Despite a record 60 students competing in an annual talent contest, a gifted fifth-former managed to claim first prize for the second year. Peter Chan Kwun-cheong's outstanding performance once again stole the limelight at La Salle College's annual Talent Quest. Kwun-cheong, 16, said: 'Honestly, I wasn't at all confident about winning the championship again because all the competitors here can go head-to-head and their performances were really good.' Kwun-cheong and two other budding singers made it through to the final session. They were made to sing without any back-up music to test their sense of rhythm. Their stage presence, as well as their standard of singing, was taken into account. 'My favourite singer is Jacky Cheung Hok-yau and I like his songs very much. I've just taken up singing for a short period of time, so there's a long way for me to go to reach his standard,' Kwun-cheong said. Despite his success in the past two years, he said the awards would not push him towards a singing career. Singing was a good hobby and helped him express himself in public, he said. 'Singing can test your reaction on stage,' Kwun-cheong said. Before the solo and group singing competitions, violin and piano per formances by students got the show off to a rousing start. There was a big stir when teachers Ma Kin-kwok, Gary Ho Chi-tat, Cheung Chi-hung and Perry Chiu took to the stage to sing William So Wing-hong's hit The More You Kiss The More You Sadden. Though they were not professional singers, their performance nearly brought the house down. Guest performers from St Paul's Secondary School and Ying Wa Girls' School provided additional entertainment between contestants' performances. The show reached its climax when Canto-pop star Cindy Au Sin-yee came on stage. Her performance sent the audience wild and she received several encores. Producer of Talent Quest Raymond Poon Yiu-man, 16, said this year's singing contest had been a great success. He said it was a good occasion for students to relax before taking examinations next year. RESULTS Solo section champion: Peter Chan Kwun- cheong; first runner-up: Choi Lap-yin. Group section champion: 'Roasted Chicken'; first runner-up: 'Ladies, What's your name?' Junior class singing section champion: Form 2C. Senior class singing section champion: Form 5C.