In a telephone interview with The New Paper, Lisa Marie White Miss Universe Singapore 2015 said: "When the top three were announced, some contestants were unhappy and there was quite an uproar. "
"My vote went to Miss Philippines because I felt she did well in her Q&A, but at least seven girls forfeited their votes. Pia seemed nice and I'm sure if I had the chance to get to know her, I would like her. She seemed really nice to her friends and fans,"
This year, votes from the contestants themselves and fans around the world were also taken into consideration.
Miss White said that during the competition, the majority of the 78 contestants took time to get to know each other, but Miss Gutierrez-Arevalo and Miss Wurtzbach kept to themselves.
Lisa Marie White by Fadil Berisha
Some girls, she said, felt that Miss Wurtzbach was "guarded" while Miss Gutierrez-Arevalo appeared "stuck-up and arrogant".
"Pia seemed nice and I'm sure if I had the chance to get to know her, I would like her. She seemed really nice to her friends and fans," said Miss White, a freelance model and aspiring actress who is of Malay and New Zealander parentage.