Thursday, June 08, 2006

[The Sun 08/06/06]

The twenty-one Miss Hong Kong contestants were gathered at the Sai Kung camp for a 'Survivor-style' council meeting, where tutors Eric Tsang, Carol Cheng and Olivia Cheng made their selections of the nine girls who would be eliminated at this stage, leaving twelve finalists. To set the scene, the site was set up as a barbecue park to get the girls into the spirit. Emotions were mixed as they entered and despite the numerous rumours, hot favourite Tsui Suk Man was in good spirits. Asked if she was confident, she did not respond, but smiled. As for Lui Wai Yee, she was brimming with confidence, looking out for the cameras all along the way, compared to the girls who were preparing themselves to leave the competition, who were avoiding the press.


[Ta Kung Pao & Wen Wei Po 08/06/06]

Cast members from new series "Pearl of the Orient" including Liza Wang, Roger Kwok, Charmaine Sheh, Halina Tam and Sharon Chan attended the blessing ceremony for the show yesterday.

Charmaine and Roger had just returned from receiving their awards at the 2nd Top Chinese TV Awards in Beijing, where they each received awards, but there have been reports that the results were fixed. In response to this, Roger pointed out that these awards were voted for by the viewers and there should be auditable results.

Asked if these allegations were caused by the absence of Nicholas Tse in the top five, Roger replied: "Maybe, but there are plenty of talented artistes in Hong Kong and the mainland and the scores were very close, so it would have been very difficult to choose a winner. (Are you unhappy about the criticism?) No, I have not thought about this and to be honest, I have filmed many series in the mainland last year, with good results, so I am happy to win this award. (Are you following Maggie Cheung (Man Yuk)'s lead and not worrying as long as you get an award?) Yes! I have given a lot, so I didn't win this award for nothing." He adds that for him to win was thanks to "At the Threshold of an Era" being aired in China last year, that raised awareness among the Mainland audience. The event was extra special for him because it was held in the capital, Beijing.

For Charmaine, this was the first time she has received an award from the mainland and she believes that this is thanks to her role in "War and Beauty". As for the rumours, Charmaine says: "It is definitely not fixed, I have been filming very hard and artistes from many different places won awards, not just TVB artistes. It was voted for by the audience. (Are you unhappy about the reports of fixing?) No, there are always many ways of looking at things and you shouldn't take things to heart. The most important thing is to work hard and gain the acceptance from everyone.(Your good friend didn't win anything though?) Who? Ron Ng? (Benny Chan!) There were only a few awards, but there were many artistes, so I am happy to have won an award." She added that the fans in the mainland were very warm and asked her for hugs, she laughs: "If they are girls, I will try to meet their request. (Did any male fans ask for the same thing?) If it was a man, then it would depend on the sincerity of the person!"

Talking about the earlier antics of Sammy Leung and Siu Yee, resulting in their public apology and reprimand from the radio station, Liza indicates she has seen the reports and says: "This was not such a good thing, I don't think they should have joked about women in such a way, sexual assault is a serious issue and illegal." Liza thinks that as a public figure and a radio and TV show host, Sammy has to be more careful.

With reports that ratings for Sammy and Siu Yee's TV quiz "15/16" have gone down. Liza thinks this is because the parents have been affected by this. She thinks that many young people don't fully understand the implications of 'touching up' and 'sexual assault' and this is a downfall of the education system. She says that Sammy and Siu Yee are still young and should not be trying to promote themselves in this way.


[Ta Kung Pao, The Sun & Wen Wei Po 08/06/06]


Number - Name - Age - Height - Weight - Occupation - Education
1. Wong Cheung Fat - 21 - 5'10" - 156 lbs - Student - Higher
2. Chan Chi Kin - 24 - 5'10" - 176 lbs - Model - High School Grad
3. Poon Kwok Kei - 24 - 5'11.25" - 165 lbs - Student - University Grad
4. Leung Kwok Yin - 24 - 5'11" - 194 - Student - University
5. Yiu Ho Ching - 28 - 5'9" - 150 lbs - Financial Planner - University Grad
6. Wong Ka Lok - 30 - 5'9" - 150 lbs - Graphic Designer - High School Grad
7. Chan Leung Wai - 26 - 5'11.5" - 168 lbs - Designer - University Grad
8. Ho Siu Kai - 25 - 5'11/5" - 177 lbs - Assistant Sales Manager - University Grad
9. Yeung Kong Ha - 19 - 5'10" - 150 lbs - Student - University
10. Siu Cheuk Ming - 36 - 5'10.75" - 169 lbs - Registered Financial Planner - University Grad
11. Wong Tin Zou - 22 - 5'9.5" - 146 lbs - Student - Bachelors Degree
12. Lam Yau Fei - 26 - 5'9.75" - 174 lbs - Personal Trainer - Personal Trainer Certificate
13. Lam Kwan Ming - 25 - 6'1" - 169 lbs - Company Director - University Grad
14. Leung Wai Kuen - 26 - 5'8.5" - 144 lbs - Events Sales Supervisor - University Grad

