Saturday, April 16, 2011

Charmaine Sheh Named No. 1 Artist By Next Magazine

Hong Kong's entertainment glossy Next Magazine every year publishes its Top Ten TV Artists and Top Ten TV Shows. This year the number one artist was Charmaine Sheh (佘诗曼, pinyin: Shé Shīmàn), while the series she starred in, TVB's historical romantic comedy Can't Buy Me Love (公主嫁到), was named number one TV program. The awards were dominated by Can't Buy Me Love - Hong Kong's most watched TV program in 2010 - with four of the Top Ten Artists - Sheh, Moses Chan (陈豪, pinyin: Chén Háo), Linda Chung (钟嘉欣, pinyin: Zhōng Jiāxīn) and Fala Chen (陈法拉, pinyin: Chén Fǎlā) - starring in the series.

Charmaine Sheh's number one award may prove to be the crowning achievement of her twelve-year career with TVB. Earlier this year she announced that she would not be renewing her TVB contract in order to pursue opportunites elsewhere. It has been remarkable career for the 35 year-old former Miss Hong Kong runner-up. She has been named in the Next Magazine Top Ten Artist lists for an amazing ten consecutive years, and the second time she has been ranked number one (the previous occasion was in 2007).

No Regrets (巾帼枭雄之义海豪情), 2010's second most watched TV series in Hong Kong, came number two in the Top Ten Programs. And two of the stars of the show, Wayne Lai (黎耀祥: Lí Yàoxiáng) and Sheren Tang (邓萃雯, pinyin: Dèng Cuìwén), were named number two and number three in the Top Ten Artists list. Lai's two ranking was the second year in a row that he has held the runner-up position, while Tang was last year's number one. Fala Chen was No Regret's other Top Ten Artist.

In something of a surprise, Raymond Lam (林峰, pinyin: Lín Fēng), who won the Favourite Male Character at this year's TVB Anniversary Awards, could only finish number eight in the Top Ten Artists. Last year he starred in The Mysteries of Love (谈情说案), which was ranked number three in the Top Ten Programs. And Natalie Tong (唐诗咏, pinyin: Táng Shīyǒng), who appeared in the martial arts drama A Fistful of Stances (铁马寻桥), made her first appearance in the Top Ten Artists list, sneaking in at number ten.

The top ranked variety show on the list was the cooking show, Kitchen Diva Louisa (和味苏), hosted by Hong Kong actress turned celebrity chef Louisa So. The highest ranking non-TVB program was the ATV law drama series The Men of Justice (法网群英)

The Top Ten TV Artists were:
  1. Charmaine Shen (佘诗曼)
  2. Wayne Lai (黎耀祥)
  3. Sheren Tang (邓萃雯)
  4. Moses Chan (陈豪)
  5. Tavia Yeung (杨怡)
  6. Linda Chung (钟嘉欣)
  7. Bosco Wong (黄宗泽)
  8. Raymond Lam (林峰)
  9. Fala Chen (陈法拉)
  10. Natalie Tong (唐诗咏)
And the Top Ten TV Programs:
  1. Can't Buy Me Love (公主嫁到)
  2. No Regrets (巾帼枭雄之义海豪情)
  3. The Mysteries of Love (谈情说案)
  4. The Rippling Blossom (鱼跃在花见)
  5. Kitchen Diva Louisa (和味苏)
  6. A Fistful of Stances (铁马寻桥)
  7. Beauty Knows No Pain (女人最痛)
  8. Fun With Liza and Gods (荃加福禄寿)
  9. The Men of Justice (法网群英)
  10. Ghost Writer (蒲松龄)
The full list of Next Magazine's award winners can be found at this Asian Fanatics post.

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