August 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm EDT | by Steve Fox
Looking for love

The cast of ‘Most Eligible: Dallas.’ Gay participant Drew Ginsburg is third from left. (Photos courtesy of Bravo)

A reality television hybrid is born.

Bravo debuts its latest reality franchise next week. “Most Eligible: Dallas” will feature a cast of six single “a-listers.” Included in the cast are such favorite Dallas archetypes as beauty queen, pro-football player and, yes, a gay man. The show presents their varied quests for romance.

Drew Ginsburg is “Most Eligible’s” gay cast member. Ginsburg works for his family’s Dallas-based auto dealership business Boardwalk Auto Group. The network of 10 car dealerships boasts locations in Dallas and San Francisco and sells luxury auto brands, including Maserati and Lamborghini.

A phone interview with Ginsburg uncovered a D.C. connection. Ginsburg’s father worked on Capitol Hill for many years. He and his wife were in Georgetown one day when her water broke. The couple jumped into a cab and Ginsburg was soon delivered at George Washington University Hospital. After a few years in Florida, the family settled in Dallas. Ginsburg later revisited his Washington roots, studying for a semester of college at American University.

So why is a reality television producer drawn to Ginsburg? He’s got 200 pounds of appeal. Not only is he handsome and wealthy, Ginsburg also has an incredible weight-loss story. At his heaviest, Ginsburg weighed 420 pounds. Faced with the serious reality that he could die from diabetes like his grandmother, he knew there had to be dramatic changes.

“My doctor once said to me, ‘You get on a plane and have to wear an extra seat belt. You’re disabled.'” After having gastric-bypass surgery nine years ago, Ginsburg has shed 200 pounds. While his weight-loss journey can still seem like a roller-coaster ride, he’s now at his lowest weight ever, a svelte 210 pounds.

Ginsburg is feeling good about himself and is looking for love. Having had his fill of short-term relationships and casual flings, he’s ready to settle down. He hopes same-sex marriage will come to the Lone Star state “within the next five to 10 years.”

He dismisses the notion that reality show cameras alter behavior.

“Everything that you see in there is real for me. It’s been an incredible life experience for me. I honestly feel like while doing this show I felt like I was coming into my own skin for the first time in my life … accepting who I am as a real person.”

He’s a Bravo fan and enjoys “Million Dollar Decorators” and “Kathy Griffin.” He says Andy Cohen “has a good energy to him.”

Bravo’s eight-episode “Most Eligible: Dallas” premiers on Monday at 10 p.m.

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