Mr Gay UK 2005 Richard Carr

The 14th annual Grand Final of Mr GAY UK took place on Friday 18th November 2005 at the Flamingo in Blackpool. Richard Carr, representing the Nightingale in Birmingham was chosen as the winner by the public, via phone and text message and also by the judging panel on the night. The judging panel included Lee Otway from Hollyoaks, Chenai from the X Factor, Kemal from Big Brother 6, Carl Austin a past Mr GAY UK winner, Ollie Hawkins editor of Bent magazine and Gabriele Neroni of Manaround. 

The event was hosted by Phil Olivier, star of Brookside and champion of TV's The Games. He proved immensely popular with the audience as he took the remaining 15 of the original 25 contestants through their paces. The guys showcased their looks and their talents to the enthusiastic Blackpool crowd with one contestant singing and another even playing the flute. 

Richard was followed in second place by Richard Cowell representing Plymouth. Richard Cowell who is a serving officer in the Royal Navy was able to make it to the final despite the Navy requesting that he didn't take part due to his officer's status. Third place went to Jason Smith, who was on home turf representing Blackpool. 

Man Around Travel contributed the main prizes, with Richard Carr winning the main prize of an Alternative Holidays trip to Turkey, Richard Cowell winning a week in Man Around's new resort in Italy and Jason Smith winning a week at their Club Tucanes resort in Gran Canaria. Other prizes for the winner included cash, a scooter and underwear courtesy of Calvin Klein.