With the first 5-award sweep of Mr. Hong Kong history, Mr. Hong Kong 2010 winner William Chak certainly brought viewers a delightful surprise. Considering that last year’s show was a complete flop with less-than desirable contestants (especially after 2008’s great success), this year’s show faired much better. Due to the changes in the show’s format this year, it was obvious that once William received one award, he would take home the prize as well….deservingly might I add. Standing at 5’10”, the 25-year old champion had also taken 2nd-place in the 2005 Mr. Asia Contest organized by ATV. His experience, and not to mention good looks made him the hot favorite. Although he was my pick since the beginning, I worried that his involvement w/ ATV would cause TVB to rob him of 1st place. However, I guess TVB did not want to risk another corruption allegation, and what a wise choice they made not to interfere; honestly, no one would believe it if William did not win and TVB was smart not to mess with women’s hearts (lol.)!
My picks: William Chak, William Chak….and William Chak! haha. I thought #4 Angus, #9 Argus, and #2 Li Yangong were also ok.
So how was the show? And how did William snatch all those awards? Well, if you watched it, you would know. lol. The show felt short and there were no crazy touching of the contestants (I guess they had to tone down the show due to complaints People in HK complain about everything!!) and it was less concentrated on the judges and more on the contests, a good and bad thing. I guess aside from the winner being my choice, there wasn’t really anything so great about this year’s show. The hosts didn’t really do much. I expected it to be better w/ Christine Ng there, but it was great having her as a host anyways. Did they need all 5 of them? No. But it didn’t hurt the show, so oh well. As for 3-D, it really didn’t apply me, but I only wonder if you get in free for the movie theaters cuz why would anyone pay to watch it in 3D when they can watch it at home for free? (Besides I saw guys there when they interviewed the movie goers, haha.)
The greatest quote of the night goes to Ana R. for her “He’s pocket-size.” That was hilarious; I seriously cannot think of another reason why #3 was on this show aside from being entertainment. He’s so tiny and thin (gosh he weights only 124 lb at 5’6″, that makes me feel fat). I did enjoy pointing at him and screaming ‘pocket size’ every time he was on screen!
I absolutely HATED #8 Summer. He came off as arrogant and has such an evil face. Felt bad for #7 who got only 3 votes in the swimwear part, but seriously, he was weird-looking. #2 with his Mandarin accent & tall build was ok but he totally screwed up the last part of his mask-changing bit. Also, doesn’t #6 look like past Mr.HK hopeful Billy Kong and some other TVB cameo?
#4 Angus (I keep thinking of the burger; like really, was that what you had in mind? Women thinking of a big juicy burger when they see u? lol) was kind of cute, but was too short and looked like a mini-but-buff Matthew Ko. Like Aureliano from last year, probably was in the press too much (well I figured this from his facebook pix w/ all those girls) and it hurt him a little. I for one got the impression that he’s a playboy and flaunts it (eg. through the photos). Not to say the other guys are any better (maybe they’re just careful), but at least it gives you hope that they may be better.
#9 Argus, the 18-year old was surprisingly cute. His face is so black though and he’s not the best looking, but his shyness won over the ladies! I loved how Dodo stood up to protect him and how the girls made fun of him. He was definitely the Joey Law of this year, just not as handsome nor as calm. Argus (gosh where do these names come from?) was so nervous; I seriously wonder if his Mom made him go!
And now for the man of the hour, William Chak Wai Lim. Can I just call him that, Wai Lim? It sounds so cute and so much better than William which makes me think of William Chan (ugh.). His last name is so unique too. Notice all the pictures are of him? Well, since he won all the awards, he’s the One and Only (lol. also he’s such a cutie). After watching the show, I realized he was nothing like what I expected. From his initial pictures, I thought he was cute and probably smug. However, during the show, he came off as confident, humble and grateful. He was also eloquent, which was totally unexpected. I was also surprised that he didn’t take every chance to flash his killer smile and eyes (like Stephen Hyunh did), which makes him the cutest. Actually, he looked less cute during the show than in pictures for this very reason. While I liked William, deep down inside I question his sincerity. He’s just so smooth and says all the right things, it’s hard not to wonder if he’s just playing the game right. Like how serious he looked when they were scoring and how he looked like he was thanking God for his winning. Well, who cares, as long as he’s cute! (Is it me, or is he rather hairy compared to the other guys 😉 )
Honestly, with his looks and the quality of the competition, he really didn’t need much to win. All he had to do was stand there, look cute, speak normally and not sound stupid (and maybe even that would be excusable). Instead though, he actually had a “talent” (dancing) and answered his questions well. He was quick and didn’t hesitate when answering, but did not come off arrogant. The only weird thing I noticed was that he only had one style of walking around the stage, always putting his fist in the air (as pictured in the 2nd row of pix; it was awkwardly funny). Quick note, I must praise this year’s contestants for all trying to perform a “talent” and no one did “catwalking” or flexing.
I was upset that we didn’t get to see the funny side of William or much personality during the show. From his answers in his profile (like about Handelababy) and some pictures, I can see he has a nice sense of humor. (You can read the translation here @ Jaynestars.com) He came off so serious though, but I guess he’s probably quirky too (me like me like)! I also like how he admitted to joining the pageant because he wanted to earn money. I guess you can’t make much as a translator and I really don’t know how big the market for that is. I’m assuming he translates Japanese? In the end, I guess pimping out his good looks was the only viable way he could make money lol. (I don’t think I’d like guys that make a career out of pageants but considering it took him 5 years in between, I guess he tried to make do and it didn’t amount to much.)
As for who he resembles, I say Michael Miu x Ron Ng (young Ron w/ similar hair especially his main pic) x Andrew Yuen (ATV – just google him, but William is cuter & younger) and maybe a little of Carl Ng Ka Lung (but way better looking – Carl annoys me w/ his arrogance). Despite how deserving William is, my all time favorite Mr. Hong Kong winner is still ’08’s Michael Tsu. Also loved how ’08’s Alan Wan danced during the performance – too bad he was in the back!
With all that said, I wish the best of luck to our Mr. Hong Kong William Chak, may his career shine brightly! Hopefully we’ll see him in some TVB series!