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Miss Universe blunder as Steve Harvey crowns runner-up Colombia's Arevalo winner

Published 21/12/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Venezuela 2015, Mariana Jimenez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss South Africa 2015, Refilwe Mthimunye, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Belgium 2015, Annelies Toros, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Other contestants congratulate Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach after she was crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Miss Universe Paulina Vega, left, crowns Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as the new Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, pictured on left. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Other contestants comfort Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, center right, after she was incorrectly crowned Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. According to the pageant, a misreading led the announcer to read Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before they took it away and gave it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, pictured on left. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Television personality Steve Harvey hosts the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: The top three finalists (L-R) Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, and Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, stand onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R) went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Miss Universe competition was plunged in to chaos as the host crowned the wrong winner.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach won this year's Miss Universe contest for the Philippines - but thanks to a right royal howler, for one brief moment it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.

Colombia's Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year's Miss Universe winner in Las Vegas when host Steve Harvey dashed back to apologise.

Harvey said it was his mistake and he would take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that named Ms Wurtzbach the winner and Ms Arevalo the first runner-up.

A mystified Ms Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Ms Arevalo before last year's Miss Universe from Colombia stepped in to remove the crown and place it on Ms Wurtzbach's head instead.

Harvey said later no one felt worse than he did about his mistake.

The competition started with women representing 80 countries aged between 19 and 27. For the first time, viewers at home weighed in, with their votes being tallied in addition to four in-person celebrity judges.

NBCUniversal and Donald Trump co-owned the Miss Universe Organisation until earlier this year.

But billionaire property tycoon and Republican US presidential hopeful Mr Trump offended Hispanics in June when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his Republican presidential run.

That led Spanish-language network Univision to pull out of the broadcast for what would have been the first of five years airing the pageants and NBC to cut business ties with Mr Trump.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is finally announced as the correct Miss Universe (AP)
Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is finally announced as the correct Miss Universe (AP)
Oh no! Host Steve Harvey holds up the winners' card after incorrectly announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe (AP)

Mr Trump, the former star of the Celebrity Apprentice reality show sued both companies, settling with NBC in September, which included buying the network's stake in the pageants.

That same month Mr Trump sold the organisation that includes the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants to entertainment company WME-IMG.

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