Shamcey Supsup 'deserved to win' — Oprah

Shamcey Supsup could have brought the Miss Universe 2011 crown home...if only American television personality Oprah Winfrey was a judge.

Netizens on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook have posted Oprah's supposed remark on the recently held pageant.

Ms Universe 2011 3rd runner up Shamcey Supsup

According to netizens, Oprah said via NBC News.
“I have reservations with the results. If the only basis is the Q and A portion, after having been trimmed down to 5, Ms. Philippines deserved to win. What made her different from the rest is that she had no seconds to rethink of her answer as she had no interpreter to break the ice. The rest had their interpreters and having breaks on seconds to think about their answers. Hands down, Ms. Philippines answered straight to the point.”
Although there's a Bombo Radyo report about it [view article] and it's nice to hear if Oprah really made that comment, we're still trying to find the original article to confirm its veracity. If she said it on television, we hope there's an online write-up too.

It's true that Shamcey is the only Miss Universe 2011 finalist to have answered the final question without an interpreter.

Pageant judge Vivica Fox asked her: “Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person that you love? Why or why not?”

Swiftly, Shamcey replied: “If I would have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me.”

“I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he’ll love my God too,” she explained.

Update: Manila Standard Today lifestyle columnist Harold Geronimo has confirmed Oprah's remark. He said on his Twitter account:

“Yes it's true: Oprah Winfrey told NBC News that Miss Philippines deserved to win the Miss Universe Crown.”

Update: It's verified. Oprah's alleged comment on the Miss Universe 2011 result is NOT TRUE. See the proof here.