Compete to Be Mr. Gay USA

By: Joe Thompson

Making a resolution to do more for your community? Wanting to get fit and stay that way? Why not bring both of those desires together and audition to become Mr. Gay USA!

The United States arm of the Mr. Gay World is not only holding auditions for the Mr. Gay USA 2012 competition, the organization is also hoping to turn the US run into a reality show. According to the press release, on January 21st gay men from across the country are invited to New York and audition to be a finalist in the Mr. Gay USA competition; callbacks will be held on January 22nd. From there organizers (and, we assume, the reality show producers) will select the top 20 finalists, all of whom will be invited to compete in the first round of the competition. From there it runs like a standard America's Next Top Model-style show: 10 men will be eliminated, and the remaining guys will move into the NYC-JC Guest Suites from January 27 through February 4. They will undergo a week-long competition that will ultimately lead to the selection of Mr. Gay USA 2012.

Last year was the first official Mr. Gay USA competition, and online voting played a part in swimmer and philanthropist Michael Holtz (pictured here) being given the title. He went on to the Philippines to compete in Mr. Gay World, where he was named First Runner-Up. For the 2012 competition, Mr. Gay USA founder Jarl Haugedal teamed up with film producer and television personality Michael Billy, whose primary credit is working on the PBS show In the Life, to create the reality show component. There's no word on where the show will actually air so it may not be sold to a network yet; however, the press release states that contestants will be put through numerous challenges, "from runway competitions, to cooking contests and political debates... The judges will be looking for the man who shows an interest in the world and people around him; displays patience; has a compassionate and considerate nature; embraces change, or things and people different from his own frame of reference, experience, or cultural background; can articulate his thoughts and conduct an intelligent conversation; has a basic innate charm and sparkle; and has poise and is secure with himself."

The winner of Mr. Gay USA will be sent to South Africa in April 4-8, 2012 to represent the United States in Mr. Gay World. To learn more and see how you can enter, visit the Mr. Gay World USA website.