2012 Man Crush Showdown: The Finals

And then there were ten. Now that the preliminary rounds are over, it’s time to kick the 2012 Man Crush Showdown into high gear. Over the next few days, your votes will crown a winner. Who will follow in the footsteps of Scott Herman and Jonathan D. Lovitz who won in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Check out the lucky recipients of the four wildcards below. Surprisingly, three of them come from Round 1 where the voting was feverish. Since I don’t want to persuade and affect the outcome, I’ll keep to myself the three Man Crushes I’m secretly rooting for. Without further ado, let the sexy games begin.

Man Crush Showdown Dates

The Top 2 from each round automatically advanced to the finals. Four wildcard spots were given to the Man Crushes who garnered the four highest vote totals from all rounds tabulated (winners excluded).

Round 1: Dec 13-19, 2012 (results announced Dec 20)
Round 2: Dec 20-26, 2012 (results announced Dec 27)
Round 3: Dec 27- Jan 2, 2012 (results announced Jan 3)
Finals: Jan 3-9, 2013 (Final Results announced Jan 10, 2013)

Brandon Quinn

Original Feature: Jan 19, 2012

Why I Chose Him: I’d let this actor handcuff me anytime (He plays a cop on Lifetime’s Against The Wall). Plus, that butt chin is kinda sexy.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 1st in Round 1.

Mario Casas

Original Feature: Apr 20, 2012

Why I Chose Him: I was in the mood for some Spanish cuisine and Mario definitely satisfied my craving.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 2nd in Round 1.

Ryan Guzman

Original Feature: Jul 12, 2012

Why I Chose Him: Ryan, hands down, is the hottest actor to star in the Step Up franchise since Channing Tatum. Hopefully, he’ll follow Tatum’s footsteps and plays a stripper in an upcoming movie. He’s got the abs and butt for it.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 1st in Round 2.

Jayson Blair

Original Feature: Aug 30, 2012

Why I Chose Him: These days, Jayson appears as the dimwitted ex on The New Normal. Prior to that, he was a closeted jock on The Hard Times of RJ Berger. That shower scene is smoking hot.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 2nd in Round 2.

Justice Joslin

Original Feature: Dec 6, 2012

Why I Chose Him: The beard, the scruff, the hairy chest. WOOF in all the right places.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 1st in Round 3.

Scott Speedman

Original Feature: Sep 28, 2012

Why I Chose Him: I’ve been crushin’ on Speedman since his Felicity days. Glad he was back on a weekly basis. Sadly, ABC torpedoed Last Resort.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 2nd in Round 3.

Dan Ewing

Original Feature: Mar 15, 2012

Why I Chose Him: I was still Down Under celebrating Mardi Gras and this Aussie hunk caught my eye during commercials promoting his show Home and Away.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 3rd in Round 1.

Scott McGregor

Original Feature: Mar 15, 2012

Why I Chose Him: Again, I was in Sydney and wanted to highlight one their sexiest television stars.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 4th in Round 1.

Justin Clynes

Original Feature: May 11, 2012

Why I Chose Him: This scruffy Broadway star hit all the right notes and danced his way to my cyber heart.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 3rd in Round 2.

Liam McIntyre

Original Feature: Jan 26, 2012

Why I Chose Him: Two words. Leather loincloth. McIntyre proved a worthy successor to the Spartacus role.

How They Got To The Finals: Placed 5th in Round 1.

2012 Man Crush Showdown The FINALS: Who Are The Hottest?

  • Dan Ewing (7,251 Votes)
  • Justice Joslin (2,647 Votes)
  • Scott Speedman (1,224 Votes)
  • Jayson Blair (517 Votes)
  • Justin Clynes (499 Votes)
  • Ryan Guzman (484 Votes)
  • Scott McGregor (327 Votes)
  • Liam McIntyre (294 Votes)
  • Mario Casas (257 Votes)
  • Brandon Quinn (195 Votes)

Total Voters: 11,218

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Previous Results

2012 Man Crush Showdwon Round 1: Who Were My Hottest Crushes?

  • Brandon Quinn (5,001 Votes)
  • Mario Casas (4,446 Votes)
  • Dan Ewing (3,743 Votes)
  • Scott McGregor (3,632 Votes)
  • Liam McIntyre (1,293 Votes)
  • Gui Inacio (307 Votes)
  • Eric Winter (211 Votes)
  • Wiehahn Stiglingh (200 Votes)
  • Didier Cohen (117 Votes)
  • Nick Denbeigh (108 Votes)
  • Erik Fellows (89 Votes)
  • Maximilian Befort (87 Votes)
  • Jeremy Jordan (60 Votes)

Total Voters: 14,357

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2012 Man Crush Showdown Round 2: Who Were My Hottest Crushes?

