A multi award winning South African entertainer and a cabaret star have been announced as hosts of the Mr Gay World (MGW) grand finale.
Taking place on 8 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, the event will also see performances from a number of acts including a Russian pop star and former Mrs World, a South African soap star and a local performance troupe.
Founded in 2009, the MGW contest is held annually and claims it allows gay men representing their nation to compete to become ambassadors for equality.
MGW calls their winners ‘genuine and positive role models that will champion equality and diversity in society and the media both gay and mainstream’.
Twenty five nations will take part, namely Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the USA and Venezuela.
This year’s contest will be hosted by South African entertainer Soli Philander and cabaret star Cathy Specific. Performances will come from ‘song and dance’ troupe African Umoja, Russian pop star Kamaliya, Japanese pop star Baby M, South African actor Terence Bridgett and entertainer and MGW 2011 finalist Alexander Steyn.