See Our Hot Dads Behind the Scenes at the TODAY Show

Go behind the scenes of the TODAY Show to see who was crowned the Hottest Dad in America!

After months of hard work -- if you call sorting through thousands of photos of hot guys hard work -- it all came down to this. The competition was steep, but if our judges were committed to one thing, it was making sure the worthiest man took home the crown for the Hottest Dad in America.

Somehow we were able to narrow it down to our four smoking finalists -- Brendan Gibson from Los Gatos, CA (Hottest Newbie Dad), Andrew Ungaro from Portsmouth, VA
 (Hottest Military Dad), David Emanuel from San Francisco (Hottest Dad in his 30s) and Jeff Shelton from Los Angeles (Hottest Fireman/Policeman Dad). The crew, along with their equally sexy wives, flew into New York City for a whirlwind adventure and the big TODAY Show reveal.

Check out what happened behind the scenes -- from dinner at Rock Center Cafe to the moment that Hoda crowned the winner.

Dinner at Rock Cafe

 Group at Rock Center

Lindsay Tigar

After our Hot Dads arrived in NYC, we set out for a true New York night on the town: Dinner and drinks at Rock Center Cafe in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza, right in front of 30 Rock. Our couples quickly bonded, sharing cute kid stories and the shock of the competition.

Meet the Couples!

 Andrew and Marley Ungaro

Lindsay Tigar

Meet Andrew and Marley Ungaro, the sweet Southern couple from Virginia. Even though Andrew is a Navy doctor, Marley told us she's surprised he tucked his shirt in on their wedding day! The pair have two children, Langley, 13, and Grey, 10.

 Brendan Alex and Sienna Gibson

Lindsay Tigar

Brendan and Alex Gibson stole the show at dinner because of the special guest they brought along -- their 6-week-old daughter Sienna! (Big sis Page, 2, stayed at home.)

 Sienna Gibson

Lindsay Tigar

Dinner was a little too exciting for Sienna, who promptly fell asleep!

 David and Julie Emanuel

Lindsay Tigar

David Emanuel originally hails from South Africa -- but it was clearly more than his sexy accent that won over his wife, Julie. The entrepreneurs have one daughter, Taylor, 16 months.


 Jeff and Jaime Shelton

Lindsay Tigar

Jeff and Jaime Shelton also made the trip from California, where Jeff works as a SWAT sergeant. But the dad of Nathan, 7, and Dylan, 5, has a soft side, too: He's the author of an anti-bullying book and the founder of a non-profit.

The Big Day

 Hallway at Today Show

Lindsay Tigar

Even the rain couldn't cool off our Hot Dads! Check out the group before entering the TODAY green room at Studio 1A. (You might even spot an intern if you look closely.)

 Hotties on the set

Carina Belles

After a star-studded wait in the green room (actor John Stamos may have given more than one mama the giggles) it was time for our Hot Dads to take their places on stage. Kathie Lee and Hoda spiced up the competition with a handyman quiz.

 Moms Pose

Carina Belles

Hot Mama alert! Our associate parenting editor Lindsay Tigar snaps a pic of the lucky ladies (and Miss Sienna, of course) as they await the big reveal.

 Winner Announced

Lindsay Tigar

Finally, it was time for iVillage Editorial Director Liz Zack to announce the winner...

And the Winner Is...

 Dads React

Carina Belles

Hot Military Dad! Who can resist a man in his Navy whites? Swoon! Our champion was all smiles as the other dads showed their support. 

 Hoda Kotb Sash

Carina Belles

Hoda clearly can't resist a man in uniform either! The winner's sash, courtesy of Sassy Sash, went perfectly with that crisp white uniform!

Raking in the Riches

 Dad Prize Pack

Lindsay Tigar

We thought you might like to see the complete Hot Dad prize package: the lovely crown, two fabulous Sassy Sash sashes for the glamorous couple to share, a sexy speedo and, of course, a romantic getaway to Scrub Island! 

 Andrew Ungaro Post Win

Carina Belles

Yep, we definitely cannot get enough of that uniform.

Post-Win Bliss

 Andrew and Marley Post Win

Carina Belles

The happy couple celebrates their victory backstage.

A Hot Dad's Work Never Ends...

 Post Win Interview

Carina Belles

After a lot of celebrating, our winners were whisked off to the green room for another round of interviews, where they shared the story of how they met and their house full of animals! Watch the exclusive clip from NBCU Direct here!

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