The fourteen finalists for TVB's Mr Hong Kong competition met the press officially yesterday in their respective 'Style' and 'Fitness' groups. They introduced themselves on the stage and they showed off their talents. Of the more memorable were Number 2 Chan Chi Kin and his medicine ball, Number 9 Yeung Kong Ha riding his bike onto the stage and former US marine Number 14 Leung Wai Kuen who showed off some self defence techniques. Personal trainer Number 12 Lam Yau Fei caused a few whoops from the crowd as he took off his clothes and showed off his muscles.

The contest will take place on the 8th of July and each group will produce a group winner, who will go forward to try and win the title from current Mr Hong Kong Matthew Ko in a series of challenges both physical and mental. Producer Chin Kwok Wai indicates that the location shoot for the contest will take place on the mainland, but the exact location is yet to be confirmed. The contestants will also be put through a series of training courses, such as firefighting and yoga to train them in all aspects. A 30 minute show will be broadcast on 30th June to let the contestants' friends and family shoot some words of encouragement for them as well as to support the public vote.

Among the contestants, Number 7 Chan Leung Wai received a lot of attention due to his celebrity father and his special talent was playing the electic guitar. When host Anna Yau asked him if he ever threw his guitar, he replied that if it was not an expensive one, then sometimes he would throw it. Having returned from Seattle to take part in the competition, he was confident about his chances and has the support of his father. Does he want to enter the showbiz industry? He says he has not thought that far in advance. The oldest contestant is Number 10 Siu Cheuk Ming, who is 36 years old and a registered Financial Planner. Asked why he didn't take part last year, he says that the past two years have been busy times for him and he has only managed to make time this year to enter. He adds that with age comes experience and he is just looking to learn from this experience as well as send a message of encouragement out to Hong Kong's men. As for enterting the industry, he feels that he is already happy to take part in the show and will not give up his current occupation.

Number 14 Leung Wai Kuen gave a display of self defence and was a US marine for four years (98 to 02) reaching the rank of Sergeant. When his contract expired, he decided to leave and continue his studies in accountancy. Asked if he has taken part in any wars, he says that he took part in the post-9-11 operations, but has never killed anyone. Talking of the training he has had with real firearms and the fatal incidents related to this, he says he believes in the professionalism of his colleagues. Number 12 Lam Yau Fei has been working out for six years and has a 41 inch chest and 15 inch arms. Asked about why he took his clothes off, he says that this was necessary to show his muscles and he did not intend to steal the show.

Number 4 Leung Kwok Yin arrived from Singapore six months ago and is currently studying Business at Hong Kong University. When he was likened to Master Lo Mong, he says he is a fan of Master Lo, so he doesn't mind the comparison and would like to meet Master Lo sometime. When he gave an impression of the Terminator for his performance, Number 2 Chan Chi Kin ran onto the stage and thumped his chest loudly. He says that they had rehearsed it, but he was thumping with real force. Leung Kwok Yin indicates that he loves Swarznegger, so he wanted to impersonate him, but made his excuses when he was asked whether this was because the Terminator doesn't say very much.


[Ta Kung Pao & The Sun 08/06/06]

Shirley Yeung was taking part in a promotional event for a skincare range yesterday and received a unique skin test from the company that indicated her skin was quite good. Shirley also received over $10,000 of cosmetics. Shirley says she has used this brand before and the effects are very good, especially the massage range.

In order to treat her skin, Shirley likes to go for massage, but she will be very careful to avoid being photographed and when she is in the mainland, she will only go for reflexology. Asked if she and her boyfriend exchanged massages, she immediately laughed awkwardly and said avoidingly: "So embarrassing, how do I answer that? I do massage my seven dogs though, they really enjoy that. (So is your boyfriend not as important as your dogs?) You can't say it liek that, with so many paparazzi for me to massage, I don't have time for much more."


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