  • Ryan Guzman (1,507 Votes)
  • Jayson Blair (1,379 Votes)
  • Justin Clynes (1,370 Votes)
  • Taylor Kinney (768 Votes)
  • Theo James (300 Votes)
  • Robert Hoffman (289 Votes)
  • Brenton Thwaites (234 Votes)
  • Derek Theler (205 Votes)
  • Nick Adams (170 Votes)
  • Logan Marshall-Green (159 Votes)
  • Josh Henderson (138 Votes)
  • Omari Hardwick (137 Votes)
  • Nico Archambault (74 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,392

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2012 Man Crush Showdown Round 3: Who Were My Hottest Crushes?

  • Justice Joslin (1,208 Votes)
  • Scott Speedman (1,007 Votes)
  • Dean Geyer (755 Votes)
  • Val Chmerkovskiy (710 Votes)
  • Robert Buckley (417 Votes)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (374 Votes)
  • Jay Ryan (370 Votes)
  • Colt Prattes (328 Votes)
  • Brandon Jones (276 Votes)
  • Douglas Friedman (112 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,457

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  • Donny

    These were the top 10? Really? Pretty slim pickings if you ask me.

  • Kristopher

    that’s the Top 10? yikes. Interesting that they are all white men

  • They’re all white? What kind of bullshit comment is that…. who cares? It’s a group of hot guys, get over yourself and just have fun. They were picked by Donovan, they got the most votes, so why start drama were none needs to be.

  • Cristo

    It’s a set-up if you ask me. I don’t like that people can vote more than once. That means some loser has been voting all day for their favorites. Justice and Justin are clearly the hottest of the bunch. At least they made it to the “fake top 10.”

  • Cristo

    Also, Mario Cassas and Ryan Guzman….not white!!

  • Dan

    I don’t think it’s slim pickings. The only one I don’t find that attractive is Brandon Quinn.

  • Greg

    Seriously, the Asian writer behind these posts have an unhealthy obsession with white guys.

    It’s no wonder why gay racial minorities views themselves as least desirable. This is unconscious/conscious social conditioning at it’s finest.

  • Just wanted to quickly address things.

    1. I try to include various races in my model behavior and weekly man crushes. The FINALS is based on our readers votes. If you check out the Models one, there are two visible minorities there. The votes just happened to propel these 10 in the finals.

    2. I find it sorta hilarious that people like to lump everyone in the white race if they’re not Asian or black. Latin is a viable race option last time I checked.

    3. The only unhealthy obsession I have is with Kentucky Fried Chicken and not white guys. Trust.

  • 40400

    I still find it amazing that these type of competitions with male models always feature guys of American-European heritage and hardly ever handsome men of African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, or Native American heritage. It’s too bad that some of your (white guys) still think that the American Caucasion sets the standards for male beauty. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Thanks Donovan for finally speaking up. I was getting annoyed with these nit-picking guys trying to start drama and bash not only the voters but the site staff members because of the race. You guys do these polls for fun and it’s a shame to see them turn sour this year.

  • Greg

    Thanks for replying Donavan.

    Competition or not, one can pretty much search and sort all posted models over the years and it looks extremely whitewashed. Masculine hotness comes in all forms and shouldn’t be an issue for gay sites from one of the world most multicultural countries.

    Latin is NOT a race its a culture. Drooling over euro Brazilian models promoted from Made in Brazil blog doesn’t count.

    I have worked with some of the featured models here in Europe. Even gay-sites from rather homogeneous countries such as Germany, Sweden tend to include more diversity.

    Now, lets take a leap from 1963 to 2013.

  • Hugo

    Oh, come on. Hispanic is basically a race. So much so, that the US Census is considering making them a race officially (after being petitioned to do so by Hispanics):
    Additionally, I doubt the writers are intentionally not picking other races, and it is not like any of the people they have chosen this year are ugly, so I am not complaining. Why should they not chose certain people just for appearances? They have had Asians and Hispanics. They have whites. Ultimately, it shouldn’t matter what color their skin is because we are all human. This shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Hugo

    *sorry, be petitioned against by Hispanics.
    But they are being considered by the Census Bureau to be added as a race.

  • Hispanic/Latino is not a race, nor will it ever be. Read this part more closely: Now, the Census is considering eliminating the Hispanic origin question and combining it with the race question in a “race or origin” category. Hispanic/Latino cultures are a mixture of many different races and to classify them all as one race would simply not fly. The confusion that this has already caused should tell the Census something.

    Read more here:





  • OdetoFear

    Jayson, Justice and Justin are my top picks, with Jayson as my final vote.

  • Rodknee

    I’m mixed race and have never really seen an issue of diversity here. But then again I also realize it’s a lot more complicated than what someone appears to be. Latin or Mexican, whatever you want to call it is real even if it’s not a recognized “race”. They clearly have physical characteristics that are different than white characteristics, as well as black or Asain. Lets not pretend we don’t know that and stop making a problem where there really is none.