Rome, Saturday 11. august 2012:

It is Miguel Ortiz from Spain who is the new Mr Gay Europe!

Miguel didn’t only wow his fellow contestants, but he also wowed the judges all the way. An early favorite, he didn’t disappoint those who were confident he would win.

Miguel couldn’t show his face on stage without the audience cheering him on. Miguel’s win wasn’t all about his looks, he had to prove that he was an all around worthy winner of the title Mr Gay Europe 2012. But it was a tough fight to get to the top. He was up against Steve Grech from Malta, and host country favorite, Nicholas Menna as the top three candidates.

Not afraid to show his emotions, Miguel shed a few tears when he was handed the sash and the crown; yet again wowing his audience. Loved by everyone who meets him, we welcome Miguel Ortiz as the 7th Mr Gay Europe.

Mr Gay Europe 2012 consisted of 11 different challenges, amongst them an interview with the judges, a photo-session, swimwear competition, and a written test, amongst other things. But Mr Gay Europe 2012 wasn’t just about the title. The other winners were:

Second place: Steve Grech, Malta
Third place: Nicholas Menna, Italy
Best interview: Janne Tiilikainen, Finland
Best swimwear: Nicholas Menna, Italy
Best written test: Tomas Fryda, Czech Republic
Sports-challenge: Nicholas Menna, Italy
Online vote: Miguel Ortiz, Spain
Mr Congeniality: Argyrios Christakis, Greece
Mr Photogenic: Argyrios Christakis, Greece
Mr Talent: Kiri Spanos, Cyprus

The retiring Mr Gay Europe, Giulio Spatola (29), gave up his title, but will continue in the position as Vice President of Mr Gay Europe. This is a title that was especially offered to him by the President, Tore Aasheim, and which Giulio Spatola accepted. “I had a wonderful year as Mr Gay Europe, and the possibility to give back to the organization is an honor. I am looking forward to work with the new Mr Gay Europe.”