Securities analyst Sandy Lau Sin-ting was crowned Miss Hong Kong last night amid criticism of the look of this year's contestants and a controversy about the alleged lack of professionalism of last year's winner. After Ms Lau, 23, was named the winner at the Hong Kong Coliseum, she was crowned by the 1977 winner, Loretta Chu Ling-ling, said to be 'the most beautiful Miss Hong Kong'. 'I hope the new Miss Hong Kong can represent the city in international and mainland charity events,' Ms Chu said. 'I also hope this new title will bring her happiness and that she can make the most of it in the coming year.' This year TVB abandoned the tradition of having the previous winner - in this case Edelweiss Cheung Shu-nga - crown the new winner, since Ms Cheung was accused of not fulfilling her duties as Miss Hong Kong over the past year. The first runner-up was university student Germaine Li G-man, 21, while Mizuni Hung Wing-sze - a 25-year-old marketing assistant who was the top scorer in the swimsuit section - was second runner-up. Carly Wong Ka-lai, a 24-year-old PhD candidate, was named Miss International Goodwill. Miss Photogenic was Candy Yuen Ka-man, a 24-year-old film distribution officer who works for Hong Kong film director Peter Chan Ho-sun. Esther Lam went home empty-handed, even she was voted the most popular contestant by netizens, many of whom sharply criticised this year's contestants, saying they were less than beautiful. Last night's beauty pageant saw 10 finalists compete in various outfits - swimsuits of their own choice, sportswear, nightgowns and traditional cheongsam. They also replied to challenging questions from hosts Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Nat Chan Pak-cheung and Amigo Choi Kin Bong. Family and friends of contestants joined them on stage for a sentimental segment of the show. Connie Talbot, the child prodigy former finalist of the first Britain's Got Talent, performed a duet singing Over the Rainbow with Hong Kong singer and actor Julian Cheung Chi-lam, whose wife is former beauty queen Anita Yuen Wing-yee. But the highlight of the night did not arrive until popular Malaysian singer-songwriter Gary Cao Ge performed a few numbers following a stunning a cappella performance by contestants from TVB's singing contest The Voice, with a string of classic Canto-pop hits.