Miss Hong Kong 1996

Okay, I didn’t watch ’97 BUT I seriously have a feeling that ’96 was the last year worth watching regarding beauty and entertainment. I know that ’98 got so many stars and all too, but it seemed that was the only thing that saved the ceremony.

Interesting and funny opening since Eric and Natalis were posing as James Bond wannabes! LOL! Actually, Eric was 097 and Natalis was some similar agent. The contestants were supposed to introduce themselves by the star/artist that others said they looked like. Lee San San was so funny, saying that she was like Eric ’cause of her performance: SUPER.

Though they used Eric and Natalis a lot as the entertainers, those two were too funny. They seemed to be so natural with their stabs at one another. It was still witty back then versus now, getting WAY overboard.

I loved this approach though I know it was another attempt for TVB to recruit talents. They were being separated into groups to either act, sing, dance, host, etc. Then they were being scored and 4 would be eliminated, lol. Man, during the singing thing, I finally feel tortured and feel everyone was really brave since only #2 and #19 could sing without making me shiver, LOL. Wow! The hosting thing was really good! Regardless, I must say they were really fast. They were so creative!

Ooohhh…break time aka more showing off with their beautiful outfits, lol. (While they await the results of course.) Following the evening gown was the swimsuits, lol. Then, of course, the elimination.

Questioning time! How fun, eh? Most of them were very creative, even if they did not know the real answer. Not disappointing at all. It was kind of sad that someone didn’t know about Bruce Lee. Even if she was from overseas, she should’ve heard about it or know some basic stuff. (After all, Bruce Lee was born in the U.S.) Natalis’ secret! LOL! He said he didn’t know it but she know? So funny.

Man…the hosts are killing me! They’re so random and yet it was just to stall for time so the scoring could be locked in. They were bringing up all the past Miss Hong Kongs with the stories. Man, they were crossing out practically everyone! LOL! In fact, they crossed out everyone. So funny! Dripping of sarcasm, aren’t they? Then they were moving into ‘praising themselves’? LOL!

Adam Cheng singing! Yay! Man, miss the guy’s songs.

So after the long rant, we get to see the results (with the contestants wearing colorful long traditional dresses). Oh, almost forgot that they needed to announce the talented Miss Hong Kong, which of course was collected by Lee San San. Talented all right. (Too bad she didn’t get too many chances to show off her skills later on. Perhaps it was the price of winning the prize.) Then it was followed by Miss Photogenic, which was also won by Lee San San.

Results (as announced): #16, #7, #2, #16, #13, #5, #1, #6, #15, #9, #19, #17 (Wait, I heard wrong? How come there are two 16? Hmmm…oh well…)

Moving on to the second part, lol.

Nice opening. Grand… They managed to get the band from the Hong Kong Royal Police to help with the opening. It was grand all right. Faye Wong was next up.

The contestants were brought out and they had to say what roles they would like to take on in the future. (CUE: ANOTHER TVB ATTEMPT TO RECRUIT TALENTS) It was still great to see and hear what the contestants had to say. Some of them were really fake, BUT the ones who said they wanted to portray obnoxious, mean, evil roles were the more honest ones, lol.

Okay, the next part was where they introduced all the four seasons and we were told that the contestants would dressed accordingly. Of course, there would be singers to lead them along. More rants from Eric and Natalis but I don’t mind. They’re probably stalling for time so the contestants could change into their spring outfits. Hacken Lee and his classic hits! Awww…who could forget “Never Change In A Lifetime”, right? (My ultimate favorite of Hacken.) What’s the next season? Summer of course! LOL! Who’s up? Harlem Yu! (I never realized it was him, okay? I wasn’t paying attention to Taiwanese entertainment back then.)

Questioning–finally, lol. They were divided into groups of three for the questionings. Creativity, fast-thinking, and witty replies. Well, at least they got to show their talents–IF they had any. (Mean, I know, but it was pretty obvious who was intelligent and who was not.) #2 was really funny, lol. Well, at least she thought of a story. OKAY, that was mean! Still making fun of Deric Wan and the whole ‘debt collecting’ thing. Lee San San was witty! LOL! Natalis kept mentioning Cecilia! (LOL) #19 wasn’t bad either. I sort of phased out of some others. LOL! NO idea. I was laughing too hard when Eric kept making fun of them to care.

Autumn! Finally! My favorite season after spring. BUT then it was too funny seeing that Eric and Natalis were shut out after they were performing for a bit, LOL. Julian Cheung (ChiLam IF you guys rather go by that name) part after that. The real performance. Since they were just teasing us with Eric and Natalis before. I’m not familiar with his songs so I won’t say much. But must complain about the dresses. The backdrop looked nice, but must they make them wear black? Or was that dark green? Oh well…

BUT I liked the winter theme though! It was too funny! Eric and Natalis still trying to hog the camera! It was so funny when they were introduced. Funny descriptions, lol. They were so sarcastic yet witty! Too bad they were sabotaged by Gallen and Gordon! Man, I love that song! (They were singing “This Winter Isn’t Too Cold” (這個冬天不太冷) by Jacky Cheung.) Eric and Natalis were still trying to sabotage Gallen and Gordon! LOL! Eric was saying how Gallen and Gordon were trying to copy Jacky, lol. What a comeback! Too bad they were cut short by Sunny’s appearance. Yup, remake of Shanghai Bund year so they had to promote it. (Typical TVB…) But it was sooo funny. (I think after Sunny’s done with all those lines, he needs a plastic bag! Honestly, they were so mushy! LOL! Poor Sunny!) Lee San San’s comment–so funny! The only one worth listening to really.

Aww…the four seasons ended already. BUT at least Edmond Leung and Andy Hui were worth looking forward to. Yay! They were so funny. And it was so cool seeing them outside (aka off stage). It was always enjoyable to see the beautiful scenery. Andy was the honest one while Edmond was the mischievous one, lol. Still cute. They were cracking me up big time. They rather be stuck on earth with the beauties than returned to their place and dealt with Eric and Natalis? Hilarious! Of course like any other year, the performance was taken onstage again.

Like usual, time to announce Miss Congeniality and then top 5. Eric was commenting on how they had to learn the art of changing clothes as well, lol. True, since they were speedy all right.

Miss Congeniality was #2. (They called it ‘Miss International Goodwill’.) Definitely a good choice since Fiona was really sweet looking and her smile said it all. Really friendly.

Top 5: #18, #1, #19, #13, #2

This was the part where they had to answer questions from the judges. (This sort of reminded me of how the Western beauty pageants are designed, especially the last part with selecting the judges to get questions.)

#1 got Mr. Wong, #13 got Adam (LOL). Eric was commenting on how Lee San San already passed without answering, LOL. (At least passing the door.)  Adam was asking about the strongest point of Hong Kong–to which Lee San San answered with the economy. #19 got Anita, lol. Tough question since it was regarding the food. #18 wasn’t bad.

