The 2016 Miss Hong Kong Pageant and Mr. Hong Kong Contest finals were held together on September 11, 2016, a first in pageant history. #6 Crystal Fung (馮盈盈) won the Miss Hong Kong crown with 36,679 votes. The popular #2 Tiffany Lau (劉穎鏇) won first runner-up and Miss Photogenic, while dark horse #7 Bonnie Chan (陳雅思) won second runner-up.
From the Mr. Hong Kong side, #4 Jackson Lai (黎振燁) snagged the most votes and won first place in the contest. #9 Karl Ting (丁子朗) won second and #1 Freeyon Chung (鍾君揚) won third.
Though preliminary rounds were held separately, this year is the first year in which finals for both contests were held concurrently. The Miss Hong Kong Pageant started out with 30 contestants in June, finally ending with ten finalists in late July. The ten finalists for the Mr. Hong Kong contest were eliminated down to four on Saturday, September 10.
Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲), Natalis Chan (陳百祥), FAMA, and Bob Lam (林盛斌) hosted the Sunday finals. The judging panel for the Miss Photogenic award included Andy Hui (許志安), Gigi Leung (梁詠琪), Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), and Nancy Wu (胡定欣). Singer Hacken Lee (李克勤) was the guest musical performer.
The ten Miss Hong Kong finalists appeared in custom evening gowns designed by famous local Hong Kong designers Leslie Lee and Kev Yiu. They captivated the judges with their unique charms and talents, and entertained the crowd with their witty responses to the “Q&A” portion of the competition.
Hot favorite 22-year-old Hong Konger Crystal Fung won the Miss Hong Kong crown with 36,679 votes. Crystal thanked her fans for the support, calling them her closest friends. 19-year-old Tiffany was the favorite among the celebrity judges, winning Miss Photogenic and first runner-up. Tiffany is satisfied with the results, and is not disappointed that she didn’t win the crown despite being a popular favorite. On the possibilities of why she lost to Crystal, Tiffany admitted, “Maybe it’s because my Chinese isn’t very good, and also my young age.”
Known for her resemblance to former beauty queen Bernice Liu (廖碧兒), 26-year-old Bonnie Chan won second runner-up. #3 Bowie Cheung (張寶兒), a friend of last year’s Miss Hong Kong winner Louisa Mak (麥明詩), won Miss Friendship. #5 Andrea So (蘇韻姿) made it to the top four.
The 30-year-old and married Jackson Lai won first place in the Mr. Hong Kong portion of the contest, snagging 44,420 votes. Jackson cried when he received his trophy, and thanked his family. 19-year-old Karl Ting, who dreams to be a successful artist, won second place and the Most Popular Mr. Hong Kong award. 27-year-old Freeyon from Toronto, a musical theater artist, won third place. 19-year-old Christian Yeung (楊灌澤), nephew of veteran actress Ching Hor-wai (程可為), won Best Performer. #5 Wu Fei (胡㻗), younger brother of former Mr. Hong Kong Joey Law (羅天宇), came in fourth place.
Miss Hong Kong winner: Crystal Fung
Miss Hong Kong 1st runner-up, Miss Photogenic: Tiffany Lau
Miss Hong Kong 2nd runner-up: Bonnie Chan
Miss Friendship: Bowie Cheung
Karl Ting (2nd), Jackson Lai (1st), and Freeyon Chung (3rd)
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.