Saturday, October 4, 2008

Miss Chinese (Vancouver) Pageant

Miss Chinese Pageant or ''MCV'' for short is an annual beauty pageant organized by Fairchild Television that selects Vancouver's representative for the annual Miss Chinese International Pageant that is held in Hong Kong, organized by TVB. The pageant replaced the Miss Vancouver Chinatown Pageant, which selected the Vancouver representatives to the Miss Chinese International Pageant from 1988 to 1995.


The pageant began in 1995 with 13 delegates. The next year the number of delegates reduced to 12. And in the year 2000, the number reduced again to 10. These delegates are residents of Vancouver, Canada, must have some Chinese descent and be between the ages of 17 and 25. The pageant is held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre in December of every year.

There are several components and competitions that the pageant usually contains:-
*Swimsuit Competition
*Cheongsam Competition
*Evening Wear Competition
*Interview Round
*Talent Competition
*Casual Wear

Hosts & special guests

MCV is one of two major productions for Fairchild Television Vancouver and has had many local and Asian celebrities and performing groups involved. The following is a list of past MCs and special performing guests.

Masters of ceremonies

*1995: Lawrence Cheng 鄭丹瑞, Deborah Moore 狄寶娜摩亞
*1996: Lawrence Cheng 鄭丹瑞, Dominic Lam 林嘉華
*1997: Lawrence Cheng 鄭丹瑞, Dominic Lam 林嘉華
*1998: Dominic Lam 林嘉華
*1999: Dominic Lam 林嘉華, Eva Yang 楊宜文, Walter Ngai 倪啟瑞
*2000: Dominic Lam 林嘉華, Sam Wong 黃植森, Eric Li 李潤庭
*2001: Dominic Lam 林嘉華, Walter Ngai 倪啟瑞, Crystal Pan 潘欣欣, Natalie Au 區念慈, Delon Lew 廖德隆
*2002: Dominic Lam 林嘉華, Eva Yang 楊宜文, Crystal Pan 潘欣欣
*2003: Dominic Lam 林嘉華, Eva Yang 楊宜文, Annabelle Louie 雷安娜
*2004: Dominic Lam 林嘉華, Eva Yang 楊宜文, Anita Lee 李婉華
*2005: Stephen Au 區錦棠, Eva Yang 楊宜文, Anita Lee 李婉華, Ricky Cheung 張文謙
*2006: Joey Leung 梁榮忠, Anita Lee 李婉華, Ricky Cheung 張文謙
*2007: Amigo Choi 崔建邦, Anita Lee 李婉華, Ricky Cheung 張文謙

Special performing guests

*1995: Sandra Lang 仙杜拉
*1996: Angus Tung 童安格
*1997: ''Info Not Available''
*1998: ''Info Not Available''
*1999: ''Info Not Available''
*2000: Teresa Carpio 杜麗莎
*2001: Public Dreams Society, Benny Yau 邱穟恆, Cindy Cheung 張瑋恩, Rebecca Yang 楊詠薇, Jenny Chang 張聖伶, Abraham Siu 蕭正中, Patrick Huang 黃紹廷
*2002: Public Dreams Society, Rita Leung 梁璟裕, Kitty Bao 鮑芳, Gerald Kwok 郭嘉豪
*2003: Public Dreams Society, Gerald Kwok 郭嘉豪, Bella Chen 陳薇
*2004: Ah-Niu 阿牛
*2005: Ekin Cheng 鄭伊健
*2006: Anthony Lun 倫永亮
*2007: Jeremy Chang 張洪量

