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Oh no you didn’t! Five pageant hosts who made terrible mistakes 

When you are watching live television, there are that some rare instances when you wish you didn’t plugged on that telly. Some of these live TV show bloopers, awkward moments or did-he-or-she-just-did-that scenarios will forever etch in our memories. Some could really be funny but in most cases painful. In the world of pageantry, hosting faux pas are rarely forgiven because people are tuned in for beautiful women not some irrelevant antics of some hosts. One can get some tough crowds over there but pageants hosts should be reminded that they are not the central focus of the entire show. Thus, they should try to make themselves, as difficult it may be, less visible. Here, Missosology compiled some of the awkward hosts in recent memory taken from the vast expanse of both national and international Big4 contests. They are not really the worst of worsts but they are the ones who left an indelible impression in our minds and give us nightmares from time to time.

Bret Michaels – Miss Universe 2010


Bret was a great host but what was not so great about him is what he was doing when he is not doing his job. He’s got the star quality and good stage presence and gave the Miss Universe 2010 the much needed rock-style jolt but it looked like he was hitting on his co-host Natalie Morales on broad daylight (or broad nightlight). He was often elbowed and cued by Natalie because he was busy talking to her off-mic. It was very apparent that Bret was far more interested on the beauty right next to him rather than on his hosting stint. At one point, the TV audience could actually hear what he was jabbering to Natalie (who by the way maintained her composure and boundaries perhaps?).


Alexander Revva – Miss Russia 2011


Alexander is a Russian entertainer born in Ukraine who hosted the Miss Russia 2011 contest together with Vera Brezneva. His creepy gaze could shut up an uprooted mandrake 100 meters away and with his long hair, foreign watchers of Miss Russia 2011 contest got chills way inside their bones. He did a passable job as a host but his stand up comedy in between that 5 hour long (at least that’s what we thought) pageant was as awkward as his looks. He began by jabbing some jokes about mistranslated English words in Russian and the audience gave him a cold laugh. He then wrapped it up with his corny stories that barely gave a mirth to the faces of the people in attendance. The entire Miss Russia 2011 contest was a horror television marathon and it took just one gaze at the eyes of Alexander to conclude that indeed it was!

Oli Pettigrew – Miss Earth 2013

missearth2013Hongkong-born and Singapore-based model Oli Pettigrew did a great hosting job together with Linda Black at Miss Earth 2013. At times, both were at loss on what to say and grappled some adjectives to use in their commentaries but they were fine until the moment Oli mistakenly called the event as Miss World 2013. He tried to recover by quickly saying Miss Earth 2013 and acted as if he is dumb or confused. Perhaps the whole show was boring that it reminded him of Miss World or that Miss Earth is pretty much insignificant to him. Either way, saying the wrong pageant name was never a good thing.


Tim Vincent – Miss World 2014


During the Top 5 interview, Tim Vincent was engaged in an awkward conversation with Miss Hungary. The young beautiful lady was explaining to the judges on why she should be chosen as the next Miss World and here comes Tim butting in and spreading his ten cents all over the place. Hosts should never argue or engage in a soliloquy with a contestant trying to answer a question. Keep your thoughts on yourself Tim. The judges care little about it. In overall though, Tim was perfect pair to Megan Young who became the first reigning Miss World to host the pageant.


Toni Gonzaga – Bb. Pilipinas 2015


Bb. Pilipinas 2015 host Toni Gonzaga was under fire recently for her inappropriate comic acts that was way too painful to watch. She poked at one the contestants’ earrings during the interview, made fun of one of the judges’ names and made all sort of cheap jokes that basically ruined the prestigious aura of the premier pageant of the Philippines. While her co-host Xian Lim was cool and composed, Toni was rude and irritating and it was a surprise that some people defended her despite all of the tackiness she exuded.



Do you have some awkward hosts and/or hosting moments at the Big4 pageants both at the international and national levels? Share them on the comment box below.


