Human error lead to numbers being added wrong and a runner-up being named the winner of the Miss Universe Canada pageant on Saturday. The goof-up was discovered 24 hours later and the winner was told that she'd lost.
The pageant, at the St. Lawrence Center for the Arts in Toronto, ended with Denise Garrido, 26, of Bradford, Ont. named the winner out of 57 candidates from across the country. The first runner-up was a woman from Alberta, Riza Santos, also 26.
Only hold your horses - what did you say those numbers were? Whatever they were said to be it turns out that they weren't, which didn't bode well for Garrido but did for Santos.
“During the validation of the computerized scoring results (the following day), a typo was discovered in the top five entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition,” pageant director Denis Davila said in a Tuesday press release.
“This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant. This is an unfortunate circumstance where a human error was made, and in such a situation, as difficult as it is, it is only right to correct the error.”
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To tell the young woman who had won that she was in fact a runner-up, and a third runner-up at that, was not an easy task. Davila himself drove to Brantford to deliver the bad news to Garrido and it seems to have gone well.
“We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results," his press release said. "Miss Garrido’s example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada."
It wasn't until Monday, two days after she had lost - but actually won - that Santos heard the good news. She was by then back home in Calgary but the pageant will fly her back to Toronto soon for photos, a ceremony and the awarding of her crown. Siera Bearchell of Moose Jaw, Sask. moves up to the first runner-up spot.
Garrido does have a win that lasted to her credit, in 2008 she was named Miss Earth Canada; that year she went on to compete in the Miss Earth pageant in the Philippines but did not place. By coincidence, Santos was also named Miss Earth Canada, in 2006.