We Thought We Won National Costume, And Then, We Didn’t. Here’s What REALLY Happened.

Steve Harvey and the Miss Universe teleprompter just don’t get along well. Because four years after the big SNAFU with crowning the wrong Miss Universe, Steve Harvey suffers yet another Miss Universe flub… except this time it wasn’t completely his fault.

“Here’s the look at the winner, Philippines,” Host Harvey said as a picture of Miss Philippines in a silvery costume appeared on the screen. We thought we would see Miss Philippines but our homegirl Shweta Sekhon was called onstage instead.

Sekhon awkwardly pulled the microphone closer to her, saying “Can I say something? It’s not Philippines, it’s Malaysia.”


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The flustered host explained that he was just reading from the teleprompter while making references to his 2015 error. “Y’all got to quit doing this to me. I can read…They’re trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 – played me short like that. “

Sekhon then chuckled as Harvey tried to clear up the confusion. “This is Malaysia. I really love this national costume Malaysia,” he said. “This is crazy.”



We didn’t expect the joyous moment to be so short-lived. Three hours later, the Miss Universe organizers took to twitter to announce that Miss Philippines was indeed the rightful winner after all, and that Shweta had ‘jumped the gun’ in correcting Harvey.

Well, at least that was the story that has been shared around online and offline. Elaine Daly, the national director of Miss Universe Malaysia, on the other hand, shared her other side of the story on IG.



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I am extremely disappointed at how the Best National Costume announcement at Miss Universe has come to this. A few hours ago, during the live telecast just after the opening round, Shweta was asked to go backstage to change into her National Costume for it to be showcased as Best National Costume, and that’s what she did, and conducted interviews as well. When she came out, the host Steve Harvey announced Philippines as the winner and even when he approached to talk to Shweta, he still assumed he was talking to Philippines she of course corrected him and said it was Malaysia and not Philippines. And she continued to explain her costume. Malaysia, who has never been placed at Miss Universe nor won anything, rejoiced! 4 hours later, we found out via Twitter that Miss Philippines was the actual winner. I have taken sometime to reply anyone because I was waiting for an explanation from the Miss Universe Organisation. So I emailed Paula – the President and asked her to please clarify, Paula replied me and said that Philippines won the online voting, but the producing staff backstage picked their favorite and wanted to showcase her. However this was not explained on the show. To everyone who watched it, it was like as if Malaysia had won. Because why would you put a delegate in her costume, have her do interviews and then tell her that she actually didn’t win but was just the producing staff’s choice . I’m speechless but it is what it is. To all of you who have congratulated and made us feel special, I thank you. Shweta and her national costume will always be a winner to us. I mean, we did get all eyes on Malaysia and we got to show off our culture and heritage right?

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All we can say is that this wasn’t the first time the pageant made a botch of things. Remember the incident they had four years ago when Steve Harvey crowned the wrong Miss Universe? My God, what’s with Steve Harvey and the Philippines?

What happened was Harvey revealed that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was the winner back then. But moments later, he took the mic and apologized for the blunder.

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“Okay folks, I have to apologize. The first runner-up is Colombia,” he explained. He immediately clarified that Miss Philipines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the real 2015 Miss Universe.

Now that we’ve got two embarrassing incidents, we’ll be hearing Harvey joke A LOT about the errors in future Miss Universe pageants…that is if we still have him as host.