“It’s important to know Miss Philippines won fair and square. All of the judges thought so. She deserves to win. It’s not just a physical beauty contest.”
Ito ang pahayag ng American celebrity entertainment personality na si Perez Hilton, isa sa apat na judges ng katatapos lang na Miss Universe 2015.
Bukod kay Perez, kabilang din sa mga hurado ang American comedian na si Niecy Nash, ang Miss Universe 2012 na si Olivia Culpo, at National Football League star na si Emmitt Smith.
Binigyan din ng kapangyarihan ang netizens at iba pang candidates ng Miss Universe na bumoto ng paborito nilang kandidata.
Naging kontrobersiyal ang 64th edition ng Miss Universe nang magkamali ang host na si Steve Harvey ng pag-a-announce ng nanalo, nang pagpalitin niya ang puwesto nina Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez at Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.
Una niyang tinawag na winner si Miss Colombia, pero pagkalipas ng ilang minuto ay nag-sorry siya at sinabing si Pia ang tunay na nagwagi bilang Miss Universe 2015.
ROOTING FOR MISS COLOMBIA. Sa December 21 (December 22 sa Pilipinas) episode ng kanyang podcast show na Perez Hilton Podcast, nagsalita si Perez at sinabi niyang noong umpisa ng pageant night ay paborito niya si Miss Colombia.
“You have instantly your favorites in mind for variety of reasons.
"They explain to you it is a beauty pageant. You really are looking for a beautiful girl.
“But it’s not just beauty, I think that’s really important to clarify.”
Dagdag pa ni Perez, dapat itong linawin dahil base sa kanyang social media, maraming Colombians ang nagalit na hindi si Miss Colombia ang nanalo.
“Miss Colombia was the most beautiful contestant, but I don’t think she deserves to win the title, and she didn’t win the title for variety of reasons,” sabi ng gossip blogger.
Sinabi rin ni Perez ang pagkakaiba nina Pia at Miss Colombia.
“Here’s the difference between Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia: Miss Philippines came to win, Miss Colombia came to lose.
“Colombia came there as if she already won and that’s sexy also and intoxicating to have that confidence.
"But I think she truly believed she was going to win.
“Whereas Miss Philippines came with something to prove.
“I kept everything in mind, but I was also truly judging each category for what it was.”
Nung una, akala raw ni Perez ay hindi siya mai-impress kay Pia sa swimsuit competition.
“Before they switched to swimsuit, I didn’t think Philippines would rock the swimsuit competition.”
Binigyan daw niya ng score na 9 si Miss Colombia sa swimsuit portion.
“I judge each portion for what it was and a girl could sometimes perform and really surprise.
“I wasn’t expecting much of Miss Philippines from her swimsuit portion.
"I already had in mind and thought that she was not gonna be that good and she came out and like, boom!
"Gave me fierceness… and she owned it and like, wow, she is rocking this.
“I ended up scoring her way higher.”
Sa evening gown portion naman, para sa kanya ay si Colombia ang panalo.
Pero nagkatalo raw pagdating sa second part ng question-and-answer portion.
“When it was time for the advocating, 'Why should I be Miss Universe,' that’s when it became certain for me, because at that point, I don’t know if the people at home could see this, but Miss Colombia was being straight out diva-bitch rude to her translator.
“She was giving like the most awful side eye, like throwing major shade because Miss Colombia was not happy with the pace or the way the translator was translating.
“It was a major turn-off.”
UNANIMOUS DECISION. Paglalarawan pa ni Perez kay Miss Colombia sa question-and-answer portion, “It wasn’t just that she didn’t give the best answer and it wasn’t just she came across to not just me, but several of the other judges, bitchy and arrogant—it was that Philippines gave a better answer.
“It was the second time that she gave a great answer, actually a better answer, and by that point, I just felt she really brought her A-game, super competitive, but also almost like she just deserved it. She deserves it.
“To me, [Pia is] a real beauty and grace and elegance. She is Miss Universe.
“She was just being herself and not trying emulate like anybody else, I felt like she really earned it and won it fair and square.”
Sabi pa ni Perez, “unanimous decision” sa mga hurado ang pagpili kay Pia bilang Miss Universe.
“I really felt like I had to take everything throughout the whole night into consideration, everything that the pageant told me, what they were looking for, it’s not just a physical beauty contest and I went with my gut and I voted for Miss Philippines.
“And then actually, I found out afterwards it was unanimous.
“Every single judge on that panel, all four of us, voted for Miss Philippines to be number one.”