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Miss Universe Canada Crowns Wrong Contestant Winner After Typo

Miss Universe Canada crowned Denise Garrido the winner during the pageant over the weekend but organizers say it was an error.

Pageant officials say that Garrido had actually finished in No. 4, while Risa Santos of Alberta was the winner of the Miss Canada Universe crown.

However due to mistake, which it attributes to "human error," Garrido was erroneously named the winner.

"My heart sank," the 26-year-old Garrido tells The Toronto Star of being stripped her of her title, crown, and chance to represent Canada at Miss Universe. "I was so sad. It's been the ultimate dream of mine. All of the other pageants were building toward this one."

Pageant director Denis Davila says a "typo" occurred when transferring the judges' handwritten scores into a computer program that determines the winner.

A third-party audit, required to compare the handwritten scores with the computer results, spotted the embarrassing error a day after the pageant.

"I will always have the memory of being the 24-hour queen," says Garrido.

Miss Universe Canada has invited Garrido to join Santos at some public events and asked her to be a judge for the 2014 competition.

May 30, 2013 |

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