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WATCH: Miss Colombia stripped of her crown and Miss Philippines recrowned in live Miss Universe mix-up

Published 21/12/2015 | 06:34

(L-R) Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, has her crown removed by Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, and given to the winner of Miss Universe 2015, Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(L-R) Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, has her crown removed by Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, and given to the winner of Miss Universe 2015, Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(L-R) Miss Australia 2015, Monika Radulovic, Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, and Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(L-R) Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, and Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach react as they learn that 2015 Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was correctly named 2015 Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(L-R) Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, has her crown removed by Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, and given to the winner of Miss Universe 2015, Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who was mistakenly named as First Runner-up, reacts as she is named the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Television personality Steve Harvey hosts the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Venezuela 2015, Mariana Jimenez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa 2015, Refilwe Mthimunye, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Belgium 2015, Annelies Toros, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Mexico 2015, Wendy Esparza, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Curacao 2015, Kanisha Sluis, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Australia 2015, Monika Radulovic, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Curacao 2015, Kanisha Sluis, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The top three finalists (L-R) Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, and Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, stand onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R) went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The top five finalists (L-R) Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, Miss Australia 2015, Monika Radulovic, Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, and Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel, stand onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (C) went on to be crowned the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Host Steve Harvey (L) listens as Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel, answers a question during the interview portion of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, stands onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrezh (R), walks onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), and Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (R), wait to hear the results of the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), is correctly named 2015 Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), reacts as Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (R), is incorrectly named 2015 Miss Universe instead of First Runner-up by host Steve Harvey (not pictured) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), is correctly named 2015 Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Venezuela 2015, Mariana Jimenez, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss South Africa 2015, Refilwe Mthimunye, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Belgium 2015, Annelies Toros, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Brazil 2015, Marthina Brandt, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Mexico 2015, Wendy Esparza, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Brazil 2015, Marthina Brandt, competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach blows a kiss after being crowned Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas
Finalists, (L-R) Miss USA Olivia Jordan, Miss Australia Monika Radulovic, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, and Miss France Flora Coquerel, stand during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas

Even Miss Congeniality couldn't have predicted this one.

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Miss Colombia thought her dreams had come true when she was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night, but just moments after being given the crown, host Steve Harvey apologised for his mistake and announced she was in fact, first runner up.

Reigning Miss Universe Paulina Vega crowned Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, 21, of Sincelejo, Colombia, who had been hotly tipped to take the title all along, and was beaming with joy at her victory.

But just moments later, the comedian had to apologise for his "human error" and announce Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, a German actress and model, was in fact winner.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez waves the Columbian national flag after initially being crowned as the winner during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20, 2015
Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez waves the Columbian national flag after initially being crowned as the winner during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20, 2015

She was initially named runner up.

Then, Vega had the awkward job of removing Miss Colombia's crown to replace it with the Miss Philippines - but they did let her keep the flowers.

Harvey tweeted after the event: "I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.

"Secondly, I'd like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.

Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

"I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing."

Wurtzbach, the first Miss Philippines winner in 40 years, said backstage: "It's a very non-traditional crowning moment," she said backstage afterward in a video clip of a conversation with Miss USA posted by the Miss Universe pageant on its Twitter feed. "It is very 2015."

Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper, failed to make the top 15 of the competition, but was largely considered a popular contestant.

Similarly, on Saturday night, Miss Ireland Sasha Livingtstone didn't place at the Miss World competition, where Miss Spain Mireia Lalaguna Rozo was crowed winner.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (C) is surrounded by contestants after being crowned Miss Universe at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20, 2015
Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (C) is surrounded by contestants after being crowned Miss Universe at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20, 2015

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