Never would I have thought that I would end up enjoying Mr.HK more than Ms.HK. I must admit, I was quite satisfied with the results and the quality of this year’s contestants. This was the first year I was able to pick a handful, instead of being like forced to pick one. haha.
Mr. HK is a lot more fun to watch than the standard and ‘classy’ Ms. HK competition. I loved the “When Ms. HK Meets Mr. HK ” show & how they painted personalities for the contestants (reminiscent of my beloved reality shows! haha.)! Basically, I was pretty satisfied that my Top 4 were all the highest point scorers in the main competition (women totally have better taste lol!)
I loved how the women were screaming and crazy over the guys, especially Christine Ng. That woman is amazing! I loved her oxygen mask, but I wished we had seen more of her. Also, Angela poking fun at Margaret for not liking “Joey” (since that was her cheating ex-bf’s name) was hilarious…They really are good friends.
I would dare say, due to the quality of the contestants, this was the best of the Mr. HK shows. Despite the obvious lack of talent in such pageants – for goodness sakes, flexing is considered a talent! – it was truly entertaining and that’s all one should expect! I have a feeling that these Mr. HK’s will very soon appear in TVB series…and for once… I can’t wait! I cannot believe I’m saying this! These guys do have charm and as long as they don’t speak too much and don’t appear as leads right away, I’m fine with seeing them…. (occasionally shirtless…lol yes, only occasionally, not in every scene ~coughsRockycoughs~)
My Picks (in order):
- Alan Wan (New York)
- Michael Tsu (Nevada)
- Joey Law
- Dickson Wong
Michael Tsu Wilson Wan Shung(Mr. HK 2008, Winner of Mature Group Title)
Weight： 152 lb
IMO: First off, I don’t usually like guys w/ small eyes, but Michael has such a nice smile to compliment it, and I felt that he was deserving of 1st place. From the Mature Group, he was definitely my fave. It was obvious, from the moment he walked out, that he had captured the most hearts (hands, eyes…and so on…)! I felt that of all the winners of the past years, Michael is the best. Furthermore, I adored his accent (it was funny how he said he wanted to “suck” all the ladies instead of “captivate” them in chinese – he was close, but just missed a word!)! It was also super-cute that he carried around a teddy bear from his gf for good luck (a tidbit he revealed at the When MsHK meets MrHK show – so what’s w/ the rumors abt him being gay w/ Alan? sheesh…just cuz they’re both overseas candidates & so hott doesn’t mean they have to make up stuff abt them!) The only thing that irked me abt Michael was all the cheesy stuff he said in his voiceovers in English about “beautiful ladies being gifts from heaven” (something like that). It was such honey talk and so not genuine, but it’s a competition and it didn’t bug me that much.
Of all the guys, I really do think TVB will try to push Michael into acting quickly. Due to the language barrier, it’ll most likely suck haha…but I would like to see him take on small parts like a “cute western summery surfer boy” or something.
Joey Law Tin Yu (Winner of Youth Group Title)
Weight： 160 lb
IMO: Joey is a cutie. He’s the youngest of the guys & my age – this makes me wonder why I don’t see anyone that cute walking on-campus! haha. He was my 3rd choice and though I was happy w/ him winning the Youth Group Champion, I would have rather Alan win. I love the shy thing he has going for him, I LOVE shy boys that aren’t overly-feminine! His answer in the Top 3 was so odd though. I definitely felt that the Youth group got a harder question and stand-point to justify, but I was so surprised that Joey was so vocal…i thought he’d just sit there, but he didn’t. However, it seemed like he had no idea what he was talking about. I felt all three guys had bad answers, so I wouldn’t say he performed better than the other 2. When he was questioned by the judges, I think what won him more votes was how he was like “With myself” (head down) – that was very cute even though his persistent “You have to share those memories..” was a little weird…His dancing was cute though. I really liked how Samantha Ko & Sire Ma (my 2 MsHK faves) voted for him. Since they have spent some time w/ the guys on the cruiseliner, I’m sure he must have some personality-features that they liked, which is nice to hear! The only thing I don’t like about Joey is that he seems so boring, he should smile more, but even when he smiles..it feels kind of empty. He lacks a little gleam in his eyes, a little charisma.
Of all the contestants, Joey is probably the best looking features-wise. One of the reasons why I think I like him is cuz he keeps reminding me of someone, but I can’t place my finger on it…(Tsui Tin Yau from Shine?…not exactly) I would say Joey would probably be the easiest to stick into a series cuz he looks like some random cameo guy from TVB acting class…but if he were to make it big, he’d need to showcase more personality and charisma. Nonetheless, I will look forward to seeing him onscreen soon.
