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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Manhunt International 2010 Kicks Off in Tainan City, Taiwan

       Manhunt International is an international male beauty pageant which began in 1993, though the roots of the pageant go back a few years more to when one single national preliminary was held in Singapore. The pageant is held by Metromedia Singapore and Procon Leisure International.

     The Manhunt Contest started in 1987, when Alex Liu, pageant director of Metromedia Singapore, decided to stage the first male model contest in Singapore, as there were numerous pageants for women and none for men. Liu consequently planned and engineered the first Manhunt contest in Singapore.
     Manhunt became Manhunt International in 1993. It was first held in Australia's Gold Coast in 1993, when Germany's Thomas Sasse took the first Manhunt International title from 25 contestants. In 1994, the pageant remained in Australia's Gold Coast when Nikos Papadakis of Greece won. The Manhunt International Event is a joint partnership with our Australian partner, Procon Leisure International Pty Ltd, headed by Mr. Rosko Dickinson.
     The pageant saw one of its most successful years in November 1995 when 35 contestants came to Sentosa Island, Singapore to compete for the prestigious title. The cash award and prizes for 1995's winner alone exceeded $100,000.00.

Eligibility criteria

Sex: Male
Age range: 18 to 30
Marital status: Single
Height: at least 1.8 meter / 5'11"
Skills: speak English (optional), modeling experience
Additional attributes: photogenic, good physique (not bodybuilders), wonderful personality, cool character, enthusiastic

      Manhunt competition is staged on two rounds, preliminary and final. During the preliminary round, the contestants are judged in national costume, swim wear, evening wear, and fashion wear. The contestants with most scores will be named as finalists, from which the judges will determine the winner and the runners up.
       During the pageant final, several other awards also given aside from the ultimate title of Manhunt International. These awards are Best in National Costume, Best Runway Model, Mister Photogenic, Mister Friendship, Mister Personality, Mister Physique, and Mister Popularity (voted by people via internet). Since the 2005 edition, Manhunt International has also given five continental awards to the best representatives of each continent. In the 2007 edition, it was announced that the winner of Mister Popularity would automatically advance to final round.

Source: Wikipedia
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