You Must Choose: Separated at Birth! Mario Lopez and Jay Manuel

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There’s no shortage of reality TV reruns on the boob tube, and I’m a lil’ ashamed to admit the multi-show marathons always send me into a state of five-hour couch paralysis. The other day, I sat down to watch cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model for like the fourth time (team Natasha, yo!) when it hit me: Jay Manuel bears a striking resemblance to America’s Best Dance Crew host Mario Lopez (of Saved by the Bell fame).



You know you can’t deny the resemblance.

This got me thinking: which half of this dynamic, separated-at-birth duo would I rather share a cup of coffee with? Jay or Mario?

At first, I thought Jay Manuel would be the obvious choice because I could pump him for makeup tips, and perhaps he’d even give me a good dose of the tough love (’cause I need tough love) that he’s famous for dishing out to ANTM’s contestants.

But then I considered the advantages of java with Mario. While I never hung Tiger Beat magazine pictures of him in my locker back in the Saved by the Bell days, I can acknowledge that he isn’t aesthetically displeasing. I wouldn’t go out to coffee with him just to stare, though. I’d tell him how square he sounds when he says the words “master mix” on America’s Best Dance Crew. Dang, boy! You so cheesy!

Whom would you rather kick it with on your coffee break? Would you ask Jay Manuel for makeup tips or swoon over Mario Lopez? YOU MUST CHOOSE!

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  1. Joanna says:

    Jay Manuel hands down! Make-up and fashion tips, oh my 🙂

  2. Shefali says:

    Jay Manuel all the way!! Mario Lopez used to work out at my gym…he didn’t seem so hot in person. Plus, besides, looking at Mario Lopez…I don’t know what other benefit I’d get, LOL. At least with Jay…makeup and fashion baby!

  3. As much as I love u Mario, Jay Manuel is the one I would choose:) Im too much in love with make-up. 😉

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  4. Karen says:

    Hi Joanna,

    I know, right? I want him to give me all of his blending secrets!

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    LOL, did he wear a tight tank top and was he constantly checking himself out in the mirror? I can sooo see him doing that. Unfortch the closest I’ve ever come to celeb gym fame was seeing Jonny Moseley doing a leg workout at my old gym. If only Christian Bale would come by while I was stuck on the treadmill. LE SIGH!

  6. Karen says:

    Hi I heartmakeup,

    Awww, your man Mario is getting no love! 😉 He needs someone to take him out to coffee, girl!

  7. Ping. says:

    definitely Jay Manuel! haha some make up and fashion tip and some hard loving, definitely what i need le. hahaha beside that Mario lopez not really my type.. and cheesy? eek.. hahahhaa

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    Mario is soooo cheesy! I think that’s why the ladies like him though.

    C’mon Jay Manuel! You need to get up on this blog and deliver some tough lovin’!!!

  9. Breezy says:

    OMG you’re totally right, funny how people can look so similar right? Ok this is a hard one though, I mean Lopez is hot and cut hello but I still think he’s kinda a skeezeball for cheeting on his fiance so I’d probably go with Jay since he can make me look purty hehe.

  10. Holly says:

    Jay all the way! I adore him! And forget the makeup imagine all the free clothes and shoes he could get ya!!

  11. Karen B says:

    MANUEL! The make-up tips any day.

    Karen B’s last blog post..Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  12. Megan says:

    Definitely Jay Manuel!

  13. Tammy says:

    Gonna go with Mario…only because of the Saved by the Bell obsession I used to have…never really had a thing for him though..

    Jay seems like he wouldn’t be too friendly…the tough love might come across like a catty woman…I’ll pass…rather stare at those beautiful dimples then hear about my not so beautiful thigh dimples…haha!!!

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  14. Amanda says:

    I so know what you mean about those marathons-I don’t watch the hills or ANTM in “real time” (ie-on the day they first air) but I totally get sucked in anytime I’m flipping on the weekend and find a marathon! same for TLC-they run good ones too.

    Ok, now for my choice. Mario is way cuter and I love his dimple, but I can get the same advantage just looking at a picture of him. But the chance to actually talk with Jay??? hell ya, that’s my choice!

    oh, and is it wrong I’m a tiny bit jealous you saw Johnny Mosley? I love the Olympics, and I think he’s cute!

  15. Glosslizard says:

    Gotta go with Jay! Heck, though, If Mario’s gettin’ no love, I’ll take him out for a pity coffee later! 😉

  16. Anna says:

    Awwww, Love A C Slater !!

    But its gotta be Jay for me !!! He is a master with the brush !

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Breezy,

    Oh yah, I totally forgot about that! Eww, Mario!

  18. Karen says:

    So true, Holly! I’d have him hook me up with some fierce shoes, because shoes *always* fit, no matter what my dress size is. 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    LOL, Karen B! What would you ask him? I’d ask him his blending and how to get the perfect outer V!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    Girl, no love for Mario? LOLOL! He’s so cheese!

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Tammy,

    I had a thing for Zack for years, LOL.

    True, true. I think that might just part of JM’s tough love schtick, but hey, who knows!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    When I saw him was it right after he did stints as a host for the Gauntlet on MTV. He looked like he had been partying a lil’ too hard (kinda bloated) but was still cute. I was doing weights that day too, and when I saw him I went straight to the locker room and called El Hub (who was El Boyfriend at the time) and was like, “Dude! I’m kicking it with Jonny Moseley right now at the gym! I’m gonna ask him for a spot!” Ha ha ha. I never got the guts to do so, and looking back I wish I kinda did!

