Yeray Hidalgo Hernández, 26, of Spain almost won Manhunt International 2019. Competing against 35 other handsome male models from all over the world, he emerged as the third runner-up.
Hidalgo hails from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Spain. He is 193 cm tall and he works as a senior multiplatform application development technician, sports coach, personal trainer, lifeguard, firefighter and petty officer of the Air Force.
On July 6, 2019, Hidalgo represented Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Míster Internacional España 2019 in Plaza Mayor in Villanueva de la Jara, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He will represent Spain in Mister International 2020.
On February 18, 2020, Hidalgo and his fellow Manhunt International 2019 candidates were presented to media members at the Platinum Hall of F1 Hotel Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. The next day, they enjoyed some fun activities at Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines.
Located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the New Frontier Theater played host to the Manhunt International 2019 coronation night, which was hosted by Miss Intercontinental 2015 first runner-up Christi McGarry, 29, and Andre Bruillette on February 22, 2020. It was the 20th edition of the international male beauty pageant conceived by Metromedia Singapore and Procon Leisure International.
It was Paul Luzineau, 23, of the Netherlands who was declared the fairest of them all while Nikos Antonopoulos, 24, of Greece was first runner-up. Matheus Giora, 31, of Brazil and Mayur Gangwani, 21, of India were the respective second and fourth runners-up.
Du Hun, Lin Yaohui and Lui Shiyao, who were supposed to represent China, Hong Kong and Macau, respectively, pulled out from the competition. Josemanuel Rosario of Puerto Rico and Kaden James of the United States were also originally listed as official candidates but they withdrew.
Had Hidalgo won, he would have been the second Manhunt International winner from Spain. The first one was Vicent Llorach, who was crowned in Australia in 2018.
There are only two countries with two titleholders in the pageant. China won in 2007 and 2011 and Sweden won in 1998 and 2016.
Rosko Dickinson is the current executive president of Manhunt International. He served as a judge in the 20th edition of the international male beauty pageant along with Llorach, Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel, 22, and Binibining Pilipinas-International 2014 Bianca Guidotti, 30, among others.