What were Chilam Cheung’s (張智霖) true feelings in winning Most Popular Male Character, while losing out on TV King to Dayo Wong (黃子華)? Chilam gave the impression that he did not cherish the consolation prize due to his sarcastic award acceptance speech and leaving in a hurry after the 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards concluded. Today, Chilam responded that his behavior has been misinterpreted and that he was not ungracious over the results.
Although Chilam’s playboy pilot role in Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II> was extremely popular among viewers, he allegedly failed to win the TV King award because the majority of TVB’s professional judging panel, comprised of 807 staff members, voted for Dayo Wong and Francis Ng (吳鎮宇).
When Chilam realized that the TV King award had slipped from his hands, he said onstage during the 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards, “Does TVB not like me? Is it only possible to win the award through popular votes? Biological children are lovable, but when appearing at the necessary and right time, loyal children are very important too!”
Although netizens criticized Chilam’s ill-mannered speech, Chilam said, “I was only joking. I am not unhappy. I can’t pull a prank? I’m not afraid that TVB will be upset. I was only trying to liven the atmosphere; I’m not ungracious.”
Chilam added, “The results were the decisions of TVB’s 807 staff members’ preference and opinions; I will respect them.” Chilam said that he is satisfied in winning the Most Popular Male Character award since it was voted by viewers.
Chilam Left in a Hurry After Awards Ceremony Concluded
Even if Chilam’s acceptance speech may have been a wry attempt at humor, netizens questioned why he did not take group photos with the awards winners for TVB’s official magazine publication. This was a customary practice and Chilam’s non-compliance made him appear to be a sore loser.
TVB Deputy Director of Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming (曾醒明), said that staff would have notified the artists before and after the awards ceremony the need to take photos for TVB magazine. Mr. Tsang stated that Chilam had excused himself last night because he had something else to do. Chilam’s manager, Stephen Shiu, Jr. (蕭定一) said that there was a miscommunication, as TVB had only notified Chilam of the requirements for the TV King winner, but not the Most Popular Character Award recipient.
TVB Pulled Fake Democracy?
Since Chilam was the masses’ favorite for TV King, many wondered why Dayo Wong won instead. Bounty Lady’s <My盛Lady> ratings were weak and the cast lacked good chemistry together. Some viewers cried that TVB had pulled a “fake democracy” on voters. Seven complaints were filed yesterday claiming that TVB had fixed the results.
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.