Previously, TVB announced the cancelation of this year’s Miss Hong Kong Pageant due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in a surprising turn of events, TVB executive Sandy Yu (余詠珊) retracted her statement, and publicly announced in a press conference that the pageant would still be held this year. The twist? It will be conducted in the form of a virtual reality show.
“This year’s Miss Hong Kong Pageant will have a lot of new elements,” Sandy shared. “For example, it’s probably going to be more than one episode if we’re showing the recruitment stages, and netizens will be able to eliminate the contestants early on.”
The contestants will show viewers their daily lives, swimwear looks, and makeup styles. Like always, three people will be crowned Miss Hong Kong, first runner-up, and second runner-up respectively. People from all over the world can run in the pageant as long as they hold a Hong Kong ID or were born in Hong Kong.
“They don’t have to physically be in Hong Kong like in the past,” Sandy said. “We are making the pageant totally virtual, and I think we are the first to do so. It’s a whole new Miss Hong Kong Pageant.”
She revealed that the pageant is to commence at the end of May, and 50 to 60 girls will be competing initially. “We will not gather everyone together because of the epidemic. The contestants can do the training individually at home,” Sandy shared. “I hope more viewers will participate for more interactivity.”
The contestants will have to film themselves, and arrangements will be made for TVB staff to set up filming equipment at their homes. As for whether the pageant will have an event for the finals, Sandy said it depends on the situation of the epidemic.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.