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dateline: 22 December 2015

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Wrong Woman Declared Winner at Miss Universe Pageant

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • contestant: a person who competes for a title
  • runner-up: a person who comes in second place
  • awkward: uncomfortable
  • take responsibility: to admit one’s failure or guilt

Wrong Woman Declared Winner at Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Colombia was wrongly declared Miss Universe at the 2015 in Las Vegas this December. She wore the for a few moments, before the , Steve Harvey realized his mistake. Miss was actually the runner-up, and Miss Philippines was the winner. In one of the most awkward moments in pageant history, the crown was removed from Miss Colombia’s head and placed on the head of Miss Philippines. Steve Harvey apologized to the audience and the contestants and took responsibility for the mistake. In his apology tweet, Steve Harvey Colombia and Philippines. His tweet was removed and reposted with the correct spelling.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who won Miss Universe 2015?
  2. What happened to Miss Colombia at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant?
  3. What mistake did Steve Harvey make after the show?

Discussion Questions: After the show, Miss Philippines said that it was a very non-traditional crowning (“very 2015”). Who do you think felt the worst in this awkward moment on stage, the host (Steve Harvey), the true runner-up (Miss Colombia), or the real winner (Miss Philippines)? Describe the roller coaster of emotions that each person likely experienced that evening.

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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