Yumiko Cheng (鄭希怡) enjoyed a popularity surge after competing on Chinese variety show, “Sisters Who Make Waves” (乘风破浪的姐姐), which gives female celebrities aged 30 and up a second chance to realize their girl group dreams. The finale performance took place on August 28 with the debut night happening on September 4, announcing the members who will debut in the girl group.
In a recent interview with Chinese newspaper, Yangchang Evening News, Yumiko Cheng revealed she did have some reservations about joining the show at first. She admitted that she didn’t think she was worthy of being evaluated by others, but then came around as she didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be evaluated to, which would allow her to realize her potential. She also didn’t think she would make it to the finals.
Yumiko Cheng turns 39 this year, but she has never felt she was that old. As for her thoughts about forming a girl group at her age, she said, “In life, it is never too late to do anything. Everything is the best arrangement.” However, when she was 29, she was very anxious because she felt turning 30 was a hurdle for women. After she turned 30, she realized the most important thing for women is to know what they want, love themselves, and live in the moment.
As for her thoughts about being popular again, Yumiko Cheng admits she has gained more of a following as younger audience members thought she was an actress and didn’t know she debuted as a singer. She reveals that she has experienced ups and downs, but those tests were what made her realize that she can do it. As for being labeled “popular again”, she said, “For female artists, being popular is very important. There is only being popular, which will give you commercial value and more choices to choose your jobs.”