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Gossip blogger Perez Hilton says Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach deserves to win the title. PHOTO FROM HILTON'S TWITTER ACCOUNT

Miss Universe judge: Pia Wurtzbach deserved to win, Miss Colombia didn’t

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton says Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach deserves to win the title. PHOTO FROM HILTON'S TWITTER ACCOUNT
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton says Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach deserves to win the title. PHOTO FROM HILTON’S TWITTER ACCOUNT

Hollywood gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who served as one of the judges in the 2015 Miss Universe, has broken his silence on the controversy which has plagued the annual pageant.


Perez on Tuesday (Monday, US time) said that he refused interviews so that he would be able to talk about the contest in his podcast hosted on his own website. In the podcast, he compared Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach with first runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia, saying that the Filipina delegate deserved the title unlike the latter.


READ: Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Universe 2015


“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 a variety of reasons,” Hilton told his co-host Chris Booker.


“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 had already won. And that’s sexy also and intoxicating that confidence. But I think that she came there thinking she would really win. Whereas Miss Philippines came with something to prove,” he further said.


He explained that while Gutierrez was considered as among the frontrunners, Wurtzbach surprised him during the competition.


“She really surprised me. I wasn’t expecting her to be fierce and fabulous,” the blogger said about the Filipina beauty during the swimsuit round.


He also revealed that he liked Colombia’s performance in the evening gown competition better.


Major turnoff


The outspoken blogger, however, called out Gutierrez for her snarky attitude during the question and answer portion.


“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 the most awful side-eye, throwing major shade because Colombia was not happy with the pace or the way the translator was translating…I was dying. She’s being cunty right now,” he said.


“It was a major turnoff,” he said of Colombia’s attitude.


READ: Miss Germany rips Pia Wurtzbach: ‘None of us voted for Philippines’


“It wasn’t just that she (Colombia) didn’t give the best answer. And it wasn’t just that she came across not just me, but several of the other judges (as) bitchy and arrogant. It was that Miss Philippines gave a better answer,” he further said.


During the final round of the competition, finalists Philippines, Colombia and Miss USA Olivia Jordan were asked why they should win Miss Universe.


Wurtzbach answered, “To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will use my voice to influence the youth and I will raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, which is the Philippines. I want to show the world, the universe, rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart.”


READ: Pia Wurtzbach: ‘I am confidently beautiful with a heart’


Hilton said he was impressed by Wurtzbach’s performance in both question and answer portions.


“It was the second time that she (Pia) gave a great answer, actually a better answer, and by that point, I felt like wow, she really brought her A-game, was super competitive, but also like, she deserved it. Like she deserves it. To me, there’s a real beauty, and grace, and elegance (in Pia). She is Miss Universe.”


READ: Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach: a portrait of beauty and perseverance


He then proceeded to compare Gutierrez to her fellow Colombian, Hollywood actress Sofia Vergara.


“Miss Colombia, you’re Sofia Vergara. You’re not Miss Universe. You look so much like Sofia Vergara. It’s spooky how much she looks like Sofia Vergara. Whereas this other girl, she was just being herself and not trying to emulate anybody else. I felt like she earned it and won it fair and square,” he said.




He said that up until the last round, he was not sure whom he was going to select as Miss Universe.


“I went with my gut and voted for Miss Philippines. And 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 1,” he revealed.


Aside from Hilton, the other judges were former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo; actress-comedian Niecy Nash; and former American football player Emmitt Smith. The global audience and the 77 eliminated contestants were also asked to vote during different segments of the competition.


With their votes unanimous, he said he and the other judges were surprised when host Steve Harvey announced that it was Colombia who won and not the Philippines.


“My initial thought when Steve Harvey announced that Colombia won was ‘this is rigged,’” Hilton said.


READ: Netizens post sharp, witty tweets vs Steve Harvey on Miss Universe gaffe


He later backtracked, saying that he thought the mix-up was just a publicity stunt for more people to talk about the pageant.


“I still find it hard that he could have messed up that badly,” Hilton continued.


READ: Steve Harvey apologizes for Miss Universe mix-up; misspells PH, Colombia


The media personality closed the podcast by saying that amid the gaffe and that furor it had caused, it was important to know that the Philippine delegate won the competition “fair and square.”


“It’s important to know that Miss Philippines won it fair and square. All of the judges thought so. She deserved to win. It’s not just a physical beauty contest,” he said.


He said that he, however, believes that Gutierrez would have a successful career after the competition.


“I think that she could have a more successful career after Miss Universe than Miss Philippines will,” the gossip blogger said.


