Winner Francois Nel (centre), 2nd runner-up Karl-Heinz Michel (left)
and first runner-up AndrÃ© Lammers (right)
Pretoria’s Francois Nel has taken the 2010 Mr. Gay South Africa™ title at the sparkling Grand Finale ceremony at Gold Reef City Casino in Johannesburg on Friday.
Nel, a 28 year old make-up artist, hair stylist and business owner, told Mambaonline that he was “in shock” after scooping the coveted title; being both a favourite of the judges and receiving the most SMS votes from the public.
He describes himself on the Mr. Gay South Africa website as a “sporty, fun loving, funny, gay, men loving, woman pleasing and ambitious career boy at heart”.
Nel – who also took the Mr. Personality, Bone Wear Model of the Year and Mr. CW Designer Jewellery 2010 titles at the ceremony – has big shoes to fill; his predecessor Mr. Gay South Africa 2009 Charl Van Den Berg went on to win Mr Gay World in February in Oslo, Norway.
Hosts Jason Greer and Cathy Specific
Nel won a week away in Phuket, a bursary, jewellery and numerous other prizes. He will also take part in the Mr. Gay World 2011 competition in Manila, The Philippines, in March next year.
The first runner-up was model, actor and business developer AndrÃ© Lammers from Cape Town while singer, writer and programme coordinator Karl-Heinz Michel from Centurion was the second runner-up.
Before awarding the titles, the Mr Gay World Director for Africa, Ireland’s Brian Merriman, told the audience that he is lobbying to hold the international pageant in South African in 2012.
The Grand Finale was hosted by television personality Jason Greer and Cathy Specific with performances by pianist Rocco de Villiers and DJ Miza with Flabba and an appearance by actress Lizz Meiring.