Duo at17 are hosting a weekly live music show on a local free-to-air TV channel. Eman Lam Yee-man and Ellen Loo hosted a radio show two years ago, but said Jade Solid Gold was a fresh challenge. The pair, voted the most popular group in Commercial Radio's music awards earlier this year, defeating pop duo Twins, will host the programme for six months. 'It's totally different to host a TV show,' said Lam of the TVB Jade show. 'There are only 500 audience members in the studio, but there are more than 100,000 people watching you. 'Timing is important. Even if you're a good speaker and have memorised the script, you can't do the job well if you don't know when to stop for a pause.' The duo - known for their mature live performances - have performed with big names such as Andy Lau Tak-wah and Eason Chan Yick-shun. The two young musicians were inspired by the experienced singers. 'It takes a long time to learn how to control your voice when singing live,' says Lam. 'Lau is experienced at playing live and he has good control of his voice during live shows. 'When we watched the playback, we realised our voices weren't controlled when we became excited.' As well as the TV job, Loo (above, right, with Lam) played guitar supporting veteran electronic group Tat Ming Pair when they performed in Shanghai recently. It was the first gig Tat Ming Pair had played on the mainland in 20 years. 'It was my first time performing overseas as a guitarist,' said Loo. 'It wasn't as stressful as being a frontman. It was really fun.' Next month, at17 and singer-songwriter Chet Lam Yat-fung will perform at Singapore's pop music festival, POPagenda Singapore. They will play alongside Japan's Aikawa Nanase, Singapore's Tanya Chua and Korea's Ryu.