Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach made an appearance on the January 4 episode of the morning show Live with Kelly and Michael. She was welcomed by a warm applause from the live audience who were visibly ecstatic to finally see the Filipina beauty queen in person. Hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan asked her a couple of questions about the decrowning of Miss Colombia and the moment she was crowned Miss Universe. Asked to explain how she felt when she was initially announced as first runner up, she said: “I was just thinking to myself, ‘Okay, I made it this far, I’m pretty sure I made my country proud, and that’s good enough for me.’ I know I did everything I could, I know I did very well.” She was then told to share what went on her mind when Steve Harvey, the pageant host, retracted his first announcement and proclaimed Wurtzbach as Miss Universe 2015. The Pinay-German revealed that she was only absorb the sudden turn of events backstage when she had the moment to think by herself.
“Did I really win? Is this final? Are you gonna come back and take the crown from me? But then they reassured me that ‘Yes, you are the winner, you are Miss Universe,’” she said. Pia clarified that she and Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez have ironed out everything as she greeted the latter last December 25, Miss Colombia’s birthday.
Kelly and Michael enjoined the beauty queen to do her signature walk onstage, and Pia absolutely nailed it.