25 November 2009 Wednesday | 2009/11 Beijing, 2009年 第九屆全球華語歌曲排行榜頒奬典禮
23 November 2009 Monday | 2009/11 Beijing, 2009年 第九屆全球華語歌曲排行榜頒奬典禮
20 November 2009 Friday | 2009/11 Beijing, 2009年 第九屆全球華語歌曲排行榜頒奬典禮
After months of preparation, the 9th Global Chinese Music Awards took place in Beijing on Thursday night. Heartiest congratulations to JJ Lin for winning his first Most Popular Male Artiste trophy at the GCMA!
JJ was at another event earlier in the evening, and couldn’t receive the Outstanding Singapore Artiste Award personally. As the record company didn’t send any representatives up on stage, I was pushed forward to accept the award on his behalf. How hilarious. I went, “代表俊杰感谢大家对他的支持。” Hahhha.
China Artiste Li Yuchun won Most Popular Female Artiste on homeground. Judging from the number of fans present that night (plus the response from her guest stint at JJ’s concert in June), all of us wouldn’t be able to leave the hall if Li Yuchun didn’t win! Meanwhile, Eason Chen and Joey Yung retained their Best Male and Female Artiste titles. Woohoo!
I don’t have the official pictures yet, but I’m sure you can google them yourselves.
I’m absolutely thrilled to have completed my GCMA tour- having been to events in all 7 organising cities. The first time I was in Mainland China in 2003, the production of the show was borne by Radio Television Hong Kong. And I was told to do my own hair and make up, in case the standards were vastly different from Singapore’s. Six years later, Beijing had its own professional production crew, and I was extremely impressed by the stylists backstage. And they had such a huge team of hair and make up people to take care of the seven hosts- something which wouldn’t be possible in Singapore.
I desperately needed a Personal Assistant last night. I was struggling with thick winter gear- taking off the jacket when I went on stage, and swiftly putting it on when my parts were over. I had to juggle so many things- microphone, cue cards, water, phone, etc. Madness. It was so cold I couldn’t speak properly. If anyone saw me shaking on stage, nervousness did play a tiny part- but it was mainly due to the sub zero temperature. What a night!
Because it was so cold, I didn’t go anywhere else. And because I didn’t fancy gearing up to venture out, I had most of my meals in my room. I later discovered that a couple of jocks didn’t utilise the complimentary meal coupons too. Oh well, we radio people are such a pampered and extravagant lot.
We jokingly referred to ourselves as Mayday + Twins. 5 guys and 2 girls hosting the event. As the girls needed more time for their hair and make up, the five of us sneaked out between rehearsals to get a snack before the show. It was a good idea, on hindsight, as the meal boxes they served later that evening, were all horrendously cold.
In Singapore, we do our own cue cards. In China, they have a team to do it. And they had customised cards!
With the DJs from the host station. These guys are huge in the Chinese capital! And I’m rather inspired by them. (How, why, what- I don’t have time to discuss.)
With a sponsorship from Beijing, I got myself a new suit. Thanks! Hohoho. And I finally got a chance to recycle the suit I wore for my birthday.
18 November 2009 Wednesday | 2009/11 Beijing, 2009年 第九屆全球華語歌曲排行榜頒奬典禮
It’s nearly 6pm. I have a couple of hours to rest before the rehearsals tonight.
Because I had anticipated the weather conditions, I kept myself suitably warm when I arrived in wintry Beijing at 7am today.
A quick nap later, I joined the hosts for a briefing at 1pm. It’s a record breaking year. We have five (out of seven) male DJs on stage this year. There was so much trouble in getting the guys all these years; and the womenfolk almost dominated the scene. Two of the men (from Beijing and Guangdong) are 1.86m and 1.83m respectively. Woah. It’s a good thing I brought my giant Swarovski ear stud. Hahaha.
16 November 2009 Monday | 2009/11 Beijing, 2009年 第九屆全球華語歌曲排行榜頒奬典禮
Mary will also arrive in Beijing on Wednesday to cover ZongGuanXian’s concert on Friday.
We’re monitoring the weather forecast. How exciting.