Last part aka the skit they did while the final scoring was done. Leon, Carina, Alex, and others. Aww…too bad it wasn’t Tony. (I’m too obsessed, lol.) Leon was the painter, Carina was the main actress, and Alex was portraying the male lead (aka the prince). Kind of mushy so it was sore of a snore for me. But still glamorous in its own way.

Okay, finally the hectic yet exciting moment of the night! They had to stand on this one step and answered why they chose that spot–of course, it was labeled as 1-3. #1 was so confident, LOL. #2 guessed she was third, that was cool! She was right! LOL! #13 guessed she was first? Good guess! Confidence but not arrogant (unlike #1 who was in La-La Land, lol). #18 wanted to be taller than her father? Cute! LOL! #19 guessed second for her. Not too arrogant, nice. Second runner up was #2. First runner up was, of course, #18. Those two should’ve been swapped. But still all right. NOT too bad. The winner was, of course, #13! Yay! Lee San San was sooo tall. Anyway, it was so funny how Eric was teasing #1 by saying that the winner was #1, LOL! Natalis was saying how Eric got to be kidding, LOL. But Eric was saying it was 1 + 3 = 13. OKAY….not sure how that works mathematically but funny.

Great results. At least I didn’t feel robbed this year. The last good year.

Miss Hong Kong 2001

Definite signs of deterioration. No doubt about it. Though the opening was interesting but still…the entertainment parts were always way better for some reason. I must say that each year they managed to come up with a different theme. Not bad. The contestants were introduced and they had to list why they were eligible to enter the next round. Man, most of them were definitely bragging. Guess they were testing to see if the contestants could be witty without being arrogant. BUT it was hard.

The hosts: Eric, Louis, and Sonija…

Judges: Pauline, Gallen, Charmaine, Hacken, and some others…

Definitely signs of TVB using internal resources more than ever. Gallen looked so handsome though! (mwuhahaha) Charm looked so cute in that outfit. (Okay, I know half of the population hates her but I love her since she won me over.)

Scenes when they were outside usually made them look better for some reason. Strange…

After Patrick Tang and some people performed, we were finally led into the questioning part. PHEW…not sure how worse it could get but whatever. Sonija got to introduce the contestants while Eric and Louis were in charge of grilling the contestants. GOSH…it was killing me. Eric and Louis should’ve killed them all already so they couldn’t pass. #6 was all right. At least she didn’t stutter. (Though it was all right that she mixed her languages.) Where in the world did they get all these contestants? AND poor Eric, had to look up so much. These girls were honestly too tall. #18’s question was funny. George Washington was still holding the ax, LOL! Darn! These girls were killing me. Shirley’s question was the easiest BUT she didn’t get it? How slow could she get? Only like about three could provide some decent answers.

Jordan Chan will take them to Japan? Poor Jordan! I actually liked the effects where Jordan was drawing/painting and the pictures came to live. That was about it. Then there was also the part they were transported to the city and other areas. Very exotic and cool. That was about it. No comment regarding the ‘beauties’. I thought they looked better when they covered up because their bodies were too much of a sight to me. (Seriously, I must agree with Eric that most of them looked like they haven’t gone through puberty yet.)

Last part before they picked top 12? Joey Yung and Ekin Cheng. (What a coincidence!) Joey Yung looked better than the contestants! (I know that was mean but honestly.) Interesting story. Kind of cute… I’d already gone out of the ‘Ekin’ phase so I wasn’t really paying attention. (But I think Ekin must have improved in his singing or something? Since he sounded better than the last time.) The settings were quite grand though. The crew totally made it happen.

Miss Photogenic? Shirley got it? Umm…no comment. I guess she seemed better than most of them for some reason.

They were each given a lamp and would take the label off. The ones who got the ‘X’ would be out.

Gilbert Lam was the person who introduced the judges at the beginning of the second part? Cool! I totally forgot about him! He’s so cool. Too bad he didn’t get to stick around much. Or perhaps that was better since it would be too much to stand.

(I didn’t want to say it before but I was seeing the pattern of Angels of Missions people in here. BUT of course, AOM was after this. Still interesting to see.)

I totally forgot that Leon was in here also since he opened up the show with his performance. (Snore-land though it was an upbeat song.) The whole time he was singing, I was like, “Hand it to Aaron already.” Mean, I know. But I was yawning too much. He’s not suitable for upbeat songs.

The next part was funnier though–much more entertaining–since Hacken was seen walking along with Natalis and Alan on the camels, trying to find their way to the show, LOL. Natalis and Alan were pondering if they were lost, LOL. And then Hacken was saying they heard Leon’s voice so they must be going in the right direction. Alan was even saying how Hacken was easily fooled by Eric’s words (i.e. he was the one who told them the directions, lol). Then the contestants got to tell everyone their dreams and/or goals. But Natalis, Alan, and Hacken’s rants were funnier. Eric had been in some sort of accident (according to their recounts) so he was unable to make it.

The next part was cool since they managed to invite this one pro acrobat lady to do some really cool tricks. Then Bernice Liu came out, dancing and singing. Cool. Suitable for the theme. She was so glamorous. Okay, the contestants had to use the objects given to describe one another. They were divided into pairs, of course. I loved Alan and Hacken! They were so funny, arguing with each other like that instead of asking the questions, LOL. Bernice changed again to continue the song–or at least until the next sets of contestants came out. Watching the contestants try to find some compliments to praise each other with the objects given was too funny! At least they were improving. OR it seemed to get a tad better than having them answering trivial questions. Bernice changed again! Whoa! That was fast. Anyway, still cool.

Okay, the next part of questioning–more trivial questions, LOL. There were three sets of questions–middle school, high school, and college. (OR something like that.) If they answered correctly, they would advance one step up. If not, they would be lowered one level. The questioning would start at their current educational level. The contestants changed outfits again. Nice outfits, LOL. I think the contestants were better in these set of questions since they were more used to the straight fact question/answer than the critical thinking ones. At least it was reassuring on some level since it would be more encouraging to watch. Shirley did slightly better in this one.

The next part was a really cute yet entertaining story. Aaron Kwok and Coco Lee. (I was a bit surprised that they were able to invite Coco to participate.) Aaron got to sing his “Para Para” song! LOL! (This sort of solved my question with why Aaron wasn’t opening before. This was more fun.)

Anyway, after that, we got to witness the contestants sing and dance with 60 children. The children were so cute! (I don’t know, I just didn’t care as much for the contestants regardless of how much they improved for this round.)

They were trying to do it differently this year. Getting rid of three at a time until they reached the top 5. Don’t know it would come to that but I guess it was something to keep people tune in. Hacken was so funny!