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Aww, that’s so sweet of you! Poor Mario’s getting no love on the MBB…

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    Did you like how he always called Jessy Spano “Mama”? LOLOL! Team Zack! J/K 😉

    Oh, you just reminded me… I would totally ask Jay what brushes he loves!

  25. Tekoa says:

    Looking at Jay scares me. To me he resembles a Terminator with the skin tone of a Oompa Loompa and a grin that indicates he’s about to eat my kitten. To avoid a fear based heart attack I’ll have to have coffee with Mario. (dodges the flying vegetables from Jay fans)

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    So normally, I’m a big fan of Terminators (the good ones, not the bad ones, because we all know there are two distinct kinds… okay, maybe that’s just me) and Jay never quite struck me as one, but yah, I could see him rocking the role.

  27. Evette says:

    I LOVE JAY! Mario is kind of a douche to me now. Makes me sad though cuz I do still LOVE Saved By the Bell! LOL! And, yes, only cuz Zack will always be my crush. 🙂

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  28. Karen says:

    Hi Evette,

    LOL, I’m so team Zack too! I so wanted to take him to the eighth grade dance, ha!

  29. Megan says:

    I’m so on team Zack too… plus I mean I don’t have a burning need to see Mario…and I think Jay would be totally fabulous and give a multitude of great tips. Now a difficult you must choose for me would be like Lenny Kravitz or Keanu Reeves versus Jay Manuel. And yes… I’ve had crushes on both since I was like 12/13…maybe even before for Keanu 🙂

  30. Karen says:


    OHHH I’ve been hot for Keanu since high school. My friend Chris saw him at the movies in SF (he was going down the escalator, she was going up) and she says in real life he’s GORGEOUS.

    He’s starring in a new movie, can’t remember the name, but he plays a cop… I hope they dress him up in SWAT gear. HOT!

  31. Megan says:

    I mean Bill and Ted was not that cool… but by the time I saw him in Point Break… I was in love. I mean really if you want to go way back he played the boyfriend in that movie Parenthood…I caught like a few minutes of that on TV one day and I was like…no way that’s Keanu… but by the time he was in the matrix…major swoon. Agreed…he would be totally hot in SWAT gear.

    And I don’t know what it is about Lenny Kravitz…ever since “Are You Gonna Go My Way” came out… whew…I was in love. I actually remember the first time I heard that song. Don’t get me started on his half naked appearance in the “Again” Video…

  32. I would totally take him out!!:)

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  33. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    I agree, Bill and Ted was NOT cool. For some reason he reminds me of the effed up looking Baldwin brother in that movie. My obsession started after seeing him in Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush” video. Remember that? Oh lawdy… Then the movie “Speed” sealed the deal.

    You are so cute with your Lenny obsession! Now that’s a man who has aged well!

  34. Karen says:

    LOL Iheartmakeup! You could spring for the coffee and Mario would buy the snacks, awww!

  35. Lilan says:

    OMG! This is SOOO hard! Before the America’s Best Dance Crew days, I would have probably said Mario, but every time he opens his mouth on that show, it makes me cringe. Jay scares me because I KNOW he’s critiquing my makeup and thinking to himself, oooo homegirl needs to learn how to contour those chipmunk cheeks, or something like that.

    Overall, maybe I’d pick Mario so that we could dish about the dancers on America’s Best Dance crew, b/c I’m obsessed!!

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  36. Laurel says:

    Jay Manuel for sure! And I would beg him to bring along Miss Jay!

  37. Megan says:

    I so did not remember that video, but I definitely remembered the song. I just checked it out on Youtube. Honestly… I was pretty young…and the only Paula Abdul video I remember was opposites attract. I didn’t really watch videos much when I was young…I was a bit of a nerd and you usually could find my nose in a book. Keanu is totally hot though.

  38. Hildebryn says:

    Mister Jay, oh yeah! Love him on Canada’s Next Top Model too. Mario was always too… lumpy for me.

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  40. Karen says:

    Hey Megan,

    Okay, sometimes I forget I’m older than I really am, LOL. Yup, he’s smoking hot in that video!

    I was pretty nerdy too growing up. The 80s were some rough years…

  41. Karen says:

    Hey Hildebryn,

    Now that I think about it, you’re right. Mario is quite lumpy, LOL.

  42. vanee says:

    I would totally go out with Mario Lopez! I love how stupid he is in ABDC! He’s hot, funny, and adorable.
    Jay might be a make-up pro, but hey I’m beautiful with or without make-up (=
    So I’d take Mario Lopez 🙂

  43. Meagan *** says:

    Well, I have to say Mario Lopez, Mario is a hot Mexican Latino who couldnt be happier to show us girls his beautiful statuesque body, as for Jay Manuel, hes an east indian poser who tries too hard to try to look latin, when we all know under that thick white make up he wears, hes a brown east indian fake wearing a gurdle to tuck in his fat. LOL So I give my vote to Mario Lopez 100%

    Common girls, you all know im right 😀

  44. Fiona says:

    I love this!!!

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