and crown the next day.
"I was shocked. I'd achieved my dream and suddenly after a day of it sinking in it was suddenly taken away from me," a heartbroken Garrido told AFP, after losing her chance to represent Canada at the Miss Universe final in December.
In a statement, 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.