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Jai Rodriguez's
Animal Instincts

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.

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 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. 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 sportaEUR|.

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 BaEUR| It's harder to groom a straight guy.

So you're a dog person versus a cat person? Definitely a dog person. Cats are too finicky on who they like and what they want.

What grooming advice would you give President Obama with his new dog, Bo? Well, we had Portuguese water dogs as a grooming challenge last year. They are a difficult groom! So I guess, find a good groomer for Bo?

You have a one-man show, My Truth. Tell us your truth. Well, honestly it was about me standing up for what I need and want regardless of what people want for me. I have learned to trust my process and my instincts. I was always a people pleaser. I put myself last a lot. Never made fuss in shoots about wardrobe. Ended up looking like Punky Brewster. So owning my truth and being OK with that has been something I've mastered recently.

I hear you're a good bowler. You ever get lucky at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood? I love, love, love that place! I want to take my boyfriend and whip his ass publicly! I am actually a whiz on the Wii bowling.

What show are you shooting now in Miami? It's a series for SiTV. It's called Model Latina . It's basically Latin Top Model. I'm a judge. It airs the first week of August.

Would you ever do something like Dancing With the Stars ? I would love to! Especially since Lance [Bass] did so well. Can you get me on?

Ha -- I can try. You're a big fan of The Golden Girls . Who's your favorite Girl? Sophia! I love her one-liners!

When's your album coming out? I heard your song "Broken" on the Internet and it had a great vocal. Thanks. I'm releasing a single called "Move." Just shot the video. It's more of a dance song. Love, love, love it!

Are you writing any of your own songs? I did just cowrite a song with Maria Christianson, who wrote J.Lo's "Waiting for Tonight." It's "Move." We hope to have the video on Logo soon, and the song on iTunes within the month.

You moved to L.A. a couple of years back. Are you enjoying it? I love it. It's the perfect city for being a TV personality. Lots of downtime between seasons, which is cool in such a beautiful city.

What grooming tip would you like to apply to the gays of West Hollywood? Now you're trying to get me in trouble. I'll say, sometimes less is more in terms of styling yourself.

You had very small roles on both One Life to Live and All My Children . Which did you prefer: Llanview or Pine Valley? Small?! They were guest-starring roles! I played a father on AMC. A GREAT role. And on OLTL I played an office manager with a bad temper. I'm not sure which city I liked more because I haven't watched the shows since.

What's your upcoming film, Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay! about? A gay couple who comes out to their parents then tells them they want to get married and have a family. Lainie Kazan is my mother in the film, and Vincent Pastore plays my dad. It's a great cast. Carmen Electra plays my best friend. It's a great funny film with heart.

Are Rick and Steve really the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World ? If not, who would you say is? They definitely are. If not, I'd say me and my BF, Chris.

In this post-Prop. 8 world we live in, do you think Adam Lambert can become our first gay American Idol? I would hope so. He deserves it. I've done a few shows with him and we share some friendsaEUR| I love him. He's a great talent.

Anything you miss about your Queer Eye days? I miss the regular schedule and the company and the chemistry with the other guys.

What kind of blowout are you planning for your 30th birthday in June? I am letting Chris handle it this year. I want to be surprised. He has good taste. I trust him to make it special. I'm not that hard to please.

And to bring us full circle, Scooby-Doo or Snoopy? Snoopy! C'mon, man, that's simple.

And who's your favorite movie dog? Marley. He's naughty yet adorable. Best of both worlds.

If you were a dog, what type would you be? A wild dog that has yet to be tamed.

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