Just like my 2012 Model Behavior Showdown, the annual Man Crush Showdown is also off to a resounding success. Almost 20,000 votes were cast in Round 1. Unlike the first round of the Model Behavior showdown, the gap between the Top 3 here was more than five votes. There was a clear winner.
Coming in first place was actor Brandon Quinn with 5,001 votes. To be perfectly honest, I was a little surprised. Though sexy in that rough kind of way, I didn’t think he’d win Round 1. The other person to earn an automatic berth in the Final Round is Mario Casas (4,446 Votes). Props to our readers for advancing such a tasty foreign dish. Just missing out in third place is Aussie hunk, Dan Ewing with 3,743 votes. I’m sure with that total, he’ll earn one of the four wild card slots for the finals.
With Round 1 in the history books, it’s time to shift focus to Round 2. Check out this crop of my previous weekly Man Crushes. If you want more pictures of each stud, click on their name for their feature.
Man Crush Showdown Dates
The Top 2 from each round automatically advance to the finals. Four wildcard spots will be given to the Man Crushes who garnered the four highest vote totals from all rounds tabulated (winners excluded).
- Round 1: Dec 13-19, 2012 (click here for contestants) 1st: Brandon Quinn, 2nd: Mario Casas
- 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)
NBC’s Chicago Fire finally premieres this week on Thursday, October 10. It’s about friggin’ time, if you ask me. I don’t believe for one second that Dick Wolf’s firefighting drama will be anything revolutionary, but I have to thank the über producer for hiring Taylor Kinney. Now I, along with his legion of fans, can have our fill of Kinney on a weekly basis. I just hope there’s a lot of “hose” and “pole sliding” action ;)
To make sure his fans sample Chicago Fire, the 31-year-old actor poses for a couple of magazines- Bullett & Men’s Book. For Bullett, Taylor sports a bushy beard while caressing his pumped-up arms and chest. I would to, if I was him. Just look at them. For Men’s Book (appropriately enough Chicago edition), Kinney channels his inner fashionista to show Fall’s best looks. Check out both photo shoots below along with a few quotes from his interviews.
Yeah, it was great. We went there a few months ago to film the pilot in March and we shadowed firemen within the city. We went to three or four different firehouses. The local community and firefighters were giving us a hand and showing us the ropes of the city and the districts, where they worked, and the differences between the rescue squad, the truck guys, engine guys, and paramedics. I really saw the camaraderie between these people. It’s in their blood to be able to go and do these things on a daily basis, to put themselves in harm’s way, and then to let go when they leave work. They’re a special breed of people.
I originally crushed on Taylor Kinney back in 2010 as he was about to make his debut as Mason Lockwood on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. Since the 31-year-old actor is one of the stars of NBC’s upcoming Chicago Fire, I thought it was time to update this post and lust over this stud again. As two years have passed since my initial writeup, I’ve added many more photos to this post. After you check out my updated collection of Kinney’s shirtless pics, I’m sure you’ll agree he’s worth selecting as a Man Crush once again.
Kinney was raised alongside his three brothers by their single mother. Before developing an interest in acting, he studied business management at West Virginia University. Like all aspiring actors, he practiced his craft in theatre in such plays as Fallout and A Streetcar Named Desire. His feature films credits include Furnace, White Air and Diary of a Champion.
Before appearing on Chicago Fire, this Pennsylvanian native was best known as Luke Gianni on Fashion House (MyNetworkTV) and for his recurring role on NBC’s now-canceled Trauma. That all changed when he joined The Vampire Diaries cast on The CW. He became even more well known when he began shacking up with Lady Gaga. Taylor even appeared in one of her music videos. Without further ado, let’s check out his chesticles, man nips and washboard abs below.
I honestly thought Lady Gaga released all the fashion films for “You and I” last year. Apparently, I was wrong. The 26-year-old singer still had one left up her sleeve which she finally debuted over the weekend. Given that Gaga is on the September 2012 issue of Vogue, and a new album, ARTPOP, coming out soon, promoting a track from her last album seems silly. The “Bad Romance” singer explained her reason why in a tweet this past weekend, “I’m supporting & sending love to Beyoncé & the UN for WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY #whd2012″. World humanitarian or shameless self-promotion? You decide.
Once again, the visual was shot by the editorial team of Inez and Vinoodh. This time, however, it features Gaga’s sexy boy toy Taylor Kinney. In the newly-released clip, Gaga and Kinney get married, fake of course. Still, it could be a sign of things to come. The two have been shacking up for a decent amount of time now. Check out the clip below.