“Miss Philippines is perfect for being a Miss Universe, but I think that Colombia can go on like Sofia Vergara and be a crossover success in the US, and be a Spanish-language personality or if her language improves, an English-language personality. She is smoking,” he closed. IDL

  • artz555

    Pia clearly deserved the Miss Universe crown, after now knowing that in the internet votes, she was leading and most of judges voted for her in the last rounds of the contest. The bizarre final announcement of the winners by Steve Harvey may have also caused some bizarre consequences. Steve Harvey is a long time host of the TV game show, Family Feud, and he reads on cue cards at least 15 questions to 8 participants per taping, and Steve seems to rarely make mistakes, unless the mistakes are edited out. So the rare announcement mistake could have been a real honest mistake by Steve, or it could have been a publicity stunt by the new owners of the MIss Universe pageant. At any rate, mistakes or not, most people hope that this incident does not happen again in the future, or the pageant could lose credibility or popularity.

    As a consequences also, after the final coronation of Miss Universe, Miss PH, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach,… and the other contestants were filing out of the stage , it was clear that not all of them were flocking to PIa to congratulate her, but one group were filing out of the stage completely (maybe to congratulate Miss Colombia) while another group were flocking to Pia to congratulate her. The bizarre ending announcement clearly resulted in some bizarre consequences.

    • RedRose_13

      Those who approached Miss Colombia are just sorry for her fortune. They must understand it is the judges’ decision and the votes on-line.

      • artz555

        Agreed and as I understood it, there were 5 votes from the judges and the sixth vote was the internet votes. In one Youtube video, those who flock to PIa in the back were shouting ‘ Miss Colombia , Miss Colombia ‘,… bizarre somehow as they somewhat sympathise with Miss Colombia, jealous of Pia, or just confused. The hard to find video could be search on Youtube as ‘ Some Dissatisfied Miss Universe contestants booed Pia ‘

      • RedRose_13

        You are making up craps. Show proof!

      • artz555

        The rules of the judging of Miss Universe were announced on TV, days prior to the final day of judging to prepare the audience for voting on the internet. This was clarified by the new owners of the pageant to revive popularity of the pageant itself.
        As to the Youtube video of something like, jealous or confused Miss Universe contestants booed or disapprove of Pia ,is on the youtube videos but it’s hard to find because of the numerous Miss Universe videos. You could however search on Yuotube, Some Miss Universe contestants booed Pia. Or it could have been banned in Youtube by the pageant itself.

      • RedRose_13

        Crap!!! Pure imagination.

  • Jim Hoover

    How in the hell does a gay man claim to know anything about a beauty pageant for women. Sorry I not a anti gay I think we give too much credit to gay men as the fashion police of what women wear and their attitudes, The old school these events were judged by men who were attracted to women, I would like to know the sexual orientations of all these judges who are supposed to determine what men view as attractive in a woman. and if you claim this isn’t about what men find attractive you are just lying to your self. Look at the skimpy costumes, swimsuit competition, the formal competition.

    • RedRose_13

      Jim, he will not be chosen to be one of the judges if he isn’t qualified. You said you are not anti gay but just a closeted guy. Sorry, don’t mean to hurt your feelings but the way I read your comments, it seems to me you are. Hey, nothing personal but we live outside China.

  • RedRose_13

    I agree with Mr. Hilton. Miss Colombia’s body language assumes that she already won instead of waiting for the announcement. And her question-and-answer portion is terrible. I like her beauty but Miss Philippines is much more beautiful.

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  • AkoyPekpekLover

    Judge Perez Hilton could be invited to Manila for his kind comments on Pia. Also, why not invite Miss Bulgaria to the Philippines? Malacanang or Dept of Tourism could shoulder her trip to show our appreciation. She could earn some bucks by modeling for local brands like Bench. She could be popular here and who knows decide to stay like other foreign beauty queens and marry Filipino.

  • pj rublico

    – Gossip blogger Perez Hilton (ONE OF THE JUDGES) says Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach deserves to win the title.

    “I went with my gut and voted for Miss Philippines. And 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 1,” he

    We don’t need to see the scorecards to know who really won. someone from the judges already proved it!


  • pj rublico

    — when Ms. Philippines attempted to give back the crown to Ms. Colombia (feeling ms. universe), there was an unseen video that the stuff from Ms. Universe told her not to give the crown to Ms. Colombia.. you know why? because the title really belongs to Ms. Philippines!

    – Ms. Colombia wanted the crown badly and doesn’t even want to give it to Ms. Philippines even it was already announced twice that Ms. Philippines is Ms. Universe but Ms. Philippines attempted to give the crown to the her even she knows already that she won the title.. she is really beautiful with a heart. She just prove that she is really the Ms. Universe 2016!

  • pj rublico

    Ms Colombia: claiming the title that will never be hers and getting the glory that is not for her.

    Ms. Philippines: giving the crown to someone who does not own the title and humbly apologized to everyone even it was not her fault.


  • pj rublico

    From: Martin Jade Manalastas

    Yeah I think ms Colombia deserves that
    shame because it just showed her true nature: an arrogant selfish
    overconfident diva. I know it’s unfair to her but it is also unfair to
    pia. I agree she is physically more attractive than pia but true beauty
    also means being sport, and clearly she wasn’t. she wants to be pitied
    for being a victim but also wants the crown back to her because she
    can’t accept the fact that a Filipino beat her greedy ass.