Contestants from 8 nations added to the 2007 international Mr. Gay competition

March 28, 2006

Jesse Bashem wins Mr Gay Universe 2006! Austria's Aaron Michael Jackson (near left) was the first runner up and Germany's Suat Bahceci (far left) landed in the second runner up slot
BEVERLEY HILLS — Contingencies from eight countries – Argentina, Scotland, Colombia, Hungary, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Thailand – have been added to the annual International Mr. Gay Competition set for the October 27, 2006, weekend in Palm Springs, California.

International Competition Executive Producer, Don Spradlin, announced the Grand Finale will be returning to Palm Springs again this year with representatives attending from over 20 nations. Seven of the nations which participated in last year's inaugural International event are returning to compete again 2006. Last year's International gathering was the first of its kind.

The International Competition's Grand Finale stage show will be held at the new Palm Springs Convention Center on two separate nights – the first event is on Friday night, October 27, 2006, when the representatives from over 20 cities in North American will compete to represent their nation. The very next night, Saturday night, October 28, 2006, the new national winners from Canada, the US and Mexico will compete against over 20 International representatives from around the world. Scheduled to attend is last year's winner San Diego gymnastics coach Jesse Bashem. After winning the national title for the United States he went on to win the international title after a dramatic tie with Mr. Gay Austria in 2005.

About the Competition

Executive Producer Spradlin said that "Producers from 20 North American cities are sending Finalists to compete in the 2006 North American Mr. Gay Competition. Exciting competitive events are planned for both the US and International contestants to test their intelligence, team building talents and character." Arriving on Wednesday, October 25th, both sets of competitors will run through a series of events to earn points and avoid early elimination. The first contest will be a rock climbing exercise in Joshua Tree National Park, followed by a team building game that tests cooperation and leadership.

During the two-day Competition, a panel of celebrity judges will conduct individual interviews with each of the contestants in which points will also be awarded. . A panel of judges from North America will be seated for the Grand Finale on Friday night and a separate, international panel of Judges will oversee the events on Saturday night.

We are pleased to be partnering once again with the International Mr. Gay Competition," said German Team Producer Thomas Kaempfe. Thomas was a key participant in the inaugural Competition last fall when the German Finalist, Suat Bahceci won 2nd Runner Up from the field of eight national representatives. Morten Ruda, the producer of both the Mr. Gay Norway and owner of the Mr. Gay Europe contests, expressed his support 'for an international gathering of men from around the globe to show the world the beauty and diversity of gay men and counter stereotypical gay images." –Issued by Gay Link Content

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