Miss Universe Canada Crowns Wrong Contestant

Denise Garrido’s reign as Miss Universe Canada was a short one.

The Bradford, Ont., native was crowned the winner out of 57 contestants Saturday night, but about 24 hours later, organizers realized a whopper of a mistake and she was dethroned.

As it turns out, Garrido was actually a runner-up — named the winner over Calgary’s Riza Santos due to an mathematical error.

“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 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 (MUC) 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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