Wayne Lai, Kevin Cheng, and Moses Chan in Exciting TV King Race
Following the technical failure of the living voting system during the 2012 Miss Hong Kong pageant, TVB is attempting the same voting format for the TVB Anniversary TV King and Queen awards. The award show will be postponed to December 17, after airing of the two Anniversary series, The Confidant <大太監> and Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族>. Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) and Michelle Yim (米雪) from The Confidant are both favorites for the TV King and Queen titles.
Each year, the TVB Anniversary Awards are fierce in competition and this year, it is not any different. At the 2013 TVB calendar shoot earlier this week, the potential nominees for TVB King, Wayne Lai, Moses Chan (陳豪), and Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) spoke about the chances of winning this year.
To make the award a fair contest, the final episodes of Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles (40 episodes) and The Confidant (30 episodes) and will air on December 14 and 16 respectively. This is the main reason why the award show is postponed to Dec 17.
The current favorites for TV King this year are Moses Chan and Kevin Cheng. Moses’ Master of Play <心戰> suffered mediocre ratings, but his portrayal of a serial murderer received praise. He has many series aired this year, one after another, therefore contributing to his steady popularity.
Kevin’s portrayal of “Law Ba” in Ghetto Justice <怒火街頭> earned him the title of TV king last year, and he is currently making a large amount of money filming TV series in the mainland. His performance in Gloves Come Off <拳王> and Ghetto Justice 2 are consistent as well, maintaining his popularity with the audience.
The postponement of this year award’s ceremony to December 17 will benefit artists from The Confidant. Wayne’s portrayal of Li Lianying will be prominent and the show will remain fresh in the viewers’ minds when they vote. Perhaps reflecting the importance of the three TV Kings, they were were featured in the 2013 calendar shoot with Myolie Wu (胡杏兒 ) for the month of November.
Moses: “Opportunity to Perform is the Most Important”
Moses Chan feels the opportunity to act in different roles beats winning any awards. He also thinks that postponing the awards show is a good idea. “Having the award after the finales of the two Anniversary series is a great way to give equal chances for everyone. It will give the viewers a chance to complete the series before making the decision to vote.”
Regarding incorporating audience votes towards the TVB Anniversary Awards outcome, Moses said the viewers will naturally vote for their favorites, and he has no problem with it. ” To be honest, winning is not everything, and I already had my award. I would like to try out different roles. This year, in Master of Play, The Last Steep Ascent <天梯>, and When Heaven Burns <天與地>, my characters vary from one dimension to other; I am already very satisfied with what I have.”
Kevin Cheng: “Main Goal is to Participate and Celebrate the Event”
Kevin Cheng is currently shooting mainland Chinese drama, Ip Man <葉問> in China, and spending just one day in Hong Kong to be in the TVB calendar shoot. When asked about the three favorites to win the TV King award, Kevin said he only spent twenty days in Hong Kong this year, and felt that he already did his part by becoming nominated. Kevin said, “I am here to participate and celebrate the event with all my colleagues.”
Kevin is postponing his mandarin album due to heavy workload. After Ip Man, he will in Beijing shooting the sequel to Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心>, reuniting with cast members, Nicky Wu (吳奇隆) and Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩). As the highest paid TVB artist, Kevin was asked if money is more important than winning awards. Kevin said, “You can’t really say that, I am just working for my future finance. After filming Ip Man, I will immediately start filming Bu Bu Jing Xin 2, but I will try to arrange my schedule around the award ceremony.”
Wayne: “The More Competitors, the Better”
Wayne Lai seems to benefit the most from the postponement of the award ceremony. Wayne said, “Voting after the series finales seems to be fairer to everyone, but it’s hard to say whether I will benefit from it. Those who enjoy my shows might not go online to vote, but I feel that the award show should be happy and festive.”
As for winning another TV King award, Wayne said he is in the same situation as Moses and Kevin, as they also won the TV king titles in past years. He said, “Winning again is like icing on the cake.”
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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