Miss Universe Canada Typo Causes Wrong Contestant to Be Awarded Crown

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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May 29, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Miss Universe Canada typo: A mathematical error caused the wrong woman to be named Miss Universe Canada.

“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, according to the Ottawa Sun. “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.”

Denise Garrido of Ontario was originally named the winner but had to be told she was actually third runner-up.

Davila drove to give her the news on May 27 in person.

The actual winner was Riza Santos, of Calgary. 

“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.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.