HK Entertainment News Roundup
Sunday, August 10, 2003

The Worldwide Chinese New Talent Singing Contest was held for the Hong Kong Region and all three top prizes went to 17-year old Chan Wai Ting, taking the "Best Performance", "Best Individual Talent" and "Golden Mic award". The other award for "Audience Popularity" went to Yeung Chun Yin. A group of EEG's stars including Nic Tse, Twins, Boyz and Joey Yeung all made appearances as guest stars.

Joey mentioned that she will be holding her concert in October and mentioned that her costumes will be quite daring, not only will they have little cloth, they will also be quite revealing. She says that when she tried on the clothes, she was so afraid of them slipping out of place that she daren't leave the changing rooms and the use of tape to keep it together has made her skin peel. Does she feel she has a good figure? She says: "Not really, I am just small algae... I mean small cliff." Because she is too nervous, Joey laughs that she has "Concert Syndrome" often unable to sleep and having to control it with low fat chocolate.

Nicholas Tse sung "Yuk Wu Deep" (Jade Butterfly) with all the contestants and says that he did rehearse it with them earlier. When asked if he felt any pressure, he said: "No, after all it is my song, but their standards are getting better with every year." Earlier after watching the match Real Madrid played against the Hong Kong team, he appeared at Stephen Fung's birthday party, he says that he couldn't sleep that evening, so he watched Jet Li's "Tai Chi Zhang San Feng" and then started doing Tai Chi and mentioning that he likes the Tai Chi symbol a lot. He said: "It is because it is black and white, clearly different, but the white entails the black and the black leads to the white, so from darkness comes light." However, when it was mentioned about his date with Cecilia Cheung to go and see the football match, he immediately picked up his buddhist beads and started chanting. Nic's girlfriend Faye Wong's birthday was the 8th August, but he has been in Hong Kong for the last few days and not spent the time with his Faye in Shanghai for her birthday, however he refused to comment on these questions. When asked further whether Faye would be angry with him spending all this time with Anita Mui, he explained: "I have had work, appearing at the comics expo and preparing for my concert then opening a showroom on Monday."

Twins appeared in some new clothes that showed their waists and Gillian was asked whether this was to show the success of their slimming, she responded co-operatively: "Of course, all down to Sau San Tong!" She says that earlier she had bought a bikini but mocks herself saying that no matter what she would not be sexy. When Charlene announced the top four for the show and mis-pronounced Leung Ching Ching's name as Leung Jing Jing, she was quickly corrected by MC Yau Hoi Man and seemed a little embarrassed.

The winner of the top prize Chan Wai Ting is 17 this year and is currently studying at an international school. He says that although he will sign for EEG, he wants to continue his studies so he hopes he can manage the two fields. Chan Wai Ting used some improvisation skills during his performance when his microphone receptor became loose. He kept his calm and confidently picked it up before continuing his singing and dancing routine.

Artistes like Edmond Leung, Shine, Jade Kwan, 2R, Karena Lam and Alex Fong were at Ao Hoi City on 3rd Aug 2003 to help launch the Solar Project 2003--- Work Safety Summer Show.

Further details of the project can be found at the RTHK airwaves--
Saturday, August 09, 2003

In his capacity as Hong Kong's "Ambassador of Tourism", Jackie Chan appeared at the grand reception with the Real Madrid team who are visiting Hong Kong as part of their Asian Tour and David Beckham asked the Hollywood star for his autograph to give to his two sons. In return, Jackie was given a highly sought after Real Madrid soccer shirt signed by the team. Although Jackie got the shirt quite easily, he says that should the need arise, he will offer it for auction to raise funds for charity.

Appearing at an opening for a new sushi bar yesterday, Jackie admitted meeting the Real team and said: "They are all very nice and presented me with an autographed number 7 shirt, so I gave them a T-shirt as well." With so many fans, David Beckham is normally the one who is being asked for an autograph, but this time when he met with Jackie he was the one asking for the autograph. Jackie explained: "He said he wanted an autograph for his two sons, so as well as giving him that, I also gave him a film ruler and a T-shirt. (Did you ask for Beckham's autograph for your son?) My son doesn't like this team, he grew up in America so he only likes NBA stars!"

The Real players meeting Jackie Chan for the first time seemed rather excited and Jackie said: "When they saw me, they immediately started moving their arms and legs like they were doing Kung Fu. (Which player left the biggest impression with you?) Figo started moving his arms and legs around as soon as he saw me and when I met Ronaldo I spoke to him for a little while. (Can you speak Spanish?) I once filmed in Spain so I used all the Spanish that I know. Seeing Beckham then of course I spoke in English with him. Beforehand, I had instructed my entourage not to ask for autographs and photos, but Kwong Jai (Lo Wai Kwong) really wanted to have a photo with Beckham, but I said no, because it was awkward, however Beckham later offered to have a photo with him anyway." Jackie says that this was the first time he had met Beckham, whereas he had previously met his wife Victoria at a Film Festival in the UK.

Jackie says that because he was looking after some film fan tourists he couldn't go and watch the match in person and doing his part for the government's promotion of tourism was a good thing. As for the signed Real Madrid soccer shirt, Jackie says he will look after it well, but if someone is prepared to offer a high price for it then he will quite willingly auction it off for charity.

As for his head of long hair, Jackie says that after the finishing shots for "Around the World in 80 Days" he will be cutting it.

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