MANILA, Philippines - Tony Award winner Lea Salonga on Tuesday clarified that she did not write the question for Miss Angola Leila Lopes in the question-and-answer portion of the Miss Universe 2011 competition.
In her Twitter account, Salonga said she cannot take credit for the question since it was written by the Miss Universe organizers then assigned to the judges.
"Just so you all know, I didn't not write my question. All our questions are pre-written and each judge is assigned one. Luck of the draw," she said.
Salonga was one of the judges of the 60th Miss Universe pageant held at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil Tuesday.
Salonga's name was picked to ask Lopes her final question. Her question was: "Good evening. If you could change one of your personal characteristics, which one would it be and why?"
Lopes replied: "Thank God, I’m very well satisfied with the way God created me and I would not change a thing. I consider myself a woman with inner beauty. I have my principles. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I plan to follow this through the rest of my life."
Lopes won the Miss Universe 2011 title while the Philippines' Shamcey Supsup placed 3rd runner-up.