It’s that time of year when the major networks begin their upfronts to reveal what new shows will be hitting the airwaves this coming fall. One of the shows that caught my eye, mainly due to the sexy male leads in the cast is Chicago Fire coming to NBC. A little bit Ladder 49, a little bit Third Watch, the show follows a group of fire fighters and paramedics in the city of Chicago. I personally quite wait to check out the show… especially with these two sexy men in place.
A lot of you probably know Jesse Spencer best from his role on House. With the show coming to a close this season, it’s great to know that he won’t be taking too long of a hiatus from our small screens. This Australian born actor got his big break on the hit TV series Neighbours and made an American debut in the film Uptown Girl with Brittany Murphy. On the personal side of things, Jesse was once engaged to House former House co-star Jennifer Morrison but in 2007 announced they had called off their engagement. No rumors on who’s getting his romantic attention now.
Taylor Kinney has been featured before on our site as Donovan’s Man Crush. Taylor was studying business management in college when he suddenly took a new interest in acting. Most recently, he was seen on the CW’s Vampire Diaries and gained a lot of publicity when it was discovered he was romantically linked to none other than Lady Gaga. Now, Taylor is ready to jump on board this new show for NBC which won’t be his first time in uniform. He played the lead in the show Trauma where he played a paramedic. Can’t wait to see him in fire gear though. Yummy!
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the fall to check out Jesse and Taylor together on screen in Chicago Fire, Wednesday nights on NBC. However, they are battling out today for your votes for this week’s Who’d You Rather. Cast your vote below.
Vampires are so hot these days, it feels like there’s a new vampire-themed movie or TV show popping up every other day. While the undead seem to get all the glory and attention, their mythical furry counterparts often get the shaft. Well, I’m here to correct that.
I never realized this, but apparently I have a thing for werewolves. When I was writing this post, I noticed half of the contenders were previous weekly crushes of mine. I had no clue, these furry shapeshifters were my type. To honor my apparent obsession, I created a poll to ask all you diehard “True Blood“, “Twilight” or “The Vampire Diaries” viewers to decide which werewolf is the hottest. Since there are often more than one werewolf featured in these shows/movies, I opted to only select one from each. I didn’t want the poll dominated by actors from one particular offering.
DAMMMMN that was a killer episode of “Vampire Diaries” this week! This Thursday, the vamps, wolves and witches of Mystic Falls, Virginia got together to create probably the best episode I’ve seen since the premiere at the beginning of the season! While the werewolves have taken over the storyline as of late, the very hot Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) has been put on the backburner along with the rest of his lupine brethren to make way for the main plot of “original” vampires looking to kill the doppelganger Elana Gilbert and all that jazz. BUT, what the real focus of this ep was on was the witches of this hellmouth of a town and you KNOW I loves me some witches!!
I’m hoping Tommy still follows this show cause I can’t imagine his eyes weren’t buggin’ out of his head at the pyrotechnics and craziness of this magical showdown! I’m gonna do my best not to give away too too many spoilers but let’s just say there’s more than a couple deaths in the newest one and they are NOT just the typical vamp bite do-aways. Starting with the violence… YES! This episode is full of fights, anger and more flame fighting then we’ve seen to date. The magic is used pretty awesomely this one and really pits the different super characters against one another as we get to see just who’s the strongest and what they can get away with. But, it’s not all pointy teeth and psychic attacks, there’s actually some pretty sweet scenes as well.
WOW, is all I have to say. The voting for the first round of our “Man Crush 2010 Showdown” exceeded our expectations. Over 22,000 votes were cast in just seven days. After all the seesawing back and forth, Scott Herman bested all others and has a secured a spot in the finals. Runner-up Henry Cavill came in second, losing by only 600 votes from first place.
All is not lost for Cavill fans. Depending on how the rest of the two remaining rounds go, he has a shot at two wild card slots. The finals will have the winner of each of the three rounds and the two crushes who had the highest number of votes but didn’t advance. With over 12000 votes cast, Cavill has a good shot of earning a finals berth and getting a little payback.
If you enjoyed “Man Crush 2010 Showdown” Round 1, you’re going to love Round 2. It has even sexier guys than the previous set. The list includes a trio of werewolves, a “Teenage Dream” and someone who hangs out with wild animals. Dangerous and sexy. Yum. Check out the studs in contention below and see why they were my weekly crushes during the months of May til August. Don’t forget to cast your votes daily and often.
Voting ends Monday Dec 20 when Round 3 begins.