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Winning Turns Ugly at Beauty Pageant

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There she goes, the former Miss Florida.

Less than a week into her reign, Elizabeth Fechtel's crown was taken away but not because of anything she did. The pageant organization blamed the snafu on a tabulation error.

Apparently, a judge allegedly made a change on a score sheet that was not caught until the points for each contestant were later reviewed.

Now, first runner-up Victoria Cohen gets the crown and will compete in the Miss America pageant while Fechtel becomes a footnote.

According to beauty pageant coach Valerie Hayes, mistakes like this can cost more than a crown.

"You really need to pay attention, because it really does impact these girls' self-esteem, their eligibility for scholarships, and sometimes their future career path," Hayes said. "This is the worst nightmare in every pageant director's life and it's a lose-lose situation."


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