Eric’s return. Awww…Alan was subbing for Eric. Just when Eric returned, they made him be the bad guy to eliminate three contestants, LOL. Still funny. What was Hacken looking at, kept staring at Eric’s head? So funny that Eric was reassuring the others to come back next year, LOL.

More questionings. They were given a statement and then they had to pick if they agreed with the phrase or not. Then they had to argue for or against it. Alan was too funny! He lost during the first time! He and Hacken were cracking me up! Hacken was saying how Alan was only the witness and did not have to input. It got even funnier when they were attempting to translate for this one contestant. Then Alan translated before she was even finished. Natalis was poking at Alan for it. (Actually, he was pretending to talk about Alan with Hacken, LOL.) Man, it was way funnier watching the hosts argue. Man, Natalis’ comment!

They invited Anne to help with determining who had beautiful skin? Shirley got it. I guess the judges were careful and inspected everything so no complaints.#3, #9, and #18 got the creativity prize since they were able to impress the judges with their cooking skills and creativity.

I totally forgot that Jacky was in here! Cool! I guess it wouldn’t be complete without him. Jacky and Kelly Chen? OKAY…but for all the fun of it. Funny ending since he was just dreaming and his wife (portrayed by Kelly) was rousing him up. So much for it…(LOL) Again, save the best for last, right? Since it was supposed to be the last performance before they eliminated three more. But the top 12 got to return so they could announce the ‘most improved’ prize and the Miss International Goodwill. #4 got ‘most improved’ and #6 got Miss International Goodwill. Not bad. I don’t know. Somehow they looked better around this time.

Alan, Hacken, and Natalis were arguing over who should sing for the last part? But they ended up using the dancing routines to determine who was the top 4. At least they didn’t have to argue. That was interesting that Johnson Lee was one of the ones holding the sign up when they were answering the last round of questions. #2 and #3 got eliminated after that.

The ones who were eliminated had to come out and tell us who they supported to be the winner. #6 got third place, #4 got second, and of course, Shirley got first. Not bad. NOT the best of all time, but I guess it will have to do.

Miss Hong Kong 1999

So, what about 1999? Cool opening. This year, the girls got to sing more than the previous years. (Again, probably cutting back on inviting the famous guests. Possibly a way to recruit new singers.) Still, in a way, it helped to see that they were so united in various parts.

New way to start the show. Letting them walk around and grade their different features and/or body parts.

Finalists for the nice/beautiful legs: #5, #7, #17, #15; Winner: #15

Beautiful Skin: #4, The Most Fit: #14

Finally questioning part…sigh I must admit that though they were not as pretty as expected, they were more intelligent and/or more fluent than last year’s. They seemed to understand and interact better. At least for most of them, compared to last year. #9 was really good! Man, she guessed right! Sonija’s answer! Funny yet her explanation made sense. I don’t even know why Myolie even got in! She couldn’t get past Eric or Chin Ka Lok in the first round. (Okay, so she got the fitness prize, but so what?)

The next part was testing how well the contestants handled rumors. Interesting since it would bring forth how well-mannered they were. Not to mention to see how they would react. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it was a chance to wear their evening gowns. Kind of nice.)

Finally, something to see. Or at least in the entertainment department. They have to go find four key elements to help save the earth, lol. The first one was the key of intelligence. Daniel Chan led the first group. The second one was the stone of true love and the group was led by Edmond Leung. The third group was led by Eason Chan and they had to find the (?) of leisure. (Sorry, too fast, wasn’t really paying attention) The fourth guy was Ronald Cheng and they had to find the sword of bravery.

Miss Photogenic? LOL! Funny how the hosts were explaining how it works, lol. Louis kept calling Sonija his fiancee, lol. So cute!

Interesting way to know the result. Probably another way to livening up things.

Anyway, the opening of the second part, more of the contestants singing the songs themselves instead of having some famous guest do it. Natalis joined the other hosts. Again, always good to see Eric and Natalis together as a team. (They’re more on par with each other than the others. Not that the others aren’t good but Eric and Natalis are on the same level, so their jokes toward each other aren’t as awkward though the others tried.) What they lack in popular singers and/or popular music, they made up for the different performances of the variety of musicals. Interesting to see and learn more regarding the cultural aspects. (Clever move by TVB. I know it’s a TVB move to cut back on inviting famous singers BUT I actually liked the idea of presenting different parts of cultures into this one.) Michael Tse came into the scene around the time they were doing some stunts, LOL! He participated in some fight scenes. (But of course, there was also some dancing as well.) Different stunts were done and the tricks were quite entertaining. (Probably a lot of hard work. Man, quite nerve-racking during some scenes, especially the one they were carrying the kid and lifting him to the second level while doing jump ropes.)

Fun questioning part since if the contestant was wrong, she would be lowered one step. #2 only got one right? LOL! #4 has none right? Honestly? OKAY… #5 got 4 right out of 5. Wow! Still hope. #9 got 4 right out of 5. Hmmm… #11 got 4 out of 5 as well. Sonjia? 3 out of 5. Not bad. Myolie? 4 out of 5? Really? OKAY… #17 got 3 out of 5. #18 got 2 right. #19 got only 1 right. It was getting funnier. #20 got 3 right.

More questions but this time they were asking contestants to vote for one another. #11 is seriously stuck up. #2 was clever, LOL! Who was fake or who was playing on words? LOL! Some of them were actually very funny.

They actually did more questions this year–or so it seemed. It gave the contestants more chances to prove themselves–or made a fool of themselves. YET it puzzled me even more and more why Myolie even got in. She wasn’t as impressive as the rest of them. Sure, some of them were not that great. But it wasn’t like she surpassed the others. #20 was really funny with her answer regarding who she wanted to get rid of. (#12 so they wouldn’t have to compete, LOL.) At least, she wasn’t fake about it.

After announcing to us that #4 won the Miss Healthy (?) prize, they were back with showing us how the contestants were choosing their own outfits, etc.

Okay, bikinis. Recycled ones. Well, ’cause they were trying to reminisce past Miss Hong Kongs so they were doing the theme of letting the contestants wear past ones. PHEW! Darn! Sonija almost took a fall. Lucky she was strong or managed to regain herself in time. Another contestant almost fell too. I swear there was something with the steps.

Sonija got the Miss Congeniality? Lucky she got it. (For some reason, I remembered it was Myolie. Lucky I remembered wrong.)

Okay, the last skit before they moved on to top 5. Aaron Kwok and Kelly Chen. Of course, can’t forget William So and Michael Tse either. (I forgot Cecilia Cheung was in the story too.)

Singing the top 5? LOL! Well, sort of since they were trying to see who was in or out. Trying to crank the hype up again. Eric doesn’t want to be host anymore ’cause his niece didn’t make it? LOL! Seriously, some of the other ones got better answers than Myolie. Oh well, the damage is already done.

