Vivian Chow fails to impress in reality show debut

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Easy on the eyes but not so on the ears? That's the criticism lobbed at veteran Hong Kong singer Vivian Chow, after her recent appearance on a Chinese singing reality show. 

The audacity, we know.

The ever-youthful 90's pop icon, dubbed 'Sect Leader of Virginal Maidens' for her squeaky-clean image, recently appeared on China's Mask Singer Season 3, a competition where well-known entertainers are veiled behind outrageous masks while they sing.

According to reports, Chow has never appeared on the Chinese reality show circuit, so her appearance on the show was a surprise to many.

She reportedly agreed to go on the show as a favour to her good friend and judge, Leo Ku, who knew she would appear on the episode. 

But Ku played along and joked to judges on the panel, who included Eric Moo and Patty Hou, that the mystery singer looked like she could be Rosamund Kwan.

Malaysian singer-songwriter Moo immediately exclaimed: "Are you crazy? If it were Rosamund Kwan, she'd have been disqualified during the auditions and not even make it here!", drawing laughter all around.

As usual Chinese netizens were in praise of Chow's porcelain skin and lithe figure, as well as her loyalty to her friend. Looks aside, however, detractors online were quick to criticise her singing after the episode aired on Sunday (Oct 21).

They ruthlessly picked on her less-than-perfect Mandarin enunciation, as well as her breathless singing voice and 'old-fashioned' singing style. 

Despite the savage comments, Chow posted on Instagram that she had a "good time" on the show, and that singing behind a mask was a fun experience that allowed her to immerse herself emotionally in the song.

The notoriously private star, who returned to the stage in 2004 after a period of semi-retirement, recently held her 30th anniversary concert in Macau this year.

Vivian Chow, 51, stuns fans with her youthful looks at 30th anniversary concert

  • Did Vivian Chow drink from the fountain of youth?
  • The 51-year-old Hong Kong singer-actress showed no signs of ageing when she held her 30th anniversary concert tour this year.
  • Fans gushed over her youthful looks and svelte figure after photos from her Macau concert surfaced online recently.
  • Many of them called her an "eternal goddess" while others asked what was the secret to her timeless beauty.
  • A netizen wrote: "This is a 51-year-old Vivian Chow? I'd believe you if you told me that she was 21 years old."
  • With her sweet looks, Chow became the dream girl of many in the 90s.
  • She started out as a singer in 1985 and starred in numerous Hong Kong movies over the next decade.
  • Chow took a five-year break from showbiz in 1997 when her contracts expired and returned to the limelight in 2004.
  • She married writer Joe Nieh in 2009 after dating him on-and-off for 19 years.