After Miss Philippines USA contestant Joanlia Lising‘s embarrassing answer fail went viral, the beauty pageant contestant came forward to explain what had her so confused about deciding which of her senses she couldn’t live without.
“That was actually my first time speaking up there in front of thousands of people and I was really scared. I was real nervous, and it was actually the nerves,” Lising tells KTLA.
In a video, which has since gone viral, Lising was asked to simply explain which of her senses she couldn’t imagine living without. She chose sight, but had a difficult time elaborating, saying, “Thank you for that wonderful question. If I have to pick out of the five senses, I would pick seeing, because seeing is the best sense that we can ever see, because seeing is believing, and believing into what you see is perfect. And … um … out of all those senses … seeing … would really be wonderful. Thank you, that will be it.”
Lising tells KTLA that she never imagined her rambling answer would go viral, though she did realize her answer was a flop at the time. “I’m actually surprised because I didn’t know it was going to be this big. … It was overwhelming at one point, but it’s okay,” she says. “I’m looking at it in a positive way, which everyone should be looking at it in a positive way too. That’s the best way you can do it.”