Miss America crowns wrong winners, twice

JENNA CLARKE
Last updated 09:09 02/07/2014
Sydney Morning Herald

Just days after they were crowned, Miss Florida and Miss Delaware were stripped of their titles.

The gaffes continue in the quest to find Miss America 2014.
Twitter/Floridadm
BYE BYE CROWN: Elizabeth Fechtel, pictured here as Miss University of Florida, has had her tiara taken away.

Related Links

Miss USA's geography gaffe Top five beauty pageant fails

Relevant offers

Beauty News

World Cup beauty loses modelling contract World Cup model fan in hunting controversy World Cup fan gets major modelling deal The most awkward Photoshop fails of 2014 In my beauty bag: Zoe Foster-Blake Best & worst: Haircuts of the World Cup What has she done to her hair?! Extra credit for hairy pits Life in plastic, it's fantastic What's with all the superfood beauty collabs?

The gaffes continue in the quest to find Miss America 2014.

First the recently crowned Miss Delaware was stripped of her title because at 25 she was deemed too old to enter.

"I've lost everything. My scholarship money for school, my prizes and my crown all because of a technicality that was not caught by the executive board," the now former Miss Deleware Amanda Longacre said.

Now there is another heartbroken young beauty queen languishing in Florida where pageant organisers of the local heats have had to make an embarrassing about face after it was discovered there was a vote-counting error which resulted in the wrong Miss Florida being crowned.

The pageant initially named Elizabeth Fechtel its winner, and the 20-year-old University of Florida student basked in the glory for all of five days, until a pageant official arrived at her house last Thursday evening to inform her that first runner-up Victoria Cowen is getting the crown instead.

Fechtel had already dropped her classes at the University of Florida to begin preparation for the Miss America pageant, USA Today reports.

So what happened?

Pageant officials told the Fechtels that one judge changed his mind about who should finish first in the final seconds of his allotted time and drew lines on his ballot to reverse his vote.

The switch got overlooked initially, but a subsequent independent audit confirmed Cowen was the rightful winner.

Fechtel will now have to hand over the thousands in scholarship money she was briefly awarded.

In a statement, the pageant chalked it up to an "error in the tabulation process".

Ad Feedback

- Sydney Morning Herald

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

What's your fave grooming option?

I'm on trend - full bush up top, bare down below

No hair at all!

I don't wax down there at all - ain't nobody got time for that!

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content