Best smile? WHAT?! Alan Tam picked Myolie? Seriously? Marsha’s smile was the best among all since she really lightened up the whole atmosphere with her smile. Sally got better taste! LOL! AND Mr. Kwok was really cool. #4 and #12 definitely won in that area.

Regardless of all my criticism, I actually liked the idea of having them sing the song ‘Friends’ (朋友). Kind of touching. (Even if it was leaning on the side of fakeness, lol. Sorry, had to squeeze that in.) The flashbacks were kind of heart-warming. Though I was wondering if they were scoring points with Alan Tam, LOL! At least I think someone got through already.

Before they announced the results, Sonija snatched another prize. (YAY! Well, let me just say that anyone snatching a prize is better than Myolie.) OF course, Myolie got third place while Marsha Yuan got second (PHEW). Let’s just be glad Myolie didn’t get the prize. BUT if I had to pick, I rather let #7 be third and it would be perfect. At least for that year.

Miss Hong Kong 1998

The hosts for this year were Eric Tsang, Lawrence Cheng, and Bobby Au Yeung. The year that it started to deteriorate. Trust me, the hairstyles the contestants were wearing at the beginning were enough to turn everyone off. The stylists should be fired. Even if the contestants weren’t that pretty, the make-up artists and the stylists made it even worse. It was hard to swallow and took a lot of energy to continue watching. Jacky was one of the judges so it was something to look forward to. NOT to mention we would get to see him perform later. (Gallen Lo was also among the judges.) Must agree with the result that #6 was the best among the first group since her answer was the strongest. I swear I don’t know what half of them were saying. Worth millions of yawns. I was waiting for the questioning parts to be over so I could listen to some of the songs, lol. Eric was the hardest, Lawrence was minimal, and Bobby was the easiest. The short version? If one couldn’t pass Bobby, one doesn’t deserve to be there. Eric’s comment regarding the quality of beauty that year! LOL! I must agree though. #13 – I don’t like her but must admit she was the smoothest among all the second group who answered. #14 was WAY off-topic. She was so stuck up that I didn’t pity her at all when Lawrence was picking on her. #17 was standing at the wrong place! LOL! #20 got killed by Lawrence! My gosh! Eric was so funny! He said if he was #20, he would’ve slapped Lawrence already! LOL! #19 won for that group with the best answer. Agreed since Anne got creamed major time!

They moved on, but Eric and Lawrence were trapping Bobby with questions! LOL! Okay, entertainment part. Sort of since this year, they had to use some of their artists. The girls were divided into four groups. Michael Tse performed with the first group and then the contestants had to talk about different strengths of Hong Kong. The first group talked about the economy of Hong Kong and their experiences. The second group performed with Halina Tam. (I didn’t recognize her. Strange…) The second group of contestants talked about toys and their personal experiences. Eason Chan was leading the third group. This group talked about electronics. Hawick Lau wrapped up the performances with the fourth group. The last group talked about jewelry. This was definitely a sign of TVB using artists internally and not being able to invite outside guests as much anymore. (OR at least they were trying to cut back on inviting mega-stars, LOL.)

Anne Heung won over the contestants with the last performance. Not a surprise since she seemed to shine out the most among all the contestants–regardless of the horrendous make-up and styling. Anyway, it was funny that Lawrence said Jacky was the best ’cause he didn’t wait for Lawrence to open the envelope. (LOL!) Jacky was the most courteous all right.

The contestants were then changed into different outfits designed by four famous designers and was led by four different gentlemen. Ben Wong led the first group! (I almost forgot that one!) Marco Ngai led the third group. Anne won again for this round.

Okay, moving onto pre-recorded performances that showed they’d traveled to different places. Who performed during these scenes? Edmond Leung, Mariam Yeung, and Nicholas Tse. The girls looked better in these scenes. Probably because the horrendous hairstyle was gone already. And then the performers were brought on stage.

Eric was trying to sneak into the judges’ panel and pry the answers out of their mouths! LOL! Nancy Sit was telling Jacky to keep quiet! Hilarious! At least there was something to look forward to.

By this time, I wasn’t surprised that Anne kept winning. New method to know who got in. I guess they needed something to create some hype for the show. Each of the hosts led a contestant one at a time and had them placed their ticket into the machine. They either got a ‘Welcome’ or a ‘Sorry’. Eric = sure win, Lawrence = NO WAY, Bobby = mixed. (Well, only 1 slipped with Eric’s guidance, LOL. Good enough! Lawrence got one in, lol. Poor Lawrence. YET #14 got in. Darn! Why didn’t Lawrence jinx her too? She was seriously stuck up!) Eric was so smart, he led Anne since she had been winning so it was easy to say, “If you lose, I won’t host the pageant anymore.”

The second part’s theme was International. The best part was having Jacky opened the performance. What could go wrong, right? Something else that was encouraging–they got rid of that weird hairstyle at the beginning. That was horrendous all right. After the contestants told us about their supposedly ‘goal/wish’, Jacky came out to wrap up the performance once again.

Natalis Chan replaced Bobby Au Yeung and Philip replaced Lawrence in this part. Great to have Philip back! (Eric even welcomed Philip back personally.) After the brief talk, Jacky was back with his hit song “頭髮亂了“.

They ended up doing the theme with different continents. And Africa was first. Ekin Cheng performed first. The contestants looked slightly better in these types of costumes but still…some couldn’t even change my opinion regardless. I liked the next part more. Eric was trying to talk and then he spotted Natalis and Philip filling out the forms, saying stuff about him, LOL. They said it was only a sample! (LOL!)

Asia was the next stop after the random talk. Pretty cool since the contestants were in various oriental outfits. Definitely TVB’s attempt to recruit new artists since they were tested with the voice among other things. Andy Hui was the main singer for this one. He had to change into several outfits, considering it was relevant for different regions of Asia.

They moved onto the swimsuit part and like usual, they would squeeze in the questioning part. #1 seriously got straight to the point. She was definitely jealous of Anne, wanting Anne to disappear. Eric got her big time all right, exposing her intention and all. #6 got guts. Man, I can’t believe she would resort to those methods. Okay, it was getting worse and worse. One of the contestants didn’t even get what Eric was saying. They need to filter out these people. Not understanding the language fully and participating? Seriously? (I know I can’t have a say but probably any country would want someone who is fluent in their language.) Man, I loved Eric’s mocking and Philip’s constant stabs. Philip hasn’t lost it at all. In fact, he was entertaining the audience more than the contestants could ever impress with the answers. By the time it got to #17, though her answer should be considered minimal, I thought she was the best thus far, not stepping past the lines. Yay! Agree that #17 should get the prize since she had the best answer. Anne was all right but #17 had to think more to word it correctly and/or appropriately.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the same without a skit from Eric and Natalis. Almost forgot that Jordan Chan was also in this one. Cool! Once again, the girls looked better during the shoot for the scenes outside. Not sure what happened. (Some of them still look so-so but most of them somehow look less unattractive.) Funny that he was dreaming! LOL!

