Glee Guys: Hot 100!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

90. Kevin McHale
(rank last year, N/A)

64. Max Adler
(rank last year, N/A)

51. Harry Shum Jr.
(rank last year, N/A)

48. Matthew Morrison
(rank last year, 28)

23. Cory Monteith
(rank last year, 71)

20. Mark Salling
(rank last year, 48)

18. Chord Overstreet
(rank last year, N/A)

7. Jonathan Groff
(rank last year, 18)

He may be a sweetheart in real life, but this singing/dancing/acting wonder is totally believable as Rachel Berry‘s straight, self-absorbed paramour Jesse St. James on Glee. That makes Groff one of the select few out gay men to play a straight romantic interest on U.S. television. Glee might have made him famous, but Groff was already well known in the theater world thanks to his lead role in Spring Awakening (also opposite Lea Michelle). He’s also made independent films and recently starred in the London West End revival of Deathrap.

We love his smile, his brown curls, and most definitely his voice. Like Rachel Berry, we too would put up with the insufferable Jesse St. James if only he promised to sing to us!

3. Chris Colfer
(rank last year, 27)

While many fans of Chris Colfer are no doubt disappointed the man who breathes life into Glee‘s Kurt Hummeldidn’t actually win this year’s Hot 100, they should still celebrate his phenomenal showing. After all, only two other men got more votes (one of whom Chris is very familiar with) and Colfer is having an extraordinary year.

Actually, the twenty-year-old actor might be having the most extraordinary year any out actor has ever had. In addition to being the breakout character on one of the most popular shows on television, Colfer scored a surprise Emmy nomination, was named to the 2011 Time 100, has graced numerous magazine covers (including EW‘s cover story about bullying), and sold his first script. Oh, and let’s not forget, AfterElton readers did vote Chris number one on our recent Gay-List which ranked the most popular gay celebrities in the world. Face it, this is Chris Colfer’s world. We’re just living in it.

1. Darren Criss
(rank last year, N/A)

To say that actors dream of the sort of year twenty-four-year old Darren Criss is currently having is an understatement of epic proportions. Criss is now so currently fixed in the pop culture landscape that it’s hard to believe that most of us had never heard of him before November of last year. That’s when he joined the cast of Glee as a mentor and possible love interest for Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and when Criss’ version of Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream”rocketed around the internet.

Given the popularity of Glee, his making The AfterElton Hot 100 was probably a given, but even when we didn’t expect him to rocket to the number one spot, the first time a newcomer has debuted at the very top. Yet, just as his version of “Teenage Dream” soared to number one on iTunes, Criss has claimed the title of #1 on the Hot 100. And gazing at those adorable brown eyes that make Kurt melt, how could it be any other way?

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