Jai Rodriguez's Animal Instincts

Queer Eye culture vulture Jai Rodriguez turns his eye for flair to the animal kingdom with his reality series, Groomer Has It. Plus, Jai lifts the curtain on his long-awaited debut album.

BY Bryan Buss

April 20 2009 12:00 AM ET

Jai Rodriguez came to
fame as the culture vulture on the seminal makeover show
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

. He's an Emmy winner, a
New York Times

best-selling author, and a Broadway performer, including stints
in
Rent

and
The Producers

. He even squeezed in time for a little nipple reduction on
Nip/Tuck

.

These days he's living
in Los Angeles, working on music and hosting Animal
Planet's show
Groomer Has It,

a reality competition between dog groomers. Here the
Jai-of-all-trades tells Advocate.com what tip he'd give
President Obama for grooming his new dog, talks about
his new dance single, and reminisces on those
Queer Eye

days.

Advocate.com:What do you think will be the hardest challenge on this
season of
Groomer Has It

?Jai Rodriguez:

Probably having all the groomers living under one roof.
Grooming is kind of an individual sport. The catfights
in the house were awesome!

It kills me you have a Quick Sniff Challenge! How ripe is
that for a porn film?

I hadn't actually thought about that. Naughty man!

Are there any gay contestants this season?

I believe there are three or four. I'll let you guess who.

Do you think grooming dogs lends itself to a gay
sensibility?

Well, I hear it's mostly a woman's sport….

Which contestant has the boldest personality?

Boldest? Hmmm. I'd say Danielle.

What types of dogs do you have?

Yorkies. They rock!

Which of your two dogs, Nemo --
Groomer Has It

's messenger dog -- or Dory, do you most resemble?

Nemo, for sure. He's rowdy, wild, loud, but a total cuddle
monkey.

Do you think it's harder to groom dogs or teach straight
guys to groom themselves?

Well, I haven't had many straight guys lovingly lick me after a
groom. So I'll go with B… It's harder to groom a
straight guy.

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