Another highlight of the show (though most of the performances from the guests were great) was the part where Andy was portraying the prince who was in love with his servant. (The servant was of course portrayed by the previous Miss Hong Kong since it was like a tradition to have the previous Miss Hong Kong participate in some scene and/or story.) A nice and cute story. (It would’ve been perfect if #14 wasn’t hugging the camera so much! Gosh, get a grip girl!)

Eric, Philip, and Natalis were back at backstabbing each other. They were a riot. Moving on (again…), the contestants got to show their talents in different sports. (Sort of like Olympics theme.)

Seriously? #14 is Miss Goodwill? Honestly? Seriously? She looked like she wanted to challenge half of the world. But I guess it passed already and nothing happened so never mind. Doesn’t matter anymore. At least she wasn’t in the top 5.

I so forget that Aaron and Sammi were also in here! Seriously? How could I forget? But I guess it was kind of long… Another cool performance.

Umm…before they announced the top #5, Anne managed to snatch another award! AND of course, #1 must be even more jealous and feeling beyond threatened by now.

Top 5 (as announced): #9, #20, #19, #6, #17

The funniest part and probably tough–since they had to answer to the criticisms written on the forms.

#6 – Darn…she dived right out of that one…

#9 – She managed fine BUT I must agree regarding how it was a pageant after all.

#17 – Cute! LOL!

#19 – She managed all right. So funny! Eric was so funny. At least she didn’t insult anyone.

#20 – Smart!

Yay! It wouldn’t be the same without Jacky closing the show up.

The results were too obvious. Though I prefer #17 to have one of the spots, I guess it wasn’t too bad.

Miss Hong Kong 1994

I only managed to catch the top 12 this year. The top 12 consisted of:

#1. Halina Tam Siu Wan (譚小環)
#2. Theresa Lee Yi Hung (李綺紅)
#3. Astrid Chan Chi Ching (陳芷菁)
#5. Kitty Chung Kit Yee ()
#6. Annamarie Wood Lai Ming (活麗明)
#9. Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (張可頤)
#10. Bui Hon Mei ()
#11. Chiu Mei Yu ()
#13. Akina Hong Wah (康華)
#14. Natalie Wong (黃紀瑩)
#17. Kwong Ching Che ()
#18. Dorothy Ng So Shan (吳素珊)

The hosts for this part of the show were: Eric Tsang, Natalis Chan, and Lawrence Cheng. The theme this year for the top 12 was pirates. The guests were Jacky Cheung (of course), Leon Lai, Faye Wong, and Kenny Ho. Alan Tam was one of the judges. The opening of this part was quite lively and the humor wasn’t over. Eric made a good team with Lawrence and Natalis. The twelve contestants were princesses like last year but this time they were princesses under a pirate captain. The first part was seeing who wanted to be the next captain but the princesses wanted to vote for one another, lol. Most of the girls voted for #3, Astrid Chan. (I know I’m slow but I just realized it was Astrid! I meant I didn’t realize it was her until I re-watch it this time.) Then the others voted for #1, which was Halina Tam. There were, of course, others too, but Halina and Astrid were the most popular among the girls. While they were deciding which one to make as captain, the island was invaded and was threatened. So Eric and the others were thinking of ways to defend the island. Lawrence jumped in finally and told the others that he found a famous swordsman to come and train the princesses for the upcoming battle. This was the part where Kenny Ho came in. He got to show off his swords moves as well as his singing skills. Refreshing indeed since there was a mix of singers.

Shirley Kwan came into the scene shortly after as Medusa. Well, I like to give her that name since she has snakes on her head and all. She was just one of those sent to sabotage the island and paved way for her people’s take over. It was funny that Eric won with his mirror! That was funny!

Now they finally found an excuse for the questioning part, lol. There was definite disparity with their answers. Leon came on after that round of questions as the son of the God of the Sun. Man, he was so lucky, getting all those kisses from the girls. (YES, I’m probably the rare few who thinks so since come on now!) Leon was singing one of the rare few songs that I liked of his. The princesses were supposed to convince Leon and borrow his sword. This was also the part where they got to show off their evening gowns.

So after they convinced Leon with the kisses, Leon agreed (of course) to let them have the sword. Then they have to give the sword to Jacky so he could fight with Faye Wong (who was the real leader pulling all the strings in trying to take over the island). Awesome performance! How could I complain, right? It’s Jacky and Faye! Jacky was singing one of my favorite songs when he appeared aka 餓狼傳說. (I rewinded it around two times before letting the program continue! LOL!) I don’t know. For some reason, I enjoyed the performances more than the contestants’ answers, except for some. AND Jacky did not need the Leon sword to defeat Faye! (He’s awesome by himself!)

After that performance, they, of course, reverted to the modern time again to continue the last part of the program. The usual announcing the Miss Friendship first before announcing the top 5. Dorothy Ng got the title, which made sense since she seemed friendly enough. Top #5 as announced: #6, #9, #14, #1, #2.

The last part of this year was more enjoyable (to me) since they had a variety of challenges for the top 5. First part was the persuasion thing. Theresa was hilarious in her responses. Maggie couldn’t convince Theresa to cry but it was still cute seeing Maggie tried to convince while Theresa was staying firm with her belief, lol. Annamarie couldn’t convince so she gave in! LOL! Honestly…

The next part, the contestants had to change into sportswear to answer questions. Halina and Maggie dominated the scene. Annamarie had a disadvantage because they were too fast. Maggie got the highest score for that round with 160. The second part was they had to run to get the questions. Speed and intelligence were required. Halina and Maggie dominated again but this time Halina was leading. Understandable. Halina was honestly smart. And Maggie was sort of nervous so she reacted a tad slower during the second part.

While waiting for the result, the hosts made the contestants write down the possible winner. The difference from last year was that they had to write who was going to be #1 and then who will lose out. Halina wrote #2 for the win and #9 and #14 lose. WOW. That was strange but she was right regarding the other two. Theresa wrote down #1 as the winner (which she was smack on) and #9 and #2 would lose. Theresa’s answer, lol! And it was kind of predictable that Maggie wouldn’t win. (TVB had to haul her regarding her potential actress prize.) Theresa got her wish! She didn’t win the crown, lol. At least Halina won and not #14. I’m sorry, but #14 didn’t impress me at all.