Calvin Lui Hei (Revival Stage Winner)
Weight： 163 lb
IMO: He may resemble Hins Cheung somewhat, but by the end of the show, that’s all I remembered about him. I honestly didn’t see him stand out…. or maybe I was too focused on my faves. If the Revival Stage votes had been given to the live in-studio audience instead of the online and at home voters, I ‘m almost positive Calvin would not have been able to come back. I, personally, wanted Alan to be revived, but that didn’t happen. I don’t mind Calvin, but he just wasn’t captivating for me. He’s just plain looking, but at least he’s not annoying.
Like Joey, he’d probably be easy to stick in a series…he has that cameo look as well, maybe even more than Joey. If he wants to make it big, he’ll need to develop his own unique style big time!
Alan Wan Ka Wai (Top 3/ 2nd place- Youth Group)
Weight： 179 lb
IMO: Alan is so freaking cute! Wow, I never thought I’d like a Mr. HK so much. Once I saw him onscreen on the When MsHK meets MrHK show, I fell for him. He has the cutest smile, cheeks, and accent. I don’t usually like the buff type, but he’s agile and not clumsy like Rocky. Alan has so much personality/charisma in his face and I love the way his eyes twinkle. I love how it seems like he’s just here to have fun and he does seem like a very fun-loving guy. I was very upset when he didn’t make it back in the Revival Stage and when he lost out to Joey since he was so popular among the audience as well.
I was surprised that he didn’t speak alot in English like Michael did. That would have scored him more points definitely since his Chinese is accented and limited. I love his intro phrase and how he always mentions loving his mom…. that was cute… (“Tonight I’m going to be the winner, and my mom will be very happy” – rhymed in chinese) I felt bad for him as well, when he was just sitting in the middle and not saying anything during the questioning session (Though the overseas candidates were given the advantage of speaking first, the question was hard)…I was surprise he didn’t answer in English instead, but I was proud that he tried so hard to speak in Chinese.
I would love to see Alan appear in a series as a “western, shy, simple, silly, happy guy” that all girls go “aww..” over. Like Michael, language will be a barrier, but as long as he flashed that smile..haha (btw… at first glance he made me think of some cartoon character..w/ a big mouth haha, in a cute way…) If anything, if he goes back home to NY, wherever he’s going to school…maybe I’ll get to see him…(so close, yet so far haha)
Dickson Wong Man Tick(Top 3/ 2nd place- Mature Group)
Weight： 146 lb
IMO:When I first saw all the preshow MrHK news (esp abt him being Koni Lui rumor bf), I thought Dickson would be my fave, but as I saw him on screen, I liked him less and less. There’s something so weird looking abt him. Though he’s my 4th choice, I wouldn’t have wanted him to win. He may look good in photoshoots, but he just doesn’t cut it in person. He also has this one tooth I don’t like and I’d rather he smile closed-mouthed since his jaw-line and cheeks look odd when he smiles w/ his mouth opened. Furthermore, Dickson lacks personality and seems rather dull. He may make a good model, but I can’t see him being in a series and I don’t think he has the audience-friendly looks either. H/e, I’m glad that he made it to Top 3 in his group.
The Miss Hong Kong pageant this year was ok. There wasn’t anything special and it wasn’t terrible either. However, what was the most upsetting was the results and the guest performance from the EEG trio. I was looking forward to the SCD dancing routine and felt that that was the highlight of the show. Nancy was gorgeous & proved that she deserved to be a Dancing Queen – glad TVB acknowledges the audience for once and asked her to perform as well! I was expecting something amazing from Joey Yung, Raymond Lam & William Chan, but that never happened and they performed rather poorly. I saw nothing dancing-wise from them…they were surprisingly bad (did they not have time to practice?) considering how they have been praised for dancing. William was better than the other two. Raymond who’s a decent singer totally shocked me w/ his awful lipsyncing version of Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.” It made me cringe. But nothing upset me more than the results! It was like the criteria for the crown included having names that no one’s seen before. This is the first time in Top 3 MsHK history that the names have been so unique!
I guess this year took everyone by such surprise. Kayi may very well lose out the “Worst MsHK title” to Edelweiss, which is a good thing for her!
