International Mr. Gay Brings 40 Delegates to Competition; Bruce Vilanch to Host as Contestants Converge on Palm Springs
9/25/2006 4:24:00 PM
To: National and International desks
Contact: Christopher Kingry of Lobeline Communications, 310-271-1551 ext., firstname.lastname@example.org
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Sept. 25 /U.S. Newswire/ — The U.S.A. Mr. Gay preliminary contests are over and now the judges will select the candidate who best represents America’s “boy-next- door. When he’s chosen, he will then compete against “Mr. Gay” winners from Germany, Australia, Hungary, Philippines, Iran, Lebanon, Israel and the Vatican City (just to name a few of the 40 representatives) for the Grand Finale title of International Mr. Gay. Both competitions happen in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 27-28, 2006, in the desert city’s new Convention Center.
The event will be hosted by the hilarious Bruce Vilanch, star of “Hollywood Squares” and “Hairspray,” and co-writer for just about every awards show know to man, from the Oscars to the Emmys to the Tonys.
“Mr. Gay” winners from twenty cities nationwide will compete for the U.S.A. title on Friday, Oct. 27, 2006. The next night, Saturday, Oct. 28, the new U.S. Delegate will go against 20-plus international delegates from around the globe; heating up the desert valley faster than the summer sun! The winner will hold the worldwide title of International Mr. Gay 2007.
The number of contestants has grown from twelve at last year’s inaugural Competition to over forty this year. Kevin Howard, producer of the Miss Texas Pageant for the past seven years, will produce the two stage shows, when delegates will be questioned by celebrity judges, including gossip columnist Billy Masters, Good Morning America’s Steve Viscusi and Hollywood Diet co-founder Jamie Kabler.
“The International Competition for Mr. Gay has a mission of bringing together non-stereotypical gay from around our world to confront an often-times stereotypical bias in the mainstream press,” said Producer Don Spradlin. Adding, “The competitive elements designed into the finals will allow judges to observe the character values and leadership talents of our contestants.”
Both the national and the international competitions will follow an elimination round format, similar to reality TV shows. As one of last year’s judges, director Dirk Shafer, pointed out, “Believe me, this is not going to be your sister’s beauty pageant.” Shafer will be making a documentary of this year’s Competition.
For additional information, special host hotel rates, photos of the international competitors, U.S.A. Contest schedules and last-minute Competition updates, visit http://www.MrGayCompetition.com
The company producing this international network of competitions is Community Promotions, a California LLC owned and operated by Managing Partners Don Spradlin and Thomas Roth. “Mr. Gay” is a Trademark of Community Promotions.