Miss Hong Kong 1993: Part II

Okay, here’s the list of the top 12 once again:

#13.  Kenix Kwok Ho Ying (郭可盈)
#11. Teresa Mak Ka Kei (麥家琪)
#6. Marianne Chan Miu Ying (陳妙瑛)
#1. May Lam Lai Mei (林麗薇)
#9. Middy Yu Siu Po (余少寶)
#18. Claudia Chan Ho Yin (陳皓妍)
#7. Divina Lau Hoi Ling (劉海靈)
#20. Christina Lau Fei-Fei (劉飛飛)
#8. Rachel Tang Lai Man (鄧麗文)
#15. Mickie Ng Miu Yee (吳)
#17. Cicely Ma Man Yee (馬敏怡)
#14.  Mok Hoi Yan (莫可欣)

Each year they have a theme so what was 1993’s theme? Those ancient times when the gods were still roaming the world, lol. They made it that way. All twelve contestants were posing as princesses while Sandra Ng was their mother aka the Queen. The opening scene was where they introduced–or more like re-introduced–the contestants to the audience and let each asked Eric a question. I guess it was trying to show their clever side based upon the questions they were asking. The following are the questions, Eric’s answers, and the actual answers:

#1. May Lam Lai Mei (林麗薇)
Question: Why do short people have the most advantages?
Sandra jumped in: It wouldn’t hurt as much if you fall down.
Eric’s Answer: If you see gold on the ground, you would pick it up a lot faster.
Actual Answer: Because when other people talk to you, they have to bow their heads down, indicating that they respect you.

#6. Marianne Chan Miu Ying (陳妙瑛)
Question: What’s the difference between wife and girlfriend?
Eric’s Answer: You only have to give your wife money once a month versus having to give your girlfriend money each time you go out.
Actual Answer: The wife is always the same but the girlfriend doesn’t have to be the same one.

#7. Divina Lau Hoi Ling (劉海靈)
Question: Who in this world has not become a father yet but have to be the grandfather already?
Eric’s Answer: Actors.
Actual Answer: Eunuch.

#8. Rachel Tang Lai Man (鄧麗文)
Question: Why do dead people have to close their eyes?
Eric’s Answer: So other people would know that that person is already dead.
Actual Answer:  If not, it would scare other people to death as well.

#9. Middy Yu Siu Po (余少寶)
Question: Why do people have to get married?
Eric’s Answer: Because they… (can’t hear his answer clearly)
Actual Answer: Because people will go through times when they’re not that right in the mind. (.i.e. being blind/dumb)

#11. Teresa Mak Ka Kei (麥家琪)
Question: Why is it that people are born with two eyes, two ears, etc but are only born with one mouth?
Eric’s Answer: Because it’s already decided by the creator or it would look too weird if someone has two mouths.
Actual Answer: Because the creator hates nosy people so he only allows for one mouth.

#13.  Kenix Kwok Ho Ying (郭可盈)
Question: What is a woman called if she doesn’t know how to cook?
Eric’s Answer: Contestant #13 of Miss Hong Kong.
Actual Answer: She would still be a woman.

#14.  Mok Hoi Yan (莫可欣)
Question: What’s the first thing Philip does when he wakes up?
Eric’s Answer: Oh, he would tell the person next to him that, “I forgot your name already. Could you please leave your phone number and I’ll get back to you later?”
Actual Answer: I’m not Philip, how would I know?
(Me: What? I don’t get it! If she’s not Philip, how would she know it’s wrong?)

#15. Mickie Ng Miu Yee (吳)
Question: One day, Philip saw a piece of gold lying on the ground, but he just ignored it and left. Why?
Eric’s Answer: Because he wasn’t paying attention to the piece of gold lying on the ground, but only saw the group of gathering women up ahead.
Actual Answer: Because he’s a dog.
(Me: That was uncalled for! What the heck? Either she got arrogant after the last round OR Philip had offended her somehow.)

#17. Cicely Ma Man Yee (馬敏怡)
Question: Watersnake, regular snake, and cobra–which one is longer?
Eric’s Answer: Watersnake.
Actual Answer: Cobra because it has three words.
(Me: Only works in Chinese and Vietnamese.)

#18. Claudia Chan Ho Yin (陳皓妍)
Question: Why is it that someone is able to separate red beans and green beans that were mixed together just in seconds?
Eric’s Answer: Put the labels ‘red beans’ and ‘green beans’ on there so it’s easy to separate.
Actual Answer: Because there was only one bean each.

#20. Christina Lau Fei-Fei (劉飛飛)
Question: In what situation can’t you come to the door and open it up when someone kept knocking?
Eric’s Answer: When you’re in the restroom.
Actual Answer: When you’re in prison.

Out of all the questions, I liked Teresa and Cicely’s the most. They were witty.

The next part was probably my favorite of the night since they were introducing the seven gods that they invited to teach the princesses different talents. Since that was the appearance of Jacky, Aaron, Sally, Sandy, Hacken, and the others. After they were introduced, they performed their hit songs and the princesses got to show off their talents. This was just a short performance each to get us into the mood. They will get longer performances later. It was funny how they had to give feedback and it looked like they were struggling to find compliments for all the ‘princesses’, lol. Poor all of them! Sally and Sandy were handling it better than the guys, lol. Possibly they were afraid of rumors. Except for Mr. Kwok who thought it was funny (or it seemed) to call the princesses his #7 and 8. OKAY! That was funny still.

Individual performances? Jacky and Aaron were up first and it was funny how Aaron kept wanting to talk but Sandra directed the microphone to Jacky first. AND Jacky was really polite and let Aaron talk first. (These two are my favorites so it was funny seeing them at it like that, lol.) Then the next set was Hacken and this one band (which I can’t seem to remember) but it was equally funny since they were at odds. And they stopped the entertainment part for a bit to get to the questioning parts once more. I sometimes ponder why Teresa didn’t get in because her answers were really clever. (Or was that TVB’s attempt to lure in those with potential in the acting department? Since Kenix didn’t get in either. She was in the top 5 but still…) They resumed the entertainment part with Sally and Sandy (of course).

Another favorite part was the part where they were having the thank you festival aka the queen was throwing a party to thank all the gods for teaching her daughters. Since all the singers joined together to sing, etc. The funniest part was having the giant peach out and the gods were fighting over it. Jacky was taking Aaron’s side while Sally was rooting for Sandy. Hacken was rooting for Sandy also. It was funny that Hacken and the other band started it! YET they had to go for help to stop the other four’s battle. Aaron versus Sandy! They were singing that one song from The Legend of the Condor Heroes 1983. The main theme for the third part to be exact. That was funny how Jacky was defending Aaron to death! He had to challenge the others and Sally took it.

So after that whole excitement, the twelve contestants were dressed in normal clothes again (aka modern attires). Traditional long dresses to be exact. It was time to announce the top 5. But they had to announce Miss Friendship (aka Miss Congeniality) first. #20 and I totally agreed. She was really sweet and her aura projected that of someone friendly.

