Ugly row at beauty pageant as beaten finalist finds judges' secret score sheets
Published 30/05/2016 | 10:15
A beauty pageant has descended into an ugly row after a beaten finalist stumbled across a score sheet that showed the winner polled fewer votes than the runner-up.
Charlotte Olsson, 21, found papers showing the winner of the Miss Dorset 2016's Miss Popularity category won 130 fewer on-line public votes than runner-up Georgia Lewis.
But when she revealed this to the other contestants on an online forum, she was immediately slapped down by the pageant's organiser who demanded she remove her posts.
Miss Olsson was also accused of slander and threatened with police action by the organiser for allegedly stealing clothes from the contest’s fashion show.
Miss Olsson, who denies the allegations, said she discovered the papers stuffed into a Tesco carrier bag when she unpacked her clothes bag three days after the event held at AFC Bournemouth.
The event's winner was 16-year-old Stephanie Wyatt who went on to win the overall Miss Dorset crown too. She now goes through to compete for the Miss England title.
But following the controversy over the scoring, Miss Lewis, 22, who won Miss Bournemouth last year, said she felt "robbed" and owed never to compete in a pageant again.
"It has completely put me off entering another one," Miss Lewis, whose sisters Chantelle, 23, and Sam, 30, also have a string of beauty titles to their names, told the Daily Mail.
"I didn’t expect to win overall but I was expecting to get the Miss Popularity sash, then Steph’s name was announced and I felt robbed.
"I’ve got nothing against Steph and am happy for her that she won Miss Dorset. But when things like this happen it makes you question how fair and square it all is. It feels almost like someone wanted those papers to be found."
Miss Lewis, from West Parley, Dorset, added: "It is my third year of beauty contests and you just want to have the feeling that it’s all being done right."
Miss Dorset organiser Kelly Levell said some of the finalists may have misunderstood how the scoring system worked.
"Everything was done fairly," she said. "In Miss Popularity, the girls all got a score out of ten for how many votes they got in the on-line vote and a score out of ten for how many votes they got from the audience on the night.
"The two were added together to find the winner."
She said the contents of the carrier bag may have been incomplete or could have been tampered with, which could explain why it appeared Miss Lewis should have won Miss Popularity.
After winning the title, Miss Wyatt posted on Facebook: "What an amazing night it was, a dream come true, also won popularity vote, natural beauty, beautiful mind and Miss Charitable…
"I am going to be going to Miss England later on in July and am going to do Dorset proud and show everyone the best we can do! An amazing night!!!!"