Name: John Wheeldon
Age: 28
Occupation: Sales
Region: Leeds
Venue: The Viaduct Showbar

What made you enter Mr Gay UK this year?:
“I’ve wanted to do it since I first came out a few years ago, and it’s the first time I’ve been single and been ready – and I thought at 28 it’s now or never really.”

How did you feel when you won the heat?
“I didn’t really believe it at first. I thought they were joking; I think the nerves got the better of me. Then they gave me this bunch of flowers and I was just really happy.

How do you feel about the final?
“It’s just really nerve wracking isn’t it. I’m looking forward to getting all my family and friends and hopefully all of Leeds together. I like competition.”

What will you do with the money if you win?
“Well, I need to buy a new boiler first off. Then I’ll treat myself; I want to travel the world, so I might go away somewhere. I’ve always wanted to got to Thailand”