And Mr. Gay UK 2013 Is...
Mr. Gay UK 2013 has been crowned, and this year's honor goes to 28-year old Stuart Hatton, who works as co-principal of a family of dance studios that shares his name.
A press release provides more details about the contest that saw the sash wrapped around Stuart's torso by the end of the night:
On Saturday 30th November 2013, Mission 2 in gayleeds played host to the Grand Final of Britain's biggest, most popular gay men's beauty contest. It's a competition that has been running for almost 20 years now, it is of course Mr Gay UK!
The celebrity judging panel consisted of GT (Gay Times) Assistant Editor Lee Dalloway and Editorial Assistant Ryan Butcher, Mr Gay UK 2012 Leroy Williamson, gayleeds.com Co-Editor Ross McCusker and Swedish Pop Star Jan George.
The evening was hosted by MrGayUK Director, Terry George who introduced the 9 gorgeous finalists, who had been chosen by the public from over 250 applicants from throughout the UK (this year digitally via social networking sites).
At midnight on the night of the final Stuart Hatton 28 from South Shields was chosen by the judges and crowned Mr Gay UK 2013.
Stuart is the co-principal at his family dance studios, The Hatton Academy of Dance. When asked how he felt about winner the title of MrGayUK he said: “It feels amazing to be Mr Gay UK and I’m very proud to bring the title to the North East for the first time. He added "I hope I can be a role model for the gay community throughout the UK.”
Mr Gay UK 2013 Project Manager Thomas Wales told us how proud he was to bring the contest into the 21st Century by giving the public the power to choose their finalists instead of having the live national heats. Thomas said that "Stuart is a prime example of the diversity of giving the public the power to choose their Mr Gay UK finalists; it proves that you don't have to be a gay stereotype to win this contest. He’s hot, intelligent, caring and an all round genuine guy".
Ready to kneel before the crown, Instincters?