The 12 finalists
The 12 sexy finalists in the Mr Gay World Southern Africa (MRGWSA) 2017 contest have arrived in Gauteng from across the country.
They gathered in Pretoria over the weekend to start a jam-packed week of pre-judging and trips around the province to places such as Rustenburg and Sun City.
It’s not just an opportunity for the guys to bond but also to learn more about themselves and the issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Their activities started with a clean-up of the Joburg CBD and have also included orientation and life skills workshops as well as the opportunity to share their coming out stories.
They further took part in various challenges, written tests, a sports contest and a number of photo shoots; from swimwear to formal wear. Of course, the guys have also been hard at work rehearsing daily for the grand finale show on 23 September.
They’ve been under close scrutiny of the week’s judges – Hendrik Baird, Station Manager of GaySA Radio and Gavin Hayward, Editor of Exit newspaper – who have been travelling with the group. They’re getting to know the finalists, their strengths and weaknesses, and will compile reports on each one, which will be handed to the grand finale judges on Saturday.
“We’re very proud that we have such a diverse group,” said MRGWSA Chairperson Johann van Niekerk. “They are a wonderful example how people can work and integrate together. They really are a bunch of great guys and they’ve already made fantastic friendships.”
The winner of MRGWSA 2017 will be crowned on Saturday 23 September at a glamorous finale at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. He will go on to represent South Africa at Mr Gay World next year.
The event will feature a variety of local talent and as well as Lina, winner of Israel’s The Voice, who recently performed at Tel Aviv and Barcelona prides.
Tickets for the finale are on sale through Computicket here. There is also a VIP Dinner and Fundraising Auction the night before, on Friday 22 September at the Protea Hotel Manor Hatfield.
In the meantime, check out the finalists in our exclusive gallery below.