This year at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival we held the 2nd annual Eye Candy Pageant at the Live Stage in the New Orleans Convention Center. As expected, the ladies lined up to watch the carefully selected contestants strut their stuff in a battle to win the Mr. Eye Candy 2012 title. TV personality Free hosted with a little help from Relationships Editor Charli Penn. Each contestant got a chance to introduce themselves to the crowd and then strut their stuff on the runway for all to see. The ladies in the audience were instructed to make some noise if they loved what they saw, and finalists were narrowed down based on the crowd’s support. Okay, okay, enough small talk. We know what you really want to see — the pictures! Feast your eyes on the yummiest moments from this year’s pageant. Enjoy, ladies!

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