My Picks (in order):
- Samantha Ko
- Sire Ma
- Hilda Leung
First of all, where did she get that name from?! I don’t even think she pronounced it right. For someone whose not from overseas and writes poorly in English on her blog, I’m surprised that she has such a complicated name. Not only did I feel that she was the least beautiful in the Top 5, but I did not see anything special in her performance throughout to justify her winning the crown. While her height did stand out, it stood out in a bad way. She looked so awkward and odd. For someone of her height, she should definitely gain some weight. Edel looks like a walking skeleton. While she may have somewhat of a “Fala Chan” smile, I feel she is more of an awkward-looking Isabella Leung. As I said, I do not see anything exceptional from her, and am sort of convinced that the competition may have been rigged (since her Dad’s rich and has sponsored TVB before) in her favor. None of her scores were exceptionally high, so I don’t see how she could have won. Hopefully, I will never have to see her in a TVB series. (Not to mention she doesn’t exactly fit the Ms. HK image either as the tabloids have shown us that she’s a party girl. She’s promised to change ..well to try to fit the MHK mold, but is that what we really want – a girl to ‘play’ the role of Miss HK instead of being herself?)
Skye was definitely the dark horse. I’m neutral to her placing. Like Grace Wong, Runner-up from last year, Skye was said to be the most friendly of the contestants and was often complimented for her kindness. It’s nice to know that for the past two years, at least from what the audience is aware of, inner-beauty has a role in the competition. At the auditions, I was OK with Skye and thought she was very plain, but likable looking. However, her haircut during the competition did not please her face. But who would have thought extensions would work such wonders? Her looks improved tons during the night of the competition and I, in a way, feel that she deserves her placement for the drastic change. Not only did her looks improve, but her conduct and poise was decent as well. Personally, I don’t think we’ll see Skye onscreen. She just doesn’t have that X-factor, but I wouldn’t mind seeing her as a host.
Sire is just adorable. From the moment this tiny girl walked into the auditions and asked for the audience/judges to give her a chance in her little accent, she had me. Some say she resembles a Japanese actress, but I see a striking resemblance to Queena Chan Dan Dan, a cameo actress at TVB who too has a mandarin accent (haha. I personally don’t have a liking for Queena though). Honestly, I’m not sure why I like Sire, but there’s just something about her. I can see her in a series, but just not making it big. I would like to see Sire take on small roles, possibly ancient ones. Not to mention, I LOVE her Chinese name. It’s so weird and cute! For someone with an accent, I felt that Sire answered her questions quite well and fluently. I thought her performance was decent and worthy of being crowned. (I was literally screaming when she placed. Usually my favorites make it Top 5 and don’t get crowned!) I was also glad that she swept away the Miss Photogenic Award. At least someone I picked got that award (the past few years have been disappointing!).
Samantha has been one of my favorites since the beginning. She possessed the sharpest beauty of all the contestants, even though I felt that no one really stood out this year (everyone was so average and standard – there wasn’t one girl who you could point to and say “That’s her! That’s MsHK’08!”). While I like Samantha due to her looks and her pretty Chinese name, I’m not sure there’s anything else I like about her. Her poise and answers were decent, but, like the rest of the girls, nothing exceptional.
During the show, I had a strange feeling that Samantha would walk away with nothing aside from Miss Tourism Ambassador (very reminiscent of Suki Tsui & Lily Ho, who both received that award). Most likely, like her two predecessors, Samantha will be favored by TVB to start filming and hosting shows. She has that “look” – the cutesy look that TVB seems to like. I wouldn’t mind seeing her occasionally, but I too feel that she won’t make it into anything big. While she may have stood out during the competition, she doesn’t stand out in the colorful-actressfull (is that a word?) TVB. Furthermore, I didn’t like how she replied to the news of her half-nude shots. It was her job as a model to fulfill her job, as she mentioned, but if she really felt that way, she should have justified it with confidence instead of sounding like she was at fault during her interview. It was the way she answered the news, not what she said and I feel that she definitely has to work on that if she were to start a career in TVB.
Hilda Leung (Canada)
Dubbed the Stephy Tang look-alike, Hilda was a hot favorite to take the crown. However, many were disappointed as she ended being only a Top 5 finalists. Personally, Hilda didn’t stand out to me much. She is very plain-looking and lacks much of any charisma. Despite this, she does have the crown-look to her. She has poise and looks that are very acceptable. I actually wouldn’t have minded if Hilda took the crown or any of the Top 3 spots. However, it wasn’t meant to be. She didn’t stand out, but I didn’t think anyone else really did either. I somehow don’t think we’ll see Hilda in TVB. She’s expressed disinterest, but who knows. If anything, I just don’t see the charisma in her to become a star. The most I could see her as is a big-time cameo or some 4th line actress.