December 20, 2012 7:37am PT by Erin Carlson
Miss Venezuela's Awkward Answer at Miss Universe Pageant (Video)
While Miss Venezuela didn't take home the Miss Universe 2012 title Wednesday night, she should win an award for Most Awkward Appearance as a Contestant on a Donald Trump-produced Televised Beauty Pageant.
Irene Sofia Esser Quintero gave an awkward, rambling, tough-to-watch response during the Q&A segment of NBC's broadcast in which the top five contenders attempted to demonstrate their smooth, on-message commentary before a judges' panel that included Cee Lo Green, Iron Chef star Masaharu Morimoto and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
The question posed to Quintero: "If you could make a new law, what would it be? And explain why."
Her response: "I think that any leys [Spanish for "laws"] there are in Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have, uh, a straight way to go in our similar, or, eh, in our lives as is this. For example, I'm a surfer, and I think that the best wave that I can take is the wave that I wait for it. So please do our only, eh, law that we can do. Thank you Vegas!"
(In her defense, Quintero opted not to use a translator, per Miss Brazil, choosing instead to answer her question in English.)
Miss USA Olivia Culpo won the title in the end -- the first American to do so since 1997 -- while Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon was the runner-up and Quintero came in third.