Saturday, October 14, 2006

[Ta Kung Pao 14/10/06]

Bowie Confident of a Top Five Slot

TVB will begin airing a new travel show called "Beauties of the Land" and the two hosts Wong He and Bowie Lam have travelled to eight cities in China and working with the local television stations, they have chosen finalists representing the eight cities to take part in a grand finale at the end of the year in Hong Kong to select first, second and third positions and they will each represent their respective cities in the Miss Chinese International Pageant in January.

To mark the event, TVB held a special press event yesterday with Miss Hong Kong and TVB artistes representing the eight cities' candidates. The girls taking part were Tracy Ip, Carrie Lam, Rabee'a Yeung, Heidi Chu, Queenie Chu, Maria Chan, Anita Chan and Griselda Yeung. Together with Bowie and Ah He, they stepped out together in a grand launch gesture.

Bowie reveals that he has visited Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou and will soon be heading out to Xian, Chengdu, Nanning and Guangzhou. Although he has been busy filming for this show recently, he has been keeping an eye on the progress of the anniversary voting and he has been nominated for his role in "Dance of Passion" and he is quietly confident, seeing his main adversary as Adam Cheng and Damian Lau. He jokes: "If the top five include Adam and Damian, then I will treat myself as already winning the award. Fortunately there is no Roger Kwok and 'Ah Wong' this year, otherwise my chances would be very slim. (You have already won the award, do you still want to win it?) Of course, this is an honour and recognition and a good reason to put my fee up a little!"

He also feels that there is quite a strong contest for the Female award this year, because it is an even battle between Sheren Tang, Ada Choi and Charmaine Sheh. As for the other hot favourite Myolie Wu, he says that he does not want to comment because he has not seen her series yet, but having worked with her before, he finds her very conscientious.

For some people, Friday 13th is considered unlucky and for Tracy, things certainly did not go smoothly yesterday. When she took a taxi to go to the hair salon, the fifteen minute journey took 45 minutes with the meter running, fortunately she had enough money with her. During her styling, a heated curler fell onto her neck, leaving a pink mark where it had slightly burnt her. She said with a pout: "I have been burnt by a roller on several occasions, this is the price you pay for beauty."

Talking of beauty, Tracy says that she has worn her chipao on a number of occasions, but in the past it was quite loose fitting, but this time it is quite tight, so she will be slimming down again soon. When it was pointed out that she is already very skinny, she complained about her puffy cheeks, so she will try anything that will help her slim her cheeks and although some treatments are quite painful, she says it is worth it when her face looks more pointed. She says excitedly: "Many of my friends have had bone movement procedures to slim down their faces and I have tried it on my leg joints to reduce the parts that stick out. I will go and try it on my face later."


[Wen Wei Po & Ta Kung Pao 14/10/06]

Jenny Tseng Interviewed by Stephen Chan

Classic singing diva Jenny Tseng was the latest guest on Stephen Chan's chat show "Be My Guest" yesterday and aware that she is currently preparing for her concert, Stephen gave her some exercise gear for her keep fit regime.

In each of his interviews, Stephen will ask some rather awkward questions and he feels that Jenny has always been full of emotion, so he will be probing into her emotional life as well as asking about her string of lawsuits. Stephen laughs: "She has so much experience of legal battles that if she wasn't a singer, she could become a lawyer!"

Jenny has recently entered into another lawsuit over an apartment, but she did not want to talk about it too much to avoid it becoming a publicity stunt for the development company involved. She says that since this battle, she has lost confidence in them now, so she will be selling the other apartment she has with them and hopes that this will be quick so she never has to give them any business again. Asked how much property she currently holds, she smiles: "In Hong Kong I have a couple of small houses. My daughter and I can live there fine and we do not spend too much, so the rest of the money will go into more investment."

Jenny is good friends with Lydia Shum, so she was asked if she had been to visit her. She said: "I have sent her some flowers, but she cannot have visitors just yet and I am so noisy, so I don't want to disturb her. (Has your daughter contacted Joyce [Cheng]?) They have called each other and she even told me that Joyce had recommended her to watch her music video online."


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