  1. I think Toni Gonzaga was doing her job. That’s what the BPCI commanded her to make the show lively and happy not to the extent to bore the people and the contestans. . .

  2. Bb. Pilipinas candidates are the representation to the world the women of today in our country. The most prestigious pageant in our country is the message that reminds us that filipina can make a big impact to change the world and deserve to be respected with manners and intelligence. Toni Gonzaga’s hilarious actions and behavior were disappointing. Bb. Pilipinas is not a “Gandang Babae” of showtime beauty pageant or Miss Barangay San Lazaru contest where Toni’s jokes is appropriate. I am not against ‪#‎toni‬ in fact i like her but sometimes constructive criticism is necessary. And as long as she learns from her mistakes and it wont happen again in the future, i think Toni’s talents are great and she will do better next time..

  3. FYI there are people who often refer to Miss Universe as Miss World. I guess the title of Miss World is most synonymous with international pageants than all the others.

  4. What about the male host at Miss Earth 2014? He said a lot of wrong stuff, e.g. that there would be Top 18 (but there was just 16) and generally he had a bad aura

  5. we all know Toni, she has proven her self. been hosting great and big shows! she is just doing her job! indeed it was a fun pageant night! something different! hope she will host the show again next year 🙂

  6. I think Toni did a wonderful job! She made a “prestigious” yet boring pageant more interesting. BBP always had lackluster hosts, and choosing Toni as one of those hosts was a good decision. Yes, some jokes were tacky and corny, but they made the audience giggle. I don’t understand the hate, it won’t change anything that’s already been done. At the end of the day, she’s done her job and she’s getting paid for it; she’s being productive. The haters? Well, they’re wasting their time on an issue that has little importance on their lives.

    • It’s not about the audience, it’s about the contestants who were trying to be composed and focused for the question. Then you have this host who will make fun of you. Surely they were distracted.

    • I thought Toni was very rude and unprofessional. She’s supposed to make the contestants comfortable, like what Steve Harvey did in MU 2015. When the Q&A portion was developing, I can tell that the remaining contestants were scared out of their minds because of what Toni will say about them.

  7. I find the hosting style of Toni Gonzaga really funny and refreshing. Parang pa-barangay lang, pero havey ang kanyang act.

  8. More or less, I think Toni
    Gonzaga could have cost Janicel Lubina the Miss Universe crown. Janicel
    answered the question well and enough though she reached the time limit. But
    she was still able to express herself well and put the message across. But the
    blabbering mouth of that irksome host just could not stop and immediately added
    that she wished Janicel was able to express her thoughts within the time limit.
    Did she have to do that? Some judges, even if they thought Janicel did great in
    that round, could have reconsider their thoughts after hearing that unnecessary
    remark. Why did she feel the need to make a comment? She should have just kept
    things to herself. I remember, for example, Carla Abellana hosting Miss World
    Philippines 2014. Aside from being more beautiful and composed and formal than
    that Gonzaga girl, Carla did not try to steal the spotlight from the
    contestants and the most she did was say hi to the contestants, ask them how
    they felt, then say thank you after the contestants’ answers. Gonzaga may have
    hosted a few shows, but she still has a lot to learn. Each show is different
    and each calls for a specific way of approach. She could begin by learning more
    than a thing from Carla Abellana, I guess. I read an article somewhere that
    that irritating hostess might have cost Hannah Ruth Sison a crown. Probably.
    And I may add that she could have also cost Janicel Lubina the MU crown.

  9. Sarah Murdoch @ Australia’s Next Model 2010 announced the first runner up as the winner, when it was not supposed to be so…… what an embarrassment for the host on live television. Would that count in here as Beauty Pageant?

  10. this article needs to be updated as the mother of “Oh no, they didn’t” just happened in Miss Universe 2015. It’s great night though! Mabuhay Philippines!

  11. Oli Pettigrew did make a boo-boo in Miss Earth 2013. But he made up for it in Miss Earth 2015. I thought he was great this year together with Joey Mead-King. They should host Miss Earth again in 2016.