MR. GAY SA 2011 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Sun, 28 August 2011Organisers have announced the names of the 14 national finalists competing for the title of Mr. Gay South Africa™ 2011, following regional interviews around the country.
In addition to the 14 finalists, a 15th will be selected by the public from a shortlist of 13 names through SMS voting.
The majority of the contestants are from the Western Cape and Gauteng, with the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga fronting finalists for the first time.
The 15 finalists will be formally judged a further two times; once on a cruise in November (50% of the vote) and then at the grand finale evening at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg on Saturday 26 November (25%).
The public will also be able vote for their favourite overall finalist, with this making up 25% of the total score.
The 2011 titleholder will compete in the 2012 Mr. Gay World competition, which will be held in Johannesburg in April next year.
When asked about the predominantly white faces of the finalists, Mr. Gay South Africa Director Coenie Kukkuk acknowledged that this remained a frustrating concern for the organisers.
"We have worked extremely hard to source candidates from diverse communities but can only work with the contestants that put themselves forward," he said.
He noted, nevertheless, that the number of applicants of colour grew from 11% in 2009 to just over 30% in 2011.
"And for the first time we have a candidate of Indian decent among the finalists and finalists from provinces like the Eastern Cape and two from Mpumalanga for the first time. Overall, they are a diverse group in terms of personalities, appearance, background and region.
"We are also involving the community to choose the 15th candidate," he added.
Below are the 14 finalists in alphabetical order, according to surnames and their provinces:
Randall Benjamin (WC); Casper Bosman (FS); Rudolph Cupido (MP); Fahraaz Dockrat (KZN); Gordon Grieve (GP); Franco Human (WC); Charles Wayne Jacobs (GP); Douw Naude (GP); Mnqobi Banele Njoko (KZN); Alexander Steyn (GP); Adam van Niekerk (MP); Andre van Schalkwyk (WC) James-John Vivier (WC); Lance Christopher Weyer (EC).
The contestants in the shortlist from which the 15th finalist will be selected, including their SMS code, are:
Gerhard Barkhuizen (GSA A); Francois Coetzee (GSA B); Juanne-Pierre de Abreu (GSA C); Leon Erasmus (GSA D); Gideon Groenewald (GSA E); Cassiday Jacobs (GSA F); Ikraam Kraft (GSA G); Ryan Lourens (GSA H); Elreech Marney (GSA I); Hlanga Mkhatshane (GSA J); Tsholo Nkoli (GSA K); Nic Pienaar (GSA L); and Marius Adriaan Pool (GSA M).
To vote for one of these to become the 15th finalist, send an SMS with the contestant's SMS code (eg. GSA H) to 34008. Each SMS costs R2 and you can send a maximum of 100 per day.