Past pageant results














Contestant careers

*1995 Winner Tracey Wong 黃月明 signed with TVB after competing in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 1996. She had many minor roles in TVB Dramas with her only notable role being "Sue" in the sitcom ''War of the Genders 男親女愛''. She has not been active in TVB since 2005.
*1995 Finalist Tracy Kam 甘翠思 became a Fairchild TV artist for the next couple of years and has hosted games shows and other programs.
*1996 Second Runner-Up Joanne Yau 邱詩韻 hosted a few programs for Fairchild TV until 2001.
*1997 Finalist Melissa Wu 胡錦濃 became a weather reporter for Fairchild TV for several years before becoming a flight attendant for Westjet airlines. She is currently a realtor in Vancouver.
*1998 Winner Janice Lee 李孟潔 starred in Hong Kong superstar Andy Hui's music video for the song "Real Intentions ".
*1998 First Runner-Up Natalie Au 區念慈 became a presenter for Fairchild TV for the next 5 years, hosting ''What's On''. She also had a supporting role in the Hong Kong film ''Life is a Miracle '' and has guest-starred in the drama ''Da Vinci's Inquest''. She also had a brief stint as a reporter for Global TV. She is now married and has settled in Winnipeg.
*1999 Winner Crystal Pan 潘欣欣 became a popular presenter for Fairchild Television and its Manadarin network, Talentvision. She was the MC for ''New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition'' in 2001 as well as MCV 2001 and 2002.
*1999 Top 5 Finalist Yvonne Fong 方奕匡 became a presenter for Fairchild Television until 2003.
*2000 Winner Bernice Liu 廖碧兒 represented Vancouver and won Miss Chinese International 2001. She is currently signed by TVB and is having a successful career as an actress.
*2000 2nd Runner-Up Alice Chang 張淯茜 returned to Taiwan and is a member of the musical group "One Fifth ". She has also starred in several Taiwanese television series, following her parents' footsteps in the entertainment industry.
*2002 First Runner-Up Alice Kai 蓋鶴文 became a host with Fairchild Television's mandarin channel for half a year.
*2003 Winner Linda Chung 鍾嘉欣 won Miss Chinese International 2004 and is now an up-and-coming popular actress affiliated with TVB.
*2003 Second Runner-Up Queenie Chung 鍾寶瑜 hosted ''What's On'' for Fairchild Television for a year before pursuing another career in Hong Kong. She has now returned to Vancouver.
*2003 Miss Friendship Caroline Chang 張雅淇 hosted ''What's On'' for Fairchild Television in Vancouver. In 2005, she re-located to the East Coast to become a flight attendant and has hosted for ''What's On'' in Toronto as well. She is the only Fairchild TV artiste to have relocated and still remain a contract artist in the new city.
*2004 Winner Leanne Li 李亞男 won Miss Chinese International 2005 and have signed with TVB as well. Because of her limited spoken Cantonese, she was first assigned to host on TVB's mandarin channel TVB8. However, Leanne has started to pick up supporting roles in TVB's Cantonese dramas lately.
*2005 Winner Crystal Li 李培禎 returned to Taiwan and has signed with EeLin Modelling Agency to pursue a career as a model.
*2005 First Runner-Up Lora Sun 孫青青 became a host with Fairchild Television's mandarin channel, Talentvision. She is currently a television actress in China.
*2005 Miss Friendship Susan Wong 黃潔華 hosted infomercials and ''What's On'' for Fairchild Television.
*2005 Vivacious Beauty Award winner Kayi Cheung 張嘉兒 hosted ''What's On'' on Fairchild Television until April 2007 when she returned to Hong Kong as an overseas contestant in the Miss Hong Kong Pageant and won the crown. She then went on to win the Beauty with a Purpose award and placed in the semi-finals of Miss World 2007 representing Hong Kong. She finally went on to compete in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2008 and took first runner-up.
*2006 Audience Popularity Award winner Amy So 蘇家慧 currently hosts ''What's On'' on Fairchild Television.

MCV at Miss Chinese International Pageant

Vancouver has generally been fairly successful at the Miss Chinese International Pageant despite not placing in the top 3 until 2000, when Crystal Pan was 2nd runner up. In 2001, they produced Vancouver's first MCI winner, Bernice Liu. Liu later joined TVB and is currently an actress. She was succeeded by Shirley Zhou in 2002. Linda Chung and Leanne Li then both won the Miss Chinese International 2004 and 2005 titles, represectively. Vancouver has produced 4 winners and including two back-to-back wins , a record no other city has yet to break.

''Note: The winners from 1987 to 1994 are Miss Vancouver Chinatown, the pageant that was replaced by MCV.

1 Age at the time of the Miss Chinese International pageant

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