Miss USA and second runner-up Olivia Jordan stuck with Wurtzbach as she tried to collect her thoughts on her win, while Miss Australia and fourth runner-up Monika Radulovic revealed that the contestants were surprised when host Steve Harvey proclaimed Miss Colombia the winner. The teleprompter, she said, showed that it was in fact Wurtzbach who had won the title.
Now, another beauty queen is winning hearts among Filipinos for a simple but classy show of support for Miss Philippines.
As Wurtzbach was standing on the stage looking shocked at the news that she had actually won, Miss Bulgaria Radostina Todorova could be seen cheering enthusiastically in the background.
When Wurtzbach turns to where Todorova is standing, still seemingly unsure what to do, Todorova sweeps her arms forward and is seen to mouth "Go!" with a big smile on her face. Wurtzbach sees the gesture and it spurs her to continue walking forward to accept the crown she had won.
Filipino netizens noticed. "Even if we already know what to do, we always look for that one friend who will push us to do it. We all need a #MissBulgaria in our lives," said Facebook user Ron Cruz, who posted screengrabs of the moment.
Todorova, 20, is a model from Vratsa, Bulgaria. — BM, GMA News