Linda Chung and Niki Chow Fight for TV Queen
With only one month left for the 2013 TVB Awards Presentation, predictions on who will be crowned as 2013’s TV King and Queen are running rampant in the Hong Kong media. Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), who was a hot favorite to win Best Actress last year for her popular performance in Witness Insecurity <護花危情>, lost the award to Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackle’s <名媛望族> Tavia Yeung (楊怡). Evidently, the Hong Kong tabloids marked 2013 to be the year for Linda to win. Though Linda’s only 2013 drama, Brother’s Keeper <巨輪>, was a critical success, her performance was not particularly well-received.
Linda’s strongest opponent is reportedly Niki Chow (周麗淇), whose 2013 dramas –Sergeant Tabloid <女警愛作戰> and A Change of Heart <好心作怪> – have made it on the top ten list of highest-rated TVB dramas of the year. Unlike Linda, Niki is not a managed TVB artist, but as most dramas have not been particularly well-received this year, TVB is allegedly offering non-managed artists chances to win TV King and TV Queen this year.
According to the claims, TVB initially wanted Beauty at War’s <金枝慾孽貳> Ada Choi (蔡少芬) to win Best Actress, but as Ada was not interested in the award, TVB decided to present the award to Niki. Coincidentally, these claims coincide with the news of Niki confirming her casting in a new TVB drama for next year, fueling the rumors that Niki had decided to sign a longer contract in exchange for an award. Reports say that Niki extended her contract to another five years.
Niki denied the reports, “If managed artists can win that easily, Raymond Lam (林峯) would have won long ago.” However, she admits that she has the confidence to win Best Actress and is particularly happy with her performance in A Change of Heart.
Linda, who still has eight years left in her management contract with TVB, is said to be put in the back-burner for the meantime, as TVB still has time to cultivate her into an award-winning star. Although Linda is no longer considered a hot favorite to win by audiences, the actress still expressed her confidence.
Upon hearing that Niki is also a popular favorite to win Best Actress, Linda said, “No one knows what will happen until the day of the award comes.” Linda praised her opponent and called her a tough competitor. Asked if she believed Niki exchanged her contract for an award, Linda said, “That’s not me. I don’t know how to that!”
As for Best Actor, the two top contenders are non-managed artists, Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖) of Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>. Critically lauded for his versatile performance in Brother’s Keeper, Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) has also become a hot netizen favorite to win TV King as well.
The TVB Awards Presentation 2013 will be held on December 16, 2013. Another ceremony, the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2013, will be held a week before.
Source: Oriental Sunday
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.