(Blogmensgo, gay blog vom 16. Juli 2017) The Belgian Raf Van Puymbroeck will soon be passing on his title to his successor as Mister Gay Europe 2017. After a week of festivities, the 11th edition of the contest this year takes place in Stockholm on August 6, 2017, right after Stockholm Pride. Applications are still open until tonight (July 16), and beginning on July 17, for the first time this year, internet voting will be possible – and those votes will actually count in the final decision.
On August 5, 2017, around 5 pm, the new Mister Gay Europe will be known. The award ceremony is scheduled after six days of challenges, games and fun, right after the Stockholm Pride parade.
10 years of Mister Gay Europe
In the following video interview, the Mister Gay Europe creator, Morten Rudå, talks about the changeful history of this gay beauty pageant.
New in 2017
Between July 17 and August 4, 2017, anyone interested may vote for their favorite candidate over the Internet. The online votes will contribute 20% to the final evaluation.
A jury interview with each candidate will also count 20%. In addition, the general education and knowledge on LGBTQI subjects will count a good deal for the final decision.
Pan-European LGBTQI project
Under the title My Project, each participant is supposed to develop a European project and then present it to the jury. This part will count for 10% of the final grading. This means that the candidates this year are meant to show that they are not just nice to look at but have some brains, too.
Brawns and brains
This year, there will be no parade in small speedos anymore. Instead, candidates have to show they are knowledgeable in LGBTQI subjects and gay culture.
Each participant will take part in six MGE seminars on subjects such as suicide prevention for LGBTQI youths or everyday challenges for seropositive people.
Together with Stockholm Pride
In contrast to the previous years, the program does not schedule a separate evening show for the award ceremony. Instead, it will be held at the end of the Pride parade.
How many applicants?
As of today, July 16, there are only twelve confirmed applicants from the following countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia and Wales.
End of application period
Currently, the organizers are still awaiting the results of the national Mister Gay elections, typically held in June and July, in countries such as France, Italy, Spain and most Scandinavian countries. So there should still be about another half dozen candidates. However, the application period should end today (July 16, 2017), because online voting will start tomorrow.
The candidates are quite diverse this year, with an age range from young boys around 20 up to two more mature men around 40. We cannot see a clear favorite at this point at all.
Take a look at the pretty (and bright) heads, make your own decision and participate in the online vote. In any case, we wish all participants a great time in Stockholm, much success and the best of luck!
Frank-S / MensGo