On Saturday night, the title of Miss Universe Canada went to 26-year-old Denise Garrido, but the following day, the jury admitted to having made a mistake. Apparently, the scores were mixed and the crown went to the wrong girl.
57 contestants participated in the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant. In the end, the crown was placed on the beautiful head of Denise Garrido, 26. But her reign was soon to end, as the jury had made a mistake in tabulating the scores. The next morning, the mistake was publicly admitted and Garrido had to give away her crown to Riza Santos, also 26, of Calgary.
Such a mistake would break anyone’s self-confidence. On the one hand, the false winner enjoyed the coronation moments that should have been the real winner’s. On the other, stripping a Miss of her crown could be shocking, to say the least. Garrido admits to be in a difficult situation but she is trying to deal with it in a mature manner. “It was a challenge at the time and was shocking to me…but it could be a great story for women everywhere” she told yahoo! Shine. “I had that moment of being Miss Universe, but not for a whole year. It’s not going to change by me feeling like a victim.”
How did an error like this occur? A post on the contest’s website explains it: “During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurs the following day), a typo was discovered in the top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition”. The report added that this was the first error of the kind in all Miss Universe Canada pageant history. “We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results.”
Garrido says that she is planning to “make the best out of the situation”. “I’ve grown a lot from this experience”, she said.