Hosted by Fairchild Television, the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2012 (溫哥華華裔小姐競選2012) concluded memorably at the Vancouver Convention Centre last night, December 12th, 2012 – and the night truly resonated with the slogan this year: to “achieve a fulfilling life of sweet memories.” From the initial audition to three months of intensive training and preparation, the finalists no doubt forged unforgettable memories together. All their sweat and tears paved the way for this one special night, one special moment, in hopes to present the best and most glamorous finale to the world. And indeed, glamorous it was.
Emcees of the night included the renowned actor from Hong Kong, Sunny Chan (陳錦鴻), and popular local talents, Ricky Cheung (張文謙) and Mandy Jin. Also in attendance was past Miss Chinese Hong Kong Pageant Fiona Yuen (袁彩雲), as well as Fairchild TV hosts William Ho (何活權) and Delon Lew (廖德隆), among others. First time emceeing a prestigious live show, Sunny worked wonders and kept the audience’s excitement and energy levels high. His stage presence was contagious, and his enthusiasm transferred onto the contestants, allowing them to perform at their best. A new addition to the pageant this year was backstage interviews, allowing audiences to see and feel each contestant’s emotions behind the scenes.
This year’s finale showcased the contestants dressed in accordance to different special holidays and celebrations. In the midst of dazzling lights and lively music, the finalists lit up the night in vibrant yellow and pink cocktail dresses, each with a large lollipop in hand while striking irresistibly cute poses.
Changing out of the playful dresses, the contestants then transformed into moon goddesses, presenting the potent yet graceful Chinese sleeve dance. In the dance, golden sleeves flew in intricate patterns as the finalists frolicked alongside beautiful tunes played by a live quartet.
In the most anticipated swimwear segment, contestants strutted on stage in alluring fur coats – a symbol of dedication to Canada Day celebrations. Contestants’ slender figure were then revealed as each shed the fur in favour of red and white bikinis, taking numerous tantalizing poses before finally answering questions from either an emcee, guest or judge on subjects regarding Canadian culture.
The hair show segment, easily one of the highlights of the night, was both stunning and chic. Contestants paraded on stage with one of a kind hairstyles while paired with edgy music and dance moves.
Finally, in tune with the holiday season, contestants wished the audience warm Christmas wishes while dressed in stunning night gowns.
Also special to this year’s event was a short production that showcased the contestants’ acting talents. The production starred all ten contestants as baking apprentices who compete with each other for ownership of their cake instructor’s new shop and a copy of his secret recipe. The catch? Make the best cake possible. However, these baking apprentices, try as they might, not only failed to make decent cakes but were also rewarded insults from their instructor. Eventually the apprentices learned the lesson that working together and knowing all the intricacies (in this case, to each stage of baking) is what leads to success. At the end, all were rewarded ownership and the secret recipe – which was in fact just the lesson they had just learned.
Lastly, the ten finalists emerged one last time on stage in their elegant cheongsam (旗袍), a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress. Each of them presented a handpicked gift to another contestant that they treasured most, all the while reminiscing on their shared memorable experiences.
To complete the night, well-rounded and soulful singer, songwriter, Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁) was invited on stage as this year’s special guest performer. Having written many hit songs for renowned singers in Asia, Hanjin delivered a powerful and infectious performance, singing both his hit song “沒時間後悔” (No time for regrets) and his new piece “矛盾” (Dilemma). After the performance, Hanjin also donated his self-written, self-produced and self-mixed CD “矛盾” and his newly published book to Canadian Cancer Society as an auction item, receiving $2,800 dollars from a generous bidder. Additionally, the night saw the gracious donation of $225,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society. The culmination of both Hanjin’s performance and the bidding stirred the crowd into high spirits, building up emotional anticipation for the release of the competition’s final results.
And without further ado, listed below is arguably the highlight of the night (besides the girls themselves).
The Results of the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2012
- Champion – #7 Gloria Tang (鄧佩儀)
- 1st runner up – #3 Veronica Shiu (邵珮詩)
- 2nd runner up – #9 Christina Wang (王蘊)
- Miss Photogenic – #2 Linna Huynh (黃碧連)
- Best Posture Award – #7 Gloria Tang (鄧佩儀)
- Perfect Silhouette Award – #2 Linna Huynh (黃碧連)
- Dazzling Flair Award – #9 Christina Wang (王蘊)
- Best Complexion Award – #1 Diana Wu (吳迪)
The winner of Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant 2012, Gloria Tang (鄧佩儀), will compete in Miss Chinese International Pageant 2013 with delegates from around the world next year. Once there, she will once again shine on stage and continue building her journey to success. A huge congratulation to Gloria Tang, and may we all wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours!
More photos of the event can be found here