Top 5 as announced: #6, #14, #13, #1, and #9

I thought Teresa should’ve been in instead of #9. BUT oh well. What was that with #9 guessing that white and red were not human skin colors? OKAY…

I am starting to believe the conspiracy theory more than ever–with not letting the more talented ones win. Not that I don’t agree with the winner but they didn’t pick the best ones at times for the top 5. I especially liked #1 in this round and thought that May was brilliant and have a good memory. #14 was also quite knowledgeable.

After the last round of questioning, the hosts decided to prank the contestants. NOT really but the top 5 were asked to write down who they think would get the three spots. May Lam wrote down Kenix for second place while Marianne would get third. She put herself as #1–which was an honest answer. Marianne wrote herself as third, 9 as the second, and May as first. #9 wrote herself as second while May and Marianne were first and third respectively. Eric commented that May probably took them out for late-night meals, LOL! Kenix wrote #14 as first, May as second and herself as third. Then #14 wrote Kenix first, #9 second, and herself third. Kenix was right for the most part!

Anyway, although there were some questions about #9, I guess the rest seemed to make sense. I was actually satisfied with the result and thought it was one entertaining year–at least they tried to make the best of it.

Miss Hong Kong 1993

Since llwy12 and I were talking about Miss Hong Kong in the old days and now, I decided to go and watch some of the old ones. I’ll be blogging about it as I go along. I must say that I only started at ’93. What do I notice first? Simple yet elegance. I’m not saying that it wasn’t fancy enough or anything but it reflected a lot of natural elements and how it seemed routine but it was not too trying like it has become over the years, especially the recent years. Okay, let’s get back to the show, right?

The opening started off with Philip Chan leading the 20 contestants in an exercise routine. Simple yet powerful. Then Eric Tsang came into the scene. They were having the theme with outer space and such so Eric was dressed in an astronaut uniform. He requested to check on the contestants so they were called forward for initial questions–probably a technique to get us to warm up to them. Not to mention it was important with having them introduce themselves to us. Who were they? Those who watched probably know or at least remember some but here they are:

#1. May Lam Lai Mei (林麗薇) – Student
#2. Lee Sze Wan (李詩韻) – Assistant Manager of Public Sector (?) (NOT to be mistaken with Selena Li)
#3. Lee Lai Lai (李麗麗) – Realtor Consultant
#4. Ngam Toi Yuk (顏) – International Environmental & Agricultural major (?)
#5. Leung Sau Yan (梁秀茵) – Piano Teacher
#6. Marianne Chan Miu Ying (陳妙瑛) – Model
#7. Divina Lau Hoi Ling (劉海靈) – Student
#8. Rachel Tang Lai Man (鄧麗文) – Model
#9. Middy Yu Siu Po (余少寶) – Accounting major
#10. Chow Yat Fung (周逸鳳) – Foreign Exchange Student (Canada)
#11. Teresa Mak Ka Kei (麥家琪) – Form 5 Student
#12. Lam Pui Kwan (林佩君) – Computer Student
#13.  Kenix Kwok Ho Ying (郭可盈) – Assistant Manager
#14.  Mok Hoi Yan (莫可欣) – Research Assistant (of Biology?)
#15. Mickie Ng Miu Yee (吳) – Model
#16. Yeung Pik Fai (楊碧暉) – 3rd Year College Student
#17. Cicely Ma Man Yee (馬敏怡) – Form 7 Student
#18. Claudia Chan Ho Yin (陳皓妍) – ????
#19. Cheng Lai Na (鄭麗娜) – Manager of Human Resources
#20. Christina Lau Fei Fei (劉飛飛) – College Student

Forgive me for some of the translations because I honestly was stumped with some of the long words regarding some occupation. AND if I misled you, sorry!

Okay, moving on to the next part, they were divided into groups of 4 for another round of questioning. Actually, the previous one was just a warm-up to the whole show. Anyway, Sandra Ng came into the scene around this time. (Don’t ask me about her entrance since we got it on tape and it was in bits and pieces because we were still struggling with it while it was playing on TV.)

The first group of 5 were each given a scenario to overcome and they have to persuade the person involved to do or not to do. (In other ways, it was like to go forward with the cause or not.) May Lam went first (of course) and she was given the scenario of her mother wanting to divorce her father. She had to support her mother’s decision and she had to pretend Philip was her mother. So she launched into convincing her mother by promising to introduce her mother to a potential candidate and ended up using Eric Tsang as an example. She described how humorous he was and a very nice person, etc. Then Philip jumped to the other side and told her to persuade her mother not to divorce. SO she went into giving an example of why her mother shouldn’t divorce her father and ended up using Philip as an example, saying how he was such a player, etc. (Philip was probably holding it back since it was just an example! LOL!) He managed to divert the attention from himself and said that the mother only wanted to marry someone, not just Philip, so May switched gears and said that most men around were either players or indecent, etc, not as good as her father so she (the mother) should reconsider. Here, Eric jumped in and thanked her aka dismissing her, giving her encouraging words of how if he was the judge, he would’ve given her high points. (DUH, she was praising him.) But it was still funny. Contestant #2 was given the scenario to persuade Sandra to participate in CATIII movies. She was weak. Honestly, she kissed up to Sandra by praising Sandra’s body during the first part (aka trying to convince Sandra toward it) and then was all over the place and/or unconvincing when trying to persuade Sandra not to. Lucky it was cut short. Contestant #3 was another failure since she was not able to convince–either way. Too fidgety. The next one was funny, not the contestant, but more like Eric and Philip’s interaction. Philip was saying how he’s Eric and she (the contestant) have to persuade him to join the show that was recruiting for new singers. It was another failure because she kept bringing the ‘4 Heavenly King’ into the scene but did not provide any real legit reason as not to, etc. Eric was saying, “Why not? Lui Fong could, why couldn’t I?” (OKAY, that was mean, making fun of Lui Fong and his height.) Contestant #5 had to persuade Dodo Cheng to come and participate in the competition. (Dodo was supposed to host but she could not make it so Sandra had to fill in for her.) Sandra had to jump in while the contestant was talking, saying, “But you’re not young as Sandra Ng.” (OKAY, that hurt. She must be joking, right? Sorry, but Dodo’s irreplaceable regardless of how popular Sandra is. AND of course, she was just joking around so it was all right. Still…) The contestant had to jump in and agreed with Sandra, making it sound like she was trying to score points since she failed to impress with her answers. Eric had to jump in and say, “That’s just your opinion.” (Aka Sandra’s opinion and not the contestant’s, lol.) Watching the hosts fight were even funnier than hearing some of the previous answers. (The camera zoomed toward Anita Mui laughing among the judges. I miss her!)

We were then spared of the torture–temporarily–and was presented with a break. Yup, performance time. Robocop! LOl! Alex To! Of course, the first five contestants also participated in the performance but it was better than hearing some of their answers, lol. Awww…a bit short-lived but a great one.

The next group was given a word each–which were written by the hosts–and had to interpret and/or make up a story of the scenario they were given. While explaining the game, Eric had to use Sandra as an example, LOL. Marianne was given the most difficult word since it was similar to the word ‘pervert’ or probably more extreme and have to describe Eric using that word but have to focus on his professional career only AND not other things, lol. Lucky she diverted cleverly by breaking the word up and commented on Eric having power and ability to lead, etc. Sandra had to jump in and sabotage Eric but lucky Eric stopped her, lol. So Sandra was saying they shouldn’t talk too much about the truth, lol. (Or it would be worse for Eric.) Moving on, lol. Divina Lau’s wish was revealed while she was walking toward them that she wanted her first love to be Eric Tsang. BUT then Philip told Eric not to be too happy because she changed her mind when she grew up and wanted that person to be George Lam. (Awww…too bad, Eric, LOL.) Devina was given the word zheng (正) and have to describe Philip’s behaviors toward others. More flattery BUT it was all right since she was clever enough not to go over. Sandra jumped in again and Eric had to scold her once again. Contestant #8 want to be with Jacky Cheung? (At least he was one of the ones that were listed. LOL! Too bad for her!) And she was given the word yi (一), the easiest word YET she could not muster up an ounce of a creative answer. Well, she was feeling more comfortable along the way but somehow it was like they had to urge her on more to get her to say a few more words out of the vocabulary that she learned. She was supposed to describe Anita Mui’s personality and how Anita treated her friends. But I guess rather she was nervous than kissing up like some of the other girls. But poor Anita had to endure Eric’s rants, lol. Middy was clever and creative in her answer and was enough. Contestant #10 was seriously a kiss-up. YES, she was trying to be creative but it made me think she was trying too hard to score points with Sandra. Eh…especially that comment about saying Sandra was not a loudmouth BUT just possess great communication skills. Eric was saying, “Really?” And the contestant replied with, “If not, how could she the host today?” (WOW! That wasn’t even subtle.)

Change of air. Karen Tong led the 5 contestants in a soft yet powerful song. Karen was posing as Superwoman. Contestant #10 took a fall when she landed but continued on so I guess I have to give her points for professionalism.

The next group was given an object but was told it was some sort of machinery (serving other than its real purpose). They have to come up with a story to tell others what the function of that machinery. First up? Teresa Mak! She was given a rice cooker and told it was a lie detector. LOL! She was good! I loved her answer, very smooth and convincing. She did pause at near the end to think of an example but was convincing for the most part. Contestant #12 was given an umbrella and was told that it was a multi-capabilities gadget. She was as creative, but fell short at the end, wanting to kiss up (which Eric pointed out) since she was talking how it could be used as an antenna but could only tune into TVB. (OKAY… Eric actually said it could be used to score points, lol.) Finally Kenix’s turn. She was given a beard shaver device. (Great, I forgot the exact term.) But anyway, she was really creative and had a wide imagination, LOL! Really clever all right. Contestant 14 was equally creative and was given a durian. She was more calm with her response. Contestant 15 was given a cake. She was okay.

To wrap up the 3rd group, Andy Hui was invited out to perform. (Kenix and Andy’s rumors started from here. In fact, Eric was teasing Kenix at the beginning of the program when he was asking about the rumors.)

The final group had to tell a story based upon all the words that appeared on the board in front of them. They had to be quick and creative. Ekk! I thought this was harder than the other rounds. Since they have some basis to go on for the other one versus this one, having to pull a story out of their heads just based upon some random words. Though one of the hosts would start the story off with one sentence, the rest was left up to the contestants to come up with a story that would make sense and fit into the words given. I thought all the contestants did well since they were fast enough. Even if some of them were stuttering along but they managed fine.

Lui Fong finished the rounds off with his Star Wars costume of Darth Vader and a catchy song.

Jimmy Lin looked so young! (Okay, he still look young now but that was some good memories seeing him in those days.) Nice song. Darn, I feel kind of sad for him since everyone was like taller than him. But maybe it was because they were wearing high heels.

The next part was where they got to travel to various places to find the energy stick (sorry, literal translation) and restore faith to mankind. It was one of those stories made up so we could see more beautiful scenery and the beauties performing. Not to mention the four previous singers who were portraying their roles as the guards of the sticks. The girls were divided into four groups once again. However, two of the singers were switched around for two of the trials, which were Lui Fong and Karen Tong. Also, this was probably pre-recorded and played for the audience to see while the scoring was done for the previous questionings, etc. The first stop? Rome. Alex To posed as the Lion King (LOL). The next group encountered Lui Fong who was the God of Leisure (?).  The third group was Kenix’s group and Andy Hui was the God of Music. They had to answer one question: What is the true meaning of love? (Cliche, right? But I liked the song they were singing.) The last group had to fight the White Dragon (Karen Tong). They were in Japan. Then they were dancing around at various places. It was a celebration that they conquered all the enemies and completed their mission already. I swear this is TVB’s attempt to see who had potential in acting so they could haul in people. The girls looked good in the costumes though. That was fun so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.

And that was a good way to put in the transition back to the stage–where the contestants were now dressed in the costumes where they were sent off earlier. It was those weird space costumes.

After that little excitement, we were finally delivered the results of the semi-finalists. The contestants were called out after some random talks between hosts and they were dressed in some respectable outfits. (I’m guessing from air force?) They had to stand around and wait for their fate now. But first, they had to clear away some prizes/announcements first. Kenix snatched all of it! Wow! Anita Mui was the presenter for the first one.

So, who were the semi-finalists? (Listed by the order they were called.)

#13.  Kenix Kwok Ho Ying (郭可盈)
#11. Teresa Mak Ka Kei (麥家琪)
#6. Marianne Chan Miu Ying (陳妙瑛)
#1. May Lam Lai Mei (林麗薇)
#9. Middy Yu Siu Po (余少寶)
#18. Claudia Chan Ho Yin (陳皓妍)
#7. Divina Lau Hoi Ling (劉海靈)
#20. Christina Lau Fei Fei (劉飛飛)
#8. Rachel Tang Lai Man (鄧麗文)
#15. Mickie Ng Miu Yee (吳)
#17. Cicely Ma Man Yee (馬敏怡)
#14.  Mok Hoi Yan (莫可欣)

I actually agreed with the result since some of the others weren’t as impressive though they tried their best.

And see you guys next time since I’m cheating on the post and want to split it into two and it would allow more space for discussions.