Imagine being told you lost the crown you most desired and it’s all due to a computer glitch? That's exactly what happened to Canadian Riza Santos. Denise Garrido was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe Canada pageant, only to be told later she actually placed fourth.
“During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurs 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 statement.
Riza Santos of Calgary was declared the real winner and flown back to Toronto this week to take her place as Miss Universe Canada.
“We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results. Miss Garrido’s example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada,” Davila said.