For the first time in Miss Hong Kong’s (香港小姐競選) 48 year history, TVB will be canceling the Miss Hong Kong 2020 pageant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of cases in Hong Kong, TVB has decided to forgo holding this year’s pageant. This news comes shortly after TVB announced the cancellation of the 2020 Miss Chinese International Pageant (國際中華小姐競選). Last year’s winners, Carmaney Wong (黃嘉雯), Fei Wong (王菲), and Kelly Gu (古佩玲) will be the first winners to continue their reign for one more year, another first in Miss Hong Kong history.
TVB executive Sandy Yu Wing San (余詠珊) spoke about the cancellation, saying, “We just decided to stop it for a year because of the impact of the outbreak. There are a lot of problems we cannot solve. For example, there are a lot of overseas students who come back to join the pageant every year. A lot of them can’t travel outside. We don’t want mainland and overseas participants to risk coming to Hong Kong.” Sandy Yu also mentioned there are a lot of promotional events and the topic of whether the contestants should wear masks came up. She also mentioned if the government decides to tighten up the regulations, it would cause a lot of issues. There is also the worry about the safety of the contestants and the crew members.
Last year’s winner, Carmaney Wong spoke about the cancellation and expressed, “I didn’t receive the notice from the company. It’s a pity and helpless that the pageants are canceled, but the current mission is to fight the virus. Everyone will work together to overcome the obstacles.” She also revealed her parents have been staying in their Shenzhen home during the outbreak so she hasn’t seen them for 2-3 months already.
First runner up, Fei Wong, also said she hasn’t received the notice yet. She also felt this was a pity, but urged potential contestants not to be discouraged as last year’s pageant was postponed until September due to the protests.