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Veronica Shiu wins Miss Hong Kong title (thanks to 'one man, one vote' system)

It had a public poll and screening, but would C.Y. look this good in a cape?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 September, 2014, 5:55am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 September, 2014, 9:12am
 

It may not seem quite the place to make a political statement, but TVB's Miss Hong Kong Pageant last night gave the city a taste of how democracy could look in 2017.

A "one man, one vote" system allowed the public to pick the winner - but not before a panel of celebrity judges had served as a nominating committee to screen out seven of the 10 finalists.

More than 200,000 viewers cast their ballots via the contest's smartphone app to determine first, second and third places.

Veronica Shiu Pui-sie, a 24-year-old university student, was crowned Miss Hong Kong after winning more than 156,000 votes, far outnumbering the first runner-up, Erin Wong Cheuk-ki, 23, who received about 28,000 votes. Second runner-up was law degree graduate Katherine Ho Yim-kuen, 22.

It was the third year that the TVB pageant had used the public voting system but some viewers complained that this year the adjudicating committee had been given too much power; previously the public and judges had a 50-50 weighting of votes.

The first "universal suffrage" vote - as the broadcaster billed it in 2012 - turned into a fiasco when thousands of viewers were left unable to vote due to a computer-server breakdown. Eventually, the winner had to be chosen by the judges.

The company initially suspected that the crash had been caused by hackers who generated millions of votes to overload the system. But an investigation found no evidence of this, according to the broadcaster. There were no such hitches this year or the previous year.

"TVB is telling you to doi zyu sin (pocket what you get)," said a web user on one of the city's discussion forums, referring to the fact that the public were only allowed to choose between candidates picked by the judges appointed by the broadcaster.

The expression has been popularised recently by pro-establishment figures who try to convince Hongkongers to accept an imperfect reform package.

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tfung
Who put this contestant into the race for Miss HK? Was everyone who wanted to be miss HK allowed to join the competition? Did TVB screen the candidates first to make sure that they would not bad mouth TVB? You can be sure as hell they did... Do you think the final 20 contestants were there by chance, or they were carefully selected first? HK people are so blind to think that they really get a choice....
sipsip1238
And just like how the Miss Hong Kong becomes the dog of TVB, the nominated candidate is also a dog of the Central Government.
appleii
Didn't even realise it's been held...
Stephan
I just saw a preview of the contest. When I noticed the presenters I decided not to watch. Bert, the old man who thinks he is still 25, then the idiot with the black and white hair and Miss Botox herself, Dudu. Yelling and scremaning, horrible show! But this is what Hk people like, stupidity at the highest level!
zhelu1985@live.com
Would tap/10
ton1998
Congratulations
ann.wei.121
"The public were only allowed to choose between candidates picked by the judges appointed by the broadcaster" A replica of the so-called "universal suffrage", Chinese Communist style, and CCTVB has demonstrated how well they follow the master's footstep, and you call it a Hong Kong Television Station ?
chris.wong.37604303
I agree with most of the people's thinking that these three awarded girls are not that so expected! One reason for that is this yearly pageant is losing its weight and the real adequate persons are losing their interest in the event as well! Years ago, prior to this pageant show, we would all sit quietly to watch as attracted by its variety of performances, but for recent years, I would turn to other channels to look for other programmes. Its attraction is undoubtedly losing its effect for my view.
chaz_hen
Foreign meddling!!! Why does she choose to use "Veronica"??? That is UN Chinese!
whoaman
And for sure they have all signed life contracts (life = 10 years or so) with TVB before